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Good hike but every time we do this hike someone gets hurt! Take extra care on the rock bed... stitches were needed. We were just heading to the snow cave area.

Good cardio for first hour and stunning views.

Great workout as its mostly uphill. Helps to bring walking stick for the up and downhill. Amazing view at the top. But lots of flies and mosquitoes. Recommend bug spray or wear long sleeves to cover.

on Mount Thom

3 days ago

Great workout on this hike! Quiet with only a few hikers!
My dogs loved it and enjoyed the creek water at the end of the hike!

hiking
3 days ago

I hiked the trail to the lake. The round trip was 4hrs 20min. With a 15min. rest at the lake. Definitely take your time and watch your step for the first kilometer as others have mentioned lots of rocks and roots to catch you, keep your eyes peeled. This was a very pleasant walking in the old growth sections. The large boulders with the Moss and trees growing around and amongst them is
very grounding making you feel very small. A good hike definitely not a Beginners Trail.

A late start at 2:45 on a mostly sunny warm day. I only hiked until 5 and then turned around, only because of the late start. This is definitely a strenuous trail, more on the downhill trip. Fantastic views at a couple of places where the trees thin out. I am going to try this trail again and being trekking poles to help on the descent. The pics at the top seem to make the trip worthwhile.

Started hike around 11am, still a bit hazy from the regional wildfires, but overall good visibility. If you havent hiked in a while be patient with yourself and the trail, there are some decent elevation gains. Once you reach the split, stay left to continue on the YAB.

Hard trail but the view is amazing!

hiking
4 days ago

amazing views

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked on 8/11 despite the fog and chance of rain. We traveled from California and couldn’t reschedule our trip, so decided to go for it and expected no views. The trail itself is very well maintained and well marked with great signs! Scenery was beautiful despite the overcast weather. Terrain is varied so no chance of boredom. We decided to do a loop from the parking lot up through Taylor Meadows, up to Panorama Ridge, then down to Lake Garibaldi and back to the switchbacks (since we couldn’t see the lake from the ridge). This was about 30km/20 miles. The climb was steady and not too difficult, and the rock scramble to the summit was exhilarating. Bummer the summit was socked in by fog but still felt accomplished by making it to the top!! We stopped many times for breaks, photos, and lunch so it took us 10 hours. I would definitely do it again if I return to Canada.

hiking
6 days ago

One of the most beautiful destinations I've ever hiked to! Highly recommend - it wasn't TOO difficult with just a day pack. Bring lots of water, warm layers for the top and bug spray! Hiked this in late July in 32° weather.

hiking
6 days ago

Good change to an alpine hike from more typical lower mainland trails. Nice flowers, butterflies and birds as well. The views at the top are supposed to be great but visibility today was limited due to smoke. It was still really good even though I didn’t get the “full experience” at the top. The trail itself is in excellent condition though the same cannot be said for the road. The road has a lot of washout but they are really solid bottomed so you don’t need to worry about anything but clearance.

We hiked this August 11th-12th for one overnight. I want to start of with saying that my car got broken into and badly vandalized! Such a shock to find my car that way, I bought the vehicle 10 days ago! :(. They tried prying open the hood, broke the front grill, smashed a window, damaged things underneath the steering wheel, everything was turned upside down, they undid the battery. I couldn't even drive it home. After hitch-hiking to town to get phone reception I was able to set everything in motion (police, tow truck, ICBC, etc.). It was a very sad and stressful day. There were more cars with broken windows, but my car seemed the only vandalized. Be careful out there, however I am unsure how I could've prevented vandalism like that..

About the hike. It was amazing, and steep! We were in cloud cover, but still had a fantastic time camping up at Upper Pierce Lake.

hiking
7 days ago

Beware to those staying overnight: when we arrived Sunday morning (Aug 12), we saw that the cars of those who stayed over Saturday night were broken into. At least 4 cars had their windows smashed and one vehicle had the grill taken off their car and the front hood and back door was banged up. We had to tell everyone on their way down (as we were going up) that their vehicle likely got messed up - real bummer. Don't leave any valuables behind!

The hike itself is beautiful but very steep and hard on the knees (I recommend hiking poles/sticks for the way down). It's got to be more than 16 km to summit MacFarlane as 16 km out and back is just to Upper Pierce Lake. We went straight to Upper Pierce Lake - took 4 hours up and 3 hours down. Didn't have enough time to do MacFarlane on the same day. It was very cold at the top despite it being very hot and muggy for most of the way up - bring layers and lots of water!

Fantastic hike to the ice caves and on the glacier. We had a professional guide for our group age 7 to 69, guide was critical to being on the glacier safely

Yes I recorded about 8.2 (round trip) miles from the parking lot .

This is the most rewarding hike I’ve done in BC yet! Truly stunning! It took me about three hours up and about the same down, however I was solo so probably a bit quicker than average. I wore my vibrams five fingers very comfortably until I was at the lake where there’s a lot of loose sharp rock, but nothing unmanageable. I had lots of bug spray and an Off clip on repellant so I wasn’t bothered by bugs at all until I got to the top and met the lazy deer flies, that being said they didn’t bother me too much. I would also recommend bringing a sweater because the glacier creates this nice cool breeze at the top. It is also uphill this whole time so be prepared for that, but it will totally be worth it!

hiking
9 days ago

Incredible hike, we stayed at Garabaldi lake campground so we hiked the nine kilometres prior to the ridge hike. The ridge hike itself from the campground was 7km one way and it was rewarded with incredible views. the majority of the hike is pretty straight forward but the last part of the hike is a steep scramble. 100% worth it !!

Easy after work-before dinner hike! The trail is really well maintained and suitable for all skill levels.

hiking
12 days ago

I went for sunset and it was amazing. It took 3:25 from the rubble creek parking lot.
My only problem was that my bug spray only worked for the mosquitoes and not for the massive biting flies that were everywhere.

hiking
12 days ago

For me Thom is a great local workout hike....a grind if you like without being quite as steep as others around. You are rewarded with a beautiful view and the top and there is always a challenge to get up to the summit faster each time so it continues to offer challenge. I think most skill levels will appreciate the hike you just have to go at your pace. Easy to get to for a quick hike in the area though I don't think I'd drive out from the city just for it. water fountain at Sylvan trailhead spring-fall and porta potty which I think the city does a pretty good job of keeping clean.

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing hike. We went beyond Wedgemount Lake and hiked up to the glacier itself. It is worth the extra 1.5kms, as there is a glacier pond and less attacking deer flies at the glacier. Amazing views.
For sure be ready for a full 1200m assent (a bit more to get to glacier), often on soft footings (sandy or loose gravel) and at other times stepping up and over rock face. Nevertheless, this was one of the spectacular hikes I have done.

Great trail through old growth, ferns, and plenty of rocks :) Not an easy trail but there isn't any scrambling or need for ropes. One precaution is to watch for bears under the powerlines near the beginning of the hike. Numerous black and raspberry bushes with zero visibility, trail is overgrown. We didn't see any bears or bear sign but I would advise to be loud and have bear spray handy in this section of the trail. Last 100 meter climb is steep to the helicopter pad is worth the effort for the view of the lake. Lots of tree roots and rocks, would never go on this trail in wet conditions or when snow is present. It is difficult going down the trail in many spots in dry conditions.

camping
12 days ago

Tough hike with an overnight pack! Pretty relentless in the current heat but worth it in the end for an epic camping spot, view of the lake and dip! It took us 4hr 15mins up with a quick stop for lunch. It would be faster with a day pack. It’s mostly all a climb apart from a short flat section in the middle, the last 30min climb over the boulders is tough when your energy is low after the rest of the hike but it’s great if you really want to challenge yourself. I drank 2.5 litres of fluids going up so take plenty of water, we refilled in the lake and boiled water for cooking and used aqua tabs for drinking water for the way down. It took us 3hrs 37min down with hardly any stopping. The down is hard on your legs & ankles, wear proper hiking boots! Too many people on the trail with unsuitable shoes, lots of people turning back when they realise how hard it is. Lots of bugs throughout, the first 2 thirds were black flies which didn’t seem to bite, the final third and at the top were all mosquitos and we got bitten loads even with bug spray. We saw lots of Pika and the waterfall is epic so do look out for that to the right from a clearing about 2 thirds up. Stop at Dusty’s BBQ in Creekside for nachos to refuel for the journey home.

August, 6,2018! Great hike!

on Teapot Hill

12 days ago

Great hike this morning! Love our rain forest!!

hiking
13 days ago

Went around 2pm last Tuesday. Couple cars parked but not busy in the trail. Brought my 11yo bro and dog. Bring extra water! Was a really warm day that day and most people stopped and turned after the lookout point. Lots of black flies! Really steep at the top with loose rocks. Enjoyed the hike though! You can go past Elk to Thurston, but it was too hot of a day and we ran out of water so we didn’t.

This is great hike and is worth the view. But the beginning has a lot of roots, so be careful. It is steep for most of the way. There are two major scrambles. It can be very hard for someone who is scared of heights. I would recommend good foot ware. The walk down can be a bit much for someone with bad knees. Plus this hike should be rated as hard.

Did this hike at 9am on the Monday of a long weekend (August 6th) in just under 4 hours. Only saw a few other hikers, no groups of kids blaring music, and jumping in the lake at the end is the perfect finish.

This is a great waterfall to visit that is definitely less busy than some others such as bridal falls. It's actually very stunning in its cascading beauty. We actually discovered freshwater crayfish down below it as well. A hidden gem.

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