Black Tusk Trail

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Black Tusk Trail is a 25.7 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.

25.7 km
1803 m
Out & Back







wild flowers






no dogs

4 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.

8 months ago

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.

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.

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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