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Garibaldi Lake Trail is a 11.3 mile 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.

Length 11.3 mi Elevation gain 3,192 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Snowshoeing Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Fee No dogs
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Note: As of September 2020, this trail has reopened but you will need a pass to access it. Please check here for updates and more information: http://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/ 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.

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Taylor Baron
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Tom W
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ishan vadera
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Tom W
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Chel Baldo
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WalkingBugsGreat!

Awesome, well maintained trail! Though feels like a never ending incline with a few flats and finally downhill while nearing the lake, it was all worth it when this breathtaking, stunning view of turquoise coloured lake shows right in your very eyes.!

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Michael D
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Long but not technically challenging, the Z pattern part could cause a wee bit of mental fatigue tho. The lake view is superb, had a dip and the water was cold but not too bad.

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Luan Gonzaga
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Richard C
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Nature tripsBugsGreat!

After grabbing the day pass at 6am, we drove 1.5 hours to Rubble Creek trailhead. We left the trailhead at 8:20am and hiked back to our car at 5:55pm. 4hours up, 3hours down, rest are our photographing time. My iPhone reported total 25km moving distance. Comparing to other famous trails in Vancouver, say Cypress mountain Saint Mark Summit or Mount Seymour trail, Garibaldi lake trail is longer but easier. I would rate it Moderate. The first 6km is really boring, but the lake view is spectacular and rewarding.

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maria gonzalez
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we are planning to go

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Alvin Lee
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Finished this 20.5km back and out trail within some 7 hours. The 1st -2nd hours uphill with Z-pattern path is considered to be the most difficult section, passing which the rest is more manageable! Agreed with other hikers’ view that this trail is more appropriate to be ranked at moderate instead of hard level. The view of the Garibaldi Lake is absolutely stunning and worth every effort to reach this final destination!! Other views overlooking the Barrier, Barrier Lake and Lesser Garibaldi Lake are gorgeous too!

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Larissa Buck
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We started at 6:40am, the hike was tiring in parts but not as extreme as I expected just a very long trek for me who doesn't hike often. We made it to the lake around 10am (3 hrs 30 mins there), view of mountains & lake were breathtaking! Only about 10 others there when we go there, surprised to see a decent sized dock for swimmers & we went on to a cove that we had all to ourselves. Had lunch & swam for the next 3 hrs then headed back. The trek down was rough on me not going to lie...my knees ached alot even though it's not an extreme slope down 2 hrs 10 min of no-stop down hill (hiking poles apparently would have help that). Alot of bugs including the favorite horse flies but nothing heavy duty bug spray won't repel...they didn't bite us! Next time...I'll carry less up (even thought we packed minimal) & have bought hike boots - running shoes probably didn't help with the knee pain. Overall I think its your best bang for your buck hike around here.

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Chloe Liang
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Juanjo Gonzalez
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Nature tripsGreat!

Pretty hard to go up, no problem going back down

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Shanae Buck
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So worth it Website had a glitch wouldn't allow us to add to cart, but went anyways. Got to the parking lot @ 6:30am, no one there yet patroling if you had passes. Highly recommend starting early!

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Maria Jose Sanchez Garcia
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Amanda Flower
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Started at 6am in the dark with head lamps on. No one else was around, so not a huge rush to get a day pass or start. Nice & quiet climb. The beginning is challenging with lots of switchbacks and then hours of mellow valley before the scramble. Scramble was challenging and steep, overall well marked. Views were exceptional! Took us 10hrs with lota of stops and a detour to the lake. Would rate the overall hime as moderate, not hard.

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Alex Levit
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Lauren B
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Karl H
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HikingBugsGreat!

If the parking lot is full, there are plenty of space along the road to park. We arrived around 10:30am in early August. The switchbacks in the beginning can seem to go on forever. Be careful of your knees on the way back down the switchbacks. The dirt path is well maintained all the way to the end. I strongly recommend taking the Taylor Meadows route on the way there for an incredibly scenic journey filled with mountains in the background and wildflowers of different colours in bloom. The lake and the surrounding mountains are as spectacular as everyone says it is.

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Raymond Ng
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Via T
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Robeena Marsh
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HikingGreat!

Steady incline. Trail is well maintained. Bring lots of water and a pair of trekking poles! The lake is incredible. Worth the workout. Be sure to stop off at the view points, they are absolutely phenomenal too!

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Michelle Guo
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Nicole Grace
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BackpackingBugs

Great hike. Is a challenge if you are not fit for a significant elevation gain in a short distance, and are not used to switchbacks. The final 3km into Garibaldi Lake feels like it takes forever but it’s SO worth it.

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Alan Lee
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Jeffen Chen
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Taryn Clements
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HikingGreat!

This hike was easier than I thought. Not hard just lengthy. Pretty moderate with decent incline and no technical spots. Only bugs when you’re stopped on the trail not so much at the lake. Beautiful views all around with the stunning lake at the end.

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