Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

11 hours ago

wow. just WOW. the viewpoint is amazing and worth every last switchback, scramble, and mosquito bite. the first 8km switchbacks are pretty brutal with a pack on, but from Taylor Meadows it was a piece of cake. we also slid down the snow patches on our butts for the descent. super fun sledding down!

bring bug spray! seriously, they're ruthless little blood suckers until you are on the ascent of the ridge.

if you're debating between black tusk or panorama, I think panorama is the way to go.

Nice trail for beginners.

We did the hike yesterday. it was amazing. Still snow on the top, but nothing terrible. Dont forget plastic garbage bags ;) the slide down was wonderful experience (even we had no bags) ;) and it was faster.

5 days ago

Great hike with no major changes in elevation so easy to do for anyone, what's nice is if you wish, you can do about half of the hike and see part of the lake, but going out the full distance is definitely worth it as it is definitely the best views. Full distance took about four hours round trip.

Long hike, lake was packed with campers and hikers, took the loop up through the meadows by black tusk, flowers just starting to come out. I imagine in a week or two the colours will be lovely.
View to the Barrier was taped off as part of the bridge warning and kept many from going to see that view, however lots of toilet paper on that part as people now use the unused path as the john. Common people leave no trace and bury your leavings if you must go on the trail.

Absolutely gorgeous once you clear the uphill slog initially. Panoramic views of stunning B.C. mountains along the ridge. Lake was still partially frozen and plenty of snow near the last 2 km of the trail, but doable in hiking boots.

backpacking
9 days ago

What an incredible trail. From the Elfin Shelter, there are almost 360 degrees of mountain views. I spent one night up there on July 10.

The road to the trailhead isn’t bad, but a bit rocky at the end. I did fine in my Prius, taking it slowly when needed.

The snow starts just after the hiking trail rejoins the mountain biking route, about 4.5km from the Shelter. It’s patchy in spots and then starts to thicken as you get closer to the lakes. We used poles, micro spikes, and gaiters; without them, the going was slow due to slush.

The route is no longer marked with the orange rods. At times, we lost the trail altogether and relied on following footprints and the AllTrails app. I suggest anyone going in the next few weeks do the same. It’s easy to veer off course in the snow.

The tent platforms are entirely melted out and looked pretty inviting. With the good weather coming, this hike will just keep getting better and better. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

No sign of the ranger(s), in case that matters to anyone.

My wife and I did the hike yesterday. it's was Amazing and very rewarding. Yes it was a hard and long hike. Would do it again but this time in 2 days. 10.25 hours and stayed 45 min at the top.

There is still snow on the half of the trail, but it was fun. Lakes are beautiful even they are still frozen.

14 days ago

Nice trail. Not a lot of old structures standing. The trail is the prettiest part. If you are more interested in old ghost towns, you'll be disappointed.

Not technically difficult but it’s a long hike. A few muddy sections but it’s well worth the effort. For someone who rarely hikes it was an awesome day.

hiking
17 days ago

Did this hike on Saturday 29 June. It was an amazing hike, did it in 11 hours. The 7km of switchbacks are cruel!
There is still around 2 feet of snow past 1700 metres, we didn't have crampons or snow shoes but had gaiters and waterproof boots which were fine.

hiking
18 days ago

This was a gorgeous payoff. It’s definitely doable without a lot of skill but I warn, it’s pretty much killer switchbacks the whole way up...however..it means pretty much down hill the whole way back! Will definitely come back and camp up at the lake and head on to the ridge the next day!

hiking
19 days ago

Easy family hike

backpacking
20 days ago

The first 5k of the trail is pretty easy and pretty straight up hill. The second 5 is more challenging and covered in over a foot of snow I would suggest poles to any one who goes up. One of the better hikes and the cabin at the end is beautiful. Must do for any one in this area.

Park rangers are there so make sure you have your ticket.

Great hike and the lake was spectacular, even on a rainy day. Snow was pretty much gone on the trail but the bridge is still washed out so you have to take Taylor Meadows at the T. Which adds an extra bit to the trek. Will do it again for sure!

Went in January, quite difficult if you are solo or in a pair. We had 6 in our group to break trail, there was about hip height of snow. When you felt like giving up, just had to push forward. The cabin is definitely worth the pain!

hiking
22 days ago

i will be hiking this trial Friday July 27th. full route in one day. if you are interested in hiking with me give me a shout - thulak@outlook.com

hiking
22 days ago

i will be hiking this trial Friday July 27th. full route in one day. if you are interested in hiking with me give me a shout - thulak@outlook.com

Beautiful views & time well spent!

Easy trail, flat all way long. Although the lake is indeed pretty, there was no awesome viewpoint.

hiking
28 days ago

Everything its built up to be. One of the best hikes in BC. Bring a camera and wind and rain gear it can sock in fast and get wet and cold even in August. very busy go in the fall.

backpacking
28 days ago

Did this hike as an overnight at the hut the same day as completing Joffre Lakes. Took about 3.5 hours to get there. No snow for the first 1-2km, then patchy leading up to Red Heather Hut. After Red Heather (5km mark) it's all snow from there. Winter route is still in effect, so follow the tall orange trail markers. Did this in boots/wool socks. Definitely doable without snowshoes, just be careful with your footing at times because you might be walking over creeks covered in snow. Some areas of the trail are narrow/have steep drop offs so mind your footing in these spots as well. You'll see a post saying '5km to Elfin, 17km to Mamquam', be warned that this is a bit misleading because you'll end up seeing another post saying '5km to Elfin and 16km to Mamquam' after trekking for some time. One of them is likely a post for the summer route. Feels long going towards the lakes, but you get a nice view of Mount Garibaldi, the Tantalus range from afar, and snow slopes. Lakes are still mostly frozen over with only a few feet of the edges melted. Stayed in the hut which was warm and cozy. There were two couples there with us. Sunset was beautiful along the Tantalus Range. Campground is fully covered in snow, but if you do choose to camp there you'll have an amazing view of the mountains and a sunrise worth waking up for. No ranger on site at the time. Hiked back to parking lot in 2.75 hours and felt much quicker than the way there.

backpacking
28 days ago

Did this as an overnight hike the same day I completed an overnight at Elfin Lakes. Was exhausted from the Elfin Lakes hike, but managed to get to Garibaldi in just under 4 hours. First 6km is neverending switchbacks and there isn't much to see. At the junction, you'll have to take the Taylor Meadows route to get to Garibaldi since the bridge is out. Snow starts about 1km after the junction and is patchy throughout and muddy in some areas. Wore boots/wool socks. The last 500m of the trail you'll need to walk along rocks/snow on the lakeshore, so be careful and mind your footing. Campground is full of snow and there were only a couple tent pads uncovered probably from people digging them out themselves. Ended up camping along the rocks/lakeshore since there were some flat spots--way better view than in the tree-surrounded campground anyway! Another group of two did the same as me. No ranger was on site so we got lucky. Beautiful lakeshore view and caught the sunset. Too tired to wake for sunrise but I imagine it was stunning. A quiet and peaceful overnight hike and worth the tiring switchbacks going up.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful hike and amazing views. Diverse hike covering meadow area (albeit snow covered), valley views, mountain views, and of course the blue Garibaldi Lake. Definitely didn't disappoint. Did this from Garibaldi Lake campground and took just over 3 hours to get to the top with a full pack! Started at 9am, got to the top noonish. Only a few other people were up there with me. Trail is full of snow 15 minutes after you leave Garibaldi Lake. Did it in boots/wool socks. Definitely doable without snowshoes, just be warned that your feet will probably get wet. Had an offline guide with me just in case I got lost, but was able to follow old footprints in the snow as well as junction markers. Shaved a bunch of time off the descent by sliding down from the top! So fun! Best to start before noon as the sun melts down the snow and makes it softer and therefore harder to hike on.

My first time on bike trail. It was awesome!

trail running
29 days ago

The rocky road to the trailhead is the only negative here. The trail itself has a bit of incline in the first half mile. Gorgeous lake and mountain views about 1.5 miles in. Perfect for running or hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

As of 06/17- The trail is still covered in deep snow but the view of the lake and surrounding mountains is worth the extra effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked it for the first time and solo 6/16/18 (Saturday). Unpaved road (approx. 6 km) to trailhead. Potholes, washboards and rocks to contend with, but there were several cars that made the trek. Arrived aprox. 10 AM, parking lot nearly full. People started parking along the road after it filled up. Temp was supposed to reach around 80 degrees in Whistler. However, it was much cooler along this hike as the vast majority of the hike is in the trees and the canopy blocks most of the direct sunlight. It was damp with a slight wind and perfect temp for hiking. Trail makes its way through an incredible old growth forest next to the river coming out of the lake. Reminded me of Redwood Forest). Mountain bikes are allowed on this trail so there are not too many obstacles as it appears to be fairly well maintained and there is no major/really steep grades. Some mud and a few small stream crossings, but nothing a rooky couldn't handle. Upon reaching the end of the lake closest to the trailhead there are several locations along the shore from which to soak it all in. Continuing along the trail which essentially runs parallel to the eastern shoreline, there becomes fewer and fewer access points to the shoreline due to topography, fallen trees, vegetation, etc. There is a sign at Singing Creek, which indicates the trail is no longer maintained from this point. This is the end of the Cheakamus Lake Trail. I attempted a creek crossing here over some logs and nearly fell and reinjured my shoulder. Use extreme caution if crossing on logs as they can be very, very slippery. After nearly falling, I decided to head back to the trailhead. I brought a rain jacket and about 16 oz of water, which seemed adequate for this hike. I didn't bring food. I didn't rush, but I also didn't take too many breaks and only stopped for about 20 minutes to gaze at the lake and surrounding snow capped peaks. Most stops were to urinate. There are a few shack restrooms along the trail, but I only used the one at the trailhead. Arrived back at my vehicle around 2:30 - 3 PM. I felt some soreness and fatigue but not exhausted. Soreness was partially due to a mountain biking accident earlier in the week that sent me to the hospital for a dislocated shoulder. Overall, this is a wonderful day hike, that can be enjoyed by most individuals (there were younger kids hiking the trail as well as a few senior citizens). Even though the parking lot was overflowing, the crowd factor was not a significant issue for me and I found many stretches of solitude. Plus with this many people on the trail there was no need for a bear bell or bear spray.

hiking
1 month ago

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