Elfin Lakes (Diamondhead)

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Elfin Lakes (Diamondhead) is a 14.9 mile 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
14.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3408 feet
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.

hiking
2 days ago

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

2 months ago

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Winter hike is beautiful. Mixed terrain, so some nice inclines to get your heart going a little, combined with winding, mellow areas. Chains are still required to get to the higher parking lots and, with all the snow we've had this season, avi gear is highly recommended. Areas that are normally low risk are a little more dicey this season.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

camping
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hiking
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hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! A little too much snow for how prepared our party was. We turned around about 4.5 km before the lakes due to snow. Great views. Worthwhile to check it out. We will definitely go back later in the summer.

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Fantastic experience and off the bucket hiking list. Since it is June wasn't expecting the snow we had from first shelter onward. Definitely a good idea to leave early to get a spot for sleeping at the cabin if you plan to stay over. Had gorgeous weather both days in and out. Will definitely be it doing again without snow.

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Heat hike for the effort, worth exploring the area around as well.

hiking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Great hike. Not steep. Lots of bugs in summer. Great shelter in winter!

hiking
Saturday, March 05, 2016

Very enjoyable. Starts from the parking lot as a fairly steep hour walk then it is a reasonably level walk there on. Beautiful scenery. Pleasant stay in the chalet with its bunks and propane stoves.