backpacking
9 days ago

Fantastic trail. Great for a two day trip, one day out, one day back with some time to explore in between travelling to/from the camp ground at Rampart Ponds. Be prepared for a steep uphill climb at the beginning. After the initial slog uphill, you're treated to a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. Once you're past Elfin Lake the traffic will die down a lot. And you'll be treated to some great valley views before you get to Rampart Ponds, as well as a beautiful alpine lake that will probably have snow/ice still as it did in August when we hiked it. To get to Mamquam Lake you must trek downhill past Rampart Ponds. It's worth noting that the bugs get bad once you reach Rampart Ponds and continue on your trek to Mamquam. Also be ready to walk through some snow, as it is still there in August. If you get to a part of the trail and it looks washed out, look straight ahead and find the pink marking tape to guide onto the path. Do no follow the washed out section down into the valley. But if you do, simply follow the stacks of rocks until you are back on the trail. Be prepared to stake your tent/rainfly into gravel as that is what the tent pads are made from. Overall, could not be happier with this trail.

Awesome solo day hike. A long one but worth it! Took 4.5 hours from the parking lot to Mamquam Lake. Very few people from Elfin to Mamquam on the way there but many more on the return trip. Hiked up to Opal Cone on the way back and the views were amazing. Lots of glaciers in the distance. Alpine flowers abundant and the bugs weren't bad at all. Also, swimming at Elfin was popular with many other hikers.
Total hiking distance 47km, time: 10 hours 45 min including stops for water, snacks, pics and chatting with other hikers. Cumulative elevation gain was just over 2200m. Definitely a good workout and calorie burner!

Great 2 day trip -- day 1 hike out to Rampart Ponds (7 hrs), spent the evening setting up camp and exploring Mamquam Lake + the surrounding region. Day 2 hike out (5 hrs).

Great hike overall. Several different biomes -- passed through a lot of forest, alpine regions, and a large icefield. Note there is still snow at Rampart Ponds and along the way in August, but it was manageable in just hiking boots.

camping
Friday, November 13, 2015

Great 2 day trip. Day one hour to elfin lakes, day 2 hike to mamquam lake. Great views of mamquam glacier, the gargoyles, garibaldi glacier. The hug at elfin lakes is great and relativity empty after October. The hut has cooking appliances, tables, bunks, and board games.

hiking
Sunday, August 02, 2015

hiking
Sunday, June 23, 2013