Black Tusk Trail

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Black Tusk Trail is a 25.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish-Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from July until October.

25.1 km
1,788 m
Out & Back







wild flowers






no dogs

12 hours ago

Absolutely stunning views. The hike to the base of Black Tusk was surprisingly quick..3 hours.. but the scramble up looked like it would add another hour. Very sparse snow at the base. Beautifully maintained trail with mild weather. The only negative was the mosquitoes. Do not forget your bug spray or you will come back riddled with bites.

14 hours ago

My most favourite trail in 10 years of hiking! Beautiful views, varied terrain and great weather, made it a spectacular day.

2 days ago

One of the finest hikes in North America with glacier encrusted peaks surrounding Garibaldi Lake with volcanic remnants crowned with The Black Tusk.

3 days ago

Great hike! Did the entire trip to the summit from the parking lot and back in 12 hours. Trails are super smooth for at least 10 km up and then the ascent gets back to rock and snow like you'd expect. I'd really recommend a helmet if you plan on actually going to the summit (after the saddle) since there are tons of loose rocks all the way up. To get up to the summit you want to climb the second chimney which is a lot narrower than the first that you'll come across. Check every hold on your way up! Contrary to what we were told, the view from the summit is totally worth the scramble because when you're sitting at the saddle you'll know there's something better up there. Just don't die!

trail running
14 days ago

Amazing views, still some snow which makes the slide back down hill great fun.

23 days ago

Hello all, wondering if anyone can give me some insight on the weather forecast for this hike on Monday. Looks like it’s gonna rain so I’m thinking it’ll be wet, and grey, and nothing to see once at the top. Can anyone tell me if I’m right? Am I reading the forecast correctly? Or what are you thoughts and recommendations for hiking this on Monday?

We are also planning on camping at garibaldi lake which we have reservations for.

Thanks for your help and we look forward to hearing from anyone.

Wes and Isabelle

30 days ago

Did this hike the same day as Panorama Ridge from Garibaldi Lake Campground with a full pack! Ended up being hiking buddies with a couple and we decided to do it while on our way back from Panorama Ridge and just turned at the junction for Black Tusk (3km as listed on junction post). Took us 1.5 hours to the top. All uphill and intense workout. Trail was hard to find as few people had done it so there weren't many footprints to follow but I thankfully I had an offline map to guide us. Snow covered of course. As you go higher in elevation, snowshoes could be helpful but I did it in boots/wool socks and the couple had hiking boots and it was certainly manageable. Lovely views of the valley, Garibaldi Lake from afar, and Panorama Ridge. Didn't go up the chimney, but went up another steep area that had great views. A hiking pole is definitely useful just for stability/security when going up some of the steep parts (the couple let me one!). We hiked back to Rubble Creek Lot in just under 4 hours and we slid down some parts of the mountain for fun!

2 months ago

Favourite hike in BC. Definitely worth going up the chimney to the top.

10 months ago

I love this trail; I was beside myself up and down it. Through meadows full of alpine mountain flowers, surrounded by snowy mountains, you wind along a fairly easy path until you finally get to the base of Black Tusk. A sign marks the "End of maintained trail", and the last couple of hundred meters is a steep and slogging scree climb. I didn't go up the chimney but the view from the base of the Tusk was gorgeous at sunset.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Very tough climb and I get a bit uneasy on the top, but definitely worth it. Not for the faint of heart, though.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Amazing views all along the trail and even more spectacular from the top! Not for those phobic of heights. Chimney climb at summit is vertical climb up rock face--careful to not climb too closely behind another person--lots of falling rocks. Well worth the views! Hiking poles helped a lot--recommend to take.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Must go back!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

An absolute Gem of a Hike! the trail is very easy to hike all the way up to the Black Tusk itself. The Trail is wide, smooth, and very well marked. We slept overnight at Taylor Meadows, after we made the summit. There was quite a bit of snow near the top. wish i had micro spikes for some sections. Bring a climbing helmet if you plan to climb the final chimney to the true summit. Like i said before the whole trail is easy in terrain except for the last climb to the summit.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Last 1000 meters show how much you want get to the top

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hard hiking but one of the best view in BC !

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spectacular. Also some scrambling near the top. Glaciers, extinct volcanoes and glacial lakes as far as you can see.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Best mountain I've climbed. Absolutely breathtaking!

Not for the faint of heart!!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Amazing hike! Unbelievable scenery! We hiked out and back in a day.

Monday, August 03, 2015

07/31/2015 - This hike is surreal. We camped at Garibaldi Lake for two nights and made the climb up to Black Tusk the second day. It is 9km (not miles) to the lake from the parking lot. The trail is very well maintained with few obstacles. It took us under four hours to reach the lake and 2.5 hrs to return. The hike from the lake to the tusk took another couple of hours. Doing all of that in one day would be strenuous on most people. The hike to the tusk is on basalt scree once you reach the shoulder. The trail heads west at that point to the lower portion of the tusk where a crack in the rock allows you to scramble your way to the top. This is doable of course, but not for everyone. It's certainly dangerous. The rewards are great if you can reach the top.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

One of my favourite hikes. It is just long but no skills require, except for the last 50 meters of the chimney which is super fun if u like climbing. Maybe a little tricky on the way down so be careful and slow to make sure u r not holding onto loose rock. The views are astonishing. If u like long hikes this is what u r looking for!

Monday, August 05, 2013

I loved how this trail had an array of different scenes. Once surpassing the viewpoint, prepare for a steep incline on loose shale up the base of the tusk. Overall, it was a very rewarding hike! Almost a full 360 of down right beauty!!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Well maintained trail makes for an easy, uneventful incline to either the lake or the meadows. It gets beautiful once you come out of the trees. It's breathtaking once you make it to the Tusk.

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