Explore the most popular birding trails in Garibaldi Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
23 hours 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.

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.

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:-)

backpacking
14 days 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.

hiking
15 days 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
18 days 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.

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
24 days ago

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

Love this hike!

hiking
24 days ago

One of the more challenging hikes I’ve done in Whistler. Pretty relentless in regards to incline most the way up. The waterfall you catch a glimpse of is epic. Took just under 3 hours to get up there one way. Camped up there - it’s August and it was absolutely freezing! It rained all morning so made for a slippery, soggy descent. Saw lots of people starting their hike after 1pm, with only small day packs.. I wouldn’t do this as a day hike that late

amazing view at barrier viewpoint and beautiful lake!

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome hike, big elevation gain: 1200m. Did as an overnight, tough hike with a pack but worth it.

camping
27 days ago

incredible hike. even better views! worth the effort! highly recommend staying the night and climbing some of the surrounding peaks.

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

amazing views

It was an amazing trail, very well-trafficked. The 6 first kilometers are hard but then it gets easy. The views are very worthy it. I went when the wildfires were happening and got cloudy skies and smoke and the views were not less.

hiking
1 month 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.

Similar approach as many NW hikes- many switchbacks then alpine lake at the end. We did the loop through the lovely meadow and through Taylor Creek camp. Very glad we arrived in the afternoon - this was the worst crowd at a trail that I have seen since those inside Zion National Park.

ran the last 10km very easy

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
1 month 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.

camping
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this last Sunday, absolutely amazing hike. If you want to avoid the crowds and get a parking spot, get there EARLY. We got to the trailhead 6:30 am on a Saturday and the parking lot was almost full. If you go later than 8 am you will have to park down the road.

The hike is not difficult - lots of switchbacks but the views at the top are worthy. Make sure you stop by the Barrier viewpoint (5 km in you will see a sign). We started to come down the trail at about 11:30 am and found maybe 500 people going up.

I would do it again.

Awesome went in early July. But there was still a lot of snow

It was a long hike!! I would do it again.

really nice trail. just deal with the switch backs and enjoy the incredible view

hiking
1 month ago

Really great hike, Views are amazing!!!!!!!

It’s considered to be one of the hardest hikes. It’s challenging, don’t get me wrong, but I felt some other reviews built up that part a bit... so if your on the edge and worried it’s to hard, just do it. (Did a day hike)

Bring a light sweater, when the sun isn’t shining can get a little chilli at the top only.

Only negative, there are some big dear flies at the top, and some smaller horse flies in the way up/down. Bring bug spray

hiking
1 month ago

There is no point in just hiking to this lake. It’s kinda just blah. I didn’t even take a photo of it. Keep going to Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows.

If you made it to Lesser Garibaldi on the way to Garibaldi Lake it’s worth it to keep going. The lake is pretty but the hike itself is fairly boring and a steady incline.

You’ll appreciate going on and then hitting Barrier Lookout, then Garibaldi Lake itself and Taylor Meadows.
Very well maintained trail with bathrooms.

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