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Bree from Vancouver writes:

My favourite hike ever. Many are worried about climbing the tusk but I've done it without helmets or gloves. It can be a little scary walking to the base of the tusk from the main viewpoint but you'll be fine because you just went up a super steep section of scree anyways. Make sure you climb up the far left of the tusk and have a good idea how to get back because the path isn't well worn out on the tusk. Some accidentally took the harder way down so yeah, just make a note of which chute to climb down when you're heading back down the tusk. I hope this is common sense but if you are climbing the tusk, don't be careless and take your time.

If you're scared, you should still do it. I'm afraid of heights, hate regular rock climbing and (like i said) I had no helmets or gloves, yet I still made it back safely so that probably says something about climbing the tusk. It looks scary at the base, but when you start, you realize it's not so bad. Also, it is so worth it to climb the tusk. I mean the view is great at the main viewpoint below the tusk but it is unreal at the top of the tusk. Seriously, it is that spectacular.

    Posted: September 8, 2020 07:37:20 PM PST

    Sam from Vancouver writes:

    The real hike starts where the caution sign comes up regarding going further up upon discretion. Hiked this on BC day long weekend and I would recommend going up early this trail is becoming a tourist attraction. If you decide to go further there is traffic up the chimney up and down. Be careful of the falling rocks two ppl got injured in the hand and face. Would recommend bringing a helmet to protect yourself. Great scenic views along the way. I'm afraid of heights but I accomplished my fears doing this hike.

      Posted: August 6, 2019 07:32:01 AM PST

      Jay from Halifax writes:

      Planning an attempt on the July 5th weekend, anyone know of snow conditions?

        Posted: June 24, 2019 08:56:05 AM PST

        Lynn from Vancouver writes:

        Hiked Black Tusk last year September 2018.

        This is my second time hiking black tusk. Similar to the first time, we dropped off our overnight backpack and set up camp at Taylor Meadows campground before heading up to Black Tusk that same morning around 10:00am. It didn't take us long from Taylor Meadows to the top of Black Tusk. Best time to hike the tusk, clear of snow, no bugs, the meadows was stunning and the climb wasn't bad. There's a trail up to the top of the tusk, most people stop at the base of the tusk but getting to the top is doable via the famous chimney chute. It'll take some time looking for the entrance of the chute but from the base, keep walking to the left and you should find it. There's no markers and the rocks are loose so climb carefully. When we got to the top, the views were stunning and made it worth it. Cracked opened a beer and enjoyed the view. The only down part of this was the wind at the top. It was incredibly windy at the top of the tusk, highly recommend bringing a windbreaker + dress warmly.

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          Posted: June 12, 2019 04:11:17 PM PST

          Kevin Woo from Surrey,BC writes:

          Trip Report Date: November 24-25,2018

          WARNING: We broke trail at the Black Tusk/Panorama Ridge junction. This trail leads to S1, NOT the false/true summit of Black Tusk (the summit most popular in photos). Please do not follow this trail if you plan on going to the normal Black Tusk summit.

          Departed Taylor Meadows campground - 0640
          Summited S1 = 1100

          There was no broken in trail at the junction, so we had to break trail all the way up to S1, which slowed us down considerably. Snow depth was estimated 75cm in some areas and we had mountaineering gear with us. Whiteout conditions at summit, didn't bother to push forward along the ridge line east to Black Tusk summit, too dangerous. Lots of loose rock, so be mindful of that. Only overnight party (5) at Taylor meadows campground, a ran into some trail runners and XC skiers heading to panorama. Snow probably starts on the trail around the 3.5km mark from the Rubble Creek Lot.

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            Posted: November 26, 2018 05:54:22 PM PST

            A from Vancouver writes:

            I’d say black tusk is basically off limits for hiking, until the spring at this point. Got a bunch of snow this week. Not recommended unlesss you have mountaineering skills and avy gear (and avy forecast says it’s ok). Lake wasn’t too bad (though still very snowy).

              Posted: November 25, 2018 07:52:56 PM PST

              TW from Vancouver writes:

              Snow from ~1400m up as of 18th November, up to ~45cm deep at worst. Slow going from Black Task Junction as a result.

              Serious rock and ice fall from the Tusk itself - several rocks the size of tennis balls bounced past me at the base. Also beware of the cornices on the ridge.

              Marked the ascent (car park to base of Tusk) at 1639m / 11.6km and the descent (base of Tusk to car park) via Garibaldi Lake at 13.8km, a bit shorter than listed.

              Appreciate this is likely described as 'difficult' due to vertical and distance but the terrain is nowhere near as tricky as something like Golden Ears or Dilly Dally Loop.

                Posted: November 19, 2018 05:01:55 PM PST

                Ryan from Burnaby writes:

                Did the hike on August 4, 2018 and it was perfect!
                It is an intermediate hike for most of it, but if you want to actually summit the peak, it takes a tiny bit of free climbing which may not be for the faint of heart.
                If you want a bit more context of the hike, I created a video with some drone footage:

                Definitely would recommend the hike for those that have done the mainstream local hikes (chief, elk, cheam, etc.) and are looking to challenge themselves a bit more!

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                  Posted: August 6, 2018 09:17:57 PM PST

                  AC from Vancouver writes:

                  Awesome hike! Has a bit of everything (forest, moraines, meadows, snow, lakes, and a bit of adrenaline at the top).
                  Went up on July 14, 2018 with two other friends, the three of us are reasonably fit.
                  We started early--6.30am from the parking lot and managed to avoid crowds. 2 hours to Taylor Meadows, we then took a wrong turn at the black tusk junction and lost about 40 min. Snow starts at the BT viewpoint, but path is easy to follow all the way to the base of the tusk.
                  Scrambled up the tusk with one of my friends. It is not an easy scramble, mainly due to exposure, zero room for errors. If you decide to go up, make sure you wear a helmet (bicycle helmets are a good alternative) as rocks continuously fall from people climbing further up. Going down seemed less complicated to me. The views from the top are incredible.
                  Took us a total of 9 hours, including the extra 40 min detour, 30 min wait at the base of tusk, and another 30 min stop for lunch. We ran down the last 6Km as our knees hurt more walking than running. This is a long hard hike but perfectly doable in one day. One of the best hikes I have done in BC.

                    Posted: July 15, 2018 08:22:12 PM PST

                    AC from Vancouver writes:

                    Awesome hike! Has a bit of everything (forest, moraines, meadows, snow, lakes, and a bit of adrenaline at the top).
                    Went up on July 14, 2018 with two other friends, the three of us are reasonably fit.
                    We started early--6.30am from the parking lot and managed to avoid crowds. 2 hours to Taylor Meadows, we then took a wrong turn at the black tusk junction and lost about 40 min. Snow starts at the BT viewpoint, but path is easy to follow all the way to the base of the tusk.
                    Scrambled up the tusk with one of my friends. It is not an easy scramble, mainly due to exposure, zero room for errors. If you decide to go up, make sure you wear a helmet (bicycle helmets are a good alternative) as rocks continuously fall from people climbing further up. Going down seemed less complicated to me. The views from the top are incredible.
                    Took us a total of 9 hours, including the extra 40 min detour, 30 min wait at the base of tusk, and another 30 min stop for lunch. We ran down the last 6Km as our knees hurt more walking than running. This is a long hard hike but perfectly doable in one day. One of the best hikes I have done in BC.

                      Posted: July 15, 2018 11:35:29 AM PST

                      Kelly Yee from Burnaby writes:

                      Went June 27th 2018. Still full of snow, but lots of fun. Went with 10 people. 5 of us went with sneakers and shorts. We summited mt Everest! Totally worth it in the snow. We sled down!

                        Posted: July 8, 2018 09:07:54 PM PST

                        Christian from Surrey writes:

                        Attempted to summit twice this weekend, failed the first time due to a thunderstorm and then only succeeded the second time because we refused to let the zero visibility, hail, and frigid winds stop us. Not too difficult to summit, even in those conditions. Just go prepared and you'll be ready for anything.

                          Posted: July 8, 2018 07:32:59 PM PST

                          Adam from Vancouver writes:

                          I should also add that if you haven’t done black tusk before, the last bits become increasingly technical (extremely so if wet), and probably not recommended for folks new to hiking/mountaineering. The viewpoint/sign is the official end of the trail for good reason. On a dry day, it’s a beautiful place.

                            Posted: July 5, 2018 11:52:50 PM PST

                            Adam from Vancouver writes:

                            Trail is wet and gets snowy for the last 3k or so towards the tusk (not quite as snowy as ponaroma ridge). Route finding isn’t super obvious but manageable. Crampons/spiked wouldn’t really be helpful at this point (at least not on a warm day). Snow isn’t hard enough.

                            Other than that, great time to go up.

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                              Posted: July 5, 2018 11:30:04 PM PST

                              Louise from Ireland writes:

                              My sister and i did black tusk on july 2nd without the aid of spikes or poles and it is definately possible. After the switchbacks it fets a bit muddy in places but no real snow until a few hundred meters from the black tusk junction. Even then its patchy until you are closer to the top and its a slushy kinda snow so good boots are enough to aid your way up and on the way down you can slide on your back (provided you have waterproofs). Would suggest gators or full length waterproof pants but thats mostly for comfort.

                                Posted: July 3, 2018 11:41:59 AM PST

                                AyeMin from Kawlin, Burma writes:

                                Just finished the Black Tusk with Chimney on June 16th ( Sunny day).

                                Great Hike, quite difficult tho. I am a beginner to Intermediate hiker.

                                Still lots of snow! Bring microspike, or Campons. Snowshoes NO NEED.
                                Sungless A Must even if u grew up in sunny tropical and a very dark eyes :)

                                It worths it. We got lucky and very sunny!


                                  Posted: June 16, 2018 07:10:22 PM PST

                                  Mike Mitchell from Vancouver writes:

                                  Just tried to hike to Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk. DO NOT GO. There is still eight feet of snow at Garibaldi campsite. Lake is still frozen for the most part. You cannot see the camp site areas. Park Rangers should be posting about this. If you want to go any further than Garibaldi Lake it is extreme winter conditions with snow shoes needed and difficult terrain.

                                    Posted: June 15, 2018 09:09:50 PM PST

                                    Ian from Vancouver writes:

                                    Did "The Tusk" on June 2nd. Snow started at around 6km. Got Fairly deep at Taylor meadows and down to Garabaldi Lake. Snow was packed and could walk on top or in other peoples foot steps. Every once in a while footing gave out and sank down to knee deep. Camp Ground still covered in snow and could not make out proper campsites as it was too deep still. The hike up to the tusk was mostly good but did experience a tough climb up as it was hard to follow proper routes, there is no trail to be seen only other peoples foot steps to follow. Overall this is still a great hike at this time of year, if you don't mind a bit of snow. Views from the top were absolutely stunning. It was very cool to see the snowy peaks and frozen lake. Bring a warm jacket, waterproof boots and gaiters and you'll be good to go!

                                      Posted: June 10, 2018 09:27:24 AM PST

                                      Ken from Vancouver writes:

                                      Completed this hike on May 21 without snowshoes or crampons, just had normal hiking shoes. Snow starts around 5-6km mark. The base of the Tusk is clear of snow but watch out for soft snow on the way up (last 2 km).

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                                        Posted: May 23, 2018 07:32:27 AM PST

                                        Phil from Newcastle writes:

                                        Attempted this hike May 2nd, trail was good lower down but slowly turned snowy. Snowshoes are a must, had to turn back in the meadows as we didn't have any and started sinking with every step. It was beautiful though, so going to attempt again tomorrow with snowshoes. Definitely doable in a day if you set off early and are reasonably fit.

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                                          Posted: May 4, 2018 05:19:13 PM PST

                                          Chris from Vancouver writes:

                                          Tried to do the trek in a day yesterday (Oct 09) and found it challenging. I was not able to finish but it's a perfect excuse to come back next year! :-)
                                          Hike is really nice, easy to follow the trail compared to Wedgemount lake trail.

                                          Saw a black bear on the way and did not felt in any danger at any moment. He was enjoying the berries around and didn't care my presence at all.

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                                            Posted: October 10, 2017 02:44:47 PM PST

                                            Dennis Musto from Maple Ridge writes:

                                            If anyone is interested in doing this hike with me, I would love to do. Anyone experienced who is willing to lead the way, I'm in :)

                                            Dennis 778-840-0646

                                              Posted: September 25, 2017 01:56:18 PM PST

                                              Mahsa from Vancouver writes:

                                              Black Tusk was on my bucketlist for a long time and I finally did it. The peak is so beautiful well worth the hike. It took us 3 hours from the parking lot to the base of the chimney. Most hikers end the trail there but i recommend taking the path to your left and go around the chimney to absorb the beauty of it. We didnt summit the peak as the climb seemed challenging.
                                              Going throughTaylor meadow and having different views of mountains and Garibaldi lake, makes the ascend and descend very pleasing.

                                                Posted: September 24, 2017 08:42:24 AM PST

                                                Matt from Vancouver writes:

                                                really enjoyed the black tusk hike on Sept 17, 2017. It took us about 8 hrs from the trailhead to the base of the chimney and back. It was quite windy at the peak and it started to snow up there, lots of rain on the way down. What a spectacular hike. The trails were so well maintained and not too busy (likely because of the rainy forecast).

                                                  Posted: September 18, 2017 10:56:10 AM PST

                                                  Ron from Vancouver writes:

                                                  What an incredible hike! The views from the base are amazing and worth the hike up the final steep slope of loose rock. No snow on the trail and the bugs minimal as well. A day hike from Rubble Creek parking lot - bring lots of water.

                                                  Here is a short video of the hike: https://youtu.be/umJkrxyNMcI

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                                                    Posted: September 17, 2017 07:28:48 AM PST

                                                    Ali Ammad from Surrey writes:

                                                    Did this Hike today. Total distance from the parking lot to the peak and back is 24 km, not 29. Trail was in excellent condition, but very crowded. A sizable number of hikers were lined up to climb up the chimney. I didn't bother since the views from the base of the peak were absolutely breathtaking. I would definitely return to attempt the summit.

                                                      Posted: September 16, 2017 08:59:29 PM PST

                                                      Artur from Vancouver writes:

                                                      One of the best trails I've been on. We couldn't stop taking pictures all along. Definitely recommend camping by garibaldi, and doing black tusk the next day.

                                                        Posted: September 9, 2017 03:04:42 PM PST

                                                        Rob Chan from Vancouver writes:

                                                        Ran this yesterday, under 4 hours return including south summit, It's 24km return, not 29km.

                                                        Zero snow on trail, some water present near the final several kilometers near the tusk itself, didn't need to bring much water that way.

                                                        Great conditions overall, heck of a lot of people on the trail

                                                          Posted: August 28, 2017 07:51:08 PM PST

                                                          Janna Vandervelden from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                          Just hiked up to The Tusk August 13-14; I fair challenge for the seasoned hiker. Completely worth all the effort. Temperature was perfect, smoke was all gone. It does get chilly at night if you're camping so make sure to bring a few decent extra layers and a toque to sleep in! Trail will end at the "Black Tusk Viewpoint" but spending the extra 40 minutes to climb up the rocks to the Tusk itself will earn you a ten times-better view.

                                                            Posted: August 15, 2017 10:45:15 PM PST

                                                            M from Vancouver writes:

                                                            Hi! Planning to do this hike this weekend. I've heard from a few people that a helmet is recommended... Thoughts? Thanks!

                                                              Posted: August 9, 2017 03:18:33 PM PST

                                                              Rehana Bacchus from New Westminster writes:

                                                              Camped for two nights at Garibaldi Lake (August 4-6), and hiked to Black Tusk on August 5. We could definitely smell smoke in the air, but not so much that our breathing was impacted. The sky is very hazy from the wildfire smoke, so the views you would normally enjoy of the surrounding mountains and ridges are just barely peaking through. Still a beautiful hike, with lots of wildflowers and waterfalls to admire. We hiked to the end of the maintained trail, as we weren't comfortable ascending the snow and loose rock given the conditions, but there was a well worn path up to the base of the Tusk if you choose to attempt it.

                                                                Posted: August 8, 2017 06:38:18 PM PST

                                                                Duc from Vancouver writes:


                                                                Any one hike black tusk this week? any smoke problem there?

                                                                Thank you

                                                                  Posted: August 4, 2017 12:14:07 PM PST

                                                                  Alix from Vancouver writes:

                                                                  Hiked up Black Tusk yesterday, staying at Garibaldi Lake that night - an absolutely beautiful hike.

                                                                  Trail is now easy to follow the entire way. Some patches of snow remain fairly close to the top, but they are easy enough to cross.

                                                                    Posted: July 30, 2017 09:30:53 PM PST

                                                                    Andy Schultz from New Braunfels, Texas writes:

                                                                    My wife and I hiked from the parking lot to the base of Black Tusk on July 10th. Snow from Taylor Meadow of and on to the base. Took us 10.5 hours, but we are in our mid 50's. Many younger passed us up. Left at 8am and finished at 6:30pm. Trail is tough to follow once you hit the snow. Seemed to be better to work around to the right as you faced the mountain. We did not climb up the chimney's as the rock was loose and footing was questionable. No question about the fall if you made a mistake though.
                                                                    Loved the hike - really beautiful views all around. Hard to describe - you have to go to see!

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                                                                      Posted: July 21, 2017 02:01:43 PM PST

                                                                      Mikayla from Burnaby writes:

                                                                      Update July 9th 2017

                                                                      We hiked up to Garibaldi Lake the day before and stayed overnight. Still lots of snow in the campground and most of the tent pads are buried, but it is possible to find a dirt patch to camp on.

                                                                      The trail is clear of snow until you get to the meadows. We wanted to make it up to Black Tusk, but lost the trail shortly after the BC parks sign board and outhouse in the meadows. We eventually found the trail again (all covered in snow) but it was cloudy and starting to rain, so we turned back around 2 km before the tusk. We had Yak tracks on which were super helpful coming down, as the snow is wet and slippery up top.

                                                                      You could probably make it close to the tusk on a sunny day with good equipment (gators, yak track, poles, snow shoes etc).

                                                                        Posted: July 9, 2017 10:54:16 PM PST

                                                                        Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Trail update as of June 6th, 2017

                                                                        Snow starts after 5km through the hike, and snow's elevation is about 2-3 meters and the lake is frozen!

                                                                        We planned to camp for 2 nights, the first day to go to the lake and second day to hike up the black tusk but the snow is too dense for us to do it and trail isn't marked yet, many hikers with axes and snow shoes etc couldn't go there not even to panorama ridge.

                                                                        So we decided to head back on day 2 instead of sleeping another night, and the other campers who had the same plan as us didn't stay for the second night.

                                                                        Trail - snow starts after 5km (small patches) and then at km 6, its full on snow trail.

                                                                        When we hiked on the 5th, the trail between the lesser lake and Garibaldi lake was too slippery (was definitely worth having spiked shoes with us and poles) but when we hiked back home on the 6th the snow was too soft, melting and kept breaking under our feet.

                                                                        We hiked it without snow shoes or poles, and there were several older men (50s &60s) hiking it up however if you have a 10-12 year old or younger child, this is still not the hike you want to take them on till maybe first week of July.

                                                                        Pictures will be uploaded on instagram @MichaelVHanna
                                                                        Have fun!

                                                                          Posted: June 7, 2017 07:13:21 PM PST

                                                                          Brian Becker from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                          I hiked and climbed up to the peak of Black Tusk some many years ago! It was a three day excursion with about a 45 lbs of gear on my back. Day one driving from Vancouver and starting out from Highway 99, and the Black Tusk parking lot, we made our way up the switch backs and the upper trail to Garibaldi Lake. We set up our base camp at Battle Ship Islands. Day 2 we hiked with only our day back packs up the Panorama Ridge and to the base of Black Tusk crossing some snow fields on route. Climbing up the chimney was easier than coming down. Caution - Take that into consideration if you are not a mountain climber! We returned to our base camp after a great day of hiking the meadows, boulders and scrambling up the tusk while savouring the time we had in the upper altitudes of this adventure. Day 3 was our return down the mountain from base camp and back to Vancouver. Would never consider doing this in one day regardless of weather conditions, daylight hours available and the limited gear you may have with you. It is just too beautiful a place!

                                                                            Posted: April 26, 2017 12:22:58 PM PST

                                                                            Jesse Meyers from San Diego writes:

                                                                            Had a late brunch at Fergie's then we weren't really sure what to do that day since it was supposed to be a rest day from bouldering/climbing. Saw a great review of this hike and it sounds so fun. It kept saying how this is where people turn back but just keep going cause it's worth it. So true. We didn't start hiking till around 1:30pm and we got back to the car a little before 9PM so that last bit of the hike was in the dark. It was August and we had pretty mild weather although at the top it does get a bit chilly with the wind and there was still quite a bit of snow that hadn't melted. If you are feeling adventurous, don't pass this up.

                                                                              Posted: February 13, 2017 07:08:00 PM PST

                                                                              Lawrence from Vancouver writes:

                                                                              I completed the hike to the summit last weekend - the weather was good, snow was short and compact and could be easily be completed wearing trainers or hiking shoes.

                                                                              Wearing boots the round trip to the summit - 27km took 7.5 hours carrying 20kg up and back from the carpark. I just had the afternoon and I don't mind a challange.

                                                                              When you get to the chimney approaching the summit, people will tell you it's the first chute coming from the black tusk view point. I struggled to get my pack over the steep section of the climb here and realised by the markings coming down the 'chimney' is the next chute round - a much easier scramble esp if you have heavier bags with you.

                                                                              I would love to return to see sunrise and sunset. If you have the time I would spend longer here, both Taylor meadows and Garibaldi lake are beautiful spots to camp. But if you are a strong hiker (check elevation gain above) this can easily be done in a day. The trails are clear and easy to follow if you did descend with a torch at night.

                                                                                Posted: August 6, 2016 12:54:54 PM PST

                                                                                Caiden from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                Hike up was a bit rushed for us, 6:30pm to 9:40pm. We got there just before dark, and were quite surprised by the amount of people who kept showing up until after 12am. The weather was beautiful, the sun had just set and we set up camp, ate a quick dinner and went to sleep.

                                                                                Second day was partially cloudy. On the way up to the tusk we saw many people who were only wearing t-shirts, amongst whom a majoritu doubled back near the tusk itself where there was still a substantial snow pack and the wind was blowing at full force. The clouds lowering the visibility around the chimney caused multiple people to come down the wrong chute and we're force to climb back up. While the climb up the tusk is easy enough, the way down can be very dangerous for those lacking proper rock climbing experience. The markers on top of the chimney should havw provided clearer directions.

                                                                                Panorama Ridge on the third day was more strenuous than black tusk, but offered arguably the best view of the whole trip. I would highly recommend doing this one right after coming down black tusk if you have enough time.

                                                                                  Posted: July 24, 2016 05:09:49 AM PST

                                                                                  Andrea from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                  We hiked in to Helm's Creek Campground on July 18, 2016. The hike up took 3 hours with packs, going pretty easy. Once at camp, it was beautiful, pretty quiet, and had a nice view of the tusk. BUT the mosquitos were relentless, no amount of bug spray deterred them, and despite the warm summer weather, everyone at camp had their rain gear on (because it's baggy and the mosquitos can't bite through) with hoods up and still being pretty uncomfortable. Apparently the bugs have been bad everywhere this year because of the wet June, but each of us came home with between 100-200 bites each.

                                                                                  The hike to Helm's Creek was a difficult 9 km with overnight bags (3 hrs up, 2.25 hrs down), but the switchback time was shorter than the Garibaldi Lake side. Only about 2.5 kms of very steep switchbacks, whereas Garibaldi Lake is close to 5 kms, in my opinion.

                                                                                  The hike to Black Tusk took about 4 hours up, with lots of pictures breaks etc. The trail is very well marked, and very beautiful. It was a great way to see the mountain because it was quiet (we were the only ones hiking that way), and we circled around the whole mountain, so 5 stars for view and scenery. Hiked through some snow getting to the Panorama Ridge trail, but just walked in hiking boots, gaiters and poles. Snow was wet and melting.

                                                                                  The Black Tusk ascent had snow, we REALLY appreciated our poles on the way up and our snow pants to slide down afterwards. The weather turned bad at the top and nobody tried to summit the chimney. We encountered a 15 minutes hail storm, but the weather was clear once it moved through.


                                                                                  1) Black Tusk is closer to the Garibaldi Lake/Taylor Meadows camp; Panorama Ridge is closer to the Helm's Creek camp
                                                                                  2) Still some snow, lots of loose rock at the top
                                                                                  3) Mosquitos felt like the plague at Helm's Creek, and apparently it's worse than normal because of June/July rains - easier hike than the Garibaldi Camp hike

                                                                                    Posted: July 19, 2016 01:35:09 AM PST

                                                                                    Hanna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    Fantastic hike. Did it in two days - Taylor Meadows in the first day, and up to the Tusk in the second. Totally doable in one day, but make sure you have plenty of time. There was still a lot of snow up at the tusk. I ended up sliding down on my bum (saves a lot more energy and muscle strength than trying to walk down snow on a slope). Shoes got completely soaked. Bring extra socks!

                                                                                      Posted: July 13, 2016 05:37:57 PM PST

                                                                                      Eva from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      Great hike! We went up during Canada Day long weekend - stayed at taylor meadows for 2 nights. Make sure you make your camping reservations online! They are checking very diligently.

                                                                                      We didn't reach any patches of snow until taylor meadows. And even then, it was really sparse and already melting. Very very few campsites needed to be dug out from the snow, and shovels are available at the cabins. (My group brought up trowels and shovels and didn't even use them at all....though we wanted to since we brought them all up).

                                                                                      It took us about 7 hours for our group of 6 to go from taylor meadows, down to garibaldi lake and up to black tusk and back to our campsite. Gorgeous views and we lucked out on the weather. Heading up to black tusk was pretty scary. Plenty plenty of snow, but easily hiked through it in our hiking boots. Gaitors are recommended (or duct tape!), and extra layers at the top. The climb up got pretty rocky , steep and slippery. Poles are recommended to help you get through the snow on the slop, but otherwise it can be done easily by taking your time! Only look us about 20 minutes to come down from the summit - we ended up sliding down on our bums, so garbage bags or water pants recommended!

                                                                                        Posted: July 4, 2016 12:46:21 PM PST

                                                                                        Gery from Surrey writes:

                                                                                        Hiked garibaldi and black tusk on June 27/28 for the first time. Day 1 we hiked to Garibaldi lake and took the scenic route through taylor meadows. We didn't see any snow before taylor meadows. The snow gradually becomes increases as you approach the junction between panorama ridge, black tusk and the trail down to garibaldi lake. At this point you're hiking almost purely through snow. We went down to garibaldi lake and set up camp. Many of the campgrounds were covered in snow. The next morning we left with only food and essentials and made the trek back up to the junction and then up to black tusk. From the junction up to black tusk it's almost entire all through snow. the trail markers were few and far between and it did get a bit confusing but the snow actually helped us as we could follow the foot steps of other hikers. Try to keep right, and it seems to dip down as you lose some elevation but you end up going around the right side of "Black tusk S1" (see map above) and then you catch your first glimpse of THE black tusk. It's pretty much a straight show from there. steep and all snow until you reach pretty much the base of the tusk where you're walking on loose shale. Going down was far easier with the snow as we could slide down on the snow (i recommend bringing light packable waterproof pants to slip on for this, or a plastic bag to slide on). From the junction to the black tusk took about 2 hours going up but only about 40 minutes coming down with all the sliding. :)

                                                                                          Posted: June 30, 2016 12:09:46 AM PST

                                                                                          Anthony Maw from Vancouver, Canada writes:

                                                                                          As of Saturday June 25, 2016 the trail is completely buried in deep snow and impossible to follow and the access to Black Tusk is pretty much impossible except by wayfinding and bushwacking. We came across many weekend hikers who, like us, tried to access the Black Tusk. Having climbed to the summit before, the climbing route is not terribly difficult up the so-called "Chimney" route and teenage kids were lined up to do it when I was last there. However climbing the Tusk has been the scene of many fatalities and permanent injuries by climbers falling especially on the climb back down.

                                                                                            Posted: June 26, 2016 09:08:39 PM PST

                                                                                            Courtney Davey from Whistler writes:

                                                                                            Has anyone been up on a Rzr before?

                                                                                              Posted: June 21, 2016 11:55:25 AM PST

                                                                                              Philip from New westminster writes:

                                                                                              Hiking Black Tusk tomorrow if anyone wants to join!

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                                                                                                Posted: June 21, 2016 03:52:46 AM PST

                                                                                                Natalie from Toronto writes:

                                                                                                Hi all,

                                                                                                I did this hike in 1 day a couple years back in August. Just wondering if anyone has been up this hike recently and knows what the snow situation is like up there.
                                                                                                I want to do an overnight this time, but not sure if there's too much snow up Black Tusk to attempt it or if I should do another hike in the Garibaldi area.

                                                                                                Any info would be amazing.

                                                                                                  Posted: June 18, 2016 02:49:48 PM PST

                                                                                                  Michael from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                  Hi Chris, if you camp overnight at Garibaldi you will have enough daylight to do the Black Tusk the next day. Sunset as of October 6 is about 6:30 pm. Be aware that the area did get some snow in late September but it appears to have substantially melted. As well, the area is frequented by black bears during this time of year, as they are fattening up for the winter eating blueberries and other sources. Bear spray would be recommended if you hike alone. Layering up would be obvious as well. I was up in Whistler the other day and the overnight temp got down to 3 degrees. Weather calls for grey skies and chance of rain - but mid October forecast looks to show a few sunny days mid-week. Use Whistler weather as your gauge, since the Tusk is just south of Whistler mountain.

                                                                                                  As for Tusk itself, you do not need hiking pulls - they may be more of a nuisance to carry around. The hike up the scree slope to the base of the Tusk was daunting but slow and steady wins the race. I didn't chance hiking to the summit in the summer, and wouldn't consider it this time of year with cooler temperatures and unpredictable winds and weather that can roll in.

                                                                                                    Posted: October 6, 2015 10:04:04 PM PST

                                                                                                    Chris D from Toronto, ON writes:

                                                                                                    Great and informative comments everyone. I looking for some specific guidance.

                                                                                                    I'm leaving on Oct 2nd, so a prompt reply at this point would be a blessing. :)

                                                                                                    I'm visiting BC and planning a 3-day trek in mid-October.

                                                                                                    Day 1 – Hike to Garibaldi
                                                                                                    Day 2 – Hike up to Black Tusk
                                                                                                    Day 3 – Go Home

                                                                                                    -Will I have adequate sunlight on the last day to make it back relatively comfortably?
                                                                                                    -Do I need any special gear for the middle of October (eg. gaiters, crampons, sunglasses, extra layers, etc.)?
                                                                                                    -Do I need hiking poles or is not necessary? I’m on the fence with these things.
                                                                                                    -I’m fairly fit and fine "roughing it out", I want to hike up Black Tusk, but I’m hiking alone and have little/some experience with difficult trails. I think I should be fine getting up to the ridge next to the base of Black Tusk. What do you think/suggest? Should I attempt the summit? Do you think its fine that I’m going solo this time of year?
                                                                                                    -Do I need to worry about bears this time of year? If so, do I need to bring anything (eg. bear spray)?

                                                                                                    Lastly, does anyone have any other outdoor recommendations while I’m in BC? Any good/interesting/scenic trails on Vancouver Island (besides the West Coast Trail, which is closed) – or anywhere else? I’m willing to make a long drive, if needed.

                                                                                                    Thanks in advance. I really appreciate it whatever insight you can share.


                                                                                                      Posted: September 28, 2015 03:43:33 PM PST

                                                                                                      Seth from Victoria writes:

                                                                                                      Aiming to get up here the weekend after Thanksgiving. Ryan, can you give a trip report?

                                                                                                        Posted: September 28, 2015 01:04:28 PM PST

                                                                                                        Ryan from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                        Doing this trail (solo) tomorrow and Panorama Ridge the next day (overnight camping) Gimme a shout if you wanna chime in! This is the 4th time I'm doing this trail in the last 4 yrs. Definitely one of my favorite trail but wedgemount is still on my number spot :)

                                                                                                          Posted: September 25, 2015 07:39:31 AM PST

                                                                                                          Tak McT. from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                          Did this hike around 2 weeks ago as a day hike. I did the Garibaldi Lake hike earlier in the year (March), and knew somewhat what I'd be up against.

                                                                                                          -3hrs15min to hike from the parking lot to the point where the BC Trails signage says "this is the end".
                                                                                                          -Additional 45min to hike from said signage to almost the base of the Tusk (was quite exhausted by then). This is the toughest part of the hike so long as you're in decent condition. The main trail is quite easy as you push on, but energy levels depleted for me by the end.
                                                                                                          - Hike on a nice day! I hiked on a slightly rainy day, and once I got up to The Tusk, the clouds in the sky were whipping over the ridge. Temperatures were below 10 degrees up there, wind currents were high, and my fingers were numb despite wearing (improper) gloves to the point where I had to turn back downhill to tend to what I thought were almost frostbitten fingers.
                                                                                                          - Hike lasted from 7:30am until 3pm round trip, with maybe 45min~1hr rest while I was close to the peak, with intermittent water breaks.
                                                                                                          - This is my preference for this hike, but boots were the better choice for me for the ankle support. Not much slippery conditions for the main hike, but once you get to The Tusk, it's mostly smaller rocks that slide beneath your feet. A quick slip and my ankles would have been done.

                                                                                                          Since I never got to touch the base of The Tusk, it is my mission next season to re-do this hike and accomplish this personal goal.

                                                                                                          Easy initial hike, hard hike in the end, beautiful views, great goal to achieve.

                                                                                                            Posted: September 17, 2015 04:20:57 AM PST

                                                                                                            Herman from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                            Did this Sept 12, gorgeous, warm, clear day and the view at the base of the tusk is breathtaking. WARNING - we did the sketchy rocky traverse at the base of the tusk (which went OK), but as we tried to walk back to the beginning of the traverse we saw a ton of rocks (fist size) falling from the very top all the way onto where we're heading. While we stood under an overhang to hide and wait we saw two more rock falls. We put our backpacks above head and tried hard to run/escape - luckily we're still alive. We thought there's only rock falls at the narrow path where people climb up to the top but apparently that is not the case. Anyone who plans to traverse the base portion please where a helmet or just avoid doing it altogether.

                                                                                                              Posted: September 13, 2015 10:20:04 PM PST

                                                                                                              Courtney from Los Angeles writes:

                                                                                                              Bug spray would be the least of my worries. We ran into 2 bears , one was a cub, coming back down from black tusk today. Next time we might be a little more prepared in the bear area.

                                                                                                                Posted: September 8, 2015 12:42:08 AM PST

                                                                                                                JB from Salmon Arm writes:

                                                                                                                fyi the easy route up the tusk itself is on the far left as you look at the tusk from the meadows side. once you reach the tusk keep going along the south/lake side at the base of the tusk until you see faint orange markers on the rock. this is the easiest path up and down...middle aged female made it up but required a bit of help from teenage son to get down.
                                                                                                                tip: it may seem silly but we wore helmet as rock does fall off the tusk naturally and as a result of people climbing up and down.

                                                                                                                  Posted: September 1, 2015 09:22:18 AM PST

                                                                                                                  Clint from Astoria, Oregon - USA writes:

                                                                                                                  My wife and I hiked Black Tusk this August. We had beautiful weather and really enjoyed ourselves the entire time, but there were a couple of things that folks from the States need to know about this hike that seemed pretty different from our wilderness areas.

                                                                                                                  First - water is fairly hard to come by for the first 5 kilometers or so. There are a couple of streams early on, but for much of the first leg of the climb, there's not much. On a hot day, bring quite a bit of water along. We brought 4.5 liters between us which was heavier than we usually pack, but it was worth it in the end.

                                                                                                                  After we passed the switchbacks at "The Barrier" we turned left at the junction toward Taylor Meadows - there was an excellent stream nearby where we refilled our water and headed up to the Tusk. There were quite a few streams along this path, nearly to the viewpoint. If you're planning on hiking past the viewpoint (a non-maintained path full of loose rocks) make sure to have plenty of water with you. It's a pretty steep climb that is totally exposed, so if you sweat a lot (that's me) plenty of hydration is important.

                                                                                                                  After The Black Tusk, we angled back toward Garibaldi Lake to camp. There is no fresh running water at the lake, so make sure your water is replenished along the path before you arrive at the lake. We treat our water (no filter) so lake water is usually not a great choice for drinking. Garibaldi Lake is so incredibly clear, it probably would have been fine, but we were cautious and just drank what we brought.

                                                                                                                  Enough about water. The other strange thing about this hike for someone from the states is that Garibaldi Lake has a campground similar to one that might be found when car camping. There are pit toilets, designated campsites, and shelters. It's pretty crowded, and at least while we were there, noisy. Lots of people come up to the lake as a day hike and leave in the late afternoon, but there's really no feeling of isolation that one can get hiking and backcountry camping elsewhere. Luckily, the beauty of the lake more than made up for the crowds.

                                                                                                                  We returned along the path that leads directly back to the junction where we chose to head toward Taylor Meadows. There were only one or two streams along that path for replenishing drinking water if one were so inclined.

                                                                                                                  Before heading out, I couldn't find information about the quality and quantity of water sources, and I hope this helps people unfamiliar with the area be a bit better prepared than I was!

                                                                                                                    Posted: August 15, 2015 10:17:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                    JCM from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                    We camped at Taylor Meadows and headed out at the crack of dawn. Totally worth the 5:30am alarm, we were the first people to reach Black Tusk on a busy long-weekend Sunday. It took us about an hour and a half at an easy pace to get to the viewpoint (with the big BC Parks sign) from the campground, and then another half hour to get up to the ridgeline.

                                                                                                                    The first part of the hike through the meadowland is beautiful. We saw a grouse taking a dust bath in the middle of the path. As you get higher up, there is less and less vegetation and the stunning blue of Garibaldi Lake becomes more visible.

                                                                                                                    The last section to get to the ridgeline, up the slope of loose rock, was tiring but not at all scary or painful with good footwear on. Once at the top, we got an up close view of Black Tusk and a spectacular view into the valley on the other side, as well as the lake and surrounding mountains. Totally amazing. You could keep going along the narrow ridge to the Tusk itself, but we opted not to risk it and headed back down. Going down the loose rock wasn't bad at all, it was actually pretty easy and fun.

                                                                                                                    On our way back we saw a marmot relaxing on a big flat rock, the highlight of the trip for me.

                                                                                                                      Posted: August 2, 2015 06:55:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Julia from Winnipeg writes:

                                                                                                                      me and a friend of mine are planning on doing this hike and camping over night in a couple weeks, I'll be in vancouver from the 6th to the 13th so if anyone is going up for a couple days during then and has extra room in their car or wants a couple more hiking buddies let me know! [email protected]

                                                                                                                        Posted: July 27, 2015 03:39:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                        Lynn from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                        We camped out at Garibaldi lake and then did the Black Tusk the next morning. The hike from the lake was 5.5km and it was fairly moderate until you hit the junction that splits Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge then it starts going up a series of steep inclines. Bring bug spray as once we hit a clearing of meadows, we were swarmed by mosquitoes and horse flies. Slowly as you hike further, you'll see less greenery and more rocks. You'll start scrambling along these soft rocks to the Tusk then soon find yourself walking along the ridge.

                                                                                                                        Most hikers end the trail at the bottom of the tusk but we decided to hike up to the peak of the black tusk. Be aware that this should be done with extreme caution as loose rocks were dropping from the peak down. Some experience in rock climbing would be helpful in this section as some parts of this climb could be dodgy and not for the faint of heart. Please note that this climb up is very narrow and put a safe distance between yourself and the next person in front or behind you. This climb to the peak of the black tusk is a class 4-5 climb. Once you get to the top, the view on the top is well worth the scrambling and hiking. The morning we went, there was clear skies and no smoke could be seen from the forest fires. We were glad we got up early as we had the peak to ourselves.

                                                                                                                        Once we had our snacks and absorbed the views at the peak of the tusk, we decided to head over to Panorama Ridge and check out the viewpoint. It was a very long day but well worth the hike to see both view points.

                                                                                                                        Happy hiking!

                                                                                                                          Posted: July 23, 2015 10:29:32 AM PST

                                                                                                                          David K from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                          Took us 2 hours to get to bottom of tusk from Garibaldi Lake. View was nothing I've ever seen.. tempted me to also checkout panorama ridge but had no time to do both.

                                                                                                                            Posted: July 4, 2015 09:06:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                            John from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                            Left rubble creek parking lot at 12:30pm on June 29. Made it to the Black Tusk look out easily before 5pm where we then hunkered out a wee thunder storm before attempting to summit the tusk proper. The chimney that is flgged (the third chimney) goes quite easily especially if you have spent any amount of time climbing. Spectacular views from the summit. I would recommend bringing a helmet for the scramble up the chimney although most people seemed to opt to not bring one. The decent from the top is about three times as technical as the way up, so be sure you are confident in your ability as you summit.
                                                                                                                            If you have done the West Lion scramble, this one is much much easier.

                                                                                                                            One final note, BC parks recommends 13 or 14 hours to do the tusk round trip, but we, a couple moderately fit 20 somethings, managed to do it in under 10 hours with well over two hours in breaks and taking the Garibaldi Lake route down from the Black Tusk junction. Do with that information what you will!

                                                                                                                            Enjoy this hike and summit, quite the experience!!!

                                                                                                                              Posted: June 30, 2015 10:08:03 AM PST

                                                                                                                              Aaron from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                              My friend and I are planning on doing this hike in the last week of july. We want to stay for 5 days. One idea I had was to camp in a different place every night. The thing is we aren't very experienced with this park so I know that black tusk is a destination, but where could we go from there? If we were to do this, what is the last water source before the tusk summit?

                                                                                                                                Posted: May 27, 2015 11:02:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Manfred from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                I wanted to do Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk in a day. Although I started quite late at 11:20 am, I made it to the first junction where Garibaldi Trail splits into Taylor Meadow Trail within 110 mins ( partly run up the trail) So I was certain I still could do the complete tour. However, only few meters after the junction it got icy. The grip was still good so I continued. Not much later though, the snow got soft and so deep that it was a real fight to go through it without any gear. Eventually, I made it almost up to junction Black Tusk Trail / Helm Creek Trail when I decided to brake up and go down to Garibaldi Lake instead (lake is covered in snow as well)

                                                                                                                                For the people who are wondering if this trail can be done, I would say yes, if you start earlier than me and make sure you have proper gear ( I found it quite scary having to cross a creek over wooden bridge which was heaped up by snow, so you had to balance over a very narrow and icy lane to get to the other side)

                                                                                                                                By the way, it's so amazing walking up there through this winter wonderland. Everything is covered in snow, 1,5 to 2 meter deep snow :-)

                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 21, 2015 03:33:11 PM PST

                                                                                                                                  Adam from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                  Would also like to know if this is doable in late April? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 12, 2015 04:29:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    Stephen Wan from Mississauga writes:

                                                                                                                                    Is it possible to do this in late April?

                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 14, 2015 11:38:57 AM PST

                                                                                                                                      Alen from Hong Kong from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                      I hiked once to Black Tusk 16 years ago when I was 19, I would like to do it again in early May this year when I am back to Vancouver for vacation. Is early May a good time for hiking or trial running to black tusk? Would it be very snowy trial?

                                                                                                                                      I still remember the very steep part with little loose rock at the very top of Black tusk as well the stunning view there.

                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 2, 2015 10:59:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        Lujia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                        Did this hike on Saturday, 16 November. We made it to the sign that says "Caution, end of maintained trail". The whole way starting from Taylor Meadows is snowy and at times icy. Would recommend to bring either crampons or snowshoes. The views are absolutely amazing, with frozen creeks and lakes everywhere. Make sure to start early these days to get ahead of the sunset.

                                                                                                                                          Posted: November 18, 2014 12:17:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                          Ginger from Hamilton, ON writes:

                                                                                                                                          I saw the 11 hour time frame given on this website so I started hiking at 7am to be sure I had enough time to complete the entire hike in one day. From parking lot to Black Tusk summit was 3.75 hours for me. The total time was 9 hours and I spent over an hour up at the top walking around and taking photos. So this hike is definitely do-able in a day. I'm 27, female and in relatively good shape and I hiked it solo. It's an absolutely gorgeous hike. Highly, highly recommend it.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 30, 2014 09:32:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                            Turner from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                            I'm wondering if there is a spot to car camp near the start of this hike. I'd like to drive out from Van friday after work to get a super early start saturday morning. (hoping to be back in Van saturday night)

                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 29, 2014 09:37:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Alisiya from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                              @len: Just to park for the day is free. If you're camping it's $10/person & I believe you can pay by cash at the drop box in the parking lot.

                                                                                                                                              Was up at Panorama yesterday - no snow. Hoping to go up to Black Tusk within the next week or two.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 13, 2014 08:50:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                len from coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                What does it cost to park at rubble creek? What methods of payment? I don't have a credit card. None of the sights I've checked say.

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 12, 2014 07:39:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  M4verick from White Rock writes:

                                                                                                                                                  There is no snow in September. It's actually the best time to go.

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 10, 2014 01:44:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Guest from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone know if there is snow at black tusk or panorama ridge mid september? Im thinking 18th-21st?

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 1, 2014 08:50:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                      ryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                      hey there Sonja.. wow didn't know that sum1 would reply ..but anyways i did camp on taylor meadows I'm on #8 platform. saw couples there but hahaha no clue if one of them are you guys.. if only i have known could've join you guys the hike.. anyways.. how was the hike for you guys? i was at the black tusk chimney around 300pm.. what time did you guys go? maybe if i see your pictures would recognize you guys as i talk to a lot of hikers from the campground and during hiking..

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 26, 2014 11:11:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Colin P from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Climbed Black Tusk as a run yesterday! Beautiful views... Round trip (from Rubble creek parking lot to the top of the tusk and back) in 3hrs and 52 minutes!! Great training run for some speed ascents but the legs are definitely sore today!

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 25, 2014 04:41:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Sonja from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Ryan, My boyfriend and I are going tomorrow if you want to join us? We are driving up tomorrow morning from Van and leaving around 6.30am.

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 22, 2014 05:07:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                            ryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                            i will be doing this hike this coming saturday and camp overnight.. will be going alone as most of my friends are not into outdoor stuff lol. i did panorama ridge 2 weeks ago and the view was outstanding.. this time ill be conquering black tusk and looking forward with more breath taking views it'll offer! anyone wants to join me?

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 21, 2014 10:30:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Jeremy from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Hi everyone,

                                                                                                                                                              Some friends and I are hoping to get a relatively early start this coming Saturday and we're wondering if there is a BC Parks gate that only opens at a certain time in the morning (and closes in the evening?). Only reason I ask is because I've been to a number of parks that have a gate.


                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 10, 2014 10:30:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                Evgeniy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                I did this hike today together with Panorama Ridge. Took me 9.5 hours with all photo stops (I do it often) and lunch break. If you experienced hiker it is not that hard. I recommend doing Panorama first and than go Black Tusk on the way back. But if you need to choose - choose Black Tusk. Yes it is steep and has loose rock but has the same views as Panorama plus close views of the Tusk.
                                                                                                                                                                I have climbed ll way to the top. The hardest part of the chute is the start. But if you did rock climbing before and not afraid of heights - do it. Just be careful when choosing holds. It is so easy to pull the rock from the Tusk. When I climbed all way to the top I was there alone. Most of the people don't go all way up. The views are incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 10, 2014 09:40:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Paul and Janneke from Kelowna writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Camping at Garibaldi Lake is awesome.... But bring insect repellent .... Wonderful hikes into Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge with fabulous wildflower displays in the meadows when we were there about a week ago. Stream are enroute with drinkable water but best if you have a means of filtering it just in case...

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 3, 2014 05:46:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Steph from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    Hi! We're doing this hike labour day weekend and wondering if there's drinkable stream water on the trail?


                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 31, 2014 11:14:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Tazmin from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Hi I was planning to do this hike this weekend, I was wondering if I can hike to Garibaldi lake and camp for the night there then the next day make my way up to the tusk? Is that a good plan for a overnight hike in the area?

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 24, 2014 07:32:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        chris from richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        beware if you're camping overnight and parking at rubble creek. last night 25 cars were broken into. have no valuables in your car and keep the doors unlocked overnight. possibly even put up a sign saying the door is unlocked so thieves dont smash your windows.

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 20, 2014 08:26:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Eric from Midland, MI writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          This was an exciting hike, that I did last Friday, July 4. I did this as part of a recent backpacking trip. There is still some snow but most of it has a path through it. Once I got up on the ridge I was enveloped in clouds and made my way toward the tusk. Once near, I wasn't quite sure which was the best way to the top, but eventually I saw the ribbon in the route that looked easiest. The climb was more exciting than scary for me. I was all alone so no worry about rocks falling on me. There were a few holds that were loose but I just took my time and maintained 3 points of contact. The first part was the most challenging. At the top the clouds parted and I could see Garibaldi Lake. On the way down I saw a few others on their way up. Overall, a thrilling hike. If I had to pick between this and the panorama ridge trail, I'd say try to do both :), but if only one, then probably the Panorama Ridge.

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 6, 2014 09:50:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            Stel from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            Hi Renato,
                                                                                                                                                                            I am planning the same thing with my Daughter sometime this week to next weekend. Somewhere
                                                                                                                                                                            between next Wednesday and next Sunday.
                                                                                                                                                                            Black Task / Garibaldi Lake 2 nights camping. I’ve been Camping and hiking. I’ve been to Garibaldi Lake a very long time ago, but not to the Black Task, it was one day hike.
                                                                                                                                                                            I checked Meetup, they have tomorrow “Slowbie - Taylor Meadows & Garibaldi Lake (Whistler)”.
                                                                                                                                                                            It’s too late, anyway to join them.
                                                                                                                                                                            I would like to spend more time around the area.
                                                                                                                                                                            I am doing research and getting some info from my friends, professional hikers. Unfortunately they are not available for this time.
                                                                                                                                                                            I am debating about camping, if we carry camping equipment or camp close to the car; this will make a lot of difference in what stuff to load the car with.
                                                                                                                                                                            It depends on the weather.

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 4, 2014 11:24:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Renato Simoes from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              My wife and I would love to make the Black Tusk this summer. We don't have any experience at all. Is there someone available to share the experience with us and, maybe, guide us at this exciting adventure? we are thinking to camp there (for 2 days?) as well. Anyway, if someone can help us with that, we appreciatte it!

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 2, 2014 10:21:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Arthur from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Just back from the area (28-29th of June). This was my first time at Garibaldi. The weather was good in the afternoon on both days, but not in the mornings. We started at 06:30 from the Garibaldi lake under a light rain which became heavier. After the big map sign on the Tusk trail it's 50% snow and I'm pretty sure we lost the trail at some stage as none were visible after others' footprints in the snow ended. Lots of water coming down too. We pushed our way up reaching a point from which the Tusk was barely visible in the distance through the fog and decided to turn back. There was even more snow between us and the Tusk, which was wet and slippery. Rain turned into wet snow at that stage also. We were back at around 11, and by 12 the weather turned all sunny and beautiful again with a few scattered clouds. Perhaps if we started much later we would have made it.

                                                                                                                                                                                If you've been there before, know where you are going, and have a good weather - it's definitely doable. If you haven't done it before - not recommended yet - wait another few weeks perhaps. The lake is as beautiful as ever though :).

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 30, 2014 04:01:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  JT from Boston writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Also hoping to go up soon, sometime next week 6/23 or 6/24, anyone have a condition report?

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 20, 2014 02:16:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Janice from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone been up to the Tusk yet this year? Thinking of doing it this weekend June 21-22, and wondering what conditions are like up top, whether snowshoes, etc are necessary?

                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 19, 2014 10:44:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Dave from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Had a great time hiking this yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Next to no bugs, but there was snow about 7km into the trail which grew deeper for the last 3km or so. The snow made the final ascent quite a bit more difficult. Soggy boots, and lots of sinking into the 2-3 feet of snow nearing the top and losing ground.

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you'll be attempting this in the next few weeks, you'll definitely want hiking boots instead of runners, or even snowshoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The Tusk itself was still climbable. The chute was practically clear of snow except for a few bits, but it never affected access to handholds/footholds. For anybody attempting it, it's only the first 12-15m that's super sketchy. Beyond that it's quite manageable. Just maintain 3 points of contact, go slow, and double check that your handholds and footholds are secure, some of the pieces can be a bit loose. There's a video on Youtube of someone's climb, it's worth a watch to see what you'll be in for.

                                                                                                                                                                                      The top was quite chilly and windy this time of year, but so very worth it. If you'll be starting from the parking lot instead of camping overnight, and if you expect deep snow when you attempt this, you'll want to start the hike at daybreak to make sure there's enough time to make it back. Have a flashlight just in case.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 7, 2013 12:22:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        @HopperGoLightly: I've done Panorama Ridge last week, so as you know the trail for that one is 65% the same with the Black Tusk. There's plenty of water until the trails split (towards Black Tusk, so the last 3 km). So if needed you'll have to make sure you'll have water for the last 3 km as the rest of the trail you're covered.

                                                                                                                                                                                        @ marie: around 4.5-5km from Garibaldi to Black Tusk.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 23, 2013 07:22:56 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 11:46:57 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            marie from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            How many km's is it from Garibaldi Lake to the Base of the Tusk please?

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 21, 2013 12:32:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              Eva from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm just curious for all the hikers that camped overnight at garibaldi (set up camp) and hiked the black tusk.....did you leave your stuff behind or just the tent/sleeping bag etc? I'm planning to go up in a few weekends and was hoping for some tips!

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 20, 2013 11:05:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Chris, Carley & Aussie James from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked this on August 10th. First we hike up to Garibaldi Lake to set up camp, take a dip in the lake, and have lunch, then off we went to hike the Tusk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                There was only a couple patches of snow at the top of the Tusk, and they weren't on the trail so it's a clear path all the way up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                We had the meteor shower in full effect that night, and could see millions of stars from Garibaldi Lake. It was gorgeous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                All the other campers & hikers were very friendly and fun to chat with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you're planning on scaling the chimney, know your limitations and go with a buddy; one older man went by himself and was panicking at the thought of coming down. Don't let that be you.


                                                                                                                                                                                                -Leave early if you're going on the weekend. Garibaldi Lake campsites get taken quick, and people were forced to camp up at Taylor Meadows, which isn't nearly as nice as being at the lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                -BUG SPRAY!!! It's a must. No campfires allowed, so you need something to keep all the giant flies and mozzies away (there were tons of them!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                -Wear hiking boots, not runners. The shale slope has some good size rocks that can come tumbling down, and if you're in really good shape it's also fun to slide down the shale a bit for extra speed & good times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 13, 2013 12:04:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jim from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hike on August 5th. Clear sky and very little wind. Took about 8 hours to complete.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The wild flowers are in full bloom near Taylor Meadows - looked great. I took 2.5 litres of water/sport drink and finished them roughly 3kms before reaching the parking lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lots of blood sucking bugs everywhere! Be sure to bring insect repellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  View from the top is simply amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 6, 2013 06:59:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ted from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Arrived at Garibaldi Lake parking lot on August 4, 2013, at 11:30AM ish (because of road sign not being clear enough to the Lake so there's some detour). Did a fast ascend (traveled light, a jacket, few bottles of water, snacks, headlamp, etc.) and started summit at around 2PM. Reached base of chimney at 4PM. Decided to return to the parking lot, which was a good choice given my stamina, tiredness, and sore muscles. Returned to the lot at 7:20AM? Overall an 8 hour hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well worth it with top of the view of the entire Garibaldi Lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Don't forget to get a $5 mosquito net from Wal-mart. Everyone saw me was jealous at how well it fended off the flies! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 5, 2013 10:01:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dominic W from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      My friends and I did a day long trip up to the Black Tusk on August 4, 2013 and made it to the top of the chimney. The weather was ideal with sun, few clouds, no rain, and no wind. I packed a windbreaker and a pair of pants for the trip, but didn't use them, so just a shirt and shorts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We left the parking lot at 9am and got back by 8pm. We took the Taylor Meadows route and the hike became challenging a few km after Taylor Meadows towards the Black Tusk. The chimney climb was fun, but I was pretty confident in my climbing ability and tested every hold and foot landing. If you are at the base of the chimney, do NOT stand near the large cracks in the chimney. Climbers on the chimney will accidentally set loose rocks that plinko through the cracks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I packed lunch, snacks and 2.5L of water, though I think I could have sufficed with 1.5L (as I gave a litre to a passing hiker).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The hike down was harder on the joints and my body is sore today. And yes, the flies can be quite annoying. Overall, a great hike with beautiful scenery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 5, 2013 11:03:00 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        S K from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did this hike on July 28th. Fantastic view of the mountains in the provincial park and the lake itself. We arrived at 8 and there was still lots of parking. We got to the peak by about 11:45am, spent around 90 minutes at the peak, and then came back down by about 4pm. Be warned though that 30 km in one day is no laughing matter and your body will be worn down by the time you attempt to climb the chimney.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Picture from the day: http://i.imgur.com/g06gHc2.jpg

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 1, 2013 08:01:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lynda E from Vancouver via TO writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I also hiked Black Tusk this past Sat, July 26/13. Weather was amazing, bugs not bad, take repellent. Rocks and shale are doable. Left our backpacks at the bottom of chimney as it is very narrow at top. Use common sense, take your time, test each rock hold as you grab it to ensure it is sturdy as one hold did give way on me. With patience, chimney is okay. Had the whold top to ourselves and it was the best 360 view! Went back down chimney front first, my friend went down backwards, not sure which is easier. Look for markers on way down as chimney branches 1/2 way down, stick to the right. It was well worth the effort and long hike - an amazing hike and day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 29, 2013 01:12:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Katie P from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did this as a day hike last Saturday, only a very small patch of snow left. As always a great hike, we didn't climb to the very top as the rocks kept falling away and you are a long way from help, maybe next time we will take helmets. Flowers are just coming out. Arrived early but parking lot already very very full!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 26, 2013 10:54:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wendell from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wanna hike the Black Tusk with the possibility of camping overnight. I currently don't have very light gears but can buy them. I hope to find a couple other guys to do this with. I just moved to Vancouver not too long ago and did a few intermediate hikes already. I am going for the difficult hikes this late summer/fall. I am male, 34 and fit. Please email me guys: [email protected]


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 14, 2013 12:24:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sarah Saphirra from Downtown Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'd like to get a few people together and do this hiking trail over night. My boyfriend and I would be the first in the group. Anyone else interested?? email me [email protected]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 22, 2013 08:10:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  James Johnston from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me and some frined were thinking of hiking the black tusk in mid March, what are the tempatures like? and will there still be tons of snow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: January 20, 2013 08:58:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jack Lee from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone know the snow condition in Black Tusk? I'm thinking about a hiking about end of Jan ~ mid Feb, but I'm not sure whether it's better to use snowshoes or crampons. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: January 9, 2013 01:40:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chris Kim from Vanxouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did this hike on Oct 6. It was sparkling blue sky and sun light was strong enoughp to get sunburn on my lips, though the temperature was mild. I had 1.5L of water that ran out on the peak. Going up took 7.5 hrs due to leg cramp whenever i move up after the first 6 km completed in 2 hours. Comming down it took 2.5 hrs and i arrived at the parking lot at the sunset. (My original plan was to finish the trip in 7 hrs.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The trail is clearly marked and no snow patches. I did not see any animals other than squirrels and birds. Some bugs if i stayed at one spot since i did not use repellent. Later i resorted to it and the bug problem was no longer there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I went scrambked up the chimney to see breathtaking scenery. On the way down i missed ribbons and ended up going down the wrong chute. The ribbons are not obvious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I recommend anyone who has been to Garibaldi lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 10, 2012 09:54:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jim from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did this hike on Oct.8 for the first time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trail is well maintained and very easy to follow. It was warm even at the top with almost no wind. I guess you cannot ask for better condition especially for the month of October. View is just amazing. Best I've seen anywhere between Whistler - Vancouver - Fraser Valley. Point your camera to any direction and you will capture some breathtaking shots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Encountered very little bugs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finished in 8 hours. Brought 4 bottles of water + 1 sports drink all disapeared fast and I was very thirsty last 3-4km.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Next year I will be camping for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 9, 2012 11:28:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chris D from Whistler writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm looking for someone to do an over night trip to Black Tusk before on Oct 9th or 10th. I've been wanting to do it for years! I'm an easy going 31 year old guy,fit and experienced hiker.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Currently living in Whistler.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Email me at [email protected]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          if your looking for a hiking partner for Black Tusk or other hikes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 5, 2012 11:26:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rory from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Black Tusk made for an excellent (albeit long) day. The hike through Taylor Meadows was beautiful, and the scenery from the Tusk is well worth the effort. The range of different environments is also interesting, and worth seeing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Total time: 6.5 hours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            > Start @ Rubble Creek: 08:45
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            > Reached Base of Black Tusk: 12:00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            > Returned to Rubble Creek: 15:15

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thus, we had no issues with returning before daylight ended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There were two of us hiking. We completed the hike on Sept. 30th, 2012. There were no issues with snow or weather at this time, although it was rather cold at the base of the Tusk (I recommend bringing an extra layer for this).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 1, 2012 08:15:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pete from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looking at hiking this one on Monday October 1st or Wednesday October 3rd!(weather depending) Let me know: [email protected]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 29, 2012 11:41:53 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did Black Tusk on Sept 22. The trails were snow free, well marked, and in good condition. It was a beautiful day With clear views of the lake, Mt. Garibaldi, the cinder flats etc. Was quite busy and a bit of a wait to climb the chimney to the summit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 24, 2012 10:06:38 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chris D from Whistler writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm looking for someone to do an over night trip to Black Tusk before the season ends. I've been wanting to do it for years! I'm an easy going 31 year old guy,fit and experienced hiker.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Currently living in Whistler.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Email me at [email protected]
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  if your looking for a hiking partner for Black Tusk or other hikes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 23, 2012 03:13:08 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alex from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did Black Tusk on Sept 6th. All of the trail was extremely well marked, and at this time of the year snow-free. Started around 8am, and was back to the parking lot at 3:30pm, so considering that we spent half hour at Garibaldi lake, and at least half hour at the peak, it's definitely doable in well under 11 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 18, 2012 10:51:07 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Katie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked/camped the 8th/9th of September with a group of 10 25-35 year olds. We hiked with packs to Taylor Meadows, set up camp and then hiked down to Garibaldi Lake. Taylor meadows is lovely but unless you are camped next to the river you are a little ways from the water source. The shelter is right near the river, so we often cooked and ate in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The turn off to hike to the lake from Taylor Meadows is just past the washrooms near a small shelter. We missed it and hiked to the junction, adding a few km on our trip to the lake. Don't do that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Black Tusk was incredible but we hiked up on the Sunday which was clouded over. It was cold and windy, so please dress in layers. Many people we saw were going up in shorts/capris a t-shirt and light sweatshirt which is not a good idea. Hiking poles are not necessary but would be great for the last stretch up and down from the tusk. It took us less than four hours from Taylor Meadows to the tusk and down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 16, 2012 08:28:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oscar from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just did the hike to the base of Black Tusk on Sep 1st. The parking lot was almost full at 7:30am. Temperature was a bit cold about 5.5 C. The trails were dry and in great shape. There was some frost near Taylor Meadows and a bit wet just before the view point. Running shoes should be fine but hiking boots will protect your ankles from the loose shale past the view point. It took me about 6h20m round trip from Rubble Creek parking lot. It's definitely one of the best hikes around Vancouver.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 2, 2012 10:53:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Taurus from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We did this hike yesterday on 25th Aug. Started from Vancouver at 4 am (ish), reached the parking lot at 6.15 and started hiking. after 7.30 am parking lot becomes a supermarket! We went with our own pace enjoying views and food. Reached at the top of tusk by noon. Enjoyed our view then went to Garibaldi lake since, we had a lot of time before sunset. Had a nap near the lake (it was amazing !) n came back to the parking lot at around 6.30 pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a great day !
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Couple of things to remember -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1) Bug spray - lot of bugs near the meadows. I wouldn't take bear spray since, it is usually way too much crowded but it's just me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2) If you are planning to climb the final part of the tusk, remember, there is a huge danger of falling loose rocks. People we saw are usually careless and stand right in front of the trail ! Also pls take an initiative and try to arrange the logistics of coming down and going up people. It's good for yours and other's safety. We saw at least 2-3 stones falling down and just missing people! Wearing helmet is ABSOLUTELY necessary. The climb itself is not very difficult or challenging than it seems.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's no snow on the trail so I did it in my running shoes but hiking shoes are preferred for the last scramble.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 26, 2012 01:50:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bruce from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi Peter, Just add food, insect repellent and plenty of water to your list and you are good to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cane, dogs aren't permitted as they can attract bears.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 24, 2012 11:24:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peter Kilpatrick from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hello - Ive completd Grouse Grind Many times and am looking for something more challenging. Very fit so not a problem.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am still new to hiking so what equipment(if any) is needed to complete this duel climate change hike?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiking boots, shorts and short sleeve breathables to start - then layer up to long sleeves and pants up top?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looking at Sept hike, any tips would be appreciated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Newbie lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 18, 2012 07:35:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nuwan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We did this hike on Aug 12. Started from parking lot at 9.15 am and come down by 10 pm.There is hardly any snow on the trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 13, 2012 10:10:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alym from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dogs aren't allowed anywhere in Garibaldi...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 12, 2012 07:47:06 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cane from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why are dogs not allowed on this hike?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 9, 2012 09:10:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doug from Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Climbed Black Tusk on July 28th and there is some snow near the top but hiking boots are all that's needed. Bring a garbage bag to slide down on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 30, 2012 08:58:16 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Joe from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you guys think most of the snow will be gone by early august? I'm planning to do a 2 day hike to Garibaldi Lake and up to Black Tusk the next day on August 4-6!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 19, 2012 12:57:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mike from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone know if it's reasonably possible to get up to the base of the tusk with just hiking boots right now? Sounds like there's still lots of snow up there.We hike, but aren't pros by any means....


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 18, 2012 01:20:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nick from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just before reaching Garibaldi Lake the first of snow patches start.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Usually about a foot deep, but easily walked on with hiking boots.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Around Garibaldi Lake it is snowed in, making the walk slow, single file, as you have to stand aside to allow people passing you going the other way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only one picnic table cleared of snow, so nowhere to sit and rest when there, as the hut was full of hikers overnight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By the time we got down back to the parking lot around 5pm, there were still groups of campers heading up. Don't know where they were going to stay as snow covered campgrounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 16, 2012 07:10:38 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nick from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hoping to hike up tomorrow (Saturday) to the lake.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              has the last foot of snow melted yet?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 12, 2012 09:42:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jaclyn from Ottawa writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We went up on Thursday, There was snow starting just passed the 6K marker we took the trail from the 6K to Taylor Meadows. Half way through that trail we decided to put on snow shoes it made for an easier grip with the snow. There was 3 to 4 feet of snow at Taylor Meadows when we arrived. We had a contour map with us and so we decided to hike up to black tusk the next day, The trail markers were essentially useless we found some every once in a while but mostly we had to rely on where we were based from the contour map. The trail from black tusk to Garibaldi lake Is pretty horrible we started on snow shoes and ended up taking them off because it was too steep to do with snow shoes and there was still too much snow. We lost the trail going back from Garibaldi Lake to Taylor Meadows we couldn't find any trail markers for our turn off and again we had to rely on the contour map.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When we left camp on Saturday June 30 the snow level had gone down about 2 feet so that it was now 1 to 2 feet of snow at Taylor Meadows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Snow shoes weren't really needed but we found them useful the snow is quite packed and you can walk on it with shoes but every once in a while especially if doing slopes you can sink in up to your hips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 3, 2012 04:26:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cindy from Burnbay writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too much snow, can't see tail markers camped on about 6 Ft of snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 28, 2012 04:50:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jaclyn from Ottawa writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm going up tomorrow, coming back Saturday, will post on conditions then. Bringing snowshoes based on recent posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 27, 2012 10:40:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruslan from Vancouver writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      was the trail still hikeable - or was it a miserable slog?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 25, 2012 11:20:30 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ugh from Victoria writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just did the trail today - snow starts to cover the trail by 5.5km. BY Taylor Meadows there's about 4ft of snow cover - the snow gets soft as the day progresses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 21, 2012 09:19:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          J604 from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please do comment on the snow conditions!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was thinking of going up next weekend!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please and thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 19, 2012 12:51:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eugene from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was hoping to find out snow conditions here.. I'm going up sometime this week so I'll report when I get back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 18, 2012 11:16:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nuwan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The best hike I've ever done, did it last August. See the stunning view : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b4OMN_rZB4&feature=channel&list=UL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 2, 2012 12:33:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carl from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Has anyone climbed to Black Tusk this week? How snowy is the trail?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 19, 2012 08:43:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nick Walker from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  yeah, an update on the conditions would be great. I can't wait to do it this year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 2, 2012 06:41:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bruce from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey Nik, pretty sure snow will be a huge factor this time of year, take your snowshoes and please report back here what the conditions are like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 29, 2012 03:31:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nik from Whistler writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Was planning on doing a hike up black tusk early may.Is snow going to play a factor in the hike?Any suggestions or tips?



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 8, 2012 06:38:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brian from Hollywood Ca writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was here in 1983 and it was, somewhere around the lake, there was like a caged in car and you could pull yourself across a river. Is it still there? Does anyone know what I'm talking about. Man that was a great memory, a city kid being in the most beautiful place he'd ever seen :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: February 22, 2012 12:26:28 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nuwan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We did this hike in August. This is a fantastic hike. My small video will give you an idea : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09H9ffScu7Q

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: February 5, 2012 01:18:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rick from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi- went up up to the Taylor meadows oct 19
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - wonderful hike- vey safe trail- did not need my trekking poles at all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am50 and have done a few local hikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Took me 31/4 up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2 hrs down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only hard part was not being able to the the tusk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - bone dry on the trails till the meadows - then muddy before the catwalks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - a totally runnable trail - I met a few runners!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 22, 2011 08:22:04 PM 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 10:47:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hilary from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hiked it on the 23/24th of September and there were only a few small patches of snow. Only one patch crossed the trail... it's basically bare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 28, 2011 02:47:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NP from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thinking of doing the hike this weekend (oct 1–2), is it particularly snowy up there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 28, 2011 08:50:52 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I did this hike with a friend of mine last weekend (Sept 3-4 2011), first going to the lake, then back to the trail to head to the top of black tusk, where we stayed the night. Spectacular to watch the sunset, and sunrise from such a vantage point.. Flippin cold at night though, recommend winter rated sleeping bags and a few layers of clothing. We did it with a tarp and some ratty old sleeping bags, but we weren't comfortable, plus the wind had the tarp flapping away loudly all night. Completely worth it though, as the views are hard to beat, in the day as well as the view of the stars at night. We headed back as people were making their way to the tusk, (Probably around 9:30 or so, neither of us were wearing a watch) and made it back to my car in about 3.5 hrs, returning through taylor meadows. Over all an awesome hike, not too intense, the distance can take your energy and leave you sore the next day though. Definitely recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 10, 2011 12:15:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edgars from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did the hike yesterday September 5th - we managed to climb to the top - epic view !!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The tusk is easy to access just the climb in a little bit challenging.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well worth it. We did in a super fast time - we started at 7:40 am at the parking lot and around noon we were on the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 6, 2011 06:01:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Justin from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Myself and four other friends climbed to the top of the tusk Saturday September 3rd, and it was a blast! The sun was out and most of the snow had melted. We did the entire loop (leisurely) which took us a little over 11 hours. We started sometime around 10am and ended around 9pm (in the dark). It was our first time, but we all agree it was well worth the effort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 5, 2011 06:23:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Regan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thinking of hiking black tusk this weekend (Sept 2-4). Anyone know if there's still snow at the campsites (meadow or garibaldi lake?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 29, 2011 01:45:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sheldon from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went up on Aug 20th weekend. Amazing trip to Garibaldi and then to Black Tusk. Camped at Garibaldi Lake - make sure you're there early, couldn't find a site - had to clear out our own little area to setup a tent. Heard from another hiker that Taylor Meadows was a little less crowded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not much snow left on the trail. Only snow patches are when you actually get past the sign that says "trail is not maintained from this point forward - hike at your own peril sort-a-thing". Even then , we hiked it with hiking boots, no snow shoes needed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 23, 2011 10:36:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Zack from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thinking about doing the full 30km up and down this coming Friday. Hoping that the recent rain and warmth will further reduce the snow that's up there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone been up in the last few days that can comment on the amount of snow? Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 23, 2011 09:02:57 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Michael J from San Francisco writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A buddy and I will be heading up Sat morning. I heard they can fill up by Saturday afternoon, but never been. Totally stoked!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 19, 2011 03:07:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trevor from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We plan on doing the black tusk hike this weekend over two days. Do the camp grounds fill up quick? should we get there very early?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 15, 2011 06:33:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    laurie Larocque from maple Ridge bc writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We were a group of 4 who hiked Black Tusk yesterday. It was very snowy and the trail was basically gone but we made it & even though it was cloudy we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves We later hiked down and around Garibaldi Lake before heading back to Rumble Creek parking lot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 11, 2011 09:43:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kayakman from squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do not recomend doing the tusk at all when it is cloudy. I spent well over two hours wondering around looking for the trial. Never did find it. Without a GPS do not attempt this. too much snow and the trail is virtually gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 10, 2011 09:26:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lauren from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here's the most recent trail report for Garibaldi Park from August 5th:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The snow conditions don't seem to have changed much from the previous report, 3 weeks earlier. The trail is marked to Black Tusk campground and to Black Tusk Junction but is definitely still snowy and the campgrounds also have 1 m of snow on them still.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 9, 2011 10:52:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ian from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone know how the trail is looking lately? We're hoping to do it Saturday Aug. 13th, wondering if there's still a lot of snow up there. Any help is much appreciated, thanks all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 9, 2011 09:28:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Todd from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Snow starts at 7 km at Taylor Meadows. Trail is hard to follow. It is very easy to get lost because there are very few ribbons. I don't recommend doing it at the moment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 30, 2011 10:12:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jorge from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I usually bring my own water but if I needed more I would take it from creeks or lakes but you would have to boil it or use disinfecting tablets, an ultraviolet water purifier or something of the sorts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 29, 2011 08:53:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Elsa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just a quick question concerning water:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is there drinkable water along the trail (creeks...) or do we have to bring it all with us?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As I plan to go camping there this week end that would be a good thing to know, don't you think?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 19, 2011 05:32:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  greg from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Does anyone know how the trail is to either Panarama Ridge or Black Tusk?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 21, 2011 06:21:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lys from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    @ Patrick Brian - if you plan to go up and stay up there for a few days bring something substantial and filling for the first night as you will have burned a lot of energy getting up there. It can be perishable as it won't be stored in hot environment. I typically bring instant mashed potato or couscous for first night, crack couple of eggs for protein and maybe couple sausages. Otherwise think dehydrated light food (couscous, instant potatoes, instant dehydrated meals) that you just need to add spice and water too. Every lb makes a big difference and space is hot commodity. There are mice up at the lodge so if you store your food there make sure its well secured. They will climb down the ropes and eat through the bags.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 21, 2011 11:59:37 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Patrick Brian from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My roomate and I are planning on doing a 3 night camping/hiking to black tusk. This will be our first time hiking Black Tusk. We plan on setting camp at Garibaldi Lake. Any suggestions on the types of food to bring. Any comments and suggestions about hiking Black Tusk would be great! Cheers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 12, 2011 12:00:07 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 04:57:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Marco Nef from Aarau writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For those who do not have a car: I did this trail in 1999. Then at least Greyhound had a stop on the highway where the street to the start of the trail leaves the highway. The stop had to be requested. We were lucky as someone stopped and took us to the trailhead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: December 23, 2010 05:20:18 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emma from Deep Cove writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just thought I should add:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From the parking lot to the lookout was 6k and took about 2.5 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lookout to Taylor Meadows is 2k and about 30-40 minutes because it's realatively flat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Taylor Meadows to Black Tusk 5 k, about 3 hours, this is the hardest part of the hike since it's so steep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Black Tusk to parking lot: 13k, 3 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 10, 2010 02:58:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emma from Deep Cove writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Went up last weekend, spectacular weather! It was my first time, and I was worried as I'd been told that it was excruiating, but it really wasn't too bad. Black Tusk is NOT a hard hike (and I'm not fit) it's really the length that drains you. It was amazingly beautiful and completely worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For those wondering, the round trip is 26k. We did the 8k from the parking lot to the campsite on day one, and then on day two from the campsite to the tusk 5k, then 13k all the way back. I wouldn't recommed doing the tusk and the descent all the way down in one go, it's even harder than going up! Quality shoes are essential, as I have blood blisters under my toenails from going down. Next time I'd go for 2 nights and try to see the lake also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              P.S. the bugs are HORRIBLE. Take LOTS of Off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: October 10, 2010 02:55:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hugo Marsolais from Laval, Qc writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have a question :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Went for a hike at Garibaldi but did not kept records of the exact distances.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is anybody can tell me how long is this loop? And total elevation gain

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Straight to Black Tusk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Panorama view
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Parking through Black Tusk junction



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 27, 2010 05:35:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  benjooni from vancouver writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i thought i'd share some info so when people tell you it takes one million hours to get there and it's really tough then you'll not worry about it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i headed into this hike being told that it was about 13 hours... the first climb being 4 - 5 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  but it went like this. 2.53 to the lake. it was tough but i'm not very fit and managed it in under 3. if you're tall you'll be better off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From the lake to the Taylor Meadows camp site is soooooo easy. it's less than an hour and hardly any work. much nicer to camp here too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from here to the tusk it's about 2 hours. the last 30 minutes being the toughest of all the hiking and the coldest!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well worth it though. amazing views too. enjoy peeps. it's well worth the trip... and not as tough as people make out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lots of bugs so take lots of OFF!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 5, 2010 12:28:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mike from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can anyone tell me how bad the bugs are? I've heard they're worse later in the season but who knows with the super weird 2010 summer...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, do you think it's off-side to bring an electric bug swatting tennis racket??! I remember the flies were nearly unbearable a couple years ago..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 22, 2010 09:32:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scott z from delta bc writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stunning hike. made the base of the tusk in 4 hrs, on July 31st passing thru Taylor Meadows and down to Garibaldi lake site then back to parking in 8:30 hrs. we were moving but the scenery was spectacular and if you are able to get to the base of the tusk you feel like you made it to another planet. We still had to pass over fields of snow which made the heart rate pound.. make sure you have good footwear if you are going up to the tusk, lots of shale as well as the snow makes for a slippery climb if you try it in runner(if not impossible)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 1, 2010 04:46:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robert Hallam from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As at June 27th, 2010. Has anybody been up recently and can give me an idea as to where the snow levels are at this time?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Web cams as Whistler show snow still on the ground at 2000 m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 27, 2010 12:44:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeff from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Somebody know where is the snow level at this time?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 1, 2010 09:42:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alex from West Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did the hike today (October 3rd) in just over 6.5 hours (4 hours up, 2 hours 40 mins down). After reaching Taylor meadows the trail was half covered in snow. After the Black Tusk junction, then entire rest of the route was through the snow. At the summit there was 6 inches to a foot, even a foot and a half in some windloaded areas. If the weather stays consistently cold the next week or so be well prepared on this hike as the snow will surely stick around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 3, 2009 09:22:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Graham Snowden from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just finished this hike and it was spectacular! We went through Taylor Meadows to Black Tusk - one of us all the way up - and then came down via Garibaldi Lake stopping for a swim and then coming back down all in one day. It took us about 9 hours including 30 - 40 minutes for lunch and 30 - 40 minutes at Garibaldi. We descended at a pretty good clip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The toughest part was climbing up to the shoulder of the Tusk. Lots of loose rock and relatively steep grade but still pretty safe. The chimney requires you to be quite careful and does not need to be done. If it is busy, I would recommend not doing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Overall, fantastic day!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 26, 2009 07:13:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                C from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Left Vancouver at 4 30 am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked all the way to the very top of the tusk and back at the parking lot in about 8.5 hrs. Its a long hike, but you can easily do it in one day. We were back in the city by 4pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hike not as long as it says about 8 hours including breaks and that is not too fast of a pace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bring Bug spray and jacket, its really cold at the top!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 25, 2009 01:10:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  n n from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In mid-July 2009 there was virtually no snow that you would be forced to cross between the lake and black tusk peak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 19, 2009 12:40:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ivan G from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of my most favorite hikes ever :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The last few K's to the top are pretty brutal, and there is usually snow there even in August. I wouldn't try it before the middle of July due to snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I recommend you start it at 8 or 9 am. We started at noon, and even though we went pretty fast we were sprinting the last 7 km's back through the forest in absolute darkness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awesome views of Garibaldi lake! 360 degree views from the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 16, 2009 02:18:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sibylle from Silverthorne, Colorado writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our favorite hike this summer was in Garibaldi Park up to Garibaldi Lake and then to the Black Tusk viewpoint. We awoke to clear blue skies and from camp, we could see Mt. Garibaldi for the first time in days. It was our last day in Canada, so I asked Tristan if he would like to hike near Garibaldi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tristan acquiesced and after packing, we headed north. A “hike” with Tristan, who at 17 recently competed in both track and cross-country, involves him hiking up at full speed and me occasionally jogging to keep up. When we looked at the signs, it said “Black Tusk, 14 KM”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Go faster,” he admonished me. “It’s 14 km to the Tusk viewpoint and probably another 10 to the top. That’s a 48-km round trip) almost 30 miles). It’ll take too long if you’re that slow!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After looking at the map, he decided to climb the Tusk, despite leaving the parking lot at 12:45. I’d planned on a more leisurely hike to Garibaldi Lake, only 9 km (5.4 miles) with an 800-meter elevation gain (2,624 feet).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After 25 minutes, we reached a sign saying we’d gone 2.5 km.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “That’s 50 minutes for a 5 k!” he said. “That’s way too slow for 5 k!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Never mind that we were supposedly hiking, not running uphill, nor that it was steep, and we’d already passed over 50 hikers, Tristan felt we should go faster.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We finally reached the lake in about two hours, we would leave us time to continue on to the Black Tusk. We took the small detour to hike down toward the campground at the lake and enjoy the view across to the peaks. As we left the lake, we briefly saw a loon between its dives under the water.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Then we headed up toward the Black Tusk Viewpoint.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Once we reached the lake in about two hours, Tristan decided to head for the Black Tusk viewpoint. Never mind that it was now close to 3 p.m., that we had not only another 5 km of trail to hike up but also 14 to get back, which left us with about 4 hours to do the next 19 km (almost 12 miles) and it gets dark before 8 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After the Tusk turnoff, the trail got really steep. We hiked above tree line along a streambed with gorgeous riparian wildflowers to sweeten the pain of almost running uphill. At least we weren’t at high altitude!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Once we reached the Tusk viewpoint, Tristan said,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “I want to climb that!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since it was 5 p.m. and we still had our 14 km-hike back out, or almost 9 miles in the next two hours, I declined his invitation to continue. Luckily he agreed, and we started downhill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      After a while, we concluded that hiking might not get us down before dark. It gets really dark under the dense tree canopy along the lower trail, where visibility and light were limited even during mid-day hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “It’s after 5,” I reminded him. “ It gets dark around 7:30, in less than two hours.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Yeah, you should start running,” he admonished me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, there weren’t a lot of other options, so I began running back down the hill. Jogging all the less rocky and root0infested parts, and walking carefully on the others, we got back to the car at 7:10 p.m., just in time to drive back to Squamish, take down our tent and cook in the dark, and had back home early the next morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 17, 2008 08:23:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        William from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love this hike

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 9, 2007 07:18:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          HikerBoy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Make sure if you're camping on a long weekend to get to the Garibaldi Lake campsite early. The spots are taken quickly and both Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows campsites tend to fill up on during the busy summer months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 7, 2007 04:44:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Black Tusk was an extremely challenging hike, especially making sure we made it back before it got dark. However, the views were amazing and we thankfully did it on a sunny, clear day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I tried to do it one other time the year before but the snow level was too low and we didn't make it very far up the trail. Next time, I think we'll camp near Garibaldi Lake and take a day or so to do Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 7, 2007 03:33:49 PM PST

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