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backpacking
12 hours ago

Super good weekend

Most amazing hike I’ve ever done but much harder than described. Took us 7 hours to do and the entire way up is basically very steep incline switchbacks but 100% worth the view. Out of all the hikes in the Vancouver area I would recommend this the most.

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.

Great beginner hike, beautiful trail and lake. And NO dogs. :^) please. A couple off shoot trails if you want to go real big.

Great reward at the top! Constant up but not difficult.

I've done this trail twice in the winter and once in late summer. It's a great hike (or snowshoe/split board) with amazing views. There are some avalanche hazard areas in the winter so just make sure you check online before you go and make sure you're fully prepared.

The hut at Elfin Lakes is great! There are burners in the kitchen for boiling water and a propane heater to keep the hut (somewhat) warm.

In the summer, the views from the tent pads can't be beat.

I haven't swam in the swimming lake yet (you can only swim in one of the two lakes) but it looks great.

hiking
13 days 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
17 days 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.

Loved this trail! Would highly recommend!

hiking
26 days ago

Fairly easy hike with some moderately steep areas mostly in the beginning. Weather during hike was overcast during hike to the lake then steady rain the last third on our return. We had some views of the mountains occasionally but much of it was obscured by clouds. The heather meadows were lovely with the different fall colours. We saw a black bear from a distance in the meadow then another black bear about 15 feet away from the trail eating berries on our way back to the trailhead.
The approximately 10 km of gravel road to trailhead not too bad except for last 1-2 Km which was quite rough and bumpy.

Nice one through the woods. Quite easy as well, the trail is well maintained.

trail running
27 days 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
28 days 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.

awesome alpine terrains, numerous day hikes using Elfin Lakes as a base.

hiking
1 month ago

Sept.2,2018. Started hike around 11am. Arrived back in parking lot around 9pm. Took us about 6hrs before we got up at the ridge but the view is soooo rewarding! Bring lots of food and water. Trail isn’t hard, it is well maintained but it is a long hike.

very difficult but unforgettably scenic.

Wonderful hike. My wife and I did out and back to Elfin in one day, finishing in about 5 or 6 hours. It was mid September and we went through many rainy patches along the way. Thankfully Elfin Lakes were in sun and we were able to enjoy the views (and a sip of fresh lake water). We mostly had the trail to ourselves, and it was wonderful to stand along the high alpine meadows and enjoy the peaceful silence. One word of caution, the trail head is somewhat difficult to find and is at the end of a rough gravel road. Keep pushing ahead past the mountain bikers until the very end of the road.

AMAZING.

It was amazing hike!
We went there on Sept 4. Weather was just perfect with no smoke and clouds. Views on this trail are breathtaking!
We met a bear with a cub. They were walking down the hill. The adult bear looked at our group of 13 people, headed toward us and then changed her mind , crossed the trail went down the hill and jumped in the pond. The cub was not so brave. He was staying at a distance from trail probably waiting for us to leave:-)

Phenomenal trail! We went counterclockwise, starting at the top of the peak. First 1/2 mile is quite rocky so take your time. Several areas where it flattens out but you'll be both descending and climbing throughout the hike. Great views the entire trail! We did not see bears...only marmots and grouse. There was one easy technical section where you had to use ropes to pull yourself up about 3' and across a metal bridge but don't let that deter you.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! It should definitely be rated as Very Difficult. The first 6kms are endless, you just keep going up. Then, a couple more to get to a flatter portion of the trail to prepare for the super steep last climb to Panorama Ridge. Totally worth it, but it’s a tough one, make sure you are in a good physical condition!

backpacking
1 month ago

Awesome trail. I would say it’s moderated, the first half is a bit steep, but not too much. Let’s say 6/10.
The second have was very nice due to the views. Pay extra attention when hiking in the meadows because there’re many black bears this time of the year, we saw one in the way up and in the way back another hiker gave us a heads up for another bear in the way.

I think this trail deserves some more recognition, since the views on this hike are amazingly good. Unlike most hikes where the viewpoint is only at the end, this hike (and the high note to half note trail) has great views throughout the hike.

After you take the Whistler gondola up, you have two choices: You can either continue to the very top of Whistler via the chairlift and then hike down to where the gondola dropped you off, or you can do the reverse (climb up to the chairlift). Obviously climbing up is harder, but I think is more fun. Plus, the views are better at the top of the chairlift, meaning that climbing up provides a better payoff than climbing down.

The chairlift and gondola close fairly early however (when I was there, the chairlift closed at 4:00, and gondola closed at 5:00), so be sure to start early. The recommend time for climbing down this trail is 4 hours, so maybe plan for longer if climbing up.

hiking
1 month ago

I love steep hikes, and this one definitely satisfied. As a day hike, this took my sister and I 6 hours total (3 hours up, 2 down, and 1 to enjoy the stupendous views at the top).

Even though I did this hike in regular running shoes, I would recommend using proper hiking shoes/boots because of how steep it is. Also, be sure to bring extra layers because it was quite cold at the top.

I noticed lots of people commenting about bugs so we made sure to use bug spray and we encountered hardly any. Not sure if this was because the bug spray worked or because of the cooler weather.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this one yesterday as a day hike. Not only is it a great workout, but the views at the end are some of the best I have ever seen.

I live in Abbotsford, so we left at 6:15 am and were hiking by 8:30. Took us 4.5 hours up, and 4 hours down, plus 1 hour at the top for a total of 9.5 hours (without driving). So, definitely doable for a dayhike, but be sure to leave early to give yourself lots of time!

It was perfect hiking weather, but be sure to bring extra layers as it was quite windy at the top (a good rain jacket should keep out the wind). Saw lots of people wearing nothing but shorts and a t-shirt, and I bet they didn't get to enjoy the views for very long!

The last 6 km going back down was rather tedious, with a seemingly endless number of switchbacks and lots of dust, but this doesn't detract from the awesomeness of the rest of the hike. Also, we were shocked at how busy the parking lot was, so this is another reason to start early!

hiking
1 month ago

a LOT of uphill. But well worth the climb! Luckily it's not ALL that steep. The hike to the Main lake was well worth it. Sat on the dock & ate lunch & thought about how nice it would be next time to go up the Taylor/Black Tusk trail.

Not an overly exciting walk, and once you arrive at your destination there’s only one building still standing everything else has either rotted away or fallen down. The only good thing about the walk is that it’s so close to Green Lake.

On a Monday at 9am there were a ton of cars. The hike is not difficult. All switchbacks but doable. I completed it in 3hrs and 40min. Took a 40 min break at the lake to enjoy it. Mind you I ran part of the trail.

Think it would of been worth it to go to panorama if I didn't have somewhere to be.

The lake is drop dead gorgeous. Everything about this hike is easily accessible.

camping
1 month ago

All up hill there, but the lake is fairy tale fantastic!

Love this hike!

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