Garibaldi Lake Trail

MODERATE 50 reviews

Garibaldi Lake Trail is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish-Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until November.

DISTANCE
11.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3982 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

lake

bugs

no dogs

hiking
2 days ago

Did the whole trail in late May. First 3 km were dry and nice, but then, the trail slowly got covered in icey snow. Last 3 km we had 2 meters of compact snow and we were ill prepared. Be sure to take ice grips if you plan to hike this in May or June. BTW, lake garibaldi itself was covered in snow completely :(

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

I'm not sure how they came up with a moderate rating for this trail, but it kicked my butt!
I did elevation training for 6 months before we went on our pacific NW trip, and thought I was in decent shape, but apparently not!
The first & last 5 miles were grueling switchbacks through dense trees. But upon arriving at Lake Garibaldi, I promptly forgot the pain!
I very much enjoyed making friends with the locals- chipmunks & whiskey jacks & they enjoyed lightening our load of trail mix & granola (shhhh don't tell on me! ;)
The scenery was beautiful beyond words- it needs to be experienced.
Even though it took 4 days to recover & tackle Mt Rainer, it was worth every painful step, and I would go back in a heartbeat!

3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Be sure to stop at the lookout. The birds ate granola from our hands! Wish we had left earlier to allow more time at the lake!

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

8 months ago

Great place

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome hike. Being a first timer here (from Seattle, WA), I go a little too excited and hit every trail to some extent :) Got to beyond the Helm/Panorama junction via Taylor Meadows trail (turned around after hitting snow, and visibility was horrible). Tried the Black Tusk...same here...but clouds/rain made me turn around. Then headed for Garibaldi via the direct back trail (no name). After lunch, headed back down to rubble creek parking using the actual Garibaldi Lake trail. This will make is a good 16 mi (26km) RT hike - about 8 hours with lunch break. Good hike. No bugs...but had two bear encounters (harmless). Trail was in great condition regardless of moisture/rain at times. Oh, the hike start is truly all uphill full of switchbacks. lol.

hiking
8 months ago

My favorite of all the trails I've hiked! This review is very late as we went late last August. A bit tough at times but very doable and rewarding. Beautiful scenery and views of glacial lakes and rivers. Lots of places to stop and snack/enjoy the view. I swam in Garibaldi Lake at the top as well.

backpacking
8 months ago

8 months ago

Very rewarding hike... Lovely lake! Breathtaking views!

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

An incredible day hike. Take lots of water and snacks. There are a few picnic tables at the lake to enjoy lunch. We took our time up and down and we were 6 hours. Make sure you stop at the Barrier lookout. There are quite a few very friendly chipmunks that will eat out of your hand. There were quite a few flies, so make sure you take some insect repellent. I highly recommend this hike if you have a free day while in Whistler.

9 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

camping
9 months ago

We hiked from Rubble Creek parking lot to Garibaldi Lake on July 26th and camped out by Garibaldi Lake for 1 night. I highly recommend this hoke/camp. The trail is very easy to follow, well marked. On the way up it took us 3.5 hours and under 3 hours on the way back down. The trail is 9KM; the first 6KM is a steady uphill through deep forest, the last 3 KM is a little flatter and you cut through some other lakes. There are few streams running through the trail - bring water. Make sure to take the short 100 metre detour to view the "lookout".