Explore the most popular nature trips 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
13 hours 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.

hiking
5 days 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 !!

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.

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.

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
16 days 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
17 days 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
17 days 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.

backpacking
20 days ago

We did this hike on May 5th with overnight camping at Elfin lakes. The parking lot is free of snow but not the trail (snow starts just after the beginning). We made it without snowshoes or crampons but most people had. 3:15 up / 2:45 down. Amazing views after passing the first 5/6km. Rough gravel road for 11km to go to the parking lot. Doable without a 4WD but carefully.

A Group of 4 of us went up this past weekend (April 7-8) and even though the weather wasn't ideal we had a blast. We parked in the parking lot and began our hike in the rain at 10:30 AM, however, once we reached the warming hut, it was lightly snowing and beautiful. After a 30-minute lunch break at the warming hut, we started the second half of the hike which was a bit steeper for at least 45 minutes and then leveled out and was much easier to walk. We arrived at the shelter, just passed the lakes at 4:00 PM.

The hike back down the next morning was a breeze and we had clear weather with the odd 5-minute snow flurry here and there. We didn't even bother stopping at the warming hut on the way down and we were back at the car at 2:00 PM (we had left the shelter at 11:00 AM)

Snowshoes are highly recommended!!!

We did this trail on March 10. We parked just after the road crossing. Some cars went upper, but some of them were stuck in the deep snow. We saw a tow truck helping a guy when we went back. The total hike was 23 km out and back. We did it in 8 hours including 1 hour break at the top. Nice open view at the top. Crampons or snowshoes are needed. We had crampons and it went great, and faster than a lot of snowshoeing groups we passed.

backpacking
4 months ago

Backpacked to Russet Lake from the Whistler Gondola on the way and hiked all the way back out on a loop and we stayed 2 nights at the camp - excellent hike in with beautiful views and good challenging terrain. Camped at Russet Lake campsite and day hiked to Overlord Glacier - good scrambling route and it can be done as a loop back to the campsite. Cold at night bring a good sleeping bag - this was early September and it was cold!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Went today and was able to make it to about 1-1.5 km past the Red Meadow Shelter. (16 km round trip) Beautiful hike with a steady climb and some beautiful views.

Chains are needed to get to trailhead parking lot. Otherwise it’s a 2.4 KM steady uphill climb to reach trailhead.

Toilet facilities at Trailhead and Red Meadow.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

->2017 01 23 Make it to the top and sleep there! After looking the trail a bit for the last strench, we made a detour with zig zag because we couldn't see the red signs
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->2017 12 07 Went back again but had to stop before the last strench, the trail wasn't marked, ice on rock and too much snow in some area. As a safe person, we dinid't hike to the top to sleep there :-( We could park the car (4x4) up the 2 km of the road.

hiking
5 months ago

really nice trail. moderate hard

hiking
6 months ago

We did this hike in early November, one of my favorite hikes I've ever done! The trail is very well maintained and well marked. The first half is a pretty steep incline so fairly intense, but the last part near the lake flattens out a bit. We weren't prepared for how cold the top was, so make sure to bring layers if you're hiking in fall/spring/winter. We left at 1pm and got back around 5:30pm, but didn't stop for a break.

Incredible place!

Went at the end of October and it was walkable without snow gear. Mountain range was spectacular and breathtaking. Not a difficult hike and would recommend to everyone! Plenty to see: mountains, marshes, wild flowers, lakes, rabbits!

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely stunning and breathtakingly beautiful. the water is so blue!!

Incredible flora in the Fall. Long but steady incline throughout. Excellent views of Garibaldi Mountain and parts of Squamish.

walking
7 months ago

This was a easy and pleasant forest walk on a fairly level and mostly smooth settled gravel path. Misleading to be described as a moderate hike. Beautiful views of the river and lake begin about 30 minutes in. It is a great option for visitors to Whistler who want a forest experience but are not capable or equipped for a wilderness hike. About a 30 minute drive from the village including 15 minutes up a gravel access road suitable for a car with average clearance and without 4 wheel drive. Dogs are not allowed. Ample parking at the trailhead and clearly signed.

Still a perfect hike at this time of year. Beautiful colours. Fairly long, but definitely not "hard".

Nice one! 1 foot of brand new snow on sept 20 to make it harder!
But it worth the efforts when you finally reach the lake :)
So far one on the hardest trail I’ve done as going down was almost as difficult than going up

Nice one! 1 foot of brand new snow on sept 20 to make it harder!
But it worth the efforts when you finally reach the lake :)
So far one on the hardest trail I’ve done as going down was almost as difficult than going up

Amazing Trail and super beautiful lake I never seen before .

hiking
8 months ago

I did this trail at the end of September. First hike in BC. The weather started off around 10deg in the morning around 9am and got to around 18deg around 2pm. I did the Girabaldi Trail to the lake, hung out with campers and took photos (90% of folks on the trail seemed to be backpackers) and then headed back via the trail that goes up to Black Tusk lookout (did a short must-do jaunt to get a view of the lake from up Black Tusk Meadows) before heading back through Taylor Meadows. The trail through Lesser Garibaldi Lake is a little tight and windy with tree roots (~1.5 mi) but the lake is beautiful (needless to say!) I think I preferred the return trail of Black Tusk and Taylor Meadows (beautiful foot bridges, wide open spaces, awe-inspiring views). 15.6mi 4300ft 5.5 hrs total time (30 min break at the lake for lunch, plenty of photo talking time). The descent may start to hurt your knees or hips so bring Advil/hiking poles ;) Enjoy!

We saw a black bear near the trail. Lakes are not so beautiful as Joffre Lakes or Garibaldi Lake, but the mountain views all around are incredible! Whiskey Jacks nearby the lodge are so eager and curious. I would not rate the hike as Hard, it is more Intermediate or Easy. The ascent is not very steep. Yes, the round-trip is 22km long but it feels like a nice walk than some real hiking.

hiking
8 months ago

Difficult but rewarding.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful. Relatively painless hike.

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