Explore the most popular hiking 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
2 days ago

The road in has recently been filled in so the potholes are easier to navigate. The hike is accuratley rated as hard, but it's well worth it when you get to the top! Definitely achievable without snow shoes now, only a few ankle deep patches left.

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
3 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.

Hike is no joke but totally worth it. Bring mosquito spray! And shoes for snow.

hiking
6 days 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.

It is a hard hike but once you get to the top it’s all worth it. The lake is still thawing, so I’ll try it in a month again so I can see that beautiful turquoise blue.
Amazing Mountain Views.

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.

I've done this hike to avoid the long, dreadful switchbacks you normally get from the more commonly taken trail that goes to Lesser Garibaldi Lake. There are also switchbacks here, but it's shorter and steeper; I rather have this so I can get to the campsite quicker.

I also prefer the Helm Creek campsite as opposed to the Taylor Meadows campsite. There are still a ton of mosquitoes, but at least you get amazing views of Black Tusk and you're on an open field.

Don’t waste your time. Poorly marked, 1/3 of hike was on old road under high voltage power lines, the actual “ghost town” is a called a dump where I’m from! Definitely not worth the non scenic hike to get there. One water fall was cool and that is it.

hiking
23 days ago

It was oke. First 6 km are upwards and a little steep. After 6 km we had snow. But no problem with hiking boots. We expected more of this trail. The only real sightseeing is in the end: the lake. Furthermore a lot of trees, not really viewpoints. And the lake is frozen. So you wont see the true color. Advise to do it in august-sept.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful, gorgeous lake views with mountains in background, lots of camping sites. Impeccably well kept trail, not too long of a walk from parking lot to lake. Very easy hike; pretty much flat with hardly any elevation, bathrooms strategically placed throughout trail. Great for this who wish to bring family members that are not incredibly active. More challenging trails connect to this one; including Helm and a 16km connector trail to Garibaldi lake.

snowshoeing
27 days ago

Completed on May 26/27 2018. Stayed overnight at the hut- was only about 1/2 full! Slushy snow starting 30 minutes in. Many day hikers completing this in trail runners/ hiking boots/crampons however I was glad to have my snowshoes as the snow was so slushy/hard to grip. Hard ascent to past Red Heather Hut, then comfortable walk along Paul Ridge before descending to the lakes. The views are breathtaking, ensure you complete this on a sunny/ mostly sunny day, armed with sunscreen. Took the winter route due to avalanche risk.

BRING WINTER BOOTS AND WOOL SOCKS. Snowshoes and/or micro-spikes are definitely recommended as well.

hiking
29 days ago

To get to the starting point you need a decent 4x4 as the road is pretty rough. With a normal car you'll have to walk the first 2 Km to the starting point. The hike itself was okay but the trail is in a rough condition and sometimes hard to follow. When there is a a lot of snow up there you should have propper snow clamps as the incline and the decent from the lake is pretty steep and slippery.

30 days ago

Most diverse and scenic trail I’ve ever been on. Camping and taking it in for a few days while exploring black Tusk aswell!

hiking
1 month ago

What an amazing adventure it was! Pretty rough hike especially at this time of the year with all the snow at about half way and up. Overall, it was absolutely gorgeous! Will do again in August once the snow melts aha !!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up to Garibaldi Lake May 20, 2018. Snow begins approximately 5 km in and requires crampons past 6 km. The bridge is destroyed between the fork and the lake. So you can’t go directly to the Lake and must add about 4km round trip and take the trail via the Meadows. Snow hard packed at the meadows but signs still buried and a number of people weren’t able to find the tail to Garibaldi lake. Garibaldi lake frozen over but still a incredible site.

on Panorama Ridge

1 month ago

The view at the end is worth the effort to get there!

Did this today. No snow in the parking lot however you will hit snow about 20 minutes into the hike itself. We did it in crampons on hard packed snow the way up. With the warm weather coming back was pretty much walking through the slushy top layer of snow. Lots of people in snowshoes. Lakes are both covered right now. If you're doing this on a sunny day do yourself a favour and wear a hat, the glare off the snow is enough for you to end up with a sun burnt face even with sunscreen. Definitely a must!! Views of the mountains are breaktaking. Also if anyone found a pair of Tory Burch sunglasses please let me know!!!!

An awesome hike. Did it yesterday (May 13th). At this point I'd highly recommend snowshoes as snow begins within the first 15 minutes. My shoes got absolutely soaked through even though they're waterproof. I'd recommend wearing covers over the tops of your shoes so snow can't get in. Bring extra socks and sunscreen if it's nice out, there's not much tree cover after the first 5km. Regardless of all of this, people were doing this hike without snowshoes and I had the best time ever so do whatever and you'll have a great time.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike has lots of uphill, but offers amazing views, especially along the musical bumps.

The latest trail report May 7th says that chains are mandatory to drive to the trailhead. I'm planning to head up tomorrow. Does anybody have an update on the Mamquam/Garibaldi Park road conditions?

backpacking
1 month ago

Difficult ascent but completely worth it! Started mid morning and it was 30 degrees and dry in June. Completed in about 4 hours with minimal breaks along the way. Camped lakeside and explored the glacier in the morning. Beautiful views, wildflowers and campsite.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful views along the musical bumps trail and down the valleys. Lots of elevation gained and lost along the trail. Mediocre campsite, did not go near the cabin as it was busy and full of mice apparently. Completed at the end of August and the day we left it snowed that evening.

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