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Hannah from Vancouver writes:

Great snowshoe! Done Dec 10. Mostly backcountry skiers. Lots of snow however, so views limited. **LOST: Volkswagen car key. Probably at Red Heather Hut. If found, please email [email protected]. Super appreciate it!

    Posted: December 11, 2022 09:41:23 PM PST

    Miguel Hidalgo from Ciudad De Mexico writes:

    Started trail late in the day around 3PM, shade at the first 6KMS is enough to protect from the sun, the rest of the trail (5KMS) does not have so much shade but has the most beautiful views.
    The place was beautiful and the campsites have and awesome view.

    You will find a cabin in the middle of the trail where you can take a break and use the restroom.
    It took me around 7 hours for the roundtrip but with all my camping gear at a moderate/fast pace.

    I would say 7 to 7.5 hours on average and less with less weight being carried.

      Posted: August 8, 2022 09:01:36 PM PST

      Chris from Langley writes:

      It’s an awesome hike! But, I disagree with the hiking time being “6 hours”, which is what this website says on this hike. I was moving at a slow-moderate pace, and It took way longer than 6 hours. It took me 8.5 hours. This website should change the time for this hike to at least 8 hours.

      The whole hike you are on a steady incline. Some flat-ish spots. Not overly steep, just a long hike. The mountain views were beautiful. The two lakes were nice, a little small but still beautiful. I didn’t stay overnight at the Elfin lakes shelter, but if I come again I probably will. Still lots of snow near the 7km mark.

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        Posted: July 9, 2021 11:38:28 AM PST

        Peter from Port Moody writes:

        We hiked up on 3July2021 in some pretty good heat. Surprised to see that much snow still around past mid-point. Spikes were helpful (not absolutely necessary) for the upper trail past Red Heather.
        Camped overnight with a full house on all the pads. Overnight hut is still closed. Lots of washrooms but bring the TP.
        Took the winter route in (a pain) and the summer route out (much more pleasant).
        Beautiful views all around!
        PS: It's a shame that visitors dump their garbage around and in the day hut. If you can't handle your garbage, don't do the hike and leave a mess for the others.

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          Posted: July 5, 2021 09:42:42 PM PST

          Furong Qin from Port Moody writes:

          On the top of the snow mountain, I got misleading by some orange poles. When I back, I heard those poles leads are for winter routes. I was following them, the route is so difficult for a medium hiker. And the point is the poles are disappeared at some point. If not found by my friend's family. I am fraid I have to sleep in that forest.

            Posted: July 3, 2021 11:02:20 PM PST

            CT from Vancouver writes:

            Great trail conditions for ski touring, almost completely snow covered from trail head. Watch for some shark fins on the ski out towards the bottom. DO NOT ATTEMPT THE DRIVE UNLESS YOU HAVE CHAINS AND DRIVING SLOW. Numerous trucks + 4x4 SUVs with chains on were in the ditch because of icy road conditions on a single day

              Posted: December 14, 2020 10:57:56 AM PST

              CK Song from Burnaby writes:

              I am going to Elfin lake on 26th(Monday). I found the trail condition looks OK by seeing other guys photos. But, how about the service road condition. Nobody say the chains are needed yet. Is it ok to get to the final parking lot?

                Posted: October 25, 2020 05:55:14 PM PST

                Michelle from Burnaby writes:

                We plan to hike to Elfin Lakes on Oct 25,2020. If anyone is hiking it today, Oct 24th, could you comment on the conditions? How much snow is there? Thanks!

                  Posted: October 24, 2020 08:30:54 AM PST

                  Laurie Butterworth from New Westminster writes:

                  Did the hike today, Aug. 28/20
                  Stunning views make all the uphill worthwhile. Trail is easy to navigate, people were courteous to the social distancing. It was too cold for a swim at the top, though.
                  New pass system a bit of a gong show, so many are wasted as many people in the group all try to get enough. No way to return the unneeded ones.

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                    Posted: August 29, 2020 06:22:30 PM PST

                    McBain from Burnaby writes:

                    March 7/8 - stayed at the cabin overnight.
                    1) Due to snow and ice, chains are required to get to the final parking lot; a park ranger was checking vehicles for chains & reservations well before then. Without chains, you have to park a few km beforehand and hike in.
                    2) The snow is packed enough to the Red Heather Hut that one could get away with crampons only but after that, snowshoes are required. The trail is stunning - the snow caked trees are beautiful.
                    3) The lights in the hut are broken so be sure to bring lighting. The snow is packed against the windows and not a lot of light gets in. There is some heating in the hut but it's not too warm in there.
                    4) There are numerous notices asking visitors not to urinate in the snow and to please use the outhouse instead.
                    5) Bring earplugs! There are always some people who stay up later and are loud or snore. Sound carries in the cabin.
                    6) Consider bringing a pair of slippers/extra shoes if you want to dry out your boots. The floor is cold and sometimes wet.
                    7) There are mice, even in the winter! Protect your food in strong containers at night.

                    Really fun and kind people when we visited. Great experience, highly recommend it, will do it again!

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                      Posted: March 3, 2020 09:34:46 PM PST

                      Evan from Vancouver writes:

                      Spent two nights at the Elphin shelter Dec 15/16. Chains needed to reach the top parking lot and enough snow to ski ~1km from top lot. Trail between Red Heather and Elphin Lakes not well marked if snowing heavily, but doable so long as you're not the first group of the day. ~5hrs one way on snow shoes. Beautiful hike with ~75cm of new snow, shelter is extremely nice! Be aware of avalanche hazard on trail between Red Heather and Elphin, we felt comfortable without beacons but wouldn't attempt if avalanche ratings are above moderate in the treeline.

                        Posted: December 17, 2019 05:24:26 PM PST

                        Chokri Patel from Vancouver writes:

                        Did two nights in the Elfin shelter this past weekend (Sep 7-9) and it was great! No snow. Gorgeous views once you reach the lakes and campsite. Tent pads are in great condition but we didn't use those. Cloudy for the majority of the trip but the weather it is what it is. Bear sighting (within 50 feet) shortly after the Red Heather hut but it seemed pretty chill. Would recommend bear spray and hiking poles if you've got wobbly knees on the way down. Very gentle grade and the shelter is very well-maintained. Bring earplugs as it is a very social atmosphere

                          Posted: September 10, 2019 09:42:09 AM PST

                          GA from Surrey, BC writes:

                          Would not recommend this hike for the unseasoned or unfit. There are some great views of the mountains on the way up, but the trek is rocky with lots of loose ground. There are a few outhouses on the way up. The lakes themselves are a little underwhelming. All in all, it makes for a nice workout with a beautiful vantage point, but be warned that the lakes are small and the terrain is rough! Our walking time was about 7 hours.

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                            Posted: September 1, 2019 09:17:54 AM PST

                            morris from Vancouver writes:

                            can we do part of the access after the parking lot on mountain bikes??

                              Posted: July 23, 2019 08:45:21 AM PST

                              Chantell Dunlop from Vancouver writes:

                              Hey just wondering if anyone has gone up recently and used the shelter for cooking? I will be camping in a couple weeks but wondering if they still have pots and fuel to be used. Thanks!

                                Posted: July 12, 2019 10:46:17 AM PST

                                Vennsze from Vancouver writes:

                                was just up there July 5/6 - a little bit of snow (few patches here and there) near the end, but totally manageable with hiking boots.

                                  Posted: July 11, 2019 03:15:36 PM PST

                                  Marion from Vancouver writes:

                                  Anyone hiked there recently?
                                  Planning to there next week, just want to know if there's any snow.

                                    Posted: June 25, 2019 10:54:16 PM PST

                                    Chad from Vancouver writes:

                                    Hi there. Heading yp to Elfin the first week of July. Just wondering if anyone has been up there and what the conditions are like?


                                      Posted: June 24, 2019 11:08:46 PM PST

                                      Lea from Vancouver writes:

                                      Has anyone gone up lately? I made reservations to camp for next weekend but I'm not sure if camping is possible yet. Is there still snow on the way and up by the lakes?

                                        Posted: June 5, 2019 08:21:21 AM PST

                                        Kara from Vancouver writes:

                                        Did this beautiful hike to the Elfin lake shelter May 18/19 2019. No snow on the roads at all and we easily dove to the upper parking lot though the gravel is loose so it’s slow going. The first 2.5km of the trail has no snow. We put our snow shoes on around km 3 but saw lots of people all the way to Elfin in just boots or with crampons but it’s slippery and the snow is melting and you sink down so we were happy to have snowshoes and poles. It was very sunny and we wished we had brought sunglasses to help with glare off the snow. The hike is stunning, highly recommended. Hut propane stoves were working when we were there but propane fireplace/heater was not. Hut was still pretty warm with all the people (also loud! Sleeps 33. Bring earplugs) and temps only got down to zero that night but be prepared with a warmer sleeping bag if heater doesn’t get fixed soon.

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                                          Posted: May 20, 2019 09:28:17 PM PST

                                          M from Langley writes:

                                          Went up on April 22 and completed the full hike to the lakes.

                                          On this day, there was no snow on the road up. We were driving a VW golf, so parked at the lower-lower parking lot (1km before the trailhead parking lot). We attempted to drive up a bit further than this, but our tires were slipping in fresh(ish) gravel that had been laid on the road. The road right before the trailhead parking lot was quite battered up and muddy -- we definitely would not have gotten through it with our vehicle.

                                          We went the whole way in our trail runners-- we love the lightness that we get with these, and did not face issues with the snow/slippage, except for about 2km before the lakes, where some of the snow was not as packed down as the rest of the trail.

                                          Happy snow-shoeing / snow-hiking! :)

                                            Posted: April 30, 2019 09:42:46 PM PST

                                            Sally Y from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                            Just came back from an overnight stay at Elfin Lake on April 21/22. There's no snow on the road leading up to the trailhead but the road condition is a bit rough for sedans (I did see a Mazda 3 and Mini Cooper at the trailhead parking lot). Cars/trucks with high clearance is recommended.

                                            We put on snowshoes around 1km into the hike. Some people were able to complete the hike with only hiking boots (no crampon nor snowshoes) but I found snowshoes provide better grip on some of the downhill sections and better "floatation". Those without snowshoes often found themselves sank into knee deep snow once they're passed Red Heather.

                                            There are still quite a bit of snow and it snowed overnight and during the day on our way down. As a reference, you could almost walk into the second floor at the shelter.

                                            Hope this helps.

                                              Posted: April 22, 2019 10:35:23 PM PST

                                              Melinda from Delta writes:

                                              Hi, I am wondering if anyone can give me information on the condition of the road up to the Elfin Lakes parking lot at this time, i.e. mid-April, 2019. Is it clear of snow yet? Thanks!

                                                Posted: April 16, 2019 06:21:25 PM PST

                                                Irene from Lower Mainland writes:


                                                Heading up for a first time to Elfin Lakes next weekend (early April 2019). Anyone able to comment on most recent conditions on the road up there (chains and 4-wheel drive both necessary?) and on the trail to the overnight hut? How much water would be good to bring? Are there pots for cooking or only for boiling snow?

                                                Thanks in advance!

                                                  Posted: March 31, 2019 07:34:17 PM PST

                                                  L. Lane from Vancouver writes:


                                                  I am planning to go up with a group of 4 this Friday Feb 1st to overnight at Elfin Hut. Does anyone have any knowledge of current conditions for either the winter hiking trail or the road conditions/snow levels to the upper parking lot? Any current information would be much appreciated. We will have a good vehicle, snow tires, chains and all our gear, but it's nice to have a heads up as to what to expect.


                                                    Posted: January 27, 2019 03:26:31 PM PST

                                                    B from Vancouver writes:

                                                    Wanted to leave a few comments since the last post was in October. This is for anyone heading up to Elfin and wants to know what the trail conditions were like.

                                                    Went up weekend of December 8/9 for overnight at the elfin shelter. Shelter was lively with lots of awesome people. It was a packed house. Bunks are good size and it is warm in the hut. Stove tops available. We took big pots (provided) and filled them with snow to melt water for cooking/cleaning. Pack out all your belongings and garbage.

                                                    Now here is what I really want to talk about. The road heading up to the trailhead is steep and they just laid some fresh gravel which was loose and made it tricky going up for non 4X4's. No snow in the parking lot this past weekend (December 8/9) but that may change.

                                                    Didn't put the snowshoes on right away as the first part of the hike was still barren. We lost the trail once going up and several times heading down the next day. We hiked with a group so that helped as we stuck together and consulted each other along the way to navigate our way down the mountain. Some skiers ahead of us also helped as they had maps.

                                                    PLEASE NOTE: There is a summer trail and winter trail. I believe most people use the summer trail even in the winter. We weren't able to find the winter trail, so we walked the summer trail.

                                                    If you have never been here before - The trail is NOT marked and a few sign posts but not where you really need them. If there is fresh snow like we had, then use a map and compass or Garmin to pre map out your route with markers to indicate where to go. OR flag the trees with ribbons as you head up. If there has been no snow for 24 hours then you should be fine because the path will be worn in and you can see where others have walked. Just wanting to help out others since this would have been helpful info for us ahead of time but I didn't see it anywhere online before we went up. Hopefully the trail gets marked soon then nothing to worry about.

                                                    Overall, great hike tho. Good challenge. 5 hours up and 4 hours down. Lots of snow. Have fun!

                                                      Posted: December 10, 2018 05:44:26 PM PST

                                                      Nicole from Vancouver writes:

                                                      Best infrastructure and trail system I’ve seen in a BC park. Went up Oct 13 with the most amazing conditions - sunny, slightly frosty and no bugs. A large black bear was sitting pretty close to the trail just observing hikers. Rangers said there’s lots in the park right now. Road was in good condition as were huts and toilets. Any snow that was there has melted - muddy section just past Red Heather Shelter.

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                                                        Posted: October 14, 2018 04:44:58 PM PST

                                                        Nicole from Vancouver writes:

                                                        This may help:

                                                        The gravel uphill section of Mamquam Road toward Quest University, Ring Creek, Garibaldi Provincial Park and Elfin Lakes will be closed to vehicle traffic until further notice due to safety concerns, effective immediately. See


                                                        However there is an easy detour which allows you to still get to Elfin Lakes :

                                                        drive north on Hwy 99 about 4 km past downtown Squamish
                                                        follow signs to Garibaldi Park Diamond Head and Quest University
                                                        turn right onto Mamquam Road : leave Hwy 99 just before Canadian Tire
                                                        after about 600m turn left on Highland Way S
                                                        at 1st roundabout turn right onto The Boulevard aka University Boulevard
                                                        at next roundabout go straight : continue along Boulevard
                                                        at 3rd roundabout near Quest University follow signs to Garibaldi Park
                                                        this will bring you back to Mamquam Road
                                                        turn left on Mamquam Road

                                                          Posted: October 10, 2018 10:24:31 AM PST

                                                          Nicole Spence from Vancouver writes:

                                                          That sucks! We're planning on going up this Saturday, hopefully, someone can comment.

                                                            Posted: October 10, 2018 09:36:42 AM PST

                                                            Alex Chan from Richmond writes:

                                                            Tried to go to Elfin Lakes today (10/09/2018) There was a make-shift road closure sign at beginning of dirt access road, but the gate was open. Drove further up for about 1 km and had to turn back at a closed gate. Related trail report on BC Parks web site says road open but it has not been updated since August. Anybody knows about the closure ?

                                                              Posted: October 9, 2018 07:24:51 PM PST

                                                              Vanhiker from Vancouver writes:

                                                              Did this hike on Oct 4 2018. It was sunny with some light covering of snow on the trails between red heather and Elfin lakes. Total time each way was 2.5 hours with breaks along the way. The toilet at red heather was useful after the 1 hour hike up from the parking. Then another 1.5 to Elfin lakes. The 1-2 kilometer hiker diversion from the main trail was nice and scenic. There was a few other hikers but not too busy. The ridge walk from Red heather to Elfin lakes was the best part. The cooler temps made the hike more pleasant and the fall colours were nice. Lots of birds at the campsite. Shelter was a nice place to warm up with the fireplace on.

                                                                Posted: October 6, 2018 08:22:10 AM PST

                                                                Peter from Port Moody writes:

                                                                By the way, gas was on, fireplace was working, gas stoves were clean and big pots available for boiling water and cooking.
                                                                No sign of wildlife in the hut-as I mentioned, it was pretty clean including upstairs bunk areas.

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                                                                  Posted: October 4, 2018 08:59:06 PM PST

                                                                  Peter from Port Moody writes:

                                                                  Hike to Elfin Lakes on 4Oct2018-just over 4 hours hiking time roundtrip. Beautiful sunny day with a sprinkling of snow on the ground starting just before Red Heather. Still not enough snow to warrant snow shows or spikes. Summer trail was still in great shape and even saw some bikers. Down below in the Meadows past Red Heather, saw a big black bear-pretty far away to bother anyone.
                                                                  The Hut at Elfin was extremely clean and tidy-in much better shape than when we were there in May. Thank you to the BC Parks Rangers for that-hopefully it stays that way throughout the winter and people won’t leave their garbage and dump extra food and gear there!
                                                                  Fireplace was also going when we arrived.
                                                                  The tent pads had a small layer of snow but would be easily brushed off.
                                                                  Awesome views between Red Heather and Elfin Lakes as you hike the ridge-a must do!
                                                                  Winter and more snow is on the way!

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                                                                    Posted: October 4, 2018 08:35:32 PM PST

                                                                    Sonya from vancouver writes:

                                                                    Does anyone know about the weather conditions for today with the rain? Thinking about hiking in but not sure about the storm.

                                                                      Posted: September 21, 2018 12:19:26 PM PST

                                                                      Darlene from Surrey writes:

                                                                      Does anyone know how the visibility is at Elfin Lakes? Is it quite smoky?

                                                                        Posted: August 15, 2018 09:29:14 AM PST

                                                                        Katie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Wondering if anyone has hiked up to the lakes in the last few days? How was the visibility with the local smoke?


                                                                          Posted: August 14, 2018 03:01:22 PM PST

                                                                          Pearl from Langley writes:

                                                                          Is the cabin free of mice? Any cooking stove?

                                                                            Posted: August 2, 2018 08:44:47 PM PST

                                                                            Marika from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            Wondering how long it usually takes people to hike up one way?

                                                                              Posted: July 31, 2018 09:18:10 AM PST

                                                                              Oliver Mann from Vancouver writes:

                                                                              Did this hike July 29, 2018. Trail is in great condition. No snow and flowers are out in full force. Would highly recommend getting out there over the next few weeks. There is a bit of a haze over the mountains due to the forest fires but that didn't stop me from having to pick up my jaw every few minutes because of the outstandingly beautiful scenery. The trail is quite smooth, no steps at all, and the incline is relatively gradual. It can get a little rocky at some points with a slight risk of slipping though. It is a long hike but absolutely worth it. You can cool down in the lake at the top, eat lunch at one of the picnic tables and sunbathe on a tent platform while soaking in the views. the round trip hike took my friends and I 8hrs in total including time for breaks, eating, swimming and photos (5.5hrs of active hiking). The road up to the trailhead was surprisingly full of large potholes but I did see some low hanging 2WD sedan type cars in the parking lot. Just drive slow and have a good time.

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                                                                                Posted: July 30, 2018 10:47:05 AM PST

                                                                                Tim from Surrey writes:

                                                                                Hiked this trail yesterday. Nice view, nice trail, good swimming. It's really bonus to swim in the top lake after hiking in hot Sun. Although it didn't bother me at all, friends said that there are too many mosquito in the forest.

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                                                                                  Posted: July 29, 2018 07:17:50 AM PST

                                                                                  Fred from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                  July 22nd update: Trail is looking good. No snow. All clear for the summer season.

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                                                                                    Posted: July 22, 2018 08:39:02 PM PST

                                                                                    Hilary from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    Hey y'all. Heading up to the Elfin Lakes Shelter this weekend and am trying to gauge the snow situation. Am hoping that hiking boots and cramp ons will be enough?

                                                                                      Posted: July 16, 2018 03:17:53 PM PST

                                                                                      Steph from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      Hi there,

                                                                                      I’m planning on hiking up to elfin lakes tomorrow evening for one night of camping. I just came across these recent-ish posts about there still being snow and winter conditions! It’s been a couple of weeks of very hot weather in the city and sea to sky so I’m wondering if these conditions have changed dramatically or what the most current status is? Are winter hiking shoes needed? I may have to rethink plans if so.

                                                                                        Posted: July 15, 2018 08:58:11 PM PST

                                                                                        Courtney from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                        I am hiking up next weekend with our two kids, (2 and 4) and was going to wear one and hubby carry the other. With the amount of snow would you suggest bringing the pulk?

                                                                                        Also, how wide is the trail, I ask because I could pop wheels onto the pulk until we reach the snow. TIA!

                                                                                          Posted: July 12, 2018 07:26:06 PM PST

                                                                                          Seetha from Richmond writes:

                                                                                          How long is the hike from the carpark to the Elfin lakes campsite?

                                                                                            Posted: July 9, 2018 03:16:24 PM PST

                                                                                            Adam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                            Went up July 3rd. Full on snowy from red heather to the lakes (which are still snow covered). Might some avy risk as things get warm (don’t know enough to assess spring conds, but there are definitely some slopes by the trail in places).

                                                                                            Beautiful hike/run/ski? Just be prepared for winter conds.

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                                                                                              Posted: July 3, 2018 11:15:13 PM PST

                                                                                              Pam from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                              There is still snow on 50% of the trail...including the steeper ridges. Advise using mini spikes. The lake is still mostly under snow as of Monday 2nd July. Weather changed abruptly from sunshine to hail...be prepared. Still enjoyable!

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                                                                                                Posted: July 3, 2018 07:40:53 AM PST

                                                                                                Christian from Mississauga writes:

                                                                                                Just wonder if the snow is mostly gone by now? Did anybody hike up tonElfin Lakes or Mamquammlake over Canada Day and would share their experience?

                                                                                                  Posted: July 3, 2018 12:04:39 AM PST

                                                                                                  Karen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                  Hiked up to Elfin Lakes June 23 to camp out overnight on one of the tent pads. Trail is totally snow-free up to Red Heather Hut, and then gets patchy and about 1-2km above there is total snow cover still. Snow is really wet and heavy, I brought up snowshoes but found it easier just to walk in hiking boots.

                                                                                                  Tent pads are still covered in snow (abut a metre) but you can dig out a few that have corners poking out. Otherwise we had a great time just setting up camp directly on the snow. Lakes are still mainly frozen but views were great!

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                                                                                                    Posted: June 25, 2018 03:47:12 PM PST

                                                                                                    Jenny from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                    Hiking to the Elfin Lakes shelter on Canada Day weekend. Would be great to get some tips on whether we would need snow shoes? I hear the road to the parking lot is rough but no definitive advice on doing it in a slightly older (2003) 2WD, any advice?

                                                                                                      Posted: June 13, 2018 04:40:01 PM PST

                                                                                                      Joan from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                      Hiked in on June 9th - enjoyed dry weather but limited mountain views. Hiking crampons (best) or yak traks on snow to Red Heather cabin, then snowshoes until we hit the trails near the top. Then switched back to crampons/yak traks to Elfin Lakes Had to navigate past a few fallen trees. Hiking crampons were best for return trip on June 10th. June 10th was much more wintry and changeable - lots of snow, some hail, some ice pellets, some snow pellets, some sun and lots of cloud. Minimal wind. Largest hailstone stone about 1/2" in diameter - hats mandatory! Last year in late June we entered incredibly hot weather - such a contrast!

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                                                                                                        Posted: June 11, 2018 10:41:43 AM PST

                                                                                                        Gary from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                        Heading up to Elfin Lakes tenting June 16th. Wondering if anyone has been up there since May long weekend and give trail/snow report. Hoping don't need snowshoes tho we will be carrying full packs.

                                                                                                          Posted: June 6, 2018 10:42:57 AM PST

                                                                                                          Melinda from Delta, BC writes:

                                                                                                          Just finished hiking up to Elfin Lakes and tenting in the snow, over May 20 and 21, 2018. There is still lots of snow, so snow shoes are definitely recommended. We saw a number of very deep holes (up to the knees) left by people with boots alone. I am sure that they did not have fun. The snow gets very slushy in the sun. There is plenty of snow for boiling for water, so you need not worry about a water filter. Enjoy the beauty!

                                                                                                            Posted: May 22, 2018 07:08:15 PM PST

                                                                                                            Peter T from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                            To: Dimo from Burnaby

                                                                                                            Awesome video and especially appreciated the descriptive elements and identification of the peaks.Very useful for those that want to get an idea of the conditions and understand the surroundings.

                                                                                                            Very well done!

                                                                                                              Posted: May 21, 2018 11:15:09 AM PST

                                                                                                              Peter T from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                              About 1.5Km in, snow starts and snow shoes were a definite help especially if you have a heavy pack.
                                                                                                              Having said that, several seen going up and down with only boots and spikes
                                                                                                              Tons of snow especially past Red Heather.
                                                                                                              Lines for hanging food were within grasp!
                                                                                                              Winter camping was very doable and comfortable-but a bit wet.
                                                                                                              Great group to hang out with in the Elfin Hut between 18-20May2018.


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                                                                                                                Posted: May 21, 2018 11:03:25 AM PST

                                                                                                                Dimo from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                Did this 3 days ago May 17-18. The winter trail is about 2.6Km longer and lots of fallen trees and some dead fall on the path (avalanches?)! Winter conditions up there, and need snowshoes for now.
                                                                                                                This video shows the exact conditions up there now! :) Enjoy!


                                                                                                                  Posted: May 21, 2018 09:05:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                  Ryan from Langley, BC writes:

                                                                                                                  A beautiful hike in the summer or spring. I went up last weekend (May 12 - 13, 2018) and there was no sight of snow driving to the trailhead. The snow starts about 10 minutes into the hike. While you would probably be fine with just microspikes, snowshoes are still recommended. Without them you will likely fall through a few places and that's just not fun, as well it ruins the trail for skiers.

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                                                                                                                    Posted: May 18, 2018 09:28:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                    Daniel from Vancover writes:

                                                                                                                    Would a 3 season tent be enough? Thanks

                                                                                                                      Posted: May 17, 2018 05:57:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Peter from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                      Drove up to trial head this morning (14May2018) and no snow in sight-lots of pot holes though. I certainly didn't need chains!

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                                                                                                                        Posted: May 14, 2018 10:12:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                        Christine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                        Hiked to the shelter and stayed the night May 12th. The first 10 minutes of trail are now completely dry ( no snow). Wore snowshoes to the top afterwards. Coming back on Dunday morning, I was fine with just microspikes. No chains at all needed to drive to the parking lot. No snow left. It was gorgeous and sunny and warm. Loads of sunscreen needed, or else burn to crisp.

                                                                                                                          Posted: May 14, 2018 05:56:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                          Elaine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                          Hi. Planning to go up over the May long weekend. Website says that chains are still required. Can someone tell me how road conditions are and whether I'll be able to make it up to the parking lot with AWD (without chains).


                                                                                                                            Posted: May 12, 2018 08:39:10 AM PST

                                                                                                                            Elaine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                            Can you let me know after your trip? Planning to go up over May long weekend with kids. Want to be prepared as I will be going as a single parent.

                                                                                                                              Posted: May 12, 2018 08:35:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                              Steve from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                              I'm heading up to Elfin Lakes this weekend. The latest trail report (May 7th) says chains are still required. Can anybody confirm the conditions on the Mamquam/Garibaldi road to the trailhead?

                                                                                                                              Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                                                Posted: May 11, 2018 12:46:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Steve from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                I'm heading up to Elfin Lakes this weekend. The latest trail report (May 7th) says chains are still required. Can anybody confirm the conditions on the Mamquam/Garibaldi road to the trailhead?

                                                                                                                                Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 10, 2018 04:02:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                  Anna from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                  Did the hike April 26-27. Had to use snow shoes, snow still present right at the begging. Very slushy after the first warming hut, like mashed potatoes. There is a couple areas where you walk along a slope, and with the melting snow, id be worried about avalanches.

                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 30, 2018 06:49:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    Karina from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                    I'm planning on going with a group mid May (May 12-13). If anyone is up there now, please let us know the conditions. Do we still need snowshoes/spikes?

                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 22, 2018 03:57:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Vivian from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                      Hey! Thinking of going for an over-nighter in the next week or so, does anyone know what the road conditions are like to the trailhead? Have all season tires - no chains.

                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 17, 2018 09:03:07 AM PST

                                                                                                                                        Aron from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                        Did the hike 2018-04-06. Good hike, would recommend other posts here provide good info. It was my first visit, so some tips for the uninitiated...
                                                                                                                                        - heard some horror stories about last stretch of road to trailhead, and there was sign saying you had to have chains on before going further. We chickened out and parked out first lot 2 km back. Waste. Walked those 2 k and at the trailhead not a single vehicle had chains.
                                                                                                                                        - In spring I would look at to see what freezing level is (https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Round-Mountain-volcano/forecasts/1646), to make a decision about which parking lot (trailhead lot is at ~1000 m) and if you need chains
                                                                                                                                        - I brought a summer bag (rated to 0 C) because huts I have been to in past have been wood stove heated and I have always been overly warm at night. Elfin shelter is now gas stove heated, and regulated, and it was not really that warm. I would bring a warming sleep bag.
                                                                                                                                        - Bring a sleep pad, bunks are bare wood. Again made dumb decision based on other huts having had sleeping pads
                                                                                                                                        - Ran across someone trying to make it to the shelter without snowshoes or skis... don't do this. I made it up to the day hut (Red Heather) with just spikes, but by that point I was already starting to drop through at points. Beyond the hut it would not have been possible, and if there had been fresh snow not sure if getting to the day hut would have been possible.
                                                                                                                                        Hope this helps

                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 16, 2018 06:28:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                          Was there last weekend and camped overnight in the shelter from Saturday to Sunday.

                                                                                                                                          Road: Was quite icy on Saturday, most melted on Sunday. We didn't bring chains so we hiked the way up from the lower parking lot. I would've prefered skipping that part. Upper parking was also very full on Saturday, but there are a few more spots in between to park

                                                                                                                                          Trail: Snow all the way up. To the first hut the snow was padded down, but it was a bit softer on the second half. Snowshoes highly recommended! Other that that it was a nice hike with no steep elevation. Just wach out for the backcountry skiiers coming down

                                                                                                                                          Schelter: Was fully booked, so reserve early for a spot. Also good to know that they have gas stoves both in the Shelter and the hut (bringing your own is still not a bad idea though)

                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 27, 2018 03:03:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                            Kathie from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                            Has anybody been out recently? Wondering what the conditions are like! How is the road to the parking lot?

                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 22, 2018 01:55:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              dennis marks from campbell river bc writes:

                                                                                                                                              i grew up in Squamish and lived across the street from the Bandvolds. Got a job as the kitchen boy in the middle fifties when we skied from the old halfway hut into to the lodge, about a 4 mile trip. One mile up and then down for three to the lodge. In the summer we hiked from base camp into the lodge which at that time was 4 miles up and three miles down. By that time my pal Fred Berhner and myself had been promoted to drivers and guides so usually hiked in with the summer parties and usually hiked out with a group. Same sort of program in he winter. The stopping point in the summer was High Point which we were told was about 6000 ft above sea level. its a great spot to stop and survey the area and have a smoke. Yes we smoked in those days. Often a light wind but no one there but one of us. For most trips 40/50pounds of fresh meat for the kitchen. It was great job for two students. Ottar, Emil, Joan and Millie (the cook) were very good to us. Just to clear up an earlier post the two lakes at the lodge site were know as the Effin Lakes at that time. Does anybody know if the current trail follows the original one with the height of land at High Point. Seriously thinking of taking one last hike in here before Fred and I are too old. Important to us that the current trail follows the old one.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 6, 2018 09:22:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                Chelsea Lee from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                Hi Everyone - heading up to Elfin Hut in a couple weeks. Curious if anyone has been up recently? This is our first time up so any advice is welcome!


                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 5, 2018 02:59:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Scott from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                  I just went with a group of 5 others on a snowshoe trip up to Elfin Lakes on Fri/Sat Feb.16-17 2018. There was LOTS of new snow, though due to several groups of people coming and going, we didn't have to break trail through the snow at any point, but snowshoes were definitely required for the entire trail. Trail was super easy to follow with the route marking poles in place. Rangers were there, checking for my backcountry permit both at the parking lot as well as up top at the lakes. We stayed in tents, but were able to use the hut to warm up and eat dinner. We were lucky to get a bit of a sunny break in the afternoon, with the sky partially clearing. Was amazing as it was, would've been even better on a totally clear day.

                                                                                                                                                  Regarding the parking lot / access road, they're not kidding when they say Chains are mandatory. We were ok going up on the friday, the access road wasn't too bad, though I left my Subaru (I didn't have chains) at the gate which is about 1km down from the parking lot, that has signs indicating chains are indeed mandatory. I'm glad I left my car there, as it snowed about 20cm overnight, and the road getting out was much more treacherous. I lost control in my Subary (with M+S all-season tires, not winter tires) a couple times, though managed to recover. The other vehicle in my party however was not so lucky, and slid off the edge of the cliff, fortunately only doing down about 2-3 meters before being stopped by trees; no major injuries, but it was certainly very scary. The rest of the drive down the road was done slower than walking speed.

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                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 19, 2018 03:08:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Melissa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                    Did this snowshoe trail recently. Weather was cloudy so didn’t get much of a view. Be prepared for all kinds of weather changes if you’re planning on getting to elfin hut. It took us 6 hours from the first parking lot to get there because we had to break trail once we got past red heather hut. Keep timing in mind so you don’t get stuck snowshoeing in the dark, as based on current information we did not anticipate having to snowshoe for that long. Weather changes will cover trails very easily. But trail itself is well marked with poles.

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: January 25, 2018 10:30:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Kate from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                      Where exactly is the first parking lot? I have snow tires and 4WD but no chains!

                                                                                                                                                      I'm having trouble finding information about the lots. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 16, 2018 11:24:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Liz from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Snowshoed up to spend two nights at the Elfin Shelter from January 2-4, 2018. When we drove up on the 2nd the road was snowy but a lot easier to drive on than when we came back down on the 4th, when everything had begun to melt and there was more ice than snow. I would highly recommend chains, especially if you want to get to the main parking lot where chains are mandatory.

                                                                                                                                                        The heater in the shelter is working and keeps everything toasty at 20 degrees Celsius. Please remember to pack out your garbage and be respectful of other hikers.

                                                                                                                                                        The trails are packed down enough that snowshoes are not necessary, but this will change with snowfall and if you want to do any "off-roading". By the time we hiked down on the 4th, the trails below Red Heather had started to become a bit slushy.

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                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 6, 2018 11:28:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                          DC from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Does anyone know how warm/cold the Elfin Lakes shelter is? Will a summer sleeping bag suffice? (+1 rating)

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 1, 2018 11:38:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Chelsea from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                            Has anybody been out recently? Wondering what the conditions are like!

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 29, 2017 01:07:15 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Olga from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Anybody knows whether the heating is working? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 20, 2017 10:10:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                Patricia from Edmonton writes:

                                                                                                                                                                Just came back today, and great trail! The road up was not bad at all, made it in all-weather tires to the first Parking lot, and then just walked up to the second parking lots as it required chains for the tight turn which was very icy. Mind you, the weather has been very nice lately, so the gravel road to the first parking lot was not icy at all. If it had snowed recently, I would be careful driving, as the road narrows at some points, and the edge is steep. Great hike, and would recommend staying the night in the Elfin lakes shelter, to watch the sunrise and to see the stars at night, unreal!

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: December 11, 2017 08:46:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  AGH from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone has been there recently?, planning in going this weekend, and wanted to know about the road conditions, etc. Thanks!!!! :)

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: November 29, 2017 09:15:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    JS from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked 4/11, lots of snow! The road to the parking lots is VERY icy above the houses, at least two accidents and multiple cars getting stuck when I drove down. Chains probably required for most drivers. But once you're on the hike it's amazing! under the trees on the path is 4-8" of packed or fluffy snow depending on where you walk. Past the waterfall area the amount of snow increases, and by Red Heather there is probably 12-18". Further along it increases depending on drifts etc, but it's a stunning winter wonderland!! Wore my snowshoes, and was grateful I decided to bring them because it would have been a long walk of postholing! It was snowing up high so not great visibility, but still absolutely beautiful. Would definitely do again in the winter as well as summer. x

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                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: November 5, 2017 09:16:10 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked om 2017.10.28. The service road to the parking lot is narrow, dry and bumpy. I can understand why you need snow tires and chains in the winter. The section between the yellow gate and the red heather hut was uneventful and it took me slightly over one hour. I started to encounter some snow on the hiker's trail. More snow was accumulated after the hiker's trail merged with the biker's trail. Waterproof shoes with good traction (or microspikes) are highly recommended. It took me about 3.5 hrs to reach the camp site. Total round trip took me 6 hrs, but had i been more prepared for the snowy conditions, i should be able to finish around 5 -5.5 hrs.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 28, 2017 10:37:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        sarah from North Yorkshire, England writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        We have just booked a night at Elfin Lodge but a bit confused - are we guaranteed a bed?
                                                                                                                                                                        Going in mid-November. Will poles be in place by then? If not, how difficult is the navigation?

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 18, 2017 10:46:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Trevor from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          Love this trail. Anyone know road condition to trailhead? Any snow yet?

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 11, 2017 08:47:02 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            Pasquale Josepe from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            I felt like a Hobbit the whole way there lol. This was a fairy tale of a hike. The diversity of this hike is fantastic, constantly taking pictures. This is a must do hike and don't cheat yourself out of a good thing by making it a day trip...no no no. Either camp or spend $18 and stay in the shelter. Always check the status of the shelter before you book it as it might not be fully functional. When we went the propane heaters were broken so no cooking or boiling water. It wasn't a deal breaker and next time will stay a few days. If you want to see new perspectives of this marvel check out my drone video https://youtu.be/yKzlVMkchmI

                                                                                                                                                                            Pasquale Josepe

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 21, 2017 09:04:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Zara Dureno from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Best hike I've ever done!!! It has everything (stunning views, lakes, meadows, thick forests). Highly recommend! You should plan to camp up there cause the campsite is gorgeous!

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 1, 2017 11:23:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Patricia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked this trail on August 19th. The road to get there was definetly the most challenging part of the hike! Apparently, we were the only ones to think that, as the parking was already quite full when we got there and there were at least 50 more cars by the time we got back to our car, at around 2pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                The black flies did not disturb us as much as we had feared from reading reviews from the previous week. We were only slightly disturbed when we stopped for lunch at the top.
                                                                                                                                                                                Would have given 5 stars if it were not for the very boring trail that we have to follow to reach Red Heather Meadows, especially since we need to take it again on our way back.. From this shelter until Elfin Lakes, the hike is absolutely breathtaking and has no technical difficulties.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 22, 2017 04:03:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  Jennifer from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Recent hikers to Elfin Lakes - is the propane cooktop still out of commision? THanks for any info you can provide!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 22, 2017 10:44:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hayden from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked in on Aug 5th. The flies are very bad for the first 5km. We almost considered turning around, and two groups of campers did actually turn around. There are black flies that swarm and bite. They settle down around Red Heather shelter, which was a huge reprieve.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The rest of the way to Elfin is pretty clear, although the smoke is lingering in the mountains so the views were very obscured. There is a small patch of snow as you descend to Elfin Lakes.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The bugs pick up again at the lakes, so we ate almost exclusively in the shelter.

                                                                                                                                                                                    On day 1 we continued on to Rampart Ponds. You take the path left at the trail marker before the Elfin Lake Shelter. Then you start a gradual descent into the first valley. There is one short section of snow with rocks around to help you stabilize. There is a trail marker where you go right towards Opal Cone, instead of left toward Saddle Trail. A new sign was put up over the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                    After a long descent into the valley, we crossed a really narrow bridge with no rails or rope, BE CAREFUL, the water below is raging. Then there is a long slow ascent back up the other side of the valley. It was very dry and dust, very hot, thank goodness for the smoke to reduce the intensity of the sun. We saw a marmot along the way. Very nice. Eventually the trail curves around to the right and you crest the valley, revealing a lush meadow. The trail is visible, although covered with some snow. A short ascent takes you to the trail marker showing Opal Cone to the left, and Rampart Ponds forward.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Almost immediately you are faced by a large snow field. The trail is initially well marked with rock piles, but eventually these become sparse and the only way to follow the trail is by following the footprints of the people that were there before. There is a pond to the left (frozen) and a pond to the right (frozen), by staying between them you reach the next trail marker. The snow is slippery as the temperatures have been high so it’s slowly melting.

                                                                                                                                                                                    After getting off the snow you begin a descent into the next valley. After being on that trail a short time you curve around to the left and soon come to a part of the trail that has been washed out. You can see the path across the gorge, but it’s too far to jump. We had to hike down the rocks towards the river at the bottom of the valley and forge our own path, keeping the river on the right until we came to a bridge. On the way back we realized that we should have just scaled the steep side of the gorge to get back on the trail more quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                    After crossing that bridge there is another slow and increasingly steep ascent for about 20 minutes. It starts to get wet and snowy, and just before the top of the ridge was Rampart Ponds. It was mostly covered in snow, although the tent pads were exposed. Some of the pads required shovelling. There is no shelter at Rampart, but the outhouse is pristine. The bugs get bad again at the campground, although not as bad as at Elfin or the bottom of the hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The next day we hiked to Mamquam Lake. There is a snow covered uphill hike to the top of the ridge above Rampart. That’s about 3 minutes, and then a 35 minute downhill section (free of snow) to the lake. The lake is stunning, but the flies are bad, so we spent just enough to take a dip and start the 40 minutes back up to the ridge above Rampart.

                                                                                                                                                                                    The 20.5km push on the first day was a lot, but we made it in 8.5 hours with stops and snacks along the way. Coming back we went first to Elfin, spent the night, and then went to Diamond Head parking lot on day 3. There were no issues at the parking lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 9, 2017 06:05:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jackie from New West writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked 8/3/17 in and out, there was only a small amount of snow covering short sections of the trail, otherwise clear and easy hiking. Smoke from the forest fires almost totally obscured the views though, which was a shame! Definitely worth going back up, we even had a brisk dip in the one lake.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 3, 2017 08:44:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Astrid from Houston writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Are there still a lot of problems with car break-ins at the parking lot for the hike up to the lakes?

                                                                                                                                                                                        Reading through the comments going back a few years it looks like it used to be a big problem. I was hoping to leave a suitcase in the car to do the hike and spend a night or two but now I'm worried.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 2, 2017 11:54:29 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          Erika from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          I just did this hike july 22-23
                                                                                                                                                                                          1) From the 6km mark it was on snow. I had snow shoes but most people were just going it in boots which was fine. There were some small spots where the snow had melted off the trail, but basically it was snow.
                                                                                                                                                                                          2) For the most part the tent pads are melted off.
                                                                                                                                                                                          3) It was buggy at times. I don't think I got any bites, and it didn't impact my enjoyment of the outing, but there were moments when at the campground lots of bugs were buzzing around me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 23, 2017 05:50:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            Andrea from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyone do this trail in one day with the snow? I have in the past, but there was no snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 20, 2017 05:07:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              Gemma Greenwood from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey there,

                                                                                                                                                                                              Are there loads of mosquitos at the lakes? We are going up in the August long weekend so hopefully there won't be much snow left but just wanting to get an update on the mosquito situation?

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked this up last year in May, epic hike and absolutely stunning!

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 18, 2017 07:58:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Elisha from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                We went July 15-16. Bottom half had bugs which aren't too bad if you keep moving. We went up the hiking trail to Elfin Lakes and down the biking path. Both are beautiful, although the hiking trail can be more muddy depending on the precipitation. As mentioned, second half is snow. Our group did fine with hiking boots. Recommendation to bring moleskin and hydrocolloid bandaids for happy feet. Also may want to bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper as some of the beds are directly connected to the kitchen. Don't forget a sleeping mat. Overall an stunning hike I highly recommend doing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 17, 2017 02:19:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  katherine from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I went on July 16/17. The trail is free of snow up until Heather cabin (about 5km's into the trail). Heavy snow past that point but still runnable or hiking in normal shoes. Always a good time and beautiful scenery when doing this hike/trail run!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 17, 2017 01:58:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    SB from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great hike, many many rewarding views of Mt Garibaldi, Mt Mamquam and Pyramid Mountain etc!
                                                                                                                                                                                                    We went on July 3rd, 2017 and followed some of the comments made earlier about lot of snow on the trail.We got micro- spikes and were much better shape than regular hiking boots, although we saw many fellow hikers without any sort of spikes/ crampons/ sticks doing well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The summer route is not open yet so if you stick with winter route ( follow the orange tubes), you should reach the hut comfortably. The wooden squares in camping area near the huts is covered with thick layer of snow, so one might have to camp on the snow directly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 5, 2017 10:50:33 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Emily from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone know the condition of the hut? We've rented some spots in the hunt for early July and I wanted to make sure it was accessible before leaving the tent behind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 3, 2017 08:39:51 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lory from Italy writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amazing trail! Stunning views! We hiked this trail between friday and saturday (30th June - 1st July). After about 2-3km you start hiking on the snow, but if you follow the marked winter route, you wont have any big issues. We didnt have snowshoes, only good hiking boots and that was okay. Hiking poles might be very helpful for some sections of the trails. Because of the snow the way up might take you a bit longer (it took us a bit more than 4h to get to the lakes). Be prepared to camp on the snow. Elfin lakes are still 90% covered by snow. Enjoy!!!! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 2, 2017 09:05:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mackenzie from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          My friend and I hiked this on Sunday (June.25, 2017) About 45 minutes into the hike there is snow, and it continues for the rest of the hike. The lakes are still mostly frozen over so it was kind of a bummer but the mountains were stunning. I would recommend waiting until the snow goes away before hiking this. There are a few very steep snow covered parts to get through. I am usually an intermediate hiker but found parts of this pretty difficult to get through. Ps, wear pants, a hat and a t-shirt and TONS of sunscreen. It's easy to burn since it's so hot and the reflection from the snow!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 27, 2017 11:18:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Does anyone know the latest conditions. I want to go up June 23.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 19, 2017 03:38:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Karen Hamilton from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heading up for an overnighter this weekend (June 17th). Looking for recent conditions, don't want to carry more gear than I have to!! Snowshoes or crampons? Also does anyone know if the propane in the hut is functioning?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 14, 2017 01:44:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amy from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We did this hike June 3rd & there was still snow from about 30 mins from the car park. Possible to do in hiking boots or snow shoes. Some lovely views although the lakes were still covered in snow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 10, 2017 10:23:13 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Robin from Victoria writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm planing on doing the hike this weekend with my family. Just wondering how much snows on the trail and if snowshoes are necessary. Did anyone give it a go last weekend?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 25, 2017 03:54:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kathryn from Colorado, USA writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heading up to Elfin Lakes next weekend, how much snow should we expect on the trail? Wondering if our hiking shoes will be sufficient enough or if yaktracks are necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 18, 2017 09:22:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MK from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Headed up on May 12, the road to the trail head parking lot was cleared of snow (lots of potholes though). The first part of the hike (to Red Heather Shelter) is doable without snowshoe/ski (saw hikers without made it up), however, you may find yourself sinking ankle deep into the snow on parts of the trail. We snowshoed to the Elfin Lake Shelter, and depending on the weather condition, the trail may or may not be broken. Trail is nicely marked with snow poles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 14, 2017 12:41:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Behy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Will be heading up there soon, would love to know the trail conditions and if snowshoes are a necessity for mid May? Cheers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 5, 2017 02:50:58 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bianca Hartle from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Any comments of end of April conditions up to the hut? Planning for May 20th-21st. Wondering if snowshoes would be necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 2, 2017 01:43:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Christian from San Diego writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The road up to Elfin Lakes from Mamquam was not covered in any snow. Should be safe to drive up. There was a sign that said snow tires and chains are required until April 30th. There were plenty of people there on a Saturday should be a safe bet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April 29, 2017 08:14:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Potential Elfin Lakes Hiker from Greater Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Any updates on the access road to the Elfin Lakes Trailhead would be greatly appreciated

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: April 24, 2017 08:27:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aarohi from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiya. Will be heading up there on Aprill 22nd weekend. Any updates on the road conditions? I'll have a truck with 4 WD but no winter tires or chains. Will that suffice? TIA :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 12, 2017 04:01:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aimee from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can anyone advise on current road conditions please? Will be heading up on April 14.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 12, 2017 03:53:57 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heather from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I ski toured this yesterday, April 2nd 2017. Still lots of snow so recommend snow shoes, ski's, spikes, etc. We only went to the red heather hut as we didn't want to do a big trip. Started snowing when we got to he hut so definitely winter conditions. Didn't need to put our chairs on but last 2km from lower parking lot to the trail head was a bit slippery. Pictures are from red heather hut.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 3, 2017 12:15:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Leonie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We did the trail yesterday march 25th 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For the road conditions you will need chain to get to the top parking (you must have chains). Rangers are there stoping the ones trying to drive to the top parking without chains. We had winter tires and it was not enough, we had to put the chains in order to reach the top parking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The first part of the trail (up to the first chalet : 4.5 km) was ok with only crampons but we tried to reach the eflin lake chalet and were not able because we didn't have snowshoes, so we turnaround after 6km. To reach elfin chalet you must have snowshoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We didn't have a view, we were in the clouds all the way up and down, sometimes with very low visibility. Because the natural avalanche risk was considerable at tree line and high upper tree line, we decided not to do all of it. The human avalanche risk were also likely to very likely and there was a lot of backcountry skiers in the area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We were in the moutain from 11:40 to 3:30.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Even though we didn't have a view it was a great day in the snow :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 26, 2017 11:31:29 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nick from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyone know what the road conditions are like right now? I'm in a 2WD with chains and going up next Saturday (March 25) for an overnight hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 20, 2017 10:51:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Julie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Same for us, we will be going this coming weekend and were wondering how the road conditions are. I have a AWD and snow tires would this be enough?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 8, 2017 08:49:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Olga from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Will be going this coming weekend- wondering how the road conditions are. I have a 4 wheel drive and snow tires so that should be enough???!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: February 28, 2017 01:44:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone use a water filter like the lifestraw out there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: February 15, 2017 09:14:09 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Katre from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone knows what is the current road condition to the Elfin Lakes/ Diamond Head trailhead parking lot?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wanting to do this hike in this or next week. How easy is the trail to follow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thank you in advance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: February 13, 2017 10:48:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jennifer from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi I'm really interested in doing this hike but I'm a bit nervous about leaving my car overnight in the parking lot. I was just wondering if it's fairly safe or if I should be worried about anything?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 12, 2017 12:34:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leonard from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The hut is heated so you don't need much of a sleeping bag at all. A +5 bag will be more than enough, or even a blanket. You'll need a sleeping pad too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: February 10, 2017 08:43:38 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jonathan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm doing this overnighter in a couple of weeks, but I'm not sure which sleeping bag to take. How warm is the hut at night? Could I get away with a lighter summer bag, rather than my bulky 3 season? Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 30, 2017 11:16:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just wondering if there is any snow/ice driving up to the trailhead. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 21, 2017 09:43:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tracey from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You need to reserve in advance. So far it looks like all upcoming Saturdays for the next few months are already booked up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Go to https://secure.camis.com/DiscoverCamping/ReservationService.aspx to reserve your spot in the Elfin Lakes shelter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 11, 2017 02:43:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ken from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do you need to reserve a spot in the Elfin Lake hut?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The reservation site is a bit confusing:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thinking of going up this weekend, has anyone been up recently? How are the conditions? Busy?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: January 4, 2017 09:51:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Karissa Milbury from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I really like Elfin Lakes, it's a beautiful hike, but holy smokes is it ever getting busy. So popular in the summers now, I doubt we'll return other than for snowshoe trips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's a shame Vancouver Trails doesn't have a page yet for the trip to Opal Cone, but if anyone is interested, I wrote a trip report for it (we did it last summer). Some in our group also pushed ahead to Mamquam Lake so I included estimates for doing that as well.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 30, 2016 12:28:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bethany from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Does anyone know the current road conditions? Will 2WD with chains make it up?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: December 13, 2016 09:02:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Graeme from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey Joyce: you could park at the bottom of logging road and use road to walk up to trailhead - but you're adding another 10k each way on to what is already a long hike. Possible to hitch a ride with someone when you're walking up, too. But it's a long way up - even in a car it takes a while to get to the trailhead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: December 13, 2016 03:59:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Joyce from Chicago writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone know if there is a trail going to the Diamond Head Trailhead...i.e. if I could park somewhere near town and hike up? I ask because I don't think my car would be able to make it up that road to the trailhead! Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: December 8, 2016 06:47:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ferdinand Mar from Singapore writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm sorry but can I ask if anyone is headed to Elfin Lakes on the 20th December from Vancouver? My girlfriend and I from Singapore are planning to hike up to Elfin Lakes and spend a night there before heading back down. We're hoping to carpool as it'll be expensive to rent a car for 2 day where we'll not be driving much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your help is greatly appreciated!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: December 7, 2016 01:46:16 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lynn from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We went on the same day as "John" his comment is a total exaggeration. There was literally one car stuck and it was a little hatchback the should have not been driving in those conditions anyways.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: December 3, 2016 01:19:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Matt Ahlberg from Chicago writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John Powell (or anyone else who has recently visited), is there any update to the gridlock situation from the cars that got stuck?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: December 1, 2016 04:21:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            John Powell from Garibaldi Highlands writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just an info update as of Nov 26/2016 the road the the Elfin Lake parking lot is a disaster with 60 cars stuck and road blocked at 2000' by parks. Chains are mandatory but early in the season people forget which leads the present gridlock situation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: November 27, 2016 11:44:39 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mallory from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Was just up there today. Lots of snow about 2km into the hike. Wore snow shoes about 4km into it. There was no snow/ice in the parking lot or on the drive up (cars driven up and down just fine).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: November 21, 2016 11:33:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mallory from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Was just up there today. Lots of snow about 2km into the hike. Wore snow shoes about 4km into it. There was no snow/ice in the parking lot or on the drive up (cars driven up and down just fine).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 20, 2016 07:21:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hanna Bowen from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can anyone answer whether or not you could of made it to the car park without a 4x4 this weekend?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: November 6, 2016 11:13:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nelson from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We went November 4-5 and used snowshoes on the last half of the trail. There is about 1.5 feet of snow at the top and by the lakes. After heavy rain during the night, the trail on the hike back was a bit soggy and muddy. I would recommend taking the upper (biking) trail just past the Red Heather hut, as the hiking trail was deep mud. The road up to the parking lot is in good condition and there is no snow at the parking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: November 6, 2016 04:27:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Griffin from Kitsilano writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also looking to hike this around that time. Would love if someone could shed some insight into whether snowshoes are necessary or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: November 3, 2016 01:32:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Scott McKenzie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Planning a hike for Nov 12/13 to Elfin Lakes. Does anyone have a recent Trail report and road conditions? Is there snow at the parking lot yet?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: November 1, 2016 05:27:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maria from New West writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hiked up to Elfin Lakes and The Saddle yesterday (Oct. 9th). It's an easy 5km up to the Red Heather hut. From there I'd recommend taking the bike path (use caution) along the split section because the hiking path is extremely muddy. Once you reach the ridge there is currently snow along the trail until just before you reach Elfin Lakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's no snow at the lakes right now, but it was pretty cloudy, so we weren't able to get the whole panorama view of the mountains. It only took us about 2.5 hours to reach the hut, so we decided to continue to The Saddle. Snow has started to accumulate there as well and this time of year I would recommend spikes if you're attempting this trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fortunately the clouds cleared off a little in the afternoon and we were rewarded with some gorgeous views on the way back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 10, 2016 03:15:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jesse from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey everyone. Hoping to do a late season adventure to the Lakes and beyond for a few nights in the next week or two. Anybody know if the snow has moved in yet or just what the general conditions are like up there right now?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 25, 2016 12:03:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lawrence from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Devin, sedan should be fine I've driven up there before in a sedan without 4x4. Just drive carefully and watch out for the pot holes and such

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 23, 2016 06:40:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Devin from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How are the road conditions up there right now? Does anyone know if it has been recently graded?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just have a Mazda sedan, not 4x4 and want to know if I'll make it. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 21, 2016 07:12:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Heather from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked this over on Sept 4, 2016. Started at about 10:00AM and the parking lot was full (of course it was a long weekend). We took our time both up and down, finishing the hike at 4:30PM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After the first portion (~1 hour up to the hut), the entire rest of the hike was very scenic and beautiful. It was raining but it did not feel like safety was compromised due to the wet conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The hike is fairly popular, and hard to get lost - so don't worry if you're going alone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 9, 2016 09:30:00 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jocelyn Murphy from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi everyone - just wondering if the bunks have mattresses on them - I am planning on hiking up there with my kids and wanted to know if we should bring thermarests. I called Discover Camping but they weren't sure. If someone can let me know that would be great. Thanks so much!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 8, 2016 12:34:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Greg from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Up yesterday. Trails generally in good condition but there are a few narrow stretches that are muddy and slippery. Better than I was expecting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 5, 2016 12:55:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        anna from delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        just wondering conditions after the rain this past week, anyone done the hike since? is it recommended to go in a pair rater than a group? thanks for your imput

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 4, 2016 12:16:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ebell from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          @diz quote from BC Parks (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/diamond.html): "WARNING: Do not follow Google maps directions to Elfin Lakes" Following Google's directions WILL NOT get you where you need to be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 26, 2016 12:41:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            diz from new west writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            google's driving directions to Elfin Lakes say to take Mamquam River Forest Road (south of Squamish) to the lakes, if you put in Diamond Head they say to take Mamquam Road (north of Squamish) into the park. Do both roads connect to the trailhead?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 13, 2016 07:53:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rocky from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I will be going to elfin lakes for a 4 day hike this week. To prepare for this hike, I will need some advice. Is elfin lakes very cold at the top? What is recommended to bring and to wear there? Do they have platforms at the campsite? Is there any way to prevent mosquitoes from coming to you besides mosquito spray? Is the trail challenging? Any advice would be great. Thank you in advance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 13, 2016 06:01:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Camped Elfin during the long weekend. For those looking to camp: make sure you're aware of how the new BC Parks camping permit system works. They actively patrol Elfin and will turn you back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The bugs were also pretty bad. Black flies in the lower parts and heavy mosquito density at the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Otherwise it was just as beautiful as the last few times I've done it. I highly recommend doing the Gargoyles, which are only a few extra kilometers but offer amazing views of the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 4, 2016 11:19:01 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Travis from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just hiked this on the weekend. Did not see any blueberries, Michelle. The hike itself was amazing, the views on the way in are excellent, and the lakes are very nice, and not as cold as I expected. Some small snow patches on the way in, but you can go around all of them very easily... although on a hot day these snow patches are a welcome sight! The bugs were not horrible, other than the horse flies as usual... not much you can do about them though! I did have bug spray on though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 25, 2016 07:30:57 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Camped here 23, perfect weather hiking out on the 24th. The trail is almost completely free of snow and not as muddy as I expected. There are still some patches lying around but nothing that you have to walk through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 25, 2016 12:34:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DA from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Planning to camp on July 31st-Aug 1st - anyone know if there will still be snow? Or will it all be slushy by then? I would actually like to see some snow on the trail :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 22, 2016 06:35:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        michelle from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        QUESTION: heading up with my toddler for a take two of last year's fantastic july weekdays trip at Elfin. This may not seem important to most, but to a three year old....VERY IMPORTANT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "are there going to be lots of blueberries mommy?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        so.... with the snow a bit later than usual, what have people observed this past week? any blueberries? Thanks :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 17, 2016 03:21:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paul from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just spent 2 nights at the shelter at Elfin Lakes July 10-12. Trail was clear until about 1 km past Red Heather shelter - then patchy snow cover all the way to the shelter. Some parts of hiking trail closed due to snow melt (need to use the biking trail for 1 km). Trail from shelter to Opal Cone was clear until last km or so - then snow traverse needed). Doable with just hiking boots but slippery and slushy. Still feels like spring up there - not summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shelter requires reservations now - rangers checking pretty thoroughly. It was full on the Friday Saturday nights and about 15 people on Sunday night. Quieter on Monday night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Probably quite beautiful up there - but lots of cloud cover this weekend - so hard to see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 14, 2016 03:31:00 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lawrence from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked to Elfin Lakes and Opal Cone on July 2nd 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From Red Heather Shelter to Elfin Lakes there is heavy snow cover. The trail is traversable without snowshoes, but waterproof hiking boots is recommended. Hiking poles may also be useful, but not necessary. Remember to bring sunglasses on a sunny day, the glare from the snow will burn your eyes out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trail from Elfin Lakes to Opal Cone is partially covered in snow. We abandoned our hike just before arriving to the peak because the trail become poorly defined in the snow cover. However, still a worthwhile hike! The glacial terrain along the way is amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 3, 2016 01:07:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SeaTurtle from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I plan to backpack for 2 nights this long weekend. How much water should I pack? I'll bring water tablets.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, is there a cheaper way to store food instead of buying an expensive food cache bag?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 28, 2016 10:33:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Has anyone been up recently, and have a snow report to share? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 26, 2016 02:13:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steph from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Can anyone weigh in on whether snowshoes are currently necessary? Or could we get by with good waterproof hiking boots?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 22, 2016 10:54:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ITh from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To the comment below, you can get up there in a car, just go slow as the pot holes are quite large in some places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FYI to all; you now have to make a reservation for all the sites in Garibaldi Park through the website. No longer first come first served. Reservations are required.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 22, 2016 11:58:28 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeff from Pomo writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just wondering what the road is like to the parking lot? Do you need a truck or is it accessible by car?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 21, 2016 03:16:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeff from Pomo writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just wondering what the road is like to the parking lot? Do you need a truck or is it accessible by car?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 19, 2016 11:50:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Valli from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went up to Elfin Lakes yesterday (June 5) for a day hike. We didn't really reach snow until about 3.5KM in and didn't put on our snowshoes until after the Red Heather Hut when you start going up to the ridge. The snow was wet and slushy on the top that it made it hard to walk in, so the snowshoes definitely came in handy. After a few bare sections in the trees nearer the top of the ridge, I didn't bother putting my snowshoes back on and was fine until the hut (I did slip and slide a bit). On the way back though, the snow was even slushier from the heat, so snowshoes were almost a must if you didn't want to slide around so much. It was hot enough that bare patches that were covered in snow on our way up had shown up just before reaching the Red Heather Hut on our way down and lots more water was running from under the snow. I definitely suggest you wear some waterproof boots and something to stop snow from getting into the top of your shoes and soaking your feet and bring some sunscreen and apply often! We didn't apply often enough and got back with some good sunburns. It was very beautiful, but hot up there :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 6, 2016 02:27:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tom from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I went up to Elfin just this past weekend (May 22/23 2016) and there was snow starting from about 2km. The now continued all the way up and it was winter conditions at the top. The snow was hard pack but we had snow shoes especially for the steeper sections. Since it was a long weekend, there was a lot of party goers using the Elfin shelter. Unfortunately they didn't pick up after themselves and left garbage including finding trash along the trail which was unfortunate. People please take your trash with you. Your mother does not work here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 24, 2016 02:20:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amir from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi Everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm planing to go to Elfin lake camping area this comming weekend; has anyone gone recently? Do I need to have my snowshoe or winter boot would work too? Can I pay for the campyard up there or I got reserve it online?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Will appreciate if someone could help me with some info about the track and camping area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 3, 2016 03:38:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ivy Thompson from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Has anyone been up recently? Thinking of heading up, but want to know if it can be done with no snowshoes (I don't want to have to bring them if I don't have to)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 28, 2016 11:45:03 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  McBain from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Went this past weekend (April 2/3) . There is no snow approaching the Elfin Lakes trailhead so you do not need chains, but there are some potholes on the road. The snow starts at the trailhead and is melting fast. But 500m in, there is still plenty of slushy snow and the bare patches become less frequent. After that, the snow is quite deep for the remainder of the hike. Up to the Red Heathers hut it can be done without snowshoes as it is somewhat packed but afterwards you will need snowshoes or skis. We passed hikers with crampons after Red Heathers hut and they constantly sinking knee deep in the snow with almost each step. Tons of snow at Elfin Lakes left - you can literally walk off the 2nd floor balcony onto the snow. Cabin was very busy this past weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 3, 2016 05:26:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DJ from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm going up Friday morning. Anyone else interested in joining to ski tour up and stay at the hut for a night, back Saturday ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 9, 2016 10:12:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeremy Kashkett from Baltimore MD writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am planning on going to the hut with 9 people total this Saturday March 12-13. We are going early:-) See ya up there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 9, 2016 01:37:28 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Luke from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Great conditions (we hit the break between winter rain/snowfall).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No snow on the road all the way to upper parking lot. If going on the weekend - arrive early - the lot was pretty packed by 10am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Snow on the trail - spikes ok to Red Heather hut, snowshoes after that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It was beautiful: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lukemeup/24914211194/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 6, 2016 05:49:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lucia from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Does anyone know how busy is it going to be on spring break weekend? Planning to go up to the hut at the crack of dawn on March 19th and wondering what's our chance of getting a bunk! Thanks a bunch for any comments based on past experience!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 1, 2016 02:21:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meghan Reid from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I often see questions about Elfin so I thought I'd let you know about our trip. We headed up Friday morning and came back Saturday afternoon. We microspiked it all the way in... on the return some of us used snow shoes for an hour while some microspiked it the entire way. The road to Diamond Head trailhead was clear all the way, and there was snow on the trail from the parking lot. The hut had enough snow to cover the main deck but the front door was still usable. ***Starting in June of this year, the Elfin Hut and campground will be on an online RESERVATION only system. There will no longer be a cash box at the trailhead, it will not be first come/first served

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: February 28, 2016 04:57:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Scott McKenzie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Planning another trip up to Elfin Lakes March 5/6. Anyone have a recent update on road conditions to the trailhead? Latest reports look like the trail is pretty packed (still taking snowshoes) and there's a lot of snow at the top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: February 26, 2016 03:28:02 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shaylene from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                From BC Parks website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/#visitoralert

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Diamond Head winter pole route (from Red Heather to Elfin Lakes) is now in place. Avalanche hazards exist here as well. Come prepared with companion rescue equipment and know how to use it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Visitors must be familiar with recognition and avoidance of avalanche terrain and conditions. Visitors should be appropriately equipped with avalanche transceivers, probes, snow shovels, first aid kits and have adequate knowledge of avalanche assessment skills and avalanche rescue procedures.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The road to the Diamond Head parking lot requires chains and/or a 4x4 vehicle, with good winter tread. Snow removal is periodic and conditions may change during your visit. Please do not park on the road edges, use the parking lot or pull out areas. Parking on the road edge will block the snow clearing equipment, causing hazardous conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: February 18, 2016 12:57:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joanne Belcher from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Planning a snow shoeing trip to Elfin Lake hut with a tent 20-21.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Weather so far looks like snow so might postpone until it improves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What is the avalanche risk at the moment, seems to be quite high? And how were the roads, covered in snow, slushy or icy? Do you need chains as well if in a 4x4?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 15, 2016 09:03:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jeff from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Snowshoed up to Elfin Lakes on February 6th, 2016. Started hiking around 8:30 am. Used chains to get to the upper parking lot past chain up area, others made it up without. Elfin Hut was full by the time we got there, sometime around 2pm. Ranger was turning people back if they did not have a tent. Slept in tent first night, and in hut second night. Lots of fresh snow going up and -6 deg C or so at night, by Monday, it was +10 deg C out and springtime. Awesome views once you reach the Summit and go along the ridge to the hut. Most snow was gone from the road when we drove out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: February 12, 2016 01:23:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marcinko from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On Jan 16th I snowshoed to the Elfin Lakes Hut and back. Be warned that the first 9km is a steady uphill before it levels off.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The conditions were stormy, so goggles were a lifesaver in the driving snow. Even on a day like that it was beautiful and busy. The hut was full by 1pm and over a dozen more on their way to it. The trail is packed down by all the traffic, which is great and cuts through knee-deep snow between the two huts. Very easy to follow even if you can only see 20ft ahead. Parking at the lower of three parking lots was okay but any 4WD truck with snow tires could have made it to the trailhead lot. Water was abundant at the huts due to melted snow in giant pots.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At a fast pace and meals at each hut I left the lower parking lot at 7:30, arrived at the Red Heather Hut at 10, the Elfin Lakes hut at 12:15, the Red Heather Hut at 3, and back at the lot at 4:45.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 19, 2016 03:37:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Grant Gardner from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wondering if we left early in the morning Sat Jan 2nd Elfin Cabin if we would have a good chance to stay in the cabin as we have purchase permit on line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks in advance for any responses. Happy New Year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 1, 2016 05:45:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Justin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went up on Dec 28, 2015 and the conditions were awesome! Many snowshoeing folks and skiers up and down. Saw quite a few that stayed the night as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Road conditions was basically compact snow. I saw a jeep with possible winter tires, but probably not the best tread and he was slipping. I had newer snowflake tires that didn't slip much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There is a small lot before the last climb where they have a huge sign that says chains mandatory from this point on. It's a small parking lot for maybe 5-8 vehicles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was slippery but doable w/ 4x4 and good tires.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keep in mind though, almost all vehicles had chains so be prepared. You don't want to be the one holding up vehicles going up and down as it's a narrow road in some areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I imagine with the sunny week ahead, it will just get icier too. But the views up there are probably worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: December 29, 2015 08:55:57 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Martina from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Going up to Paul Ridge next week as a day trip.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wondering how the road conditions are this last weekend. Also, are the poles up in the meadows and to the ridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 13, 2015 02:44:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A friend and I are planning to go up to elfin lakes next week. I'm wondering what the road condition is like? I have a sedan with winter tires, does anyone know if this would be ok. Any other tips on trail conditions would be great. Is the trail well marked? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 4, 2015 01:35:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don Paisa from Chicago writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stayed at Elfin Shelter on the evening of 14 November. Took 4 hours there, 3.5 back while wearing a heavy pack. Got 6-12 inches of snow. Shelter was full but not overly packed. If you want to make sure you have a bunk (especially if you want a bottom one for a couple) you should try to reach the shelter before 1PM at the latest on the weekends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bring skis if you have them, otherwise snowshoes. You can make it with just boots/yaktrax but if the snow hasn't been packed down well by those ahead of you, you might end up postholing most of the way past Red Heather Meadow shelter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 15, 2015 10:26:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Calvin from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked and stayed at the Elfin shelter on Nov 10th and had 20cm of snow overnight on top of over 20cm of snow base. So it was over 50cm in total by Nov 11th. Yesterday and today, Nov 13, I believe it must have snowed over 2 feet again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parking lot also had snow - it was slush tho but it freezes at night so you need snow tires and/or chains, or park at lower and hike 1-2 extra km.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  crampons are useless in the deep powder, bring snowshoes, gaiters and extra pairs of wool socks. Flashlight/headlamp for day hikers might be an idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By this weekend, we might have enough snow to make igloos. Someone made one last valentines - whoever made it, you are awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: November 13, 2015 02:24:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Allyssa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The trail was fantastic! Much easier in the summer than in the winter. As of Tuesday, the trail was mostly dry with a small section of mud on the hill just past Red-Heather. Easy to navigate past it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 7, 2015 10:16:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Olga from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Spectacular hike all the way. Love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 2, 2015 11:09:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christopher Ravadilla from Los Angeles writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Absolutely beautiful place! went last weekend while it was raining. There's even a shed once you've reached the lake. Great place especially if you're into photography and filming. I made a short film featuring my experience at Elfin Lake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf_mqbP8TbY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 23, 2015 01:36:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bob from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is fascinating that when sites list parking lots as having heavy policing and enforcement, thieves tend to go elsewhere to ply their trade. Speaks volumes that this place has a listed break in problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 15, 2015 03:51:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Courtney from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went to Elfin yesterday and I'm giving it three stars only because we happened to go on a very cloudy day. We were trying to avoid hiking in 30 degree heat without shade, so we picked a cloudy day. While it definitely made the actual hiking easier we kept wondering what was beyond the clouds! We were hiking through the clouds at certain points and it was very cold at the lakes. We could kind of see parts of opal cone. By the time we got back to the parking lot the clouds started to lift :( I'm sure all the people who were camping that evening got some lovely scenery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There was a small pile of glass in the parking lot from a broken car window. I left a note in my car saying that the doors were unlocked and left everything in view (e.g. opened the glove box, hatch was uncovered). But I assume the thieves tend to hit up the weekend campers more than day hikers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Took us 3 hours up and 3 hours down + about 75 minutes for lunch and photos at the lakes, and 2 short breaks at the warming hut each way. Total of 8 hours from parking lot to parking lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 7, 2015 09:33:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Diana from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We went to Elfin lake today and followed google map in the beginning, do NOT ever do that. Big mistake. Google map wanted to take us literally to the lake therefore it took us a while to find the trail head.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Overall really lovely hike, relatively easy except it was mostly in the open without shade and it was really hot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 3, 2015 12:40:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bryan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                July 30/15

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What's the water level like at Elfin?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 30, 2015 11:33:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Scott from Pitt Maedows writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How much is it to camp on the platform at Elfin Lakes? Can anyone tell me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks S.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 27, 2015 10:14:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was a gorgeous hike. We hiked on Friday morning and stayed there till Sunday. Most of the spots filled up on Friday night and by noon on Saturday the campground was full. The scenery was just breathtaking.. and a nice lake to swim in after a long hike on a hot day...( this is why I am giving 5 stars)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Once we came back to the parking lot on Sunday noon, we found our car broken into with the passenger window smashed. It turned out that 20 other cars were also broken into on the same day (probably Friday night). I noticed that on some cars people left the note: 'no valuables inside..doors unlocked' or some people left their windows opened. It might be a way to avoid the damage to your car, but I think that something should be done to fight the apparently common on this parking lot car related thefs. There is a note on the BC Parks site ( and this one) ” This parking lot does have a reputation for several car-related thefts, so do not leave any valuables in your vehicle”. We heard about it and we didn’t leave any valuable inside but still we have to pay for our window replaced. It is a very popular hike and many people backpack to Elfie Lakes. I don’t think it is just right for the authorities to acknowledge the problem and move on.. Definitely something should be done about it and I will be making an official complain to Squamish authorities. I want to keep on backpacking this region, enjoy its scenery and get away from the city life. What is also important for me is to have a peace of mind when I am leaving my car on designated lot for which I am also paying my fees for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 19, 2015 04:51:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Steph from Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just curious whether anyone has been up since the smoke filled Whistler? Anyone know if it's hikable at the moment?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 8, 2015 12:24:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sandy from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's very busy on the weekend if the weather is good. We came during the week and there lots of sites left but on Saturday when we got back from a day hike it was all filled up. There was a sign at the parking lot that said no more campers allowed but people kept coming up. There is a tiny overflow area in which 9 tents were forced to set up. Most of the people who came up on Saturday were up for one night and I have to say they weren't there necessarily for the scenery. It was pretty loud until 11 pm. I think the park rangers keep things pretty well under control. There are so many great day hikes from Elfin Lakes that I would definitely go again, but maybe not on the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 5, 2015 02:52:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nick from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Curious if anyone has gone camping here lately? Are the campsites packed? What's the advised time to arrive at trailhead to guarantee a spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 3, 2015 10:29:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiking Fanatic from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just curious if there is any snow up there right now or has this hot weather melted it all away?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 3, 2015 09:04:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              JJ from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Was up there yesterday. Beautiful hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Very popular hike, so better get there early - Got there around 9:30 am and the parking lot was already full.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Slow driving on the road getting up to the trailhead...esp. if you don't have a high clearance 4x4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bug situation - wasn't bad, but there were some...so bring your repellent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, one more thing...prepare for full sun exposure on this hike...only a few shady spots on this hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Enjoy! It's gorgeous up there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 28, 2015 09:22:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kathryn from vancouver writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Does anyone know what the bug situation is like up at Elfin lakes?



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 25, 2015 01:39:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kathryn from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey! Does anyone know what the big situation is like this time of year? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 24, 2015 06:14:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alex W from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    no snow whatsoever on the trail, and the lakes are thawed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 14, 2015 07:22:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      nicolas from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      is there's still snow on the trail ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 10, 2015 04:10:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Joanne from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For the people who have recently hiked, has anyone noticed much car theft? I know the parking lot has a reputation for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 7, 2015 07:15:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turnerloose from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4km of snow still, lakes are frozen, days are warm, nights are cold. Overall, had an amazing trip!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 31, 2015 02:37:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We went May 24th from about 3.5 hours there and 3 coming back. The conditions were pretty good, though for about half of the hike (after the warming hut) there is snow on the trail. No snowshoes needed but bring extra socks! Great overall hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 24, 2015 09:06:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ethan from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anybody has elfin lake photo last week ? I am preparing to go there to see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              melting lake this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 21, 2015 10:51:33 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                susu from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Went to Elfin Lake over the May long weekend. Trail conditions are good and snowshoes not needed. Was able to reach middle and upper lake no problem. Top layer of the lake is still half frozen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 20, 2015 11:02:58 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ellen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Daniel & Emily,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was wondering the same thing. I searched #elfinlakes on instagram/twitter and saw that several people in the past couple days still need snowshoes. Thank goodness for hashtags!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  See you on the trail,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 12, 2015 11:31:21 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emily from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi Daniel, we're also looking to go there May Long weekend. We went previously two weeks ago and there was snow starting from Red Heather. Anyhow, snowshoes will be really great as there will still be snow up at Elfin Lake; some of our party got up with just hiking boots but it would be a great deal more comfortable as you would sink to your calves without them. On snowshoes it was fun and quick. Hope to see you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 11, 2015 08:46:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Daniel from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My wife and I are thinking about going up for the May long weekend. Anyone been update recently? How is the snow? We don't have snow shoes and are wondering if it is a must at this time of year or if we'll be okay. Last posting on April 5th sounded like snowshoes would have been good.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 8, 2015 03:05:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        K. from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Three of us went up Friday morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We were at the trail head at about 7:30 am, the road up to the parking lot from the trail head was clear and we didn't require chains. As soon as we passed Red Heather we had to put on our snowshoes (although we did meet people that evening who had done the hike in just hiking boots) and it was a beautiful and clear morning. Got to the hut and we had the place all to ourselves for a few hours. It started to snow as soon as we got inside and didn't stop until about 8 pm. They changed the heater last year and it is much colder in there. If you are staying for the night remember to bring a warm sleeping bag (and ear plugs!) During the afternoon the hut filled up more but by 9 pm there were still probably 8 empty beds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Headed down Saturday morning, it had snowed about 2 feet during the prior afternoon and evening so the snowshoes were great. Made it to the parking lot around noon and there was just a dusting of snow so we didn't need chains going down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 5, 2015 07:49:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anonymous from Anonymous writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We are thinking of going up this weekend... Is there high avalanche risk on this trail?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 30, 2015 10:45:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Patrick from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey M'Beth,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What days will the engineers be up there? Thinking of heading up Sunday afternoon. Please tell me they'll be gone by then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 26, 2015 02:49:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              M'Beth Schoenfeld from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's going to be a large group of engineers up at the Hut this weekend. I wouldn't depend on a spot in the hut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 23, 2015 07:33:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jason from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Went up with a friend on March 21st weekend. If you're up for a challenge, go for it! Lots and lots of snow. Crampons, snowshoes or poles will help. Dress warm and be prepared for a very hilly hike especially after the 5km mark. 11km hike up to Elfin took us 4.5hrs including lots of short breaks. Busy up at the cabin, so sleep where you can find a spot. Tent pads are snow covered and will need a shovel if you're tenting. Scenery is beautiful and worth the hike! The Lake is all snow covered too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 23, 2015 11:49:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Terence R Byrne from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Road good to Parking lot, trail crampons after about 2km, leave them on the whole way to Elfin, conditions ideal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: March 16, 2015 04:04:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tom from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does one of you who went up last weekend know what the road is like? Thanks for the update!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 16, 2015 12:29:33 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meg from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked up Friday the 6 and returned on the 7. Left behind my rose colored Marmot down jacket upstairs in the hut. Did anyone see it? If you are going..could you look for it? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 8, 2015 05:13:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked Saturday (Mar 7th) and stayed the night up at the hut. All the bunks were full and there were quite a few people sleeping in tents/caves. It was very icy Sunday morning walking the last 5 km to the parking lot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 8, 2015 02:55:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Caroline from Penticton writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked March 7th(yesterday) and it was all snow. Really warm though, well above 10c at the top and on the way up. Super nice views and the only thing I would recommend is shoe studs. I hiked it in just hiking boots and made it in 6 hours without any problem. The snow is packed right now and the melted parts from the sun yesterday are probably all ice now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 8, 2015 11:49:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hilary from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Does anyone know if there's still snow there? I am doing the hike tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also is there lots of views?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: March 6, 2015 11:51:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Josh from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are going to stay in the cabin for a night this weekend. We are wondering what kinda clothes you will wear/pack for hiking and staying over night?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 5, 2015 01:45:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Leahloo from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A group of 10-15 of us are planning on spending the night in the cabin March 21. We are celebrating our friend Charlie's birthday. If you're planning on coming up for that weekend be prepared for some good food and some good people. Just remember to say Happy Birthday to Charlie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 2, 2015 10:57:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Veronika from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We are planning an overnight stay on Friday March 6...was wondering if conditions stay as is would we be ill prepared to just have microspikes or should we pack our snowshoes as well in case it snows overnight?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 25, 2015 06:15:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brian from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I actually hiked this on Feb 15th and again on Feb 18th (long story - won't get into any details.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Both times the conditions were exactly the same. There is no snow on the gravel driving road leading up to Elfin Lakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The trail itself has lots of snow though, but it will be a good 15-20 min from the trailhead before you encounter any, as Colin has eluded to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The first time i hiked this (Feb 15th), i had snowshoes with me but did not use them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The second time i hiked this (Feb 18th), i rented crampons and used them. Crampons make a WORLD of difference, i didn't have to watch my footing as much and could power through the snow w/o the burden of "heavy feet" that snowshoes provide.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Would recommend crampons for this hike to anyone wanting to attempt it in current conditions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    @marta - i did not stay overnight at the shelter, did only day hikes there and back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When i left the shelter yesterday afternoon, there were between 25-30 people at the hut though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A group of students from 2 schools were there, one of the schools was st. george's boys school. The other i can't remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also a large contingency of japanese hikers but they had left as i had arrived.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think one of the schools was planning on clearing out on friday, so it might be empty by the time you get there on saturday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    good luck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: February 19, 2015 09:24:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      colin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      @marta We stayed over on Sunday night thinking that it would be quiet. We failed to take into consideration a) UBC reading week and b) that Monday was a US holiday (president's day). Sunday night the hut was busy but not entirely full...I would guesstimate about 25-ish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We heard from several people that Saturday night had been *packed* - about 60 people combined in the hut/tents/snow caves. We chatted with a couple who had slept on the picnic table. I would advise that if you are going up for a Saturday night that you get up early! :) And bring ear plugs :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: February 18, 2015 09:46:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marta from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the comments Colin and Brian.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am planning to do this hike this Saturday 21st with four more friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did you stay overnight at the shelter? Was it full?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: February 17, 2015 01:59:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          colin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Umm..what Brian failed to mention is that, although there is snow on the trail it certainly is not at the trailhead!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We were up Feb 15/16 and snow starts about 3/4 of the way between trailhead and Red Heather so plan on hiking 30min-ish depending on your pace before hitting first snow. Snow is hard packed/crust in meadows..no breaking through at 200lbs with 40lb pack. Trail to Elfin hut is hard packed entirely...could easily boot it without snowshoes/skis if you have good treads or wire attachments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: February 17, 2015 10:35:15 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brian from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did this hike today - Sunday, Feb 15th 2015.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is no snow on Mamquam road, the road which leads up to Elfin Lakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Most of this road is unpaved though once you drive a little past quest university.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You would be ok driving it with a sedan or hatchbatch (in current conditions).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was with my party of 4 and we rented snowshoes from MEC the night before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is lots of snow on the hike itself though, but most of it is hard packed so you could get by with runners if you have decent footing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I didn't end up using my snowshoes, but got in a decent arm working as i had one in each arm the whole time :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wish I had brought my snowboard though. There's a really nice open area that reminds me of the 'enchanted forest' run on whistler.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The hike is gorgeous & worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: February 15, 2015 09:38:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone been up lately and able to share what the driving conditions to the trailhead are? Any snow or ice? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: February 13, 2015 02:10:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                luke from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey everyone, remember when staying in a cabin to bring ear plugs, some people snore. They don't mean to annoy everyone but it is not something they can control. So bring ear plugs and make sure your party has ear plugs, for the snoring (not me). :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: February 13, 2015 01:23:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alexis from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Was anyone up this past weekend (family day)? How were the conditions? Is it snowy or bare? Apparently Pemberton was pretty much closed for flooding, so wanted to get an idea before heading up this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks in advnace!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 10, 2015 03:20:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We will be up there saturday morning tell monday. there will over a foot for sure once you reach the cabin id say but its probably raining most of the way up. Keep an eye on the freezing level. The hut is about 1600m ??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: February 5, 2015 07:43:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Miriam from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wanting to do this hike on Sunday Feb 8th, anyone else going up? I think it might be too snowy though. How easy is the trail to follow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: February 5, 2015 12:30:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mike from North van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Planning on doing this hike family day weekend. Wondering if I can do without snowshoes... Hasn't snowed forever so prolly hard packed. Also wondering how busy I should expect it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 27, 2015 10:08:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stephanie Park from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiya, Planning on heading to Elfin Lakes tomorrow and wonder about the safety of the route (given avalanche warnings). Anyone have reliable advice re the concern if you stay to the actual marked winter route? Still take avi gear?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: December 31, 2014 10:37:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rick from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Definitely full on New Years. It's crazy every year. Good luck with getting a spot! Bank on tenting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 30, 2014 08:53:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rookie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm heading up here for New Years tomorrow with about 8 people. I'm assuming it'll be pretty busy so we're bringing our tents just in case!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 30, 2014 09:20:32 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kevin from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone been up to the Elfin hut for New Years? Wondering from past years how busy the Hut gets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: December 26, 2014 03:15:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Danielle Ramona from Vancouver, Canada writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stayed here over the weekend Sat 29/Sun 30 Nov and it was BEAUTIFUL. One of the most spectacular walks I've done. Snowshoeing definitely made the experience more strenuous, however it was completely worth it for the views and the experience. Wilderness hut was great, gas log fire and washrooms nearby even though closest one wasn't open. We will be posting a blog about our experience there at nomadiclove.com if you'd like to find out more about it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: December 2, 2014 10:59:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hilly from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stayed at the hut Friday Nov. 28. We were the lone visitors on Friday but there were several large groups heading up Saturday and it looked like a full house. Summer route had plenty of snow and was well defined with few exceptions; winter route was not yet marked. Outhouse doorknob at the hut was busted and the door could not be opened (we've reported it to BC Parks). Road was clear on the way up; storm blew in overnight and we had snow all the way down to Squamish. I wouldn't attempt to drive this road in winter without the recommended vehicle/tires/chains. Overall the shelter is a tremendous amenity in a gorgeous setting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: November 30, 2014 09:59:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crystal Crompton from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did this hike November 9th-10th. Road was clear. Less than half a foot of snow at the top. Started just before the Red Heather Shelter. Not quite ready for snow shoes as there were exposed rocks, but I did see a few doing so. It was a little slippery in the morning. I'm writing this for information purposes, but the weather report for this week told me that there's probably quite a bit more up there now. Beautiful as always.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: November 14, 2014 03:14:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lucie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I FORGOT SLIPPERS AT THE HUT! - Nov. 9 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you find my slippers, can you please bring them back down to Vancouver. They were made for me by a friend. They are green, red and blue. Crochet style with a leather sole. Live in Kits. 778-870.19.25 Thank you! Lucie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: November 13, 2014 07:31:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trevor from Tsawwassen writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Great hike this Nov 1/2 weekend. No snow till about 15 minutes past Red Heather Hut. Then 1-2 inch snow between hut and the lakes. Overnighted in the cabin by the lakes. New LPG fireplace kept cabin very warm all night. Snow melted on Sunday and considerable less snow on ground for walk down. Road was clear to trailhead. Bears were seen (mother and cubs) about 10 minutes past Red Heather Hut by a lone biker who showed us photos. They were not bothered and kept moving along.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: November 3, 2014 03:20:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Majid from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just a heads up! break-in into our car and 3-4 other vehicles in Elfin parking lot on Sunday Oct 19.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We stayed over at Elfin shelter on Saturday night, enjoyed the great hike and the beautiful scenery. But found our the rear window of our car broken and our personal stuff taken i.e. sunglasses, shoes and swimming equipment . This was the third time we saw this happening, we should have been extra cautious. Next time I will leave the car with no personal items in and put a sign on window "doors are open"...or even will leave the window open covering it with plastic. considering the $300 ICBC deductible plus other items stolen and driving back to Vancouver in cold weather for sure was not rewarding. But we just can't quit hiking in garibaldi national park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 23, 2014 12:31:45 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Z from Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Went up for the long weekend. Great time, but wet and foggy so not a whole ton of views. We were definitely happy to have space in the shelter. No snow on the trail as of yet, but a black bear did cross our path. Lots of blueberries around still :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: October 13, 2014 10:00:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Adam from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked this trail for the first time in about 10 years and the first time I had ever done it in summer (no snowshoes!). Just fabulous views of the mountains that we can't see from Vancouver. Started from the car park around 12:30 and got back there by around 6:00. A lovely hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 27, 2014 10:57:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ron from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked Elfin Lakes on Aug. 18, 2014. The drive up the dirt, gravel road was very slow going - lots of tight turns and potholes. From the turn off at the highway to the parking lot took over 35 minutes (for 16 kms of driving!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The first 5 kms is a boring hike up an old logging road in between trees. The last half of the hike provides much nicer views and hiking terrain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I did not experience many flies, mosquitos or bugs. The views at Elfin Lakes are superb!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Added a short extension to the Saddle Trail (another 1.5km each way).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With about 30 minutes relaxing for lunch, the entire hike took about 5 hours (including the Saddle Trail and lunch).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 18, 2014 09:28:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Graham X from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went up for the first time yesterday. The drive up was a bit more than I expected, but not too bad. It starts close to the alpine and is mostly open, so plenty of sun (hot!) and great views for most of the trail. About 1hr45min to the lakes, 40 minutes back to the car. Went swimming at the lake. Cabin/shelter looks awesome. I'm definitely going to snowshoe up there next winter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    @bill jeffrie, I was only up there in the middle of the day, so the bugs weren't too bad. Some flies and wasps by the lake and a lot of dead bugs in the water. Didn't see any mosquitoes (though I did get a bite), but it was the wrong time of day for them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 3, 2014 05:11:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bill jeffries from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone have intelligence on how the bugs are on the Elfin trail right now - or at the lakes for that matter?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 3, 2014 10:10:53 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jim Quitevis from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked Elfin Lakes last July 20 and there was virtually no snow along the trails. It was a bit foggy in the morning but that made for a wonderful sight as the wild flowers were in full bloom and it felt like we were in paradise. The rain started to pour down in the afternoon which made our descend a bit tough but refreshing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 22, 2014 03:15:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Molly from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked this on July 12. Lots of snow, especially on the last bit down to the lakes. It looked like the wildflowers, especially the red heather, would be in full bloom in a couple of weeks. It was disappointing to see one party of hikers with a dog (off-leash, of course!)cutting new trails through the vegetation to avoid walking through the snow. They were probably the same people reported to be swimming in the drinking water that day! Saw a few piles of fresh dog poop on the trail on our way down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 14, 2014 12:39:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Slavica Leporis from Port Coquitlam, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We hiked to Elfin Lake on Sunday, July 13 and it was amazing. My Go Lite easy hiking shoes were good enough for hiking in couple of patches of snow...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This almost 22KM hike to Elfin Lake and back is doable in one day...start early in case you would like to stay longer at the lake for some swimming, lunch and lounging in the sun...of course, the water is still cold but refreshing...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I loved the second portion of Elfin Lake designated for drinking only, clear and cold...we appreciated it very much on the way back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our next trip for sure will be staying over night...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 14, 2014 10:02:21 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christopher from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I did this hike for the first time in six years with a friend on Saturday, July 12.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Snow started appearing once you get to that rocky, hill area, a bit past the Red Heather cabin and meadow area. Parts of the trail was covered in snow, which was still doable in runners, though parts was slushy and slippery, of course. A lot of the times you're walking next to the snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our runners were soaked by the time we reached the lakes, but it dried within two hours under the hot sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              People were jumping in the swimming lake (which was cold of course) and the camping area, which did not exist in 2008, was busy. The lakes are great and the view is spectacular as you're surrounded by glacier covered mountains. However, it was disappointing to see how popular the place has become. There were non-English speaking tourists bathing in the drinking water lake, right next to the sign that says "this water is for drinking, no swimming." Very annoying for us thirsty hikers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 13, 2014 08:30:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Erin Edwards from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm planning a 2 night backpacking trip to the Elfin Lakes with my husband and 2 kids (8 & 12). I'm wondering if the August long weekend will see a flood of campers up there. Does anyone know if it is a race for a tent pad or bunk bed (in the case of bad weather)? While I've backpacked in the Rockies and on the West coast, I have not back packed in Garibaldi park. Looking forward to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 11, 2014 12:14:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ken from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did this as a day hike July 10, 2014 with a group of people with diverse hiking abilities. There were several moderate-sized potholes throughout the drive up the gravel portion of the road, but with a little care, my sub-compact car made it up no problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There were still patches of snow in the latter part of the hike and we had to traverse areas of snow about half a dozen times, the longest being about 150-200m. The rest of the upper path was often muddy and slippery, with occasional streams of snow runoff, so the two people in our group who only wore runners ended up with cold and soggy feet, while those of us with light, water-resistant hiking boots were fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We stopped multiple times to take photos of the numerous gorgeous vistas of snow-capped mountains, so our leisurely pace meant we took almost 4 hours to get to the lakes(including a snack break at the hut). For the final approach, the site says: "For the next 30 minutes, the trail descends towards the Elfin Lakes before arriving at a view above the lakes". That section took us over an hour. Maybe it was the snow, maybe it was our constant photo-taking, but I think it was at least 5km from where the trail "begins to level" to where we finally see the lakes, so I think unless you jog down or are super-fit, you're not going to finish the final leg in 30 minutes. Our return trip down was about 2.5 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There were very minimal bugs, just a couple bees which circled us throughout the hike, and spiders who seem to take pleasure in spinning a single strand of web across the path right at face level!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All in all a very enjoyable hike, and our out-of-town guests (and I) were suitably impressed with all the fantastic scenery! Would definitely recommend this hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 10, 2014 11:20:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pamela from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was planning to do this trail next weekend (July 19) but just wondering what the trail is like weather wise? Anyone been up there lately? Are snow shoes a must right now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've never done this trail before so any tips/info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 10, 2014 10:52:52 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jakub Markiewicz from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trail report was released today (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/) There's still snow! Looks like I'll be needing snowshoes for my trip next weekend (29, 30, 1)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 20, 2014 01:33:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Katherine from Kamloops writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am planning a trip to Elfin Lakes as a backpacking trip July 9-13. Will they trail be free of snow and what about the bugs? Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 19, 2014 08:08:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ka from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm thinking of hiking to Elfin Lake this coming weekend (6/21).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone can advise about the road/trail condition?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 17, 2014 10:59:38 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mehdi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We were up there yesterday, May 25th. The snow starts about 2km into the trail and it is very deep. It can not be done without proper boots. Last year, in August, I did the same trail to the lake. It is a surprisingly flat and easy trail. Do not be discouraged by the length of the trail (22km return). It is an easy hike. The little lakes are beautiful and I did take a dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 26, 2014 11:14:53 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Henry Tso from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We have finished the trip on April 27 (Sun)in a Group of eight. The oldest one is over 70. We stayed in Red Heather shelter for half hour and one hour in the Elfin Lake shelter. The weather was not good. When we passed the Red Heather shelter and entered in the forest. It was foggy. We could only see the next pole. We started at 9:45 am and returned to the park at 17:45 pm. We have to snowshoeing all the time. Although the trip is a bit tough to some people, we are still happy to complete the trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 5, 2014 09:50:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kevin from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our group of three ventured up the trail February 23 & 24. I will note that that during the two days we went up the park and road received heavy snowfall and low temperatures the entire weekend. We drove up in a 4x4 but didn't bring chains.. BIG MISTAKE.. BRING CHAINS!! We started slipping 3km before the switchback (approx. 6km before the LOWER parking lot. We decided not to risk it and parked lower down on the side of the road and hitchhiked up to the trail head. The conditions for snowshoeing were amazing! There was almost a foot of fresh snow, on top of the 2+ feet that fell the weekend prior. We carried full avi gear to be on the safe-side seeing that the avi bulletin was considerable (no natural or human avalanches observed). The entire trail was packed and easily marked (with orange marker sticks starting past Red Heather Hut). We made it to Elfin shelter in 3.5 hours with a quick stop at Red Heather. The Elfin shelter was empty when we arrived around 18:00, but after an hour 10 people showed up. Plenty of room because it was a Sunday night. The trip down took us the same amount of time. We caught a ride down to our car with some other hikers. The road was ploughed and sanded all the way down to the University, which made our exit a breeze. I'd highly recommend this trail, tons of fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: February 25, 2014 02:19:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Keith from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The five of us hiked to the cabin on Wed Jan 29. To our surprise, we stayed the night and got the cabin all to ourselves!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WARNING for drivers:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was a sunny plus 5 and we had no problems reaching the trail head parking lot. Going up is a rocky road that requires tire chains. Even though you may not need it, I'd say BRING TIRE CHAINS!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We had a Dodge Caravan with snow tires and the warm weather turned into a minus 5 snowstorm overnight. Going down the road became a nightmare. A quarter down the descent, we hit ice and slid nearly over the cliff. I shizzed my pants; we were a foot away from going overboard. We had to call the tow truck and even with chains, he nearly slid over the cliff as well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If it is cold and snowing, I'd strongly recommend parking at the gate where the sign says "chains required" and hike up the 2km to trail head parking lot. It is much safer. The towing cost us $250.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Besides this scary experience, the hike is magnificent! Well worth it! Bring a sleep pad for sleep as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: January 31, 2014 11:32:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wendell Seldura from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We did this hike snowshoeing on the weekend of Jan 18-19, 2014. I actually got away with just my hiking boots until a little past Red Heather Hut. After about an hour of hike, you start the see the Howe Sound at a distance and the glorious snow-capped peaks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The views here are extremely exquisite. The hut with 33 bunkbeds was packed and there were probably over 50 people inside and some were sleeping on the floor and tables.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Surprisingly, the hut was heated and there was stove where you can boil snow if you ran out water. You have to pay $15 to sleep in the hut. There were also people already camping outside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I would love to do this hike at least one more time in the winter, hopefully in the middle of the week so there's less people and at least one more time in the summer, together with probably an overnighter at Mamquam Lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: January 22, 2014 12:31:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ashish from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What a great hike to finish your holidays!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Road leading to trailhead is icy, unless you have winter tires/ 4WD, would recommend park at the gate, where it states "Chain required from this point onwards" as chances are you will get stuck up somewhere!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trail, as always is very well marked after you navigate 5 KM, you get great view of Diamond Head and mountains around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 KM - Heather Shelter offer a great motivation with Stove to make a meal for yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Soon after, continuous view of Diamond head is great driver.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Go ahead and try this hike out, you shall never regret it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Notes - Lakes were frozen, and we naviagated the hike in a single, tiresome but complete worth it day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 5, 2014 09:24:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lindsay from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just did this trail for the first time on December 28th. Great trail and really well marked. It was overcast when we went so we missed most of the views but it was still worthwhile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The parking lot was a sheet of ice as was the first 2km of the trail. After navigating that part it was great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 1, 2014 03:37:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trevor from Tsawwassen writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Can anyone advise if the trail marker poles are up yet? from Red Heather to the Elfin Lakes Hut?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How have the roads been to the trailhead?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: November 19, 2013 01:16:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Meriya from Toronto writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey I did this trail in mid october and was wondering if it could be done this coming weekend if I have not had any Avalanche training.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In october it was great it had great trails was a bit muddy and pretty cold, but still a great trail. Slept in a tent and was great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If I were to just snowshoe to the Cabin on the trail? Does anyone have any recommendations?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: November 17, 2013 04:46:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michael from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We hiked up to elfin lake over remembrance day weekend. Snowshoes is a must now. Trial is completely covered in snow. There is not enough snow to build a snow cave, but i think that might change in the next 2 weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: November 13, 2013 09:31:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                M from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We hiked up to Elfin lakes on October 27th. There was an intermittent thin well packed layer of snow on the trail once you climb up through the meadows after the first hut (Red Heather Meadows), mixed with stretches of bare trail. The trail was clearly visible at all times. We hiked/ran in running shoes, and that was totally adequate. We took the hiker bypass from the Red Heather up through the meadows, but found it muddy and quite slippery, especially for running, so we chose to go down via the "road" as mountain bikers - that had very nice and firm footing. Absolutely stunning of a day with incredible scenery. Can't wait to go up there again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 28, 2013 05:43:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yan from Victoria writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We hiked to Elfin Lakes yesterday - Oct 19, 2013. It was a gorgeous day! Trail was clear, however snow is around. No snowshoes were utilized, however they might be required as soon as perspiration starts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  See pictures from this trip here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yanlyesin/sets/72157636777694835/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Track log is here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: October 20, 2013 10:35:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carly from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked today with the goal of getting to elfin lakes and back in the day. Snow just past red heather cabin was above our knees, almost to my thighs. Snow Shoes or skis a requirement now. Gaiters helpful as the snow is quite wet. Still an awesome adventure, but come prepared, winter came a bit early.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 1, 2013 09:25:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Curtis from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Im an early 30's guy who just wants to get out and hike, email me if youd like to go on this hike in the next couple weeks, i work shift work so im easy! Thanks, [email protected]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 9, 2013 08:21:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Krysten from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did this hike yesterday, I had been wanting to do it for a while but had been putting it off because of the reports of LOTS of bugs. Started around 11am and the terrible bugs I'd heard so much about were not even an issue. The hike was GREAT. The trail is very easy to follow and the views are some of the best I've seen. There are some muddy sections but the hike could definitely be done in running shoes pretty easily. The lake and campground itself are absolutely amazing! I would recommend this hike to anyone thinking about doing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 1, 2013 07:44:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jake from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did this trail on a beautiful sunny day (August 22). First off, I have an important note for finding the trailhead. The drive up the gravel road is quite lengthy (approx 20 minutes until the "junction" at which you hang left), and then another 10 minutes or so, so don't be discouraged if you've been driving a while and haven't hit the parking lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As for the hike itself, it's gorgeous. Trail is practically impossible to veer off of, and well worn. Nice mild incline for the first 5km (flew by), followed by 1km of a slightly more intense climb, and then the final 5km with a mix of ups and downs. View along the trail (in particular the final 5km) is unreal. Lakes themselves are beautiful too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Only real downside to this hike is the bugs - there are A LOT of them. And bug spray won't do much to repel them. Luckily, they don't seem to bite too much - just circle your head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Took us 2hr 15min up, and 2 hours back down, and a moderate pace with a couple breaks for pictures and water.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 22, 2013 11:46:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lauribear from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am planning to do this hike and stay at the campground in few weeks. Does anyone know:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. How cold it gets overnight?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Is there cell service along the trail or at the campground?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 15, 2013 01:22:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              H from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did this back on BC Day. The views are truly phenomenal, but the bugs might be among the worst I've ever encountered. Come prepared. Bug spray is useful, but you'll need other means to stay sane in the morning/evening (ie. a hat with netting and long sleeve clothing you'll be comfortable in).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did the Saddle/Gargoyles for even better views once I set up camp on the new tent platforms (really, really nice). New cooking shelter too if you need to escape the bugs for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 14, 2013 08:20:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Richard from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did the hike July 28th.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just two small contribution:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1, my experience is that the later you start, the less bugs. The bugs usually appear in the morning when there is less wind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2, On the second part (6km, from "red heather" to the elfin lakes), no bugs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3, the flowers are not blooming yet, but there are colors already. You may want to wait until August 10th~20th to see full blooming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 2, 2013 08:55:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  GT from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did the hike on July 30th. No snow remained on the trail and perfect weather for hiking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We started out a little late for this trail (we started our hike at 1pm from the parking lot) so that we only saw returning hikers on our way to the lakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This trail is not technically challenging at all but the lengthy distance can make it quite a tiring hike. Also, no drinkable water along the trail. Make sure to bring enough water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The only thing I would like to complain about is the "jumbo sized mosquitos and the flies". They are just every where and do nasty follow and bites on everyone. Bug spray is totally useless to them. Don't even think by keep moving can get rid of them. No, I didn't ever stop for more than a few seconds but I still got numerous of bites around my body, including my scalp!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, the view of the lakes is gorgeous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 2, 2013 02:07:45 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Darren from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A friend and I brought our 8-year-old sons up for an overnight hike on July 26-27. The climb was a challenge for the boys, but they felt better after reaching the Red Heather shelter. We were up to the top in just over 4 hours including a good break at the shelter and for photo-ops. And it's not just the views of the distant hills -- the forests, hillsides, and meadows on the way up are beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The newly-built camping platforms are set up for great views, with good mix of pads close together and others spread apart. We used the shelter to cook our food and to avoid the flies and mosquitoes that were out in force, especially in the morning and evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We went up on a Friday afternoon and saw only a handful of other tents set up and saw very few people on the way up. By the next morning, though, the place was buzzing with day hikers. If you like things quiet, hit the trail during the week. If you do, you won't be disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 29, 2013 03:42:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alex from Vancouver writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've hiked the trail today, on a perfect sunny partially cloudy day. I've done it all in less than 4h with a 30 min lunch break at the lake and many stops along the way for pictures.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The landscapes are beyond unreal. They are amazing, superb, gorgeous, amazing!!! The trail let you enjoy the best landscapes ever!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The trail was great, no snow whatsoever, some people along the way, not crowded at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The shelter is great as well, you can sleep there or at least have a nice lunch, prepare a tea or a soup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The 10 km on the gravel road are a bit challenging especially in the last 2 km.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This trail it's a must do!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 28, 2013 08:06:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Duane from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked up to Elfin and camped on July 20-21, 2013. The snow was mostly melted and easily traversable in hiking shoes or even runners. Plenty of happy hikers and mountain bikers, but not crowded. Lots of day hikers. It took us about 3 hours 20 minutes with full packs, even with a lunch break at the Red Heather Meadows shelter. Absolutely beautiful views once you're past Red Heather!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Arriving at Elfin Lakes, we were greeted by two Park Rangers for your camping receipt and to tell you to stay to the trails to avoid crushing the vulnerable red heather covering the ground (so, there will be no games of Frisbee or lounging on the shrubbery). The camp was about 2/3 full, with great people. The Rangers warned that next year, with increased popularity, they may have to take reservations for camping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And then you're stunned by the views. Diamond Head just over the shelter in the background, magnificent in its snowcapped glory. The Gargoyles to the left of it. Garibaldi Massif to the right with its spectacular glacier sitting like giant foam insulation. Imperious and beautiful. Elfin Lakes, clear and blue, were both thawed with remnants of snow lining the hills around them. Water is too cold to really swim in, but great to splash water on your face in the morning for a brisk wake-up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are new platforms for tents (about 30 platforms), and each platform can fit about 2 1-2 man tents. There are two outhouses and another washroom, which are decently kept for being on a mountain. There's the regular shelter with several bunks, and solar lights for playing games (we found a crib board!) and hanging out. A brand new second shelter by the drinking-water laker is also great to escape the bugs eat and play games, and to hang your garbage and food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The main detriment to Elfin - pretty much the only one - is the bugs. The mosquitoes and flies are relentless and even when they aren't biting, they're buzzing like crazy in your face, so cover up and take repellent for sure. We had a nice breeze when we first got there, which blows away the bugs, but they're out for blood once that wind dies down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But the rest was awesome and recommended. No sign of any bears. The weather is great, hot with (hopefully) a breeze during the day and cooler with dew at night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 22, 2013 10:23:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am planning on hiking Elfin Lakes on the 17th. Anybody body know the recent condition of the trail and lakes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 15, 2013 04:59:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Neil from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Planning to hike July 20th. Does anyone think there will be snow to Elfin then or snowshoes necessary or able to get to Opal Cone without?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 10, 2013 10:06:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anish from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Went there July 6, 2013. Didn't expect so much snow. After the fork from where the trail separates into biking and hiking lakes, it's all snow till the Elfin Lakes. All 5 Kms of it. We weren't prepared at all hiking in our runners and no hiking poles. Still, enjoyed the hike although we were greeted by two completely frozen lakes in the end. Snowshoes definitely recommended. The shelter house looks really comfy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 7, 2013 09:46:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                roy from west vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hiked elfin 1 to 3 july

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                snow starts around red heather hut.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                summer route not marked but snow-pack stable so went that way as much more scenic. ice axe advisable but lots of folks in running shoes and no axe. a recipe for disaster!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                new ring creek bridge has collapsed and ring creek is impassable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gargoyles and diamond head easy with firm but not icy snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 5, 2013 09:01:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maria from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Darren, did you hike Elfin Lakes yesterday? I'm hoping to do this hike on Saturday (July 6th) and it would be great if you (or any other hikers) could let me know what the conditions are like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 3, 2013 08:57:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Darren from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Planning on hiking to the lakes on July 2nd. Still too much snow? Feedback would be appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 1, 2013 03:57:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jay from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Got day off today to do anything I want since it is Father's Day. ;) What a treat it turned out to be!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Started the hike at 7am with my bear bell chiming away on top of my backpack. About 30 minutes into the hike, as my line of vision rose above a little hill on the trail, I saw an animal running away from me about 50 meters ahead. It was only in view for about 2 seconds before it disappeared around a bend, but it was long enough for me to identify it: it was a mountain lion! It must have heard me coming and did not like MacDaddy for breakfast. Whew! I am ok with that. If this is my only time seeing a mountain lion in the wild, I am ok with that too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Snow started half-way to Red Heather Meadows and it is still deep at the Meadow's shelter, with only the top of the signs above snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beautiful scenery from Paul Ridge all the way to the lakes! I did use snow shoes from Paul Ridge to the lake; but it is not necessary. I found the cleats worked better; poles helped a lot since you'd slip/slide quite a bit on the snow. But I also met people on the trail who used none of those. So ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The lakes are just starting to thaw; still mostly snow/ice covered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 16, 2013 11:04:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Katie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just did this on Sat 8th June. Was a great hike but very misty and cloudy. This a long hike, we made it to the lakes and back in one day, took us about 6 and half hours. Snow starts at about 2 k, I wore snowshoes my husband didn't bother and seemed happy with just boots. Saw about 10 people and 1 bear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 10, 2013 02:00:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Luc from coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Most recent trail report is May 21st but as it reports 300cm of snow I'd suspect there is still plenty left. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you can get your hands on some snowshoes it's highly recommended

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 6, 2013 07:03:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cathy from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Planning to hike to Elfin Lakes July 1. Welcome feedback on if trail will be clear of snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 5, 2013 03:49:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Simon from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi anyone know what the conditions are like at the moment anyone go last weekend? Planning to go one day next week. Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 21, 2013 01:06:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Karin Skydsgaard from maple ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi experienced hikers !!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm planing to hike up May long weekend .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What kind of weather could i expect ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This would be my first trip .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Any good pointers of important things to bring .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 30, 2013 05:45:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Matt from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Do you need snowshoes at the end of April or will good boot be ok? April 28-30 kind of time? Thanks in advance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 11, 2013 06:57:11 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trevor from Tsawwassen writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awesome thanks Stephen! Very much looking forward to this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How was trail to the hut? Any evidence of avalanche risks?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Much appreciated on the road report.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 10, 2013 09:44:18 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Stephen Clarke from Ladner writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trevor, the road was clear all the way to the trailhead. A bit of rough mud for the last 200m only. Chains unnecessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 9, 2013 04:35:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trevor from Tsawwassen writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steve, did you go? My plans were defered, now going Friday April 12. Still curious if chains required.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 9, 2013 10:54:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steve from Ladner writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Any word on chains still being required? Looking to go up on Sunday 7 April.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 5, 2013 12:19:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trevor from Tsawwassen writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any report on road to Elfin Lake trail head? Chains still required after the recent warm weather? Anyone? Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April 3, 2013 10:59:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trevor from Tsawwassen writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Went on March 2. Extreme Avalance Danger. Ranger turned us around at the Chain Up point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Had tried to drive up to trailhead past the sign, however got to point where there was too much ice and muck, making it slick and we had to backup about 1km to the chain up point. Went to Canadian Tire, bought chains, went back to chain up point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That was when the ranger said, go home too dangerous due to avalanche risk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Today, the avalanche report shows moderate. I'd go with the transciever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wish you well on your trip. Please post road conditions if you go :) My next plan is a week or so away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: March 25, 2013 02:21:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blake from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Going up this week, if anyone know if the roads have been plowed that'd be great if you could let me know!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I noticed someone commented below on the 13th, wondering if they could give feedback as to how it went! Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 25, 2013 12:10:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jesse from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  heading up with 8 others friday march 22 morn, snowshoe to the cabin, anyone recently drive the road upto trail head? just wondering how often it gets plowed with all the potential snow lately?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: March 13, 2013 03:23:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ron Peters from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OMG, there is a HUT at Elfin Lakes now?! Mosquitoes at us ALIVE when we last camped there! Cool

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 11, 2013 12:11:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Claudia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chelsea: Not crazy to take snowboards up at all! Still lots of snow up to Red Heather and even more beyond. I just came back from a two night trip to Elfin (Jan 20-22) and people had skis, snowboards, splitboards, etc. Still though, I'd go sooner rather than later.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kristine: The road up to the trailhead (final 2KM) is still snowy and fairly icy so chains would be a good idea; in fact, there is a sign that says they are mandatory. With that being said, I still saw a couple of cars up in the parking lot (at the trailhead) that didn't have chains. I think the question is whether the rangers are there to stop you, and also if your rental car has winter tires vs all season and 4 wheel drive capability. Winter tires + 4 wheel drive would probably be just fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, if you are hiking up on Saturday with 6 people and are arriving early afternoon, you should still be okay. The later you go, the more likely you'll be sleeping on the ground somewhere. This past weekend, there were over 50 people staying there on Saturday night! No space on the floor on the second level (where the bunks are), so people were sleeping on tables in the kitchen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My suggestion would be to go on Sunday and take a day off on Monday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Regardless though, have fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: January 22, 2013 07:07:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kristine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is it possible to get to or near the Elfin Lakes trailhead without chains? I've rented a Rav4 for the Feb 2 weekend and am wondering how close to the trailhead we'd be able to safely make it to?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, how busy does the hut get? 6 of us are hoping to arrive Sat afternoon and stay the night in the hut and not bring tents (crash on floor if necessary).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 21, 2013 04:12:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chelsea from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just wondering if anyone knows what the current snow conditions are like right now at elfin lakes... would we be crazy to take our snowboards up this weekend?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 16, 2013 10:11:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            May from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Made a day trip to Elfin lake and back Dec 29, 2012. Drive up to trail head consisted of packed snow for the last 4km with chains mandatory for the last 2km. Some light snow in the morning for fresh tracks, before the sun came out with spectacular views. Trail was surprisingly not busy for a Sat and only ran into more people on the return journey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 30, 2012 02:19:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WD from new westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Went to Elfin just yesterday, Dec8,2012.. the way to the trail head was completely icy for the last 3km, the last 2 km chain was mandatory. Tried to reach the trail head by FWD plus chain with no luck.. so we parked the car at the chain area. Trail in Elfin was nice, very beautiful, and so busy, I think more than 28 cars were parking in the trail head parking lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 9, 2012 10:15:57 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Michael from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We hiked up on October 7, 2012 under sunny, warm conditions. Trail is easy to walk on and I did it in runners. First 5 km is boring through the thicket and intermediate difficulty, but once you get into the open meadows you cannot put your camera away due to the scenery. Lots of hikers up this last long weekend (about 50 people going in and 40 people coming out). Some bike-riders. Watch your back as most riders are speeding downhill. The lakes are not as much as the wow factor as are the mountainous peaks and the meadows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Caution: Bring bear spray as the area has the highest concentration of black bears in September and October. Also, the gravel road leading up the trailhead is riddled with potholes. If you have a car take your time and drive around the potholes. There were lot of cars in the parking lot, including sports cars...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 8, 2012 05:01:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Julie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Was thinking about doing this hike this weekend. Is it busy enough and clearly marked to do it solo?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 27, 2012 08:47:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dan Johnson from poco writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hiked up last Saturday, set off from the carpark around 8am and got the lake in about 1:50 , its about 14km. There were lots of parking spaces in the lot and very few bugs. The trail is snow free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The first part of the hike is up through a forest, thins out after about 5km,its not very steep and an easy start. Its then into the alpine with amazing views.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I tried to get up to Opal Cone but there is a washed out bridge, I was by self so did not want to risk crossing the river but some people were.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saw a lot of people heading to the Hut or camp pads on my way back, must about been 40/50 people with backpacks.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 24, 2012 03:21:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Katie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Could someone please compare this hike to the hike up to Garibaldi Lake?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am wondering both about difficulty and about length (total return time). This will help us decide if we are going to camp or not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, anyone who has been up there on a weekend recently? Has the shelter been filling up? We're going up on Sat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 23, 2012 09:17:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What's the bug situation there right now? Is bug spray necessary?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, how much of the hike is under direct sunlight?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for your help!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 17, 2012 10:02:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rachael from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did the hike yesterday. Getting to the trailhead, there were several times I thought maybe I was there. FYI-Once you turn onto Mamquam, it's just over 9km to the 'fork in the road' and then another 5km beyond that to the trailhead. The last 5km the road is pockmarked and relatively slow going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 20, 2012 12:35:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rose from NORTH VANCOUVER writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just got back from this trail and its clear from snow going to Elfin lakes not sure further than that, most likely yes. This is such an amazing hike, natures beauty close to heaven like. a must hike trail every summer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 19, 2012 08:03:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kristine Krynitzki from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone know if the snow is melted enough for quite novice hikers to get through the main trail with just running shoes for a day trip? I saw the last comment mentioned snow around the cone but I'm not sure what that's referring to as I've never done this hike before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 19, 2012 03:35:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                shawn from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey just got back from the lakes. Me and some buds camped inside the Opal Cone for two nights. It was busy at the lakes, because it was a week end, but passed the lakes it wasn't busy at all. The trail going down to Ring Creek got a little too narrow for my liking, but we were able to shimmy across. There is no bridge that crosses Ring Creek, but we were able to cross it, because there is a spot down river where the river gets divided into four parts, with little islands in between. We also placed an orange marker on the other side, just to show where it's possible to cross. A good quality rope is something I highly recommend for crossing Ring Creek. On the other side of the river, the trails are not completely clear. Sometimes we had to make our own trails, but we made sure not to step on the flowers. There is still lots of snow inside and around the cone, and the trail going up the cone includes a fairly steep climb, but it's completely worth it. Inside the cone at night went below freezing, so if you're planning on camping there, make sure you have proper equipment. Thanks for everybody's info, I had a great experience, and I highly recommend it. p.s. At night, the stars are unbelievable!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 13, 2012 12:58:02 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How buggy is it at the campground right now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 9, 2012 09:43:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rafael from north vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    we spend 2 nights at elfin lake campground last weekend. the trail is fine but there's still some snow but it's not that bad.the snow is melting really fast. there's a posting that the bridge going to opal cone is not recommended. saddle trail is is good as well. you can see 360 view of the mountains and it's close to the diamond head.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 7, 2012 10:08:24 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shawn from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      could anybody tell me the whether or not the bridge that crosses the river to get to the Opal Cone and Mamquam, is washed out? I'm going up soon, and I want to know how hard it'll be to cross that river. Any info about that would be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 2, 2012 07:33:21 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ingrid from west vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I would like to go to Elfin Lakes for the day this Sunday (long weekend). Are there any problems getting a parking spot on a long weekend? Any advice? Thanks. I have only been there once, last September.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 1, 2012 08:53:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          D. Laing from Kamloops, B.C. writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Completed the hike to Elfin this past weekend. There was a lot of snow remaining; the campsite was still covered. Snow conditions were compact with slushy sections; we didn't need snowshoes; boots were fine. The shelter was very busy; about 40 hikers made for a party atmosphere. The weather was great plenty of sun and warm temps. I would recommend it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 30, 2012 09:08:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            donbet from north vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            we're planning to do backpacking on Elfin on Aug 4,5,6. Does anyone knows the condition up there? thanks so much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 18, 2012 01:44:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mark from Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone up there last weekend?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Much snow still?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 16, 2012 11:30:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Emme from Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                snow shoes for sure. not needed for the first 30 ish mins from the parking lot, but then you hot snow well before the Red Heather Shelter. pretty soft pack once youre up top. especially after a full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                morning of sun or light rain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                honestly, after the hike up past red heather shelter, and climb that allows u an amazing panorama view... the markers just stopped. and the cabins werent visible. i highly recommend that you have a sense of where to go at this point. we had to hike back out and forego the cabin stay :s eventhough we paid!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 28, 2012 09:41:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catherine Fields from North vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How is hiking to Elfin LAKE RIGHT NOW? SNOW OR NO SNOW? THANKS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 24, 2012 02:37:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    MIke Miklos from Millersville PA writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is it possible to hike to Elfin lakes the end of May?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I assume snow shoes will be necessary?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 21, 2012 07:51:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ben from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone have an idea whether or not the snow will be gone by July? or do you think there will still be a substancial amount.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 18, 2012 09:52:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Megan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone been up here recently? We're looking to do a trip this weekend and are wondering if we'll still be needing snowshoes or if our hikers will do. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 30, 2012 09:59:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Erin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Headed up on snowshoes on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 for an overnight stay at the hut. The road up to the parking lot was clear of snow, but we were glad to have a vehicle suitable for the long bumpy road, anyway. We quickly discovered that we needed to put our snowshoes on right at the parking lot (after a few deep steps up the trail) and set off. Conditions were great - the skies were sunny with lots of clouds constantly transforming the horizon. The snow was more powdery below red heather, and icier up above, but great for snowshoeing. The skiers heading up were not as pleased with the conditions. The snow up at the hut was level with the 2nd floor entrance and the heater wasn't working, but it was a great stay anyway. 17 people slept in the hut, overall. Once we had put down our bags, we did some exploring up toward the saddle. Conditions were okay (not great for the skiers) and snowpack was stable. Things were very icy in the morning, making quick work of the descent. Lots of day snowshoers and skiers, plus some people in yaktrax - they had to turn back a fairly short distance up the trail from the parking lot, as the snow is still too loose to be attempted (far) with those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 15, 2012 09:25:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dre from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We're planning on hiking up with skis Dec 26-27 or 28th. Does anyone know how the snow conditions are right now??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *The hut has a stove, large pots, an outhouse near the cabin, heating, lights...pretty much all you need.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 25, 2011 08:58:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              M from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone been to Elfin lately? Can the parking lot be reached with non-4WD vehicles this time of year? Hoping to go on Dec. 10th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 2, 2011 02:22:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                J. Leung from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone knows what is the current road condition to the parking lot? Is it covered with snow? Wondering if it is save for me to drive up there at this time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 15, 2011 11:06:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rikke Petersen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi familyman:)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My boyfriend and I are also planning on going on a weekendtrip starting saturday morning. We dont have a car, and havent found any places where it is possible to go by public transport. Elfin lakes look really nice! I was wondering if you might have room in your car for two more people? Of course we would like to pay! If you dont have room I'll hope to see you somehow on the trail:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: October 13, 2011 07:42:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Family Guy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Heading up to Elfin Lakes hut with the family this weekend. Wondering about trail conditions...any snow up there? Also, I understand the hut has a propane stove, is this correct?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 12, 2011 08:43:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Old Hiker from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My wife and I went to Elfin Lakes on Sept. 28th. Beautiful sunny weather, no snow. Last hike to this area was in 1993. Sorry to see the old log cabin is gone. Surprised also that there is no camping at Heather Meadows allowed and no mention of this anywhere we looked except at the shelter at HM itself. Surprised to see that the Elfin Lakes shelter is heated, apparently to 20 degrees. Some heating may be necessary, but 20 degrees!!! Plan to come again but now for an overnight stay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 30, 2011 09:58:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lesley from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Was up at Elfin Lakes Sept 16-18. Lots of different weather patterns coming through. Too cold and wet to camp - had to use the shelter. It hailed a few times - snow is sure to follow soon although there's very minimal snow on the ground right now. Didn't notice any bugs up top, but lots in the parking lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 19, 2011 09:47:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          N from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lots of flies! They were especially bad for the first half of the hike up to Red Heather Meadows. You couldn't stop or you would be swarmed. My bug spray seemed to be ineffective.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Amazing mountain views though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 12, 2011 01:08:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            tessa from new westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the trail was easy but long. there was no bear. a little snow still in the trail but melting, you can use your running shoes. What a beautiful place. I want to go back next year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 11, 2011 11:28:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              J from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are there any bears in the area?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 6, 2011 12:45:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Marcia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                September 4th. Still a little snow along the ridge descending toward the lakes, but mostly clear before that. Melting fast today, the trail should be completely clear by next weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 4, 2011 10:50:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  milica from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked on Aug 16th, still lots of snow. The Lakes are under snow as well, but you can see the outer edges where the snow melted. Still very beautiful! The snow begins shortly after the shelter at Red Heather meadows. The snow is difficult to walk on, so I'd recommend boots and trekking poles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 19, 2011 11:15:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    docmoja from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just a response to those who wanted to know the current conditions of the trail to Elfin Lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked the trail with friends for the first time yesterday, it was an exciting one not knowing whats ahead of us, the weather was good and sunny. the first 1 to 2 km was okay no snow at all and after that, the start of a never ending tons of snow. It's all uphills and downhills starting from the Red Heather Shelter and 6km to get to Elfin Lake. We made it all the way to the lake with our runners, kinda stupid somehow but it was fun, we survived with our wet and soggy feet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The views are amazing and mountains are majestic together with the cloudy-blue sky making the hike not so tiring inspite of all the snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So i recommend to wear snow boots and bring an extra pair of socks and sunglasses too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And oh, make sure there's no valuables left inside your car before leaving the parking lot. A break-in entry happened to us while we are away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Goodluck and Enjoy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 1, 2011 03:01:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kathy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can anyone tell me what the snow conditions are like at Elfin Lakes? My kids and I are considering spending a night or two up there next weekend (August 5-7) but it sounds like there's still a LOT of snow this year in the alpine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 1, 2011 12:12:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sadi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Trail conditions as of June 6, 2011.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 10, 2011 12:40:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joanna from Whistler, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am looking for current trail condition. Does anyone know where to find them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 7, 2011 10:24:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sadi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anyone knows the trail condition for this part of the year?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 2, 2011 08:32:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Johnathan Lam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/trail_report.pdf Here's a trail report done by the park rangers I believe. Can't say for sure how accurate it is. Updated July 23, 2010.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 29, 2010 07:02:51 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Z from Seattle writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm thinking of hiking to Elfin Lake this coming weekend (8/1).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone can advise about the road/trail condition? How're the bugs these days?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 26, 2010 11:44:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  james from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone camped up there recently? I'm heading up tomorrow (July 08, 2010), but am a little worried about snow and muck. Any thoughts?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 7, 2010 05:16:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    James from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did this hike on June 19, 2010. The trail was snow covered from about the 20 minute mark onwards, and took us exactly 6 hours return trip. The snow started to get a little sugary as the day wore on, so I'd recommend snowshoes at this point, although we did it without and had no problem. The trail is well marked and is wide open, so bring sunscreen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 21, 2010 04:46:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kelly from Pennsylvania writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This was the first actually hike to camp trip I had ever done. It was absolutely breath taking and wonderful. We camped over night and even though we weren't quite prepared for the cold night we had a great time. I would love to do this hike again sometime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 18, 2010 03:13:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        E. Hulshof from Vancouver, B.C. writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How bad are the black files and horse flies at this time of year?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If they are bad right now, when would be a better time to go?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 11, 2009 12:45:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeff from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone know about trail conditions up there right now? Just worried about snow or muck. Thinking about going this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 30, 2009 10:46:09 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mike from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went up to Elfin this past weekend and it although it was pretty cloudy, it was still a nice hike. Interesting to see the lakes shrouded in clouds as they would rise out of the valleys. Made it look really mysterious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The facilities at Elfin Lakes are really good and BC Parks does an excellent job maintaining them. We only went for the day but it looks as though there is lots of room for hikers staying overnight and there are some stoves and propane lights that make the build very comfortable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The hike itself is one of the easier ones in Garibaldi Park. Although it's long at over 20km, the grade is not too steep when compared to some of the other trails in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 11, 2008 04:31:37 PM PST

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