Garibaldi Lake Trail is a 21.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Squamish-Lillooet Regional, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 21.1 km Elevation Gain: 1,003 m Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

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snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: Please check with the park page about bear activity before attempting. Trail can be CLOSED whenever there is bear activity. Keep going and don’t give up as the view on the top is spectacular! The landscape changes when you reach the lake. Take insect repellent to sit and enjoy the time at the lake.

5 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend it.

hiking
16 days ago

The never-ending uphill switchbacks don’t make for the most fun hike I’ve ever been on...but it is all 100% worth it when you get to the lake views at the top. If you can suffer through the climb up, you will not be disappointed when you get to the beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by snow capped mountains.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Completed this hike on March 28th 2020. The road leading up to the trailhead from the highway is unplowed and requires a 4x4 vehicle with higher clearance to navigate. We ended up having to park closer to the entrance by the highway which added about 2km to the hike. The trail itself had very little snow for first kilometre or so. After that, until the 6km mark (where the junction to Taylor meadows is), the amount of snow steadily increases but is compact enough to get by with crampons. Past the junction, the snow quickly gets deeper/softer and walking without snowshoes would be very difficult if not impossible. It was raining and snowing heavily at lower and higher elevations respectively throughout the entire day so anyone thinking of attempting this hike in the near future should expect an even deeper snowpack. In total it took 3.5 hours up and 2.5 down (including the extra 2km from the car to the trailhead).

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off trail
snow
3 months ago

Vraiment le meilleur endroit pour faire du ski haute route autour de Rimouski. La neige y est abondante. Cinq pistes en sous-bois sont aménagées par la Fédération québécoise de montagne et d'escalade (FQME). Une approche de 3km est nécessaire pour arriver au bas des pistes. Environ 150-200m de dénivelé par descente.

bugs
icy
snow
5 months ago

i went there as a snowyday on December 16. about one kilometer away, some trees fell down and blocked the main route. I drilled in and cross. its too dangerous. btw, I'm wear running shoes,and recommend people should wear ice shoes to go in. there has a rest shation at the garibaldi lake picnic area. the snow there probably has 30 centimeters deep

hiking
icy
5 months ago

December 8, 2019 TLDR; Wear snowshoes or crampons because it gets quite icy and slippery at Lesser Garibaldi Lake. Took us around 4 slow paced hours up to the lake and 2.5 to come back down. Conditions are not snowy for as snowshoes but DEFINITELY crampons. You can fall down the steep mountain if you decide to hike in your running shoes, and it will take double the time. Lots of amateur hikers hiking up without proper gear and it can definitely be dangerous. Great views though and a perfect place to have your lunch after a morning hike.

hiking
5 months ago

We did it December 8, 2019, icy trail from Barrier Lake to Garibaldi Lake, 3 hours up and almost the same amount of time down. Wonderful trail and beautiful lake in early winter. May go there again in deep winter.

hiking
icy
5 months ago

Der Weg nach oben ist für ungeübte Wanderer schon sehr anstrengend. Der Weg war ab dem Barrier See fast komplett zugefroren und sehr rutschig. Wir waren ohne Spikes unterwegs und mussten leider nach der Brücke zum Garibaldi See abbrechen, da es zu glatt und somit zu gefährlich war. Der See scheint fast vollständig gefroren, aber an einigen Stellen noch offen zu sein.

hiking
5 months ago

A fantastic day by Garibaldi Lake; not a soul, absolutely no wind, and total silence. And with no wind, the water was perfectly still to allow for a fantastic reflection of the mountains around the lake. It was a magic morning. Just a word of caution: lots of very hard-packed ice after the 6.5km intersection, so make sure you wear spikes. Below that, the trail was bare and dry.

hiking
blowdown
icy
snow
5 months ago

The road to the parking lot has a downed tree but most cars can get past on the left side. There’s also a downed tree around the 1.5km point but people can go through the bushes. Aside from that, no other problems except for some very icy patches to be careful with. The lake wasn’t frozen yet but probably will be in a couple of weeks.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this trail today, there was a few people, not too crowdy. the climb isn't too accentuated but it's all way to the top with a few straights. Barrier lake was frozen and you can see snow from this point on. there's a few muddy spots and be careful with the frozen ones that are very slippery. keep an eye on the clock because 05:00 pm is night, so we took 4 hours to climb, and 02:30 to go down... fortunately we were prepared and had a flashlight for the last 5km going back. the total length is 20km with 10 up and 10 down . nice hike but long, so plan yourself with some snacks, water and be prepared for the freezing temperatures up there.

hiking
fee
snow
6 months ago

Roped my roommate into coming with me on an overnight backpacking trip. The 2-3 hours is if you are fit and not carrying a pack, we ended up hiking in to the night and it took us 4 hours to get up. It’s well worth it once you’re up, but be prepared to take longer than you thought with a pack

hiking
6 months ago

Brilliant hike! Even in bad weather the lake color seems to pop! Trail itself is very well maintained but for a short muddy patch closer to the lake. No snow.

hiking
closed
6 months ago

As of 11/9/19 Taylor Meadows campground is closed due to "extreme bear activity". The rest of the trails are open however.

6 months ago

Did this hike today. There was 5 of us . We ignored the trail closed and did it anyways , bear mace on hand. Didn't see any bears , we avoided Taylor Meadows as that is where the bears have been spotted. When we got to the lake, we had it all to ourselves and it was really beautiful in the sunshine. We also noted that a sign said the trail was closed until October 31st. Did it in 4.5 hours round trip , including 45minutes break at the lake.

hiking
closed
6 months ago

I’m sure would have been beautiful but fully closed due to bear activity

hiking
7 months ago

The hike is well worth the view!!

hiking
7 months ago

Wanting to hike Garibaldi Lake is it still closed due to bear sightings? Is this time of year still pretty tourist?

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

Nice trail , view was stunning . Lot of bugs so do carry bug spray .

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous views, well worth the uphill battle to get there. The trail was well maintained, marked very well, and not overly treacherous. Would highly recommend!

hiking
7 months ago

Is it still closed for bear sightings?

hiking
7 months ago

It was very nice. But you should wear good gears. There is snow on the top.

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