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.
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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.
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.
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.
Heat hike for the effort, worth exploring the area around as well.
Great hike. Not steep. Lots of bugs in summer. Great shelter in winter!
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.
Jan 1-2, 2016. We parked at the first parking lot (which was packed) because we were unsure of the roads and if we would have parking space further so that added a 2 km walk. In hind sight, we could have made it to the main parking lot in our truck as we had chains with us, but better safe then sorry. 5 hours up, of glorious views. Stopped in the hut at heather meadows for lunch. Recommend using the outhouse here as it is much preferable to the 4 at the top. The trails were very well marked and very used! Saw lots of people out coming down from an overnight or just out for a day trip. The trail was very doable, no crazy steep sections. The hut was not over full, just to capacity I think and more in tents outside. Make sure you pay in advance online, there is a ranger that comes around to check. Melting snow on the stoves was constant as that was everyone's drinking & cooking water source. One of the highlights was finding the perfect winter spot to watch the sunset over the mountains. Incredible!!
It was an amazing hike with tons to see!!! Just make sure you wear some proper shoes!!! It's a rocky trail!! Overall I definately adored this trail and would highly suggest it to someone who is looking for a challenging yet easy hike!
Amazing alpine terrain, glacier views and crazy hikes from the lakes. I went up to the saddle between diamond head and another mountain to check out he lava sculptures called the gargoyles - AMAZING!
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Just completed on Oct 13th - it was one of the most peaceful hikes I have done with gorgeous views of the valley and meadows. We were fortunately to make it on a day when the Elfin Shelter was empty so we did not have to contend with other people. The hike up from the parking lot to the Red Heather Shelter was a bit of a bore but the hike from Red Heather to Elfin was the best! Make sure you take the hikers' route for the the scenic tour. The cyclists/winter route isn't really inspiring. Took us 5 hours roundtrip plus another hour at the top. I loved it!
Just be prepared for any sudden weather changes up there! And drive a car with higher clearance if you don't want to rattle your sedan too much on the drive up the service road.