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Steve from Vancouver writes:

Anyone been up there recently? Any advice on gear with respect to snow, avalanche risk spots, or just tips in general? Thanks!

Posted: November 29, 2015 12:38:46 AM PST


Leonie from Burnaby writes:

A friend and I did the panorama ridge yesterday (wednesday november 11th 2016). Started walking at 7h30, 3K later the first snow. Crampons where not necessary but helpfull (it's was not slipery/icy). After 8K, snowhoes where necessary because of the foot or two of accumulated snow. We had to open the trail after the intersection with the black tusk (around 10.5K). It's was physically difficult to do and would have been impossible without snowshoes. At 12h15 (at the intersection of the trail with Helm lake) so after 4h45 hours of hiking up, we did a u-turn because of time missing to go down before the darkness (16h45). So we did not hike the last 3K (400m) up to the peak. It was also difficult to know where was going the trail at that point because it was our first time there. We finished at 16h30 after 24K of a beautifull day! Be carefull of bear (spray and bell), we followed extremely fresh bear tracks for about 1K.

Because it was a sunny day, it was not too cold (tuque and gloves) but be well dressed for winter because when the wind starts it's freezing cold.

Enjoy and stay safe.

Posted: November 12, 2015 05:56:01 PM PST


Mark from langley writes:

I'm planning to walk on the trail this Friday, just curious if anyone has experiences of encountering bears along the trail?


Posted: October 21, 2015 05:33:18 PM PST


Rae Suba from sandy hook writes:

planning to visit this weekend Oct 17-18 from the east coast . questions we no strangers to hiking but have not hiked in canada. would like to do this in one day. plan to start at 8am. questions:

1)should we pack crampons for the last portion of this trail?

2)what to wear, what types of outwear/layers?

3)if forecast has a chance of rain are the views still worth it?

4)how much water to bring

5)if rain ruins the views then can you recommend another hike that would be good.

any advice greatly appreciated!! namaste


Posted: October 12, 2015 08:10:37 PM PST


Louise from Vancouver writes:

Hiked this trail Sept 12. We started the hike around, 6:30am and arrived at Garibaldi Lake around, 9:30 (could have probably gotten there earlier but we were carrying our camping gear). Got an awesome spot by the lake - Garibaldi camping spots were full at 2pm. Started the hike to Panorama at 11am and to about 1 hr 45 up. Gorgeous hike and definitely worth the sore legs after.

Posted: September 13, 2015 06:41:27 PM PST


Georgia Neindorf from Perth, Australia writes:

Gruelling hike but the first 7.5kms up to Taylor meadows is definitely the worst. The last part up to the peak is hard as well but the middle is fine. Best part is the reward at the top after a hard slog. Took us (me and my 61 yr old father) about 9 hours from Rubble Creek car park to the top and back down again. Would recommend travelling as light as possible (if not camping)!

Posted: August 17, 2015 01:12:39 PM PST


Ryan from Surrey writes:

Hi, does anyone know how legit the info on camping being full at 7:30-8:30am is? If we have to arrive that early, and then start hiking a whole day later that seems a bit crazy. Or maybe we'll just do the hike on the first day and leave in the evening or something.

Posted: August 13, 2015 09:09:42 PM PST


SC from Vancouver writes:

Did a day trip on Saturday, Aug. 8th. Started at 8:30 AM and finished by ~5 PM. The day was forecast to be rain and sun. There is no clear signage to indicate the turnoff into the trailhead so keep a good lookout (there is a stop sign if that helps). The first 10 km of the hike were the most grueling (switchbacks all the way up about ~1000m elevation). After that, we crossed Taylor Meadows which was resplendent with purple and red wildflowers. It rained on us sporadically, here. After crossing the meadows, we reached a fork in the road where one trail goes off to Cheakamus Lake and the other goes up to Panorama Ridge. The trail kind of disappears/blends in with the sprawling rocky landscape around here, but luckily, we had a photo of the trail map so we were able to find the Panorama Ridge trail again by figuring out that it should be cutting through between Helm Lake and Black Tusk Lake. We climbed a few more switchbacks before reaching the beginning of the rocky ridge. Climbing the rocky ridge was a bit difficult in the rain (loose, slippery rocks) but not impossible. We took our time and the route is fairly well marked with rock piles and neon tags. The rocky switchbacks continue for about another ~500m elevation. It was windy and pretty cold at the top but we had a spectacular view of the icy-blue Garibaldi Lake. Saw a chipmunk up there! On the way up to the ridge, there were also spectacular views of the valleys and glaciers - lots of beautiful and epic photo opportunities. The way back down was much more difficult as it rained hard on us. On the way back, we looped around Garibaldi Lake and Lesser Garibaldi Lake and had a late lunch before heading back to the parking lot (this is a nice loop because you won't be doubling back onto the same trail until you reach the 10km mark. Also, you don't have to do anymore climbing if you're pooped out as it is all downhill). Overall, the trails were fairly empty (the forecast of rain must have discouraged people) so the Panorama ridge portion of the trail was empty and it felt like we owned the entire valley. It was very nice. I completed the entire thing wearing running shoes but would highly recommend hiking shoes if you're prone to rolling your ankle or slipping on the loose rocks. Would also recommend bringing 2 to 2.5 L of water at least(especially if its going to be a hot day as there is little tree cover once your cross the meadows towards the ridge) as well as food as this is a long hike and you'll appreciate the snack breaks. Also, if you're planning on seeing Panorama Ridge and Garibaldi Lake, I'd recommend saving your energy for the climb up to the Ridge first, then seeing the Lake on the way down if you've still got energy!

Posted: August 12, 2015 07:18:58 PM PST


Javi from North Vancouver writes:

Smoke's all clear. Was up there on Sunday and the rain made it a smoke free run. Water is a bit smoke in a few places though. Should be sunny and gorgeous again next weekend.

Posted: July 12, 2015 05:46:35 PM PST


Nicole from Vancouver writes:

Hoping to do this hike this weekend - does anyone know if the smoke and visibility has improved at all within the past couple of days? Thanks!

Posted: July 9, 2015 08:31:02 PM PST


Jennifer from Vancouver writes:

We were planning on doing this hike yesterday, but made it to Garibaldi Lake and canceled due to smoke. Right now the entire area is thick with smoke and there is zero visibility. We asked a few hikers who had just done it and they couldn't see anything from the top. We will try again in a couple weeks.

Posted: July 8, 2015 03:05:36 PM PST


Analia F. Saenz from Argentina writes:

Hey guys, I am planning to do Panoramic Ridge next Sunday, anyone know if the smoke is covering the area? Thanks!

Posted: July 8, 2015 11:17:59 AM PST


Lindsay from Surrey writes:

Does anyone know if the smoke has cleared up up there? I'm hiking this on Thurs and I'm afraid that the view will be filled with smoke

Posted: July 7, 2015 11:05:28 AM PST


Michael from Chilliwack writes:

Hiked up on July 7, 2015 (9.4 hours round trip for the day). Flowers (Lupine, Indian Paint Brush, etc) are already full bloom in Taylor Meadows. Some snow patches up the ridge - just watch for the cairns and poles with flagging. As you near the last 15 minutes ascent, there is another snow patch, and we noticed someone made tracks in the snow that went to the lower peak and everyone we saw followed suit. That does not actually lead to the peak. When you arrive at that snow patch (when you look to the left you should see a post up on the ridge, where the trail goes up to the left toward the top peak. That is the actual trail. In any case beautiful views. Heat inversion at the top (felt like 34 degrees). Forest fire smoke started seeping in from Pemberton. Lots of horse flies up top. Will do again in September.

Note: Black Dusk completely bare.

Posted: July 6, 2015 01:25:49 PM PST


Michelle from Vancouver writes:

Hiked up Panorama Ridge this past weekend. What a beautiful hike. Lots of flowers starting the grow in the meadows, and not much snow left on the top of the mountain. We did hike in snow for about 30 minutes or so before reaching the top, but we did so in runners and shorts. It was HOT out this past weekend - 36 degrees. The trail up is a bit muddy right now ... something to consider when choosing what shoes to wear.

We just happened to have an emergency set of pants and a jacket, we used this to slide down the snowy side on the way down, saved almost an hour of hiking time. Bring a crazy carpet or garbage bag if you're up for some snowy fun!

Hiking tip: be careful in the snow. Every 3 or 4th step, we noticed hand prints on both sides of the trail. It looks like a lot of people were slipping in the snow on the way up. I used my hiking poles to get through the snow, they really helped.

Posted: June 29, 2015 11:55:35 PM PST


Andy from Langley writes:

Looking to Hike to Panorama Ridge next Saturday 27th June. Any reports from those who've hiked it recently? Thanks.

Posted: June 20, 2015 09:47:18 PM PST


Tonyf from Vancouver writes:

The trail is almost clear except the last part when you heading to the top. But there are many footsteps on the snow that you can follow. The view is amazing at the top.

Posted: June 8, 2015 08:36:58 AM PST


Richard Neindorf from Perth, Australia writes:

Just for those asking if anyone has done this recently, yes. Hike completed after a night camping at garibaldi lake, panorama ridge completed on 29th May.

Conditions were good all the way to garibaldi and then for the 7.5km up from there was progressively more snow all the way to the top. It was manageable, 2 friends and I completed it in standard reebok cross training shoes and hiking packs with camp gear.

Trust this helps, and what a rewarding view at the top - holy mother nature was it worth it!

Posted: May 31, 2015 05:01:49 PM PST


Jeff from Seattle writes:

Has anyone hiked this recently? Looking for some trip reports...looking to hike this week.

Posted: May 17, 2015 08:08:28 PM PST


Kallie from Vancouver writes:

Just wondering if anyone has hiked this recently and or if this will be safe to hike at the end of April.

Posted: April 12, 2015 09:40:42 PM PST


Bre from Chilliwack writes:

Wondering if anyone has hiked panorama ridge recently?(feb 13 2015) Just curious of the current snow conditions and if it's safe at this time. Thanks:)

Posted: February 13, 2015 05:14:38 PM PST


Lynda from Vancouver writes:

Answered my own question - hiked Panorama Ridge on Sat, Nov 15/14 and conditions were great, blue sky, sun, about zero to +5 in the afternoon, only about 8 others on the trail. Definitely need crampons starting at Taylor Meadows as the trail is icy in lots of areas. Snowshoes can be used on the final hike up to the ridge, but crampons work just as well for now until further snow falls. I had a fabulous hike and with 1/2 hour on the ridge I finished the hike in 8 hours.

Posted: November 17, 2014 02:13:16 PM PST


Lynda from Vancouver writes:

Has anyone hiked this trail in the past week (Nov 7-12/14 date zone) - what are the trail to Panorama Ridge conditions like?

Posted: November 12, 2014 10:09:06 AM PST


Ruth from Coquitlam writes:

Looking to do this hike tomorrow --- there's a good chance of rain in the forecast, however a friend is in town from London and wants to do it! We would camp at garibaldi lake or else in taylor meadows --- if its raining will there still be a view? or are the rain clowds low enough to block everything out?

Posted: September 23, 2014 06:48:26 PM PST


Alisiya from Langley writes:

Absolutely beautiful hike. We did this yesterday (Sept 12)in 10 hours (including 1.5 hr at the top for lunch/lounging around). The trail is easy & well marked. No snow, no mud. :-) The hardest part was the final steep rocky slope. Definitely bring a lot of water - went through about 8L between the two of us.

Favourite parts were the breathtaking views and seeing the bears in Taylor Meadows. :-)

Hoping to go up again before the end of September.

Posted: September 13, 2014 08:36:36 PM PST


Michael from Surrey writes:


I just did the hike in a day (September 11). Took me 8 hours roundtrip (including 1 hour lunch) but I am a seasoned hiker and ran back certain sections. I recommend you begin at the trailhead no later than 8 am (I was up 4 am myself to get there in the morning) and give yourself the average 11 hours return so you are back at the parking lot by 7 pm and it is still daylight. Beautiful hike and you may complete it earlier as the 11 hour time is just an average.

Posted: September 11, 2014 09:23:48 PM PST


Dungi from Vancouver writes:

Hi folks,

I'd like to do this with a group of friends this Saturday (Sept 13). It's said that the weather is going to sunny and clear. We can't afford to camp overnight so is it possible for us to do this hike during the day time? If yes, what time should we leave from Vancouver?

Thank you for all your feedback. Will be very much appreciated.


Posted: September 11, 2014 11:51:40 AM PST


J from Vancouver writes:

Hi, I would like to do this next week. For those who camped overnight, I was just wondering how hard it is to get a spot on the campsite? And how safe is it to camp considering the surrounding wildlife?

Thanks! :)

Posted: August 15, 2014 10:41:09 AM PST


Ron from Vancouver writes:

Completed this hike on August 11, 2014. Started from the Rubble Creek parking lot, to Taylor Meadows, and onward to Panorama Ridge. Return trip was through Garibaldi Lake.

The trail is easy to follow and well marked. The only section that required a bit more caution is the final steep rocky slope up to Panorama Ridge.

It's a long day hike from the parking lot to the ridge, but definitely doable if you are in good shape. You will be tired on the way down, but at least it's downhill. Bring plenty of water (at least 3 liters - I brought 4 liters and had 1/2 liter left) and food.

Posted: August 12, 2014 09:41:35 AM PST


Carlie from Port Coquitlam writes:

Did this hike over the long weekend.. the meadows and views at the top were so beautiful and breath taking! You can do it in a day with a day pack.. we stayed at Garibaldi overnight and did this the next day.
Very well marked trail and fairly busy but not crazy. Once you are climbing up (and down) the ridge its all pretty loose rock though so be careful!

Also bring bug spray and wear appropriate clothing! The bugs are the worst I've experienced on any hike.

Posted: August 5, 2014 11:48:25 AM PST


mike from maple ridge writes:

Pick a clear day ! nothing more frustrating than hiking that far and missing out on the view.
That being said ,still beautiful

Posted: July 21, 2014 06:28:27 AM PST


Karl from Vancouver writes:

Anyone been up Panorama Ridge in the past week? Looking to go up this weekend and wondering if we need snowshoes.


Posted: July 15, 2014 06:56:42 AM PST


Eric from Midland, MI writes:

Went up to the ridge twice on a recent backpacking trip. First time, everything was white and all I could see was clouds. Today, July 6, I got up to the ridge after camping at an unnamed nearly frozen lake and had a beautiful panoramic view. This was one of the best views I have ever seen! There is still a lot of snow, but the path is well worn. For a quick and fun descent, glissade down the snow parallel to the trail.

Posted: July 6, 2014 09:37:56 PM PST


Mike from Burnaby writes:


Still plenty of snow in the area, although it's melting quickly. Here's an update on Garibaldi Lake from someone who went on Sunday, June 22nd.

Posted: June 23, 2014 10:41:44 PM PST


Ruth from Coquitlam writes:

Looking to do this hike in 2 weekends anyone have eyes or ears or insight on the conditions? Snow? Hike-able? Please let me know :D

Posted: June 23, 2014 05:54:52 PM PST


Ivan from Vancouver writes:

Hi Mitch, how is the view now from the Panorama Ridge? just snow?

Also it's my first hike in the area. I am planning to leave my tent and gears at the Garibaldi Campground and then go for the hike to the ridge, is theft a problem in this area?

Where can I find a trial map btw?


Posted: June 6, 2014 02:33:37 AM PST


Mitch from Whistler writes:

Route to summit from north is all on snow. Ridgetop snowfree. Early morning travel to take advantage of evening refreeze recommended.

Posted: June 5, 2014 10:49:09 PM PST


Seth from Fort Collins, CO writes:

Hiked Panorama Ridge today after a late start. I was considering Black Tusk but decided against it due to time and lack of proper hiking boots (there appears to be more snow on final ascent to tusk). Started at noon, took about 8 hours including the last 6k back to the parking lot with a headlamp. The weather was fantastic and views were tremendous. The trail was in pretty good shape for this time of year as I only ran into snow covering for the last 3k up the ridge. I threw on some runners for this last stretch, otherwise I did the whole hike in Chacos. I stayed to the west side of the ridge where the snow was softer from the sun so I could actually dig in. For others I would recommend crampons as the more well traveled areas are solid ice. It was not overly difficult but was a very enjoyable day hike.

Posted: October 24, 2013 04:15:56 AM PST


Kris from Vancouver writes:

Hiked from Garibaldi to Panorama Ridge with a friend on a sunny day. Power hiked up and ran down..took us about 7 hours(including, lunch, stops, bathroom breaks etc). Trail runners were sufficient, though hiking boots and gaiters would have been nice for the last few km up to the Ridge. On our way down, we detoured to Garibaldi lake instead of going through Taylor meadows campground.

Spectacular views and completely worth the climb up to the top of the Ridge.

Posted: September 26, 2013 10:33:18 PM PST


Jonah Fernandez from Burnaby writes:

Did this yesterday and it was incredible. About 8.5-9 hours round trip. There's something very satisfying about starting in the thick of the forest and ending up on a snow-covered peak. The hike itself isn't too difficult up until closer to the ridge and we were lucky that another group had gone earlier than us because the markers were so few and far between that we ended up just following the footprints in the snow.

Others have mentioned that you could avoid the snow by walking around it. In our case it was impossible; the mountain was full with fresh snow by the time we got there. However, the payoff is definitely worth it. Garibaldi Lake is stunning!

Posted: September 26, 2013 10:29:10 AM PST


Christoph from Vienna writes:

My girlfriend and I did the hike to Panorama Ridge yesterday, September 11th.

We started at Rubble Creek Parking lot at 7:15 and it took us about 12hours to complete the tour. But it must be said that we stayed 1 1/2 hours on top and had a swim at the lake where we paused another 45 minutes. Furthermore, this was basically the first hike we have ever done longer than a few km or 2-3 hours and we didn't train for it either.

I can only agree with all of you guys, it's the most amazing thing EVAR to end up at the peak and see the turquoise color of Garibaldi Lake.

The meadows are hardly blooming anymore, but still the hike is scenic. And towards the end of the hike, there's a little snow on the way, but you can easily pass by (but pass it on the right-hand side as on the left the rocks are quite slippery.)

It's definitely possible to do it in a day, but start early and be prepared for the soreness to come as well as for one of the most amazing views ever.

So do it! And have fun!

Posted: September 12, 2013 04:06:24 PM PST


Michael from Surrey writes:

Hiked up September 1:

10 hours round trip including 1 hour lunch up top of Panorama Ridge. Get to the trail-head in the early morning so you don't feel rushed about the shorter daylight. Taylor meadow flowers are no longer in full bloom but the meadows are still scenic. Large human presence on the trails to alert any bears.

Proper hiking shoes are recommended for the ridge. We saw people with runners but their feet must be sore. As for the snow patch near the ridge, many hikers were just walking around it by scaling the flat rock to the side. It is not something of a concern considering it is only 6 inches deep, but slippery in some sections. The trail up to the ridge doesn't really resemble a trail - you have cairns indicating the path but you can negotiate a better route if need be.

Posted: September 1, 2013 09:33:12 PM PST


Barb from Hamilton writes:

I hiked from the Garibaldi parking lot to Panorama Ridge. Started late at 11:30am. The rocks on the ridge aren't too bad if you take it slow. I had to turn back at the snow patch because I was just wearing running shoes. They should put a chain running along the snow in case of a slip.

Posted: September 1, 2013 04:39:11 PM PST


HopperGoLightly from Burnaby writes:

Planning to camp at Taylor Meadows and hike Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge beginning this Sunday. Although I have hiked Garabaldi Lake and base of the Tusk, I cannot recall if there is drinkable water source. Hoping avoid carrying water for three days. I've been checking online resources and I've read that there is water and that there is not. Can anyone confirm whether there is any drinkable water?

Posted: August 22, 2013 11:48:22 AM PST


Alex from Vancouver writes:

I've done this trail today. Myself and my friend we've finished it in 8.5h with 1h of lunch at the top and at at Garibaldi Lake.

There were clouds at the top so we could not see the lake from there. The hike was pretty good. The last 3 km to the top are a bit intense as you have to watch your step and in our case we had to find our way through a dense fog(cloud).

The Garibaldi Lake is one of the most beautiful, gorgeous, amazing, unreal places on Earth! The colour of the lake is so wonderful. The mountains that are surrounding it are astonishing! This lake it's a must see!! I can only imagine how beautiful the view must be from the top. But even being next to the lake it was pretty awesome!!!

On our way down we took the other way so we passed the Lesser Garibaldi Lake which is very beautiful as well.

The hike can be done in a day but you have to be prepared for a good, long hike. Also, is good to have plenty of food with you. There are springs of water all over the place so you'll never run out of water :).

Posted: August 17, 2013 09:17:07 PM PST


Dave from Burnaby writes:

This is my favourite hike. Panorama Ridge from the Rubble Creek Parking lot in a day is challenging, but since I don't camp, I just do it!

On August 7th, we hiked it. First, the bad part. The bugs were annoying, but if you keep moving, it's okay. I put a towel over my head and ears and that I found was effective in keeping them away from my ears and hair. Very surprised how well it worked. The bugs were only bad in stretches. Repellant barely works on them. Tiger Balm is great for itchy bites! Might repel them too, but need more testing.

Many positives! Taylor Meadows is in full bloom. Just an awesome display of colours! There is a little snow left near the top, but not much, and easily done if you have good foot wear and a hiking pole. Garibaldi Lake was a deep turqoise color. Unreal. Some people bum-slid down on the snow. Only saw a few people the whole day. A fantastic day.

Posted: August 8, 2013 01:56:03 PM PST


Brian from Surrey writes:

Hiked it today. It can be done in one day but it can be a long one. My body was aching by the time I got to the car, but then I'm getting a bit old.

The views are pretty spectacular. I am glad I did it, despite the days of soreness to come.

Posted: August 4, 2013 10:04:40 PM PST


Ron Walker from vancouver writes:

Hiked this yesterday. Please make sure you leave plenty of time for this hike its long but worth it. If you plan the hike after Aug 1 you are unlikely to run into much snow. The meadows were spectacular and the view from the peak of the ridge well worth the difficult scramble which makes up the last kilometer of this hike. My wife and I while reasonably fit are not experienced hikers the roundtrip took 8 1/2 hours of pretty steady going.

Posted: August 4, 2013 12:07:24 PM PST


Alex from Vancouver writes:

Hello guys,

Has anyone been on Panorama Ridge recently? is there a lot of snow? can the trail be done in 1 day?

Thank you!

Posted: July 28, 2013 08:09:48 PM PST


Michael from Vancouver, BC writes:

We went up to Panoramic Ridge last weekend and there are patches of snow from the Panorama Ridge junction, but hard packed and not difficult. Microspikes will help but not necessary. Once you get on the ridge, there is no snow.

Posted: July 18, 2013 11:21:23 PM PST

Elaine from Vancouver writes:

Hello M4verick,

Thank you so much for the update!! I was there last year twice and I loved it!! Can't wait to go back but always wondering when the snow melts...It has been hot lately. Hopefully the snow melts faster.

Yes, please update us again on the trail condition. Thank you!! :)


Posted: July 9, 2013 10:35:53 AM PST

M4verick from White Rock writes:

Yes, I was there with a friend on July 2nd 2013. We hiked all the way to the black tusk viewing area and down the southern cirque of black tusk. There was still lots of snow, but it is fairly hard; no snowshoes required.

As for panorama ridge I can tell you that there is tons of snow. So basically, if you fall you will slide and not stop. Not a good idea, but black tusk and the viewpoint are both fair game.

We are going back up on July 8th until the 11th. We will attempt panorama ridge and will report back ;)

Posted: July 7, 2013 05:22:38 PM PST

Nick from Vancouver writes:

Has anyone done this recently? Is it still snow covered? Would it be doable from Garibaldi Lake for a couple of relatively new hikers who have camped overnight at the lake?

Posted: July 2, 2013 10:44:50 AM PST

Naresh from vancouver writes:

Hello, we did this trail on 29th Sept. it was worth beauty to go there for the Panoramic view and beautiful nature. we took 11 hours all together to return to parking lot. it was not cold at all in trails and the path is pretty easy to follow even though you don't see many people for any help. We haven't seen any dangerous situations in this path. have fun!!! you really need to start early in the morning if you want to finish on the same day.

Posted: October 3, 2012 12:20:27 AM PST

Alexandra Nan from Vancouver writes:


My friend and I are thinking of hiking Panorama Ridge in a day on Thanksgiving weekend. Any thoughts on what we should bring and if it is dangerous to do in early October?


Posted: September 25, 2012 10:52:21 PM PST

Raju from vancouver writes:

Hi guys,
we have decided to do this panorama ridge trail on Sep 29th saturday. Any comments, suggestions,advice welcome.
Should we go really in winter clothing with two layers of dresses............
please advise

Posted: September 24, 2012 04:28:08 PM PST

Paul from Delta writes:

Did the hike alone Sept 18th.
It is tough, especially near the end. If you decide to go all the way up, make sure to wear hiking boot. I was up with a runner and I couldn't finish the last part when the trail is cover by snow.
The weather was very nice, I started around noon, which was very late as it is 30k round trip. I did manage to finish before the sunset but it was a bit too much. The trail is well marked and very relaxing (except the last part)
One last thing, if you wish to do it in 1 day, make sure to bring enough water and food. And travel light.


Posted: September 21, 2012 08:33:06 PM PST

Nick from Kent, England writes:

Thanks for the advice. We're moving to Vancouver in March 2013 and as we're there for a year will perhaps look to do some easier local trails first to get our fitness up. I'm one of those people that has to buy all the gear when I get into something, so I'll make sure I've got adequate clothing when it comes to trying this one. Thanks again.

Posted: September 11, 2012 01:10:30 AM PST

Tyler from Portland, Oregon writes:

If at all possible you should do it. I did this hike two weeks ago with my girlfriend. She Hasn't seen very much mileage on the trail and she did it. I had her outfitted with the necessary attire and a hydration backpack though. The trail is very well marked. You just need to bring lots of food water and layers of clothes. The temperatures get pretty chilly on the ridge, and it rained while I was there (got a good view though). You could easily get hypothermia if you don't have the right clothes. It's probably even colder now. We did it in a day hike too. We started at 8:00 am and got back to the car at 6:30pm, and I could have done it much quicker if I was alone. I recommend staying a the Whistler RV park 10 minutes up the road towards Whistler, so you can wake up and start hiking. Have fun!

Posted: September 8, 2012 11:48:38 PM PST

Tyler Chromicz from Portland, Oregon writes:

If at all possible you should do it. I did this hike two weeks ago with my girlfriend. She Hasn't seen very much mileage on the trail and she did it. I had her outfitted with the necessary attire and a hydration backpack though. The trail is very well marked. You just need to bring lots of food water and layers of clothes. The temperatures get pretty chilly on the ridge, and it rained while I was there (got a good view though). You could easily get hypothermia if you don't have the right clothes. It's probably even colder now. We did it in a day hike too. We started at 8:00 am and got back to the car at 6:30pm, and I could have done it much quicker if I was alone. I recommend staying a the Whistler RV park 10 minutes up the road towards Whistler, so you can wake up and start hiking. Have fun!

Posted: September 8, 2012 10:35:23 PM PST

Nick from Kent, England writes:

Would this hike be an absolute no no to a couple of beginners? We're fit enough to do it, but our knowledge of hiking is non existent, other than the fact we're sensible people and would take sensible precautions to ensure a safe trip.

Any thoughts?

Posted: September 7, 2012 06:12:45 AM PST

Wongfu from Burnaby writes:

Hiked from the parking lot to Panorama Ridge on August 10th. 10-11 hours return trip. Trail is clear, but there is a stretch of snow near the top. Doable with good tread shoes, but a stick, or hiking pole would be great. Taylor Meadows is bug free, but no flowers yet. However, lots of flowers in bloom on the trail that takes you across Mimulus Lake towards junction to Helm. Enjoy!

Posted: August 11, 2012 12:38:00 PM PST

Jess from Vancouver writes:

Hi Esther,

Did you manage to climb up Panorama Ridge or Garibaldi Lake? The site update says "Panorama Ridge - This route is covered with snow and is not marked" on August 3.


Posted: August 8, 2012 11:58:12 PM PST

Esther from Vancouver writes:

Did the hike yesterday, some snow around the top but doable without sticks/snowshoes/crampon

Posted: August 7, 2012 01:20:40 PM PST

Jess from Vancouver writes:

Anybody have done this hike lately? Lots of snow? Planning to hike it this weekend.

Posted: August 6, 2012 12:09:32 PM PST

Mary from Burnaby writes:

I did Panorama last year with Black Tusk, but had overnighted it. I might be in, but don't know how twitter works. Email me at: and we can discuss.

Posted: July 26, 2012 09:51:38 PM PST

Luke from Vancouver writes:

I'm thinking of hiking the trail sometime in August. I'd love some company as this is a long hike.

If you're planning on doing it, do get in touch with me on twitter @LukeSeq


Posted: July 22, 2012 11:08:46 AM PST

Christina from Vancouver writes:

There is snow! You can check current conditions on BC Parks' site.

Posted: July 12, 2012 05:05:48 PM PST

Elaine Long from Vancouver writes:

Has anyone done this trail this year yet? Is the lots of snow up there?? Thanks!!

Posted: July 9, 2012 10:08:41 PM PST

Parth from Vancouver writes:

Anyone planning for Panorama Ridge ??

Posted: October 26, 2011 10:07:13 AM PST

Danker Kolijn from Vancouver writes:

We are 2 students hoping to go for a hike this weekend in the Garibaldi/Black Tusk area and need a ride up. Does anyone have 2 spots available in their car friday or saturday. Please let me know, willing to pitch for gas.

Posted: September 28, 2011 10:49:05 PM PST

Shaun from Vancouver writes:


Did this hike on Saturday with a bunch of friends. For those of us who completed it, took us around 9 hours. The walk up to the lake is easy enough a very steady grade, and it's a great place to have lunch. Lots of people on the trail, but it was pleasant. The hike up to the ridge is breathtaking, some muddy parts along the trail, but nothing serious. You have to traverse a snow path towards the last KM or so up, it was no problem in regular hiking boots. Some people were doing it in runners. We slid down the glacier on our backsides on the way down, that was fun although it left me a bit sore! Bugs were not really a problem. All in all, one of the best hikes. Makes for a long day though, if you plan on doing the whole thing. The last 9 k down the switchbacks seem to go on forever... Still worth it:)

Posted: September 26, 2011 04:34:36 PM PST

Ken Dresen from Vancouver writes:

I was hoping to do this as a two day hike the weekend of the 10th, 11th, of September. I can't get anyone to join me. Is there anyone else going up this weekend, or Sunday, Monday?

Posted: September 9, 2011 09:40:41 PM PST

tila from vancouver writes:

I want to do this hike, never done it before so any advice on how to prepare for the hike and what I need to bring etc.

Posted: September 6, 2011 03:27:36 PM PST

Chad from Whistler writes:

Thanks for the info steve

Posted: September 2, 2011 02:49:45 PM PST

Nikki from St. Louis, MO writes:

Thank you, Steve!

Posted: August 23, 2011 09:27:49 AM PST

Steven from Surrey writes:

Just did this hike yesterday:

There are patches of snow and mud starting at the meadows, but nothing that will require special equipment to traverse. Hiking shoes will be enough =).

Have a great trip!

Posted: August 22, 2011 09:57:28 AM PST

Nikki from St. Louis, MO writes:

Has anyone been to Panorama Ridge lately? Is there still a lot of snow there? Can we hike with regular hiking shoes? We are planning to camp at Garibaldi Lake, then do a day hike to the ridge the following day.

Posted: August 22, 2011 09:48:48 AM PST

Todd from Burnaby writes:

There's still a lot of snow past the 7 km mark at Taylor Meadows. The trail is hard to follow at the junctions as there are very few ribbons. The lakes are still covered with snow. There are a few parts not covered in snow, which is a good rest to the eyes. At the moment, the trail to the top will need an ice axe, otherwise you might slip and die. We stopped at the last tree on the trail, where we met a couple attempting to go up the ridge.

Posted: July 30, 2011 10:09:15 PM PST

Luke Chapman from Brisbane writes:

Just checking if anyone knows whether the Panorama Ridge hike is accessible at the moment or if it is still under snow?

If anyone else is going in the next week and wouldn't mind if I tagged along please let me know.

Posted: June 7, 2011 05:02:26 PM PST

Josh from Vancouver writes:

Tough hike but amazing view.

Posted: December 9, 2007 10:27:12 PM PST

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