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Beautiful three lakes, and easy hike. Good for a beginner too. Parking was full.

Hiked to the lake today (mid-November) and lucked out with blue skies and milder temps just below zero. The snow starts lower down in patches with some accumulation after the half way mark. Micro spikes and poles very useful this time of year and bring layers for any weather.

Hiked on Nov 17 - bright beautiful day in the forecast and cold. Trails are compact snow and ice in sections now: RUNNERS NOT APPROPRIATE. Allow for extra time due to slippery sections. Arrived at 945am, parking easy. Try to time it so that you are at the third lake just after noon bc before that the sun is still behind the mountain and it's shady. Most of the trail will be in the shade so dress appropriately. Highly recommend cramp-ons at this point. Beautiful way to spend the morning if you're prepared. Left at 1:30 and lot was full.

View is spectacular. Snow and ice on the trail.

Did it last weekend with about 35% of the trail covered in snow. Nothing much to bother with until you get to about 1-2km before the peak where the steep incline beings. It was tough breaking through 2-3 feet of snow and required scrambling on all fours at some points just before the peak. But other than that, it was fine and the effort was worth the incredible views at the top. Took us about 7.5 hours round trip plus an hour at the top. Note that we are regular hikers. Carry layers, gloves, gators, waterproof shoes if you plan on spending an hour on the peak, if you don’t want your fingers and toes going numb with cold, and are hiking during the winter season.

Nice views, to much foot traffic for my liking. But a decent hike to be able to do atleast once

Hiked Nov 4. Snow from about halfway. snowshoes not required yet, but spikes a bonus over the boulder fields. Beautiful once the clouds cleared.

hiking
17 days ago

Sadly they dont have the north coast trail here. We hiked cape scott trail via north coast trail. We spent 6 night out there. The 10k of swamp to start the trip is brutul (even with the lil boardwalks provided) really makes you appreciate the rest of the hike for what is. 1st night we stay at nahwitti camp. Next day was started with cable car ride across the river then spent the rest of the day in and out the the bush on different types of beaches until we reached irony creek. Next morning hike down the beach to a lil forest walk to the next cable car. Much of the rest of this day is like the last until we reached ______ (cant remember its name. Last beach before entering cape scott). Next day was an easy hike to nels bight where we let loose for 2 nights just wandering around the cape (guise beach and experiment bight so beautiful and the lighthouse was cool. The wardens were scaring off a black bear. After nels bight , we trekked to san josef beach in good time to get to hike up mount st Patrick for some awsome views(highest peak in the park you can see the ocean to the north and everything you just hiked thru). After we hiked down, we meet some good company shared stories called it a night. Next was an extremely short n easy hike out to our shuttle. Try the north coast!!!

Love this hike! We started the trail around 10:30 pm, so can't comment much on the views up. The trail is very easy to follow even by headlamp. It took 3 hours up with overnight packs. Mostly incline the entire way, but only the last km before the lake is technical, and a couple of rock fields. Look for marmots and pikas in the rocks! The lake and glacier is a gorgeous destination, but there are a few additional scrambles that are well worth the time if you like a challenge. Took 2.5 hours down and the heavy packs made going down more of a challenge than up. It's quite a popular trail, understandably so!

hiking
25 days ago

Hiked to the 3rd lake today. Getting to second lake was quite crowed in the afternoon with many people that were not prepared. The trail to the second lake was slippery in some sections and muddy once it became high trafficked.
Go to the third lake, was icy in spots and there has been a dusting of snow. Very quiet at the third lake if you walk around to where the camp sites are.

nature trips
29 days ago

What an awesome trail! It definitely should be rated as very difficult. We did the trail 22/October the weather was awesome and the view unforgettable! It is definitely worth it!
We started around 11:30am and arrived at 4pm on the peak. It was a bit to late so we had to go the last 6km back in the dark. But it was perfect!

hiking
29 days ago

Get to the trailhead before 9am to secure yourself a parking spot. It was a surprisingly quiet hike on a weekend morning. But it sure does get crowded early afternoon. The viewpoint at Upper Lake is great but can get busy. We continued on towards the campsites (10 minutes) to the secluded sandy beach and took our lunch break there. The views are even more spectacular there!

on Joffre Lakes

1 month ago

Great hike and rewarding views of the alpine lakes. Good variety of terrain. The hike to the middle lake has hard parts (straight uphill for 1.5 miles with stairs) but you’re not just in a forest so you can focus on the view to get you through it. Downside is it’s SUPER crowded. We started around 930am and easily found a parking spot. When we got back down around 12:45 there were tons of people heading up and all the parking lots were packed. Pack some lunch for the third lake and spend some time exploring (ie finding a spot with no people.) Very memorable hike.

1 month ago

High traffic. Went there in a rainy day, super icy on the road and we can’t see the snowy mountain.

1 month ago

We Hike the Ridge in July and was a bit cloudy but worth every km of it. A very beautiful place. A must do.

1 month ago

Fairly easy hike. Only took us a little over an hour to go all the way to the top. Best bang for your buck on hikes since it’s relatively easy with amazing views you usually only get from longer hikes. Only downside is it’s a 3 hour drive from Vancouver. View isn’t as nice as garibaldi but much easier and shorter trail.

Fabulous hike. The lake is amazingly beaut and rugged. Be sure to take the path to the glacier just past the end of the lake.

Really beautiful hike, lakes are stunning! Go to the last lake. It’s stunning! The mountains are amazing. I think some parts are on the hard side with the stairs and up hill, but worth the view. I clocked 10 kms but that would have been me exploring a little more. Was stunning!! I did it today. Soo many people though!

If I could give this a million stars I would. This hike is by far the most amazing thing I've done in my life. I did it a few years ago, and it's just astonishingly gorgeous. Literally takes your breath away. Be prepared to sweat and stink. Sooo worth it though.

Will definitely do this again some day.

Awesome hike ! If your planning on doing the last peak , bring a rope ! We scrambled up the last peak but completely worth it ! When you get to the sub peak , there will be markers to your left and markers to your right , i would stick to the left , less ice and snow . Much easier to come down !

1 month ago

We did this hike at the end of September and it was beautiful! We are unfit so the steady and sometimes steep incline up was a challenge but the lakes and waterfall were definitely amazing enough to warrant the struggle!

We arrived at 8.45 and there were barely any cars there so we had a nice and quiet hike. It got more busy later on in the morning. The lot was full when we left around 1 pm.

Fabulous hike with beautiful turquoise lakes and mountains with glacier above them. Entire trail was VERY icy and snowy on Thursday. Ice traction (e.g., yak trax) for your shoes or boots is extremely helpful as are trekking poles. Some people were sliding down on their butts in particularly icy sections (not for fun, but for safety). Highly recommend this hike! (In my 60’s and made it all the way to Upper Joffre despite the icy conditions thanks to my ice grippers on my running shoes.)

hiking
1 month ago

On Sept 23, with a group of amateur hikers: #Climb4Karam, we hiked the trail, starting 4:30 am, we were done around 5 pm.
My first ever such a hike, it was a great life experience .
I personally did not make it all the way to the peak, about half an hour shy.. Icy conditions at the peak, fresh snow on the ground.
We were met by a bear.
Excellent experience ..

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked yesterday, it’s late September so we arrived parking lot in complete dark. But it’s one of the best scenes ever seen since I start to hike. The first 6.5 km is long and painful especially in the night time. Personally recommend for hiking in longer daytimes if you are planing to do it in one day. In the peak it’s pretty windy, bring lots of food and water and finish lunch before heading to the last 3 km.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike but very very busy - this was a Saturday afternoon. Very muddy and rocky after the middle lane and on route to the third lake.

Loved the second lake

1 month ago

Super gorgeous views! Very muddy and somewhat crowded but still worthwhile

2 months ago

Gorgeous trail and lakes, but SO CROWDED. Even on a Tuesday in mid September.

trail running
2 months ago

What a beautiful trek ! Steep all the long way with some relaxing meters flat.
The view at the top is amazing !
I made it running and walking in 3h30.
Good memories

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike! Definitely not an easy hike. Did with a friend as an overnight camp, so had our packs which added a little difficulty. Took us 3.25hrs up and 2.75hrs down. Was the 2nd week of September and the lake was clouded in and it snowed, temp was hovering around 0 degrees so layers were helpful s when you stopped it got cold quick.

Hike itself is a near constant uphill at most points and a steady pace ensures no burn out (i.e. don't rush it at the easy points as the steeper points will take more out of you.) Take your time on the last 500m or so as it is an open, steep climb along large rocks and slippery gravel.

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