Elfin Lakes (Diamondhead)

HARD 52 reviews
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Elfin Lakes (Diamondhead) is a 24.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish-Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

DISTANCE
24 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1039 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

no dogs

This hike could be done as a day hike or an overnighter. Tent pads and even a shared cabin can be found beside Elfin Lakes. Backcountry should be purchased for safety reasons if you plan on spending the night. It costs extra to stay in the cabin if you don't have a tent. The cabin is just a two story house full of beds (no privacy). The hike starts with six kms of uphill that is fairly tough going if you are carrying your gear. But once you've battled past that you break out onto a gorgeous ridge on Round Mt. that takes you to Elfin Lakes. From this ridge you get a great view of the Mt. Garibaldi's peak as well as the Tantalus Mountain Range. Timing is everything with this hike because the snow stays around well into the spring. July/August is the best time of you've got no snow gear. There are also warming huts on the way up to the lakes stop for lunch in.

1 day ago

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

2 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

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

hiking
27 days ago

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.

1 month ago

Long but not hard.

hiking
1 month ago

camping
1 month ago

Anyone who camped up there at the hut, is the propane cooking stuff still out in repairs or is it fixed. Going up there this weekend for overnight stay. Can anyone give me an update ?

1 month ago

Went for a day hike yesterday. This isn't a hard trail at all. It is 11km from the lake to the trail head. It's a nice place for a swim. Wish I brought water shoes, as it is pretty rocky.

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2 months ago

I have done this hike several times and normally find it a beautiful hike. Unfortunately, the black flies and horse flies are absolutely horrendous right now. Prepare to be constantly swarmed by dozens of them from the parking lot all the way to the lake. I've done this hike a few times and I wouldn't recommend it with the current wildfire smoke obscuring all views and the highly annoying flies. Do it in late summer sky clears and the rest of the snow melts, and hopefully the flies go away.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Snow up to 1.5 m after 3 miles but easily passible with good shoes although microspikes made it less slippery. Lakes are frozen over.

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Reached the lake after treading through the snow. Unfortunately the lake is covered with snow but you can still enjoy the nice views of the surrounding peaks. This hike can be done with boots alone but I highly recommend snowshoes and gaiters.

5 months ago

I've been here many times in both the winter and summer. It never disappoints.

6 months ago