Garibaldi Lake Trail

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Garibaldi Lake Trail is a 18.0 kilometer 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
18 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,000 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

lake

bugs

no dogs

1 day ago

Similar approach as many NW hikes- many switchbacks then alpine lake at the end. We did the loop through the lovely meadow and through Taylor Creek camp. Very glad we arrived in the afternoon - this was the worst crowd at a trail that I have seen since those inside Zion National Park.

hiking
7 days ago

Did this last Sunday, absolutely amazing hike. If you want to avoid the crowds and get a parking spot, get there EARLY. We got to the trailhead 6:30 am on a Saturday and the parking lot was almost full. If you go later than 8 am you will have to park down the road.

The hike is not difficult - lots of switchbacks but the views at the top are worthy. Make sure you stop by the Barrier viewpoint (5 km in you will see a sign). We started to come down the trail at about 11:30 am and found maybe 500 people going up.

I would do it again.

8 days ago

It was a long hike!! I would do it again.

9 days ago

really nice trail. just deal with the switch backs and enjoy the incredible view

hiking
11 days ago

Did this yesterday. Gorgeous day, overcast and bright but not too hot. Did the trail to Taylor Meadows then the lake and Barrier Lookout and back to parking lot.
23km approx 900m elevation. Took 6 hours with a 40 min rest at the lake.

Trail is very well maintained, lots of markers. Got busier after 10am. Lots of bathrooms

The first 6 km we’re pretty boring switchbacks. The Meadows were beautiful but just about finished blooming.

13 days ago

Really nice hike, a bit packed but well prepared and the lake is just incredible, and the camp ground is really nice too

hiking
21 days ago

The most beautiful hike I have done so far. The ma provided here is not accurate today since the Taylor Bridge is closed for maintenance - you have to turn left and go through Taylor Meadows campground instead - it does not add much more distance or time needed though. If you are ok with adding extra 2.2km don`t turn right when at Taylor Meadows campground but go forward instead towards Black Tusk junction and turn right around 2 km later (there will be a sign to the Garibaldi Lake). Taylor Meadows trail is as beautiful as the lake itself. Take bug spray with you as well - you may need it although it`s not that bad. The trail is perfectly maintained with no dangerous sections. No snow at all. Highly recommended!!!

21 days ago

Gradual ascent with a soft, well trod, trail underfoot. Forested almost all of the way so it can get buggy but still nice to have the shade. Great views once you reach the lake, toilets, and shelters for lunch along the way. Interesting views of the Barrier as you ascend.

23 days ago

Super busy but worth the end result, as usual. Lots of fresh water after the switch backs. Toilets in the meadows and at the lake. Packed with campers. Snow free and Pano and Black Tusk look clear.

23 days ago

The views at Garibaldi Lake (and Panorama Ridge) are unbelievable. Recommend camping at Taylor Meadows or Garibaldi lake to take full advantage of this beautiful area.

hiking
30 days ago

Long hike, lake was packed with campers and hikers, took the loop up through the meadows by black tusk, flowers just starting to come out. I imagine in a week or two the colours will be lovely.
View to the Barrier was taped off as part of the bridge warning and kept many from going to see that view, however lots of toilet paper on that part as people now use the unused path as the john. Common people leave no trace and bury your leavings if you must go on the trail.

1 month ago

Not technically difficult but it’s a long hike. A few muddy sections but it’s well worth the effort. For someone who rarely hikes it was an awesome day.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a gorgeous payoff. It’s definitely doable without a lot of skill but I warn, it’s pretty much killer switchbacks the whole way up...however..it means pretty much down hill the whole way back! Will definitely come back and camp up at the lake and head on to the ridge the next day!

1 month ago

Great hike and the lake was spectacular, even on a rainy day. Snow was pretty much gone on the trail but the bridge is still washed out so you have to take Taylor Meadows at the T. Which adds an extra bit to the trek. Will do it again for sure!

1 month ago

Beautiful views and time well spent!

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this as an overnight hike the same day I completed an overnight at Elfin Lakes. Was exhausted from the Elfin Lakes hike, but managed to get to Garibaldi in just under 4 hours. First 6km is neverending switchbacks and there isn't much to see. At the junction, you'll have to take the Taylor Meadows route to get to Garibaldi since the bridge is out. Snow starts about 1km after the junction and is patchy throughout and muddy in some areas. Wore boots/wool socks. The last 500m of the trail you'll need to walk along rocks/snow on the lakeshore, so be careful and mind your footing. Campground is full of snow and there were only a couple tent pads uncovered probably from people digging them out themselves. Ended up camping along the rocks/lakeshore since there were some flat spots--way better view than in the tree-surrounded campground anyway! Another group of two did the same as me. No ranger was on site so we got lucky. Beautiful lakeshore view and caught the sunset. Too tired to wake for sunrise but I imagine it was stunning. A quiet and peaceful overnight hike and worth the tiring switchbacks going up.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

It was oke. First 6 km are upwards and a little steep. After 6 km we had snow. But no problem with hiking boots. We expected more of this trail. The only real sightseeing is in the end: the lake. Furthermore a lot of trees, not really viewpoints. And the lake is frozen. So you wont see the true color. Advise to do it in august-sept.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up to Garibaldi Lake May 20, 2018. Snow begins approximately 5 km in and requires crampons past 6 km. The bridge is destroyed between the fork and the lake. So you can’t go directly to the Lake and must add about 4km round trip and take the trail via the Meadows. Snow hard packed at the meadows but signs still buried and a number of people weren’t able to find the tail to Garibaldi lake. Garibaldi lake frozen over but still a incredible site.

5 months ago

We did this trail on March 10. We parked just after the road crossing. Some cars went upper, but some of them were stuck in the deep snow. We saw a tow truck helping a guy when we went back. The total hike was 23 km out and back. We did it in 8 hours including 1 hour break at the top. Nice open view at the top. Crampons or snowshoes are needed. We had crampons and it went great, and faster than a lot of snowshoeing groups we passed.

hiking
8 months ago

really nice trail. moderate hard

hiking
8 months ago

We did this hike in early November, one of my favorite hikes I've ever done! The trail is very well maintained and well marked. The first half is a pretty steep incline so fairly intense, but the last part near the lake flattens out a bit. We weren't prepared for how cold the top was, so make sure to bring layers if you're hiking in fall/spring/winter. We left at 1pm and got back around 5:30pm, but didn't stop for a break.

9 months ago

Incredible place!

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely stunning and breathtakingly beautiful. the water is so blue!!

10 months ago

Amazing Trail and super beautiful lake I never seen before .

hiking
10 months ago

I did this trail at the end of September. First hike in BC. The weather started off around 10deg in the morning around 9am and got to around 18deg around 2pm. I did the Girabaldi Trail to the lake, hung out with campers and took photos (90% of folks on the trail seemed to be backpackers) and then headed back via the trail that goes up to Black Tusk lookout (did a short must-do jaunt to get a view of the lake from up Black Tusk Meadows) before heading back through Taylor Meadows. The trail through Lesser Garibaldi Lake is a little tight and windy with tree roots (~1.5 mi) but the lake is beautiful (needless to say!) I think I preferred the return trail of Black Tusk and Taylor Meadows (beautiful foot bridges, wide open spaces, awe-inspiring views). 15.6mi 4300ft 5.5 hrs total time (30 min break at the lake for lunch, plenty of photo talking time). The descent may start to hurt your knees or hips so bring Advil/hiking poles ;) Enjoy!

hiking
10 months ago

I think this might have been the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I did this hike yesterday and it took about 5 hours round trip. The first 7km are a nice steady uphill climb but it is all worth it. The trail is well maintained and the trail head is easy to find. Go early if you plan on doing it just for the day so you have time to go around the lake.

hiking
10 months ago

Gradually ascending trail, good to go with friends
Nice view at the top and definitely recommend to camp a night to reach higher up!

hiking
11 months ago

Montée interminable dans les bois mais régulière sur un très bon sentier. La vue du lac récompense les efforts.
Il faudrait camper au bord du lac pour continuer le lendemain sur panorama ridge, ce que nous n'avons pas pu faire...

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful view, well worth the effort

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