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Jess from Vancouver writes:
Hiked june 22. Excellent conditions. Some small rocky streams to cross but totally doable via rocks/logs. No snow. Some mosquitoes but didn't get any bites - the trick is to be so sweaty from the uphill climb that they can't get a footing on your skin haha!
Some aggressive little birds at the lake - watch your handheld foods! Was eating a granola bar, turned to talk to my friend and a bird swooped in and snatched away my sizeable granola bar! Some more birds kept approaching very close trying to peck at my food bag.
Posted: June 23, 2023 02:19:04 AM PST
Brad from Whistler writes:
As of June 9, 2023, the snow begins from just beyond the 6km mark. Micro spikes help a lot.
Posted: June 9, 2023 10:42:20 PM PST
James O from VANCOUVER writes:
I lost my gopro5 somewhere around the campsite on June 16 and didn't realize until I was back at the lot. If anyone comes across it please contact me at 6476206169 or [email protected]!
Apart from that, experience was beautiful and there was lots of snow towards the top (crampons recommended).
Posted: June 17, 2022 11:26:40 AM PST
Liam from Vancouver writes:
Did the Panorama Ridge hike yesterday, but the view wasn't the best when we got to the top because of the wildfire smoke. Filled up my water bottle from the flowing waters (make sure It's not still water) and didn't get sick…actually tasted great. Bring lots of bug spray, I forgot mine and still got lots of bites through my track pants and long sleeves. My hat with a neck flap was a life save to stop bugs landing on my neck
Seen a black bear run across the highway on our way home, which was cool!
Posted: August 2, 2021 11:52:29 AM PST
Bill Huang from Burnaby, B.C. writes:
The lake and its breathtaking views are absolutely worth the long trek & abundant mosquitoes. The initial 6 km of the hike is a constant but gradual uphill, but after that it's smooth sailing. I'd recommend this for anyone with a day to spare and who wants to gaze at some natural splendor while getting the daily steps in. Would do again, no doubt about that.
Posted: July 9, 2021 09:05:43 PM PST
Edward from North van writes:
I was there on Thursday, March 18. Parking lot clear any car would be ok. Micro spikes needed first 3/4 of the trail. Snowing heavily at the top with snowshoes needed. Our trail was erased by blowing snow on the last 2 km after 10 minutes. Wear spikes and carry snowshoes, poles not required. Enjoy the hike.
Posted: March 21, 2021 08:43:35 PM PST
Shashi from Langley writes:
Did this hike on Jan 30. Road is plowed till Rubble Creek trailhead but 4WD/AWD is recommended due to icy road conditions. My friend had a 2WD and his tires were spinning.
Icy at some sections in the beginning but we were able to hike up in our mountaineering boots without spikes/snowshoes. We put on our snowshoes at the Barrier Lake.
We hiked to the day shelter and back in under six hours. You can read more about it here -
Posted: February 9, 2021 11:05:53 AM PST
Sam from Vancouver writes:
Has anyone been up recently? Is it possible to drive to the parking lot without chains? Do I have to have snowshoes or can I manage with crampons?
Posted: January 10, 2021 08:52:51 PM PST
Fanny Ryman from N. Van writes:
Hi, I went yesterday (Dec. 28) and forgot my poles and spikes at the parking lot. If anyone find them please return to me. Poles are black and spikes the same. Women size.
My number is 7785123793
Posted: December 29, 2020 11:17:50 AM PST
Jenna from Vancouver writes:
Hiked: Sunday, August 3, 2020
What an amazing place! We felt so fortunate to get a BC Parks Day Use Pass Sunday morning and we left right away to go and do this hike. We started just before 8am and it took us about 5 hours as the website said. We went through Taylor Meadows and it was gorgeous. The view from Garibaldi Lake with the glacier was the highlight though. Went for a swim in the lake and it was cold!!
The only complaint is the day use pass. We originally planned to go do this hike on Saturday but did not try to get a pass until after 7am and they were all gone for the day. We got one Sunday at exactly 6am. Stupid system when you're trying to plan your hikes. We'd like to hike to Panorama Ridge but that seems like such a long day hike and it would be nice to know at least the day before if we can do this hike so we can prepare what we need.
Posted: August 3, 2020 08:11:08 PM PST
Sarah Keller from North Vancouver writes:
Hi all, my friend and I were up there this weekend (Dec 7, 2019) and we were the only people on the trail. The trail is SUPER icy once you get to Barrier lake. You need microspikes. We used snowshoes, which wasn't ideal, but they were needed once the snow was thicker near the lake. Please be advised you will have a really hard time without either of these things. The lake isn't frozen over yet, so the stunning blue is still visible. Enjoy!
Posted: December 9, 2019 11:32:45 AM PST
Kim from Vancouver writes:
Hi everyone - It looks like there are parking restrictions along Daisy Lake road now where we used to be able to park during the winter/snow season (since the road isn't plowed to the parking lot). Is there an alternative parking spot for when it snows then? Thank you.
Posted: November 10, 2019 12:59:02 PM PST
Doina from Surrey writes:
Trail to Garibaldi Lake is closed.
Please see the link below or visit the Garibaldi Provincial Park website ... you'll find the latest Trail Report from Oct 24th.
Posted: October 25, 2019 10:25:38 AM PST
Konrad Gren from Vancouver writes:
Has the trail been re-opened? Do you know if it will be open Oct 26, 2019?
Posted: October 24, 2019 08:14:42 AM PST
Eric De Paoli from Squamish writes:
As of Sept 28th, 2019, the trail is closed until further notice due to an extremely aggressive bear in the area. Rangers are at the parking lot turning folks around.
Posted: September 29, 2019 08:32:48 AM PST
Ben from Delta writes:
Went yesterday, there's snow after the first junction, although it's pretty packed. Gets deeper and sometimes a bit choppy by the meadows. Be careful going down to the lake, it's slippery if you don't have the right shoes
Posted: September 29, 2019 08:20:34 AM PST
Emily from Delta writes:
Trail was closed today due to a bear that was unafraid of humans.
Posted: September 29, 2019 12:35:17 AM PST
Ken Jones from Vancouver writes:
Can you hike in late Sept? October? When do the snows start?
Also, when do the horseflies STOP? lol!
Posted: September 15, 2019 12:48:00 PM PST
Laxman Sunuwar from Surrey writes:
Hiked on Saturday September 07 in group of five. The trail is mostly gradual and with proper loops so that we have only moderate difficulty to cross first six kilometers. The downstream side of lake has so many logs buried but the part near the camping area is so beautiful. Even though it was cloudy and rained intermittently, it was worth of being in the beautiful lake.
There were so many people there despite being first weekend of September. There are two shelters to rest and eat but one was with cigarette smell. There are washrooms also near the camping area. My virgin mobile service was available in most part of the trail but there is no service around the lake.
Be careful of your speed when coming down. We saw one girl fell and had cut in her forehead. It is easy to run but becomes difficult to control your momentum when you come across something suddenly.
Posted: September 9, 2019 12:18:03 PM PST
James Crowly from Coquitlam writes:
Hi there. Is there phone reception along the trail?
Posted: September 6, 2019 01:55:52 PM PST
Nancy from Burnaby writes:
Hiked up August 22 and camped one night at the lake and the next night at Taylor Meadows.
Garibaldi has always been one of my favorite hikes but there were a couple things I saw that really disappointed me.
At the food shelter in Taylor Meadows a couple we chatted to mentioned they had seen a black bear close to the Meadows as they were making their way to Black Tusk. Despite being in bear country I was surprised to see the number of people that were cooking and eating at their campsites - one group of guys had a large bag full of pepperoni! It was disappointing to see so many people disregarding bear safety, especially considering the bear at that had to be destroyed a few years ago.
On the hike down we encountered two separate hikers hiking up with their dogs! This saddened me as the day prior while hiking up Black Tusk we read about how sensitive the alpine environment is and how some alpine flowers take 25 years to bloom! It really floors me that select individuals think the rules don't apply to them. Please leave your dog at home if you plan on hiking Garibaldi Lake. All of us appreciate the natural beauty of Garibaldi Lake and we should do our best to preserve it for the generations to come.
Posted: August 26, 2019 05:04:33 PM PST
Amanda from Vancouver writes:
We hiked to Garibaldi Lake on Sunday August 4, 2019. We got to the parking lot between 7 and 730 am and got one of the few spots left in the parking lot. A lot of people say that the first 6kms is "boring" but I quite enjoyed it and didn't feel like it dragged on at all. The elevation gain is spread out so it didn't feel terribly difficult. We stopped at the Barrier lookout and lesser garibaldi lake and I would recommend doing both. There was only 1 other person down at lesser garibaldi so it's a good opportunity to avoid the crowds while still seeing a pretty lake. Garibaldi lake itself it just as wonderful as the pictures you see. A lot of people stop to eat in the first little stretch but if you keep going past the first shelter you can find more of a quiet spot to enjoy and there are also more picnic tables and benches. Overall an amazing hike.
FYI the lock was broken for the pit toilet at the 6km junction so bring your pack to leave outside to indicate you're in there :)
Posted: August 7, 2019 11:44:36 AM PST
Manpreet Sidhu from Vancouver writes:
Hiked on July 30th, 2019. The hike is easy to find and well marked. The first 6km's are probably the hardest since it is all uphill, but near the end it starts to flatten out. It was a sunny day and we got parking almost 2 km away from the trail head. So I would recommend going early, since the parking lot fills up quick. But at the end of the hike the views of the lake are amazing, it is so so rewarding! It's totally worth the time and effort to hike up to Garibaldi lake because the view is breath-taking, but definitely pack lots of food and water since its a longer hike and just be prepared.
Posted: July 1, 2019 06:08:24 PM PST
Tanvi from Vancouver writes:
Hiked on 15th June '19. The hike is well maintained and easy. Although it's a lengthy one, 9 kms one side. Plus, it was a sunny day and we got parking almost a kilometer away from the trail head. But at the end the views of the lake are amazing! It's totally worth the time and effort to hike up to Garibaldi lake. I would definitely recommend going for it.
Posted: June 18, 2019 01:21:20 PM PST
Ethan from Vancouver writes:
Hikes on June 8th 2019, trails in excellent condition. If you hike via Taylor Meadows then there's still some snow up there but easily passable. No wildflowers visible yet through sadly due to the snow.
There's a toilet at Taylor Meadows or another one at Garibaldi Lake along with a shelter.
Posted: June 10, 2019 11:55:14 AM PST
Tory Nairn from Vancouver writes:
We are heading up next weekend to camp. Has anyone been up recently?
Posted: June 2, 2019 06:16:39 PM PST
Ken from Richmond writes:
Looking at this for the May 20th long weekend. Does anyone know if it is open or what kind of condition it is in? The site shows a hiking season from July but wondering if the warm weather made it good for now. Thx
Posted: May 17, 2019 09:15:33 AM PST
Joseph from Port Coquitlam writes:
This quite an easy hike is best experienced when the first fall colours start showing up. I went there early in October and the experience was unbelievable. Great weather and clear air combined with sunny skies make a great photo opportunity. Highly recommended to all.
Posted: March 28, 2019 08:39:10 PM PST
Mehrdad from Vacouver writes:
Has anyone been to the lake recently? I am wondering what is daisy lake road conditions are this time of the year. Is it possible to get to the rubble creek parking lot by daisy lake road? To my knowledge daisy lake road is not maintained.
Posted: January 29, 2019 11:37:00 AM PST
PIERRE-YVES AUBIN from Vancouver writes:
Did the hike today, super nice, took me and my girlfriend just over 4 hours back and forth. I recommend going early as it was getting pretty busy around lunch time!
Posted: November 4, 2018 05:17:17 PM PST
Grace Mo from Richmond BC writes:
Hiked up to Garibaldi Lake from the Parking lot to the entrance to Garibaldi and Diamond Head Trail on October 23rd 2018. I didn't know what the condition is going to be like in October - but turned out it was relatively easy still, the earth is more moist than it is in the dry summer, which means a lot less dusts on the clothes - yay! Another huge plus: empty parking lot. The trail and the lake were much quieter than the summer. When I arrived at the lake I bumped into 4 people who were just about to leave, leaving all this blue treasure all for me!!
The Garibaldi Lake never fails to impress, but I have noticed increasing number of human wastes along the trail during my hike this time: Starbuck coffee cups and bits of papers. It is shocking to see these - Garibaldi Park always has been such a pristine and precious place to me.
I was also very glad to see the 'No Drones" sign up. Well done, BC Parks!
I met a couple hikers who said another hiker spotted a brown bear in the area - I thought I would mention it here!
Overall.. a very rewarding hike. Garibaldi Lake really is a stunning place.
Posted: October 24, 2018 08:43:37 AM PST
Laura from Surrey writes:
I went up Mon Sept 17. The lake was worth the switchbacks. Many people say that the forest is boring, but if you like forest (like me) then it's quite enjoyable. The trail was very very busy for a weekday because of many school's outdoor programs going up for the night. I got the last campsite at Garibaldi Lake at 3pm despite making a reservation. Others showed up after me and had to figure something out. Very cold up at the lake, I woke up to a thick layer of frost in the morning and could see my breath. Windy during the day but died down once the sun set and actually felt warmer. Saw no large wildlife.
Be warned that most outhouses and one of the cooking shelters are out of commission for repairs or being rebuilt.
Posted: September 22, 2018 06:36:47 PM PST
Gary B. from Renton, WA writes:
This was a three day, two night hike from the Rubble Creek TH to Garibaldi Lake, with a day hike to Mount Price after setting up camp (from 8/24 - 8/26). Mount Price doesn't have an official trail, but shows up on my Gaia app and is decently marked until the very end. Garibaldi Lake is beautiful and I can see why it is so popular with the locals. Not sure what's up with the wooden platform campsites though.
Saturday I woke up to dodgy weather that never really improved other than the rain subsiding, but the cloud cover remained. I skipped the hike to Black Tusk and headed toward Panorama Ridge with Andrew but again, the visibility prevented us from really taking advantage of the view.
Sunday I awoke to more rain, which had subsided by the time I packed up but the sun wasn't able to break out until late afternoon, at which time I was already back at the Cheakamus Lake trail head ready to head home. (Andrew parked at Cheakamus and I parked at Rubble Creek, so that we could do a mini thru-hike.)
Posted: September 2, 2018 11:54:33 PM PST
Ron from Lawrenceville writes:
I’m wondering how the smoke is in the Whistler area is. I’m going to be hiking the Garibaldi lake trail in about two weeks.
Posted: August 26, 2018 06:46:10 PM PST
Doug from Vancouver writes:
If you'd like to see the current atmospheric conditions at Garibaldi, Google "Whistler webcam". You'll see live shots of what it's like up at Garibaldi, as the it's only a few km away from the top of Whistler.
Posted: August 15, 2018 12:40:54 PM PST
Aishling from Vancouver writes:
I'm supposed to camp at Garibaldi lake tomorrow night. Can anyone tell me what the visibility is like up there now with the smoke? Is it worth going to at the moment?
Posted: August 15, 2018 08:17:40 AM PST
Ashley from ABBOTSFORD writes:
How is the smoke up in the alpine? Supposed to be leaving on a 4 day adventure through Garibaldi tomorrow morning, but might put it off until the views improve. Thanks!
Posted: August 15, 2018 08:01:14 AM PST
Laurie from Coquitlam writes:
Hi, Can anyone tell me how's the air quality up at Garibaldi Lake? Is it as bad as Metro Vancouver area? I am planning to hike up next weekend.
Posted: August 14, 2018 04:41:27 PM PST
Dave from Vancouver writes:
Was up at Garibaldi this week (Aug 6-10). To answer a couple questions below: yes the Taylor Creek bridge is now open. Didn't hear about any bears around Garibaldi Lake, but there was one sighted right in the Taylor Meadows Campground around noon on Thursday (so don't cook in your tent, or even at your site).
Taylor Meadows always has a dependable water source at the creek, and there were several good streams on the Black Tusk/Panorama Ridge trails. Lots of bugs at Taylor Meadows and beyond, but not as bad at Garibaldi Lake.
Also....people!!...if you must make at "pit stop" trail-side, please DO NOT leave your tissue there for all to see - it's everywhere up there!. Preferably pack it out (bring a baggie), or at least bury it. Tissue takes ages to decompose, and is unsightly as he**!
Posted: August 10, 2018 06:57:07 PM PST
Tim from Surrey writes:
Anybody know whether Taylor bridge is still under renovation now?? Do people still have to go through Taylor Meadows to get to the lake?? Thanks.
Posted: August 9, 2018 02:53:24 PM PST
Pam from Kelowna writes:
Hi there. Hiking this weekend aug 11-13 staying at garibaldi lake campsite and just wondering if there
Have been any bear sightings recently?
Posted: August 8, 2018 07:10:25 AM PST
Posted: August 7, 2018 09:23:04 PM PST
KS from Vancouver, BC writes:
Curious about the water situation currently up at/around Taylor Meadows -- is the creek running dry this time of year? Are there any other running water sources near the campsites, aside from the lake?
Posted: August 7, 2018 12:08:39 PM PST
DK from Vancouver writes:
Did this as a day hike today. Totally worth it. Bring bug spray and pack more water than you normally would. Those two items saved me today as it was about 30 degrees for the duration of the trek. Also make sure you have boots/trail shoes with good foot and ankle supports - this one is rough on the joints on the way down. It took me 2.5 hours up straight to Garibaldi and I went through Taylor Meadows on the way back (adds an extra km) and still made it down in 2 hours.
Posted: August 6, 2018 10:12:54 PM PST
I plan on hiking to the lake mid-September on a week day solo. I’m an experienced hiker and backpacker. Is there anything I should be aware of? I’m not familiar with the area. I’ve been planning on this hike for months.
Posted: August 2, 2018 04:37:11 AM PST
I'm just curious if any of you have further options or hidden gems for camping? I really wanted to camp overnight at Garibaldi for my friend's birthday weekend and summit day 2, but everything is solidly booked. Can we not just pitch our tent without a tent pad?
Any comments would be helpful. Cheers!
Posted: August 1, 2018 12:49:25 PM PST
Tu Dao from Vancouver writes:
When you get to the top of the lake, it's worth your effort. The scenery up is quite nice with mountains, lake and snow. However the hike is quite boring as you have absolutely no view, just have to keep hiking and hiking for 2.5 hours. It is considered an easy hike, it is just a long one.
We did Joffre Lakes before this lake which should have been the other way around as after Joffre Lakes, people seem to have higher expectation. Yes, we did.
Overall, I still recommend this hike.Also, please do not play or swim near the Creek down at the parking lot. On Sunday, when we came down, a 23 years old woman died. BE SAFE!
Posted: July 31, 2018 09:11:30 AM PST
KH from Vancouver, BC writes:
Did the hike on July 29 with a bunch of friends. We arrived at the parking lot at 10am and the lot was already 99% full with many cars parked on the road. The weather was great but hot (heatwave in effect) but fortunately the trail is mostly covered in shades.
Needless to say that the first 6-7k of switchbacks were the most challenging - my group is made up of individuals of different fitness levels but we still managed to finish this uphill plus the meadow part and got to the lake in under 3 hours. We spent about 30 min at the lake enjoying some rest, snacks, and photo time before heading back. And it took us about the same amount of time to come down the switchbacks.
The trail is well maintained with no snow, but it's certainly full of bugs. Everywhere if you stop moving for a bit, they're all over you and that's actually one of the motivation for us to continue moving. So bring lots of bug spray!!!!
The lake shore is fairly busy with quite a few groups swimming or resting; overall the lake is definitely worth the 6 hour hike but I wish there weren't as many bugs and weather was cooler..
Posted: July 30, 2018 05:40:49 PM PST
Laura from Seattle writes:
Hiked and camped on July 21-22. Great weather and no snow. The trail is beautifully built and maintained, evidence that Canada provides proper funding for trail work unlike its neighbor to the south. The trail is well-graded with barely a rock or root underfoot.
We expected crowds but were not prepared for the lack of trail etiquette displayed by many hikers. At least 10 parties were blaring music from phones or speakers. Used toilet paper and food wrappers were ubiquitous along the trail. The amount of litter discarded on the lakeshore was disappointing. People left behind their beer cans and whisky bottles after the evening's party. It's wonderful that people are enjoying this special place, but there is a clear lack of education around Leave No Trace principles.
Posted: July 27, 2018 01:17:13 PM PST
N from Vancouver writes:
Hiked up this trail on July 21, 2018. I'm not normally an active person and have not done a medium-difficulty hike in years, so was expecting this to be a challenge. And it was. The first 7 km were continuous uphill slopes, which was very tough for someone at my fitness level. Had to take lots of mini breaks. The remaining 3 km to the lake were relatively flat. The weather somehow went from blue sky at the trail to overcast at the lake, so the view was a bit disappointing, especially after all the hard work. On the way down, the 7 km downhill was very hard on the knees. I was glad that I bought some trekking poles for this hike. I don't think I would have made it without them. It took me 10 hours to complete this hike (including lunch breaks and resting by the lake).
Posted: July 23, 2018 09:59:06 AM PST
Dave from Maple Ridge writes:
Hiked up to Garibaldi Lake and Panorama Ridge in 1993. Absolutely spectacular. Going again soon. Really would like to know .... are the wildflowers at Taylor Meadows in bloom yet this yet? Anyone have an idea when the peak season might be? Thanks in advance!
Posted: July 23, 2018 08:54:35 AM PST
Oliver Mann from Vancouver writes:
I did this hike with a bunch of friends on July 15th, 2018. The trail conditions are excellent with no snow up through Taylor Meadows and to the lake. Garibaldi Lake is stunningly gorgeous but do not underestimate this hike. It is 100% worth it but I would only recommend it for active individuals. Taylor bridge is still out so, with the detour through Taylor Meadows, this hike was 22km, 1000m of elevation gain and took 6hrs of active hiking to complete. 8 hours total after enjoying a swim and lunch. For regular trail updates, I suggest downloading the "Trail Report" under "Trail Information" from the BC Parks website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/
We got to the parking lot at 9am and I was surprised that both lots were already full. Luckily, there was still some shoulder space along the road about 100m down to park our cars. As mentioned in many other comments, it is the first 7+ km up (and down) to Taylor Meadows that are a killer. Endless 100m switchbacks that I would argue are more painful coming down than up. It is a boring slog with no views or points of interest. I will mention though that it is incredibly well maintained and smooth - no stairs or large steps. Once you get to the 6.5km Junction, you don't need to worry about going the wrong way because the trail to Taylor Bridge is very clearly marked "Closed" and tapped off. Once you get to Taylor Meadows, things level off and there are some nice views of Black Tusk in the distance. From there, you can decide to continue to Black Tusk or go directly down to the lake (2.3km). The lake is amazing. The further you go the better the views and photos get. We walked to the dock for some group photos. The water is very cold but still enjoyable. I would highly recommend a swim to make the experience even more memorable.
Posted: July 17, 2018 09:56:11 AM PST
Maya from Vancouver writes:
Hiked yesterday July 15, with my husband and two kids 10&8. Wish I have read about the trail a little more as we were totally unaware of the constant 7km uphill part of the trail. I wanted to quit and go back many times in my mind but just kept pushing. It seemed like a never ending uphill trail!! When we finally reached the meadows we missed the trail leading straight to the lake and took another trail which added another 5 km! Oh man..
The lake is very beautiful indeed, but coming down to the parking lot was another nightmare. Our toes hurt so much that we had to take our shoes off and walk in our socks to prevent our toe nails from getting black and falling off! That actually happened to a friend of mine and my husband I remembered that.
Anyways, the kids' endurance is exceptional and we were so proud of them!
In all it took us 9hrs to go up and come back down with added 1 hr at the lake
Posted: July 16, 2018 11:21:38 PM PST
Pete Carbery from Vancouver writes:
Hey Wayne. I was up there on the 14th July, yes the bridge is still out so there is just a slight detour through Taylor Meadows camp ground if your heading to Garibaldi lake. The only snow around is at some sections at the higher stages on the panorama ridge trail if you are doing it. Such a beautiful hike, enjoy!
Posted: July 16, 2018 08:12:22 AM PST
Wayne Smith from Kelowna writes:
Wondering if anyone has more up to date trail report than Jul 4th posting on park site?
Is bridge still out? Any snow at Garibaldi campground? How about Panorama Ridge trail?
Heading up July 19th, first time in, can't wait!
Posted: July 13, 2018 01:43:33 PM PST
kris from vancouver writes:
how was it?
Posted: July 12, 2018 11:35:08 AM PST
Alby from New York writes:
Hi I am planning to camp at Taylor Meadows before making my way up to Panorama Ridge on the first week of July. Was wondering if anyone can comment on the condition of the trail recently. Should I prepare for winter/snow hiking/camping?
Posted: June 28, 2018 04:34:01 PM PST
Laurie from Squamish writes:
Definitely worth the long journey of uphill switchbacks and sore legs to get to the lake (you should be in good shape - people who aren't used to that incline or that length will struggle), HOWEVER....for those coming up from the city, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be prepared. I saw countless people going 'up' when I was coming down and they didn't have ONE water bottle or food, or packs. One group of about 8 people had nothing but cell phones in their hands. If you can get past the selfie-sticks and people blasting their music for the entire forest to hear (come on people - use headphones!!), it's worth it.
This is not a walk in the park - it's a tiring wilderness hike of +20km (with the Taylor Meadows detour) that takes the better part of a day. Your body needs a few litres of water, good food, and layers of clothes no matter how young and fit you think you are (it's about 10 degrees colder at the lake).
Other than worrying about people unprepared, it was beautiful,exhausting, exhilarating, and worth every sore muscle I'm feeling the day after :)
Posted: June 27, 2018 12:43:22 PM PST
Minnie from New Westminster writes:
Trail to Garibaldi Lake has been blocked due to reconstruction of Taylor bridge at the 6.5KM Junction. It adds a little more time, but it is wonderful to go through Taylor Meadows. There is a bit of snow and mud in areas... but nothing that can't be managed with good waterproof hiking boots and trekking poles :) Watch your step especially after last wooden bridge into the Lake... narrow and slippery pathways, melting snow and snow holes.
(It can get really cold especially around the Taylor Meadows area, i was glad to have brought my layers and gloves).
Posted: June 25, 2018 02:07:33 PM PST
Rick from Vancouver writes:
For those looking for an updated report..this one was released today June 21st.
Posted: June 21, 2018 02:40:07 PM PST
Adri from Heidelberg writes:
We hiked the Garibaldi Lake Trail on June 6, 2018. It took us about 6h 15 min in total (to the lake and back to the parking lot) including a 30 min picnic break at the lake. There is still snow on the trail from the first junction on at the 6km point. However, hiking shoes that cover your ankles are sufficient to manage the snowy parts. The view of the lake with the snow-covered mountains is worth the effort. The first part (the climb up) can be a bit monotonous as there is no viewing point until one reaches the lake.
Posted: June 18, 2018 10:07:31 PM PST
Kian from Coquitlam writes:
Hi, me and my friend booked two nights in late June at the Garibaldi lake campsite. Will the tent pads be covered in snow? Also is the trail clearly visible? Really don't want to have to cancel, but BC parks isn't giving any weather updates.
Posted: June 18, 2018 08:02:19 PM PST
Mike Mitchell from West Vancouver writes:
I posted on this site on Saturday but not my comments are gone. This trail is not hikeable/campable right now in my opinion. There is still 8 feet of snow at the lake. The campsite is not visible and there is no trail markings. So no place to camp other than directly on snow. Trail markers are not visible and there is snow all the way to Black Tusk. Not sure why the rangers are not reporting this. Their last update was May 22nd??? Waste of money to make a reservation on a camp site you cannot use. Ran into group of kids from Abbotsford who wasted all their reservation money. This trail is awesome but not usable unless you want to winter camp
Posted: June 18, 2018 09:55:15 AM PST
Simone from Cologne (Germany) writes:
First of all, if you ask for a current condition, do not rate this with 1 star?! Anyways, I hiked the trail on June 16. Snow slowly starts at kilometer 6. It gets full snow covered at kilometer 8. I would recommend hiking shoes, or your feet will get cold and wet. Take care of snow holes at the lake. There are stones and you can get hurt as it is melting quickly. The lake is not covered in snow anymore. You have to take the "longer" trail since the bridge is still flooted. And - I have seen a lot of people are feeding the birds to take pictures with them. Our food is not made for bids. Either take bird food with you or just don't give them your processed food. Human bread contains too much salt and it swell the body of the bird. So you basically kill them with feeding bread. And do not throw bread into the lake. Thanks. Shoutout to the friendly rangers! Enjoy your day at the lake and take your garbage with you. :)
You can check current condition here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/trail_report.pdf (you need to find updatet ones by yourself - you can do it!)
Posted: June 16, 2018 10:18:20 PM PST
Akash from Surrey writes:
Any news on the situation Presently for the lake garibaldi hike? Thanks in advance
Posted: June 14, 2018 08:46:07 PM PST
MJ from Surrey writes:
Would like to know the latest conditions too.
Posted: June 14, 2018 01:28:49 AM PST
Mike from Vencouver writes:
Can anyone update the latest condition of the trail and lake snow?
Or, where to find more up-to-date information?
Posted: June 13, 2018 02:30:25 PM PST
crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:
Hiked on 2018.06.02. We encountered snow between the 5 and 6 km mark. Taylor meadows is still completly covered in snow. I strongly suggest proper waterproof footwear because it is no fun (or even dangerous) to hike with frozen feet. Our legs dropped through the snow more than a few times and the situation can be dangerous if you are not careful about your footing. Also the lower lakes trail is still closed due to the washout bridge. The lake is still pretty much under snow/ice now and please be prepared for winter conditions. The whole trip took us almost 8 hrs because of the snow situation (i did this trail in 6.5 hrs during summer).
Posted: June 4, 2018 09:14:15 AM PST
Ryan from Langley writes:
Went up May 26-27, 2018. The lake is still iced over and everything is still covered in snow at the top. The trail is mostly thawed until the last few kilometers. Snowshoes could be helpful for the last little bit going along the side of the lake, but I never used mine and was just fine.
The lower trail that goes past the two smaller lakes is closed right now as there is a bridge washed out that crossed a small river. Plenty of people still take the route though. The river can be crossed by foot, but it is a little sketchy and you will get wet. Be careful if doing so.
Posted: May 31, 2018 10:13:46 AM PST
Irene from italy writes:
Did anyone go hiking to Mt Garibaldi quite recently? If yes, is there still snow up there? My family and I are planning on going May 31st... is the lake gonna be worthy?
Please let me knowwww
Posted: May 26, 2018 05:43:27 PM PST
Brendan from Vancouver writes:
Anyone been on an over night here recently? I love this hike but I'm avoiding it due to an experience last time I went. I did an overnight 2-3 years ago and when I came back down, my car was broken into and every car in the parking lot (except for mine) had its windows smashed. I had everything in my car stolen, all of my seats were lifted up and cigars were smoked inside.
I went to the police station and reported the incident but haven't heard of any resolve to the issue.
Anyone able to share an experience?
Posted: May 22, 2018 09:48:47 AM PST
Radu from Cluj-Napoca, Romania writes:
We did this hike on 19th May; we started around 11 am and reached the lake in 3h10min with minimal stops (9,5km). The snow starts after the 5th kilometre, but if you follow the footsteps it's possible to hike with summer shoes (although at the end they will be a bit wet).
After the 6th km, you have to take left, for the route through Taylor Meadows, because the bridge is out. The lake is still covered in snow, but the view is still worth a few hours of effort.
The descent took us only 2h, and the only tricky point is to put your feet in the marks left in the snow by the other hikers.
Posted: May 18, 2018 05:56:09 PM PST
Nav from Vancouver writes:
We have been there on may 16th 2018. We were very excited about the lake. It was like 9km hike from parking down there, the hike was good but unfortunately after 5km hike it was very strong ice on the way and we couldn’t able to reach to the top as we don’t have any sticks or preper winter equipment. So we had to come back.
They had a notice at the start stating that winter conditions still exist but we couldn’t get it, then we realised later. I think if someone is planning to visit you should wait until june to hit the beautiful lake.
However we may plan later june again. But it was a good time.
Posted: May 18, 2018 10:19:15 AM PST
KK from Vancouver writes:
I went may 13th 2018
the bridge across the waterfall has broken, so you'll have to take a detour... possibly crossing the ice/snow that forms across the river, or on the ice sheet. It's very soft and a leg can easily fall through. Due to the sunny weather the ice is melting quite fast so there's a stronger current than usual. Compact snow 5km and onward, the lake itself is still completely covered. Overall, beautiful.
Posted: May 13, 2018 10:25:15 PM PST
Natasha from Vancouver writes:
Went up on May 5th - patches of snow start around 3km up and the trail is completely covered starting around 4.5km. Bring microspikes, not snowshoes. With the exception of around the campground at the lake, the trail is very well packed in.
Remember to pack out all your trash! We carried out a small trash bag worth of stuff from the cooking shelters and along the trail.
Posted: May 6, 2018 10:11:07 PM PST
Calvin L from North Vancouver writes:
Went camping with kids last weekend, Nov 18-19, and lots of snow on the road to the trailhead parking lot (Rubble Creek). The park does not clear the road and it is not possible to drive to the parking lot without chains. So I parked on roadside in the middle of the pathway to the parking lot and started hiking.
For the first 2km, the snow was packed and hikable without snowshoes, but after that point it was painful to hike on deep and soft snow without snowshoes (crampons are useless).
Lots of skiers on the path with big smiles - yes i will bring my skis next time.
I saw some visitors (beginner hikers in sneakers) and they couldn't even make to the parking lot and returned. Bring snowshoes and proper gear (gaiters and good boots..)
Posted: November 20, 2017 02:55:57 PM PST
Sathesh from Metrotown writes:
Looking for a carpool from Metro town , if anyone is interested please reach to [email protected].
Posted: October 27, 2017 04:45:11 PM PST
Eva from vancouver writes:
Hi guys! We were planning on doing this hike October 28 or 29 as it will be really sunny then. How are the conditions for the hike? Is it still doable? We will be with 5 people so can help each other out but have no special equipment. Also, how long would it take?
Posted: October 26, 2017 12:20:45 PM PST
Jess from Toronto writes:
Hiked this on Oct 11. 3.5 h through Taylor Meadows and 2h along the lesser lakes (jog). Be prepared for snow and dress warmly... at least 4cm along Taylor Meadows (less travelled). Hiking boots, hat/gloves and removable layers are a must. Unfortunately, the clouds and sudden snowfall obscured some of the view but still managed to snag some gorgeous pics. The switchbacks were the most challenging with average elevation 2-4m each! Absolutely worth it!
Posted: October 12, 2017 09:09:07 AM PST
crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:
Hiked on 2017.10.01. The trail was very well-maintain and traffic was not heavy. I guess the peak season has passed. We reached the lake in about 3 hours with lots of breaks in between. It was quite windy and chilly around the lake area. I had to wear my down jacket to stay warm despite the sunny weather. The views were breathtaking and we took hundreds of pictures.
On our return, we hiked through the Taylor Meadow and had a glimpse of the Black Tusk. Going downhill through the 6km of switchback was quite a challenge on our legs. Hiking poles helped but we all felt tired at the end.
Posted: October 2, 2017 03:06:28 PM PST
Maureen from Burnaby writes:
Just finished this hike today, and it was absolutely beautiful! Fairly busy, especially at the end, but super beautiful and worth the trip. No bugs at all, super friendly people. Highly recommend this hike!
Posted: September 10, 2017 07:18:02 PM PST
Ilsa from Seattle, WA writes:
Thanks @Christine ! We are thinking of maybe going Oct 13 instead and reserve a campsite. Would you recommend going that late in the season or will it get quite chilly?
Posted: September 6, 2017 08:15:10 PM PST
Christine from Vancouver writes:
@ Ilsa - I should clarify - doing the Garibaldi Lake hike can be be done in a day but it's advised to do Panorama Ridge the next day after camping out given the distance, unless of course you start REALLY early. I guess it depends on how fast of a hiker you are.
Posted: September 5, 2017 09:33:39 AM PST
@ Isla - no you have to hike from the Rubble Creek parking lot. There is no shortcut.
The hike is amazing and worth every step. It can be done in a day.
Posted: September 5, 2017 09:26:43 AM PST
Ilsa Chapple from Seattle, WA writes:
I will be hiking to Panorama Ridge with a friend this coming Saturday. Is there any way to just park for the day at Garibaldi Lake Campground? We are staying in Vancouver and won't be staying the night up in the campground but we would like to park there so we can do the shorter hike, instead of the full hike from Rubble Creek parking lot. Thoughts/suggestions? :)
Posted: September 5, 2017 09:01:36 AM PST
[email protected] from Ottawa writes:
Lovely hike and the scenery at both the meadows and the lake definitely worth it.
What should be obvious is that you must be fit and prepared but of course you see some not so prepared/fit but that's typical of anywhere. We didn't see anyone completely unfit. We also saw quite a few backbackers who were carrying too much and day trippers with not enough ie. little water and probably not much else The first (and most strenuous) 6km was clearly more grueling than some expected so they probably did suffer a bit for it. The trail wasn't one to do part of, no point unless you get to the meadows, or better, the lake.
Similarly, it is not a trail for those expecting to be out alone in the wilderness which should also also be obvious. However, when we went, most of the time we were hiking alone but seeing the occassional passerby in the opposite directiony. At the lake people gather and have a snack or lunch so thats when you see quite a lot of people. Most people are respectful of others but there was a group of teenage boys hollering and screaming which of course echoed along the water leaving others to politely tolerate with just a hint of a grimace. In the scheme of things it was fine. The nature of the hike (ie. not being a short easy hike from the parking lot) naturally weeds out most of the rowdy types. It was great to see lots of people of all types, lots seemed in their twenties out to enjoy a last summer weekend outdoors hiking and camping.
What should be noted is that the write up could be slightly misleading. If you do the meadows and lake route (as far as the ranger's dock), it will be significantly more than 18km, it will be 24km ie. not just a few more km's! We are regular trail runners and cyclists so while I'd agree technically it's intermediate, however, some calibration is needed to understand what that means on this trail. It does require real fitness to do comfortably just becase of the length and elevation gain (and don't forget steep inclines are not easy on the knees on the way down either and any pack adds to effort level required over that kind of terrain and distance!). The trail notes do say it requires fitness but people can trick themselves into thinking that means not a couch potatoe but one who has having hiked before. You do need to know what you are getting into.
All that said, if you are up for it, it is highly recommended,
Posted: September 1, 2017 08:32:29 AM PST
Anita from Vancouver writes:
Went up today (Wednesday). There were lots of people on the trail so I imagine it must get PACKED during the weekend. All uphill w switchbacks until you reach the map and outhouse toilets. Then becomes rolling trail until the lakes (you will see two smaller ones before you reach Garibaldi Lake). Trail can be narrow at times so watch out for people passing you. A small percentage of the trail has roots and rock to work around but most if it is a dirt/dusty trail. Wear hiking shoes or good traction runners. The walk down was brutal on my knees and glutes since the trail has such a steep incline. Bring water and a snack for sure. Wear light layers (august). When we started at 9am it was cool but then we got hot from the hiking exercise. Once at the lake it was hot and clear but some sections you can feel a cool cross wind, other sections not so much and felt nice and hot. Clouds rolled in eventually as we were preparing to descend and it got very chilly. Dress for the weather!
The incline is quite steep which makes it physically challenging that way but technically it is a smooth path that is easy to maneuver. Overall a beautiful Lake at the end to enjoy! Challenging but worth it!
I saw some kids doing the trail. The youngest looked about 8 years old. The rest were around 12 or 13. But they looked well prepared with well prepared looking parents. They looked like they were FULLY aware of what they were doing. Just be careful because the drops along the trail are quite drastic!
Posted: August 30, 2017 11:15:43 PM PST
Cameron B from White Rock writes:
Was hoping to do the hike to the lake in mid-September with my 11 year old son. Is it suitable for him? What is the fishing like in the lake? Should I bring a rod with us? Any other things I should be wary of?
Posted: August 29, 2017 12:45:42 PM PST
Jayne from Vancouver writes:
Such a great trail, tough but totally worth it. I would really recommend extending the hike a little and including Taylor Meadows rather than just doing the lake and back again.
We got to the parking lot on August 26 at around 7.15am and there was still some parking spaces left but they were filling up quickly.
I saw a lot of people heading up there in flip flops and without any water - come on people! Be prepared and have some common sense.
Posted: August 28, 2017 10:09:00 AM PST
Mark from Victoria writes:
I went on August 19th. It was my first hike near Vancouver in years, so perhaps this is how all the trails are like this but I just couldn't believe how busy it was; and the way people were acting. I saw people vaping on the path, listening to music on speakers, standing in the middle of the path to take selfies, dropping litter, and walking off the trail between the switchbacks shooting debris at people below them with no regard. The density of people being kinda lame really detracted from the enjoyment of the surroundings. If I did this hike again, it would be closer to the end of the season, when it's colder out and perhaps fewer people on the trail. Next weekend I'm going to try some hikes further away from the city, or with higher difficulty, and hope it's not quite the zoo that this place was.
Posted: August 24, 2017 11:34:28 AM PST
JS from Vancouver writes:
The trail up to the first 6k is somewhat boring slog up steepish switchbacks, but from that point is really nice. Meandering through spruce until you reach the taylor meadows signpost. Loop around to beautiful Garibaldi lake and stop at the Barrier overlook, which is impressive! Went up today, the smoke has really cleared up and the views were stunning.
Posted: August 12, 2017 08:22:57 PM PST
Delaney Hendricks from North van writes:
LOVED IT. Absolutely beautiful.
DO NOT FORGET BUG SPRAY. And make sure to bring a lot of water.
Posted: August 10, 2017 11:31:58 AM PST
Jessica from Vancouver writes:
Did the hike up on Friday and camped until Saturday. Definitely smokey (day hike might be best saved for a different weekend) but the campground itself was amazing. Hiked up to Panorama this morning and even with the smoke it was incredible.
Hike up wasn't too bad (even with the smoke), but saw waaaaay too many people wearing ridiculous footwear. Running shoes or hiking boots, kids! And bug spray. Lots of bug spray.
Posted: August 5, 2017 06:59:47 PM PST
For those looking for info on the smoke conditions in the park, Google "Whistler Webcam" and you'll find live-time views from the top of the Whistler ski area. This will be essentially identical to the Garibaldi Lake area.
Posted: August 5, 2017 11:00:29 AM PST
Peter from Burnaby writes:
Web cam on Whistler Mt gives good insight into conditions. Not looking good as of qqam.
Posted: August 5, 2017 10:57:10 AM PST
Dennis from Vancouver writes:
Looking for smoking condition? Planning to go on Sunday. Thanks
Posted: August 4, 2017 10:24:59 PM PST
Anna from Delta writes:
Anyone going up this week able to post about smoke conditions? Looking to go Saturday but want a nice view
Posted: August 2, 2017 09:32:07 AM PST
Paul from Ladner writes:
Just completed 2 nights up at Garibaldi (Sun-Tues).
Trail in great shape. Was busy Sunday but seemed quiet by Tuesday. Swimming was doable (little chilly).
Trail up to Panorama ridge in good condition - last kilometre still has quite a bit of snow so snow spikes and poles were really handy.
Trail to Black Tusk looked clear - but we didn't go up.
As we left today the smoke was rolling in so the views might be disappearing for a while.
Posted: August 1, 2017 06:46:35 PM PST
Vicki from vancouver writes:
What's the bug & snow situation for the Garibaldi Lake campground?
Posted: July 29, 2017 12:55:44 PM PST
Gisa from vancouver writes:
Did the hike today 07/27/17. The hike was amazing, trail is in great shape. However, somewhere along the way down in the last 4-5K I lost a red Team Canada baseball cap. It is my brother's cap that he got at a Team Canada hockey game at the 2010 Vancouver games, and it means a lot to him.
If by some weird chance someone found it, I would be happy to come to wherever to pick it up, and I would really appreciate it.
Posted: July 27, 2017 07:45:53 PM PST
Jouie from Richmond writes:
If you need to know the trail condition, you can check this trail report : http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/trail_report.pdf
Posted: July 27, 2017 11:44:31 AM PST
Chris from vancouver writes:
Did you notice if there is still a lot of snow on the trail from helm pass to helm creek campground?
Posted: July 21, 2017 02:10:53 PM PST
Jaimie from Squamish writes:
Great hike! Completed on July 17th, and trail up in totally clear. First 6k are uphill and it's rolling from there. I also completed Panorama ridge which is still quite covered in snow from the black tusk junction onward. Micro spikes aren't a bad idea if you are worried about the grip of your shoes.
I left my phone (Pixel) at Garibaldi Lake on the way down. If you found a google pixel in the late afternoon please call the number displayed on the screen or return it to the Squamish Visitors Center. Thanks!
Posted: July 18, 2017 03:54:14 PM PST
Heard great things about this trail but was wondering how technical the trail is?
I am planning to go at the beginning of August. I will be wearing hiking boots but didn't know if my poles would be needed at any point.
Posted: July 18, 2017 12:33:08 PM PST
Tim from Barrie, ON writes:
Wow! Hiked to Lake Garibaldi on July 11th. Trail is completely snow free from Parking lot to Garibaldi lake. 1/3 of sites are snow free. Best guess is that all will be open in another week. We had to shovel out a bit from our site as our tent was a larger 3 person tent. Hikers were talking about snow on panarama ridge and Black Tusk trails. Still can't believe a few of the day hikers were in sandals. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended. Running shoes would be fine for day hikers.
Posted: July 13, 2017 11:30:09 PM PST
Lhiza Cortez-Tongo from Surrey writes:
We were just there July 8 and we just love it!!! AWESOME!!! I guess this is one of the many reasons why we are called Beautiful British Columbia!!!
Posted: July 12, 2017 04:27:42 PM PST
Anna from Vancouver writes:
Camped here for two nights (July 7-9) and went up to Panorama Ridge the next morning. Make sure you have a reservation before you head up. The hike to Garibaldi Lake is cleared of snow, but the campground itself is still 50-60% covered and many of the sites you have to dig out. Hiking poles are recommended especially if you are carry a heavy pack. Also, the snow is becoming more packed at the campsites due to foot traffic and can be slippery/icy. Snowshoes/crampons are not needed, but if you plan on doing other hikes from Garibaldi, gaiters and extra socks are necessary. As for temperature, I was in a -7C sleeping bag and still woke up a few times from the cold. The temperature difference between the lake and the campsites is drastic. Bring warm clothes and proper gear, the view is worth it!
Posted: July 11, 2017 03:00:59 PM PST
CC from Vancouver writes:
Overnight at Garibaldi on July 8/9 2017.
Arrived @ 7:30 and the parking lot was already mostly full.
Trail to the lake is now completely clear of snow. Many campsites are still covered in snow, or partially covered, but there are at least 2 communal shovels (in the kitchens) one can use to clear the snow.
We got to the lake by 11am and managed to snag a spot w/o any snow and a partial view of the lake. Hiked out 1:30pm the next day and parking on the side of the road was about 500m down from the parking lot... but there were a number of spots open at the parking lot presumably from the overnighters leaving that day.
Posted: July 10, 2017 03:28:49 PM PST
CR from Vancouver writes:
In response to Sam's question, or for anyone else....
A buddy and I just did an overnight hike at Garibaldi on July 6/7 2017. From the parking lot to the junction is 6 km, it is all uphill, but the conditions are totally fine. Just know that if you aren't in the best shape and/or carrying a heavy pack, you should allow some rest time on the way up. We ran into people with various levels of conditioning and some were suffering. The next 3.5 km is an easier walk, with a few snow patches but nothing difficult at all.
The campground itself still has A LOT of snow. From what I was reading ahead of time, I got the feeling that there was just a bit of snow and you could figure out the sleeping situations fairly easily - maybe a light dusting on some of the tent pads. It's not the case. Even though there are 50 spots (we paid for 2 spots) when you get there, unless you get a spot down by the lake, the majority of them are covered in snow....and I mean to the point where you can't even tell where the individual campsites are. Some had 3-4 ft of snow still on them.
We rolled in around 9 pm and were fortunate enough to sort something out with an another generous camper, but otherwise it would have been a challenge to find a spot. So if you're staying overnight, get there early!
Outside of that, like everyone says, it's a beautiful setting and worth it!
Posted: July 8, 2017 11:59:39 AM PST
Wondering if anyone has been in the last few days and can report on conditions from Rubble Creek parking lot to Garibaldi Lake camping ground? Much appreciated.
Posted: July 7, 2017 04:30:16 PM PST
Diego Grimaldi from Vancouver writes:
Done this on July 4th, met a good amount of people on way up and down but no traffic. Gorgeous views of the lake, few snow patches on the last 2 kms and quite a lot of snow on top, but everything walkable with most types of shows. We expected low temperatures because of the snow but it was quite hot on top too.
Didn't camp up, but most people were setting tents on top of the snow, hard to find spots without snow near lake itself.
Took us 2hrs45mins on the way up taking few pauses and just over 2 hrs on the way down.
Posted: July 5, 2017 12:40:28 PM PST
Heading out to BC next weekend and doing this hike July 12th. I have the following questions....
Good hiking boots are no brainer but will I need gaiters or snowshoes to do Panarama Ridge? I would assume all the tenting platforms are cleared of snow by now with night time lows hovering around 10C. Do you recommend hiking poles/walking sticks?
Posted: July 5, 2017 07:38:59 AM PST
Daryn from Vancouver writes:
Going up and camping in Taylor Meadows this weekend. Sounds like there's still quite a bit of snow so wanted to ask a couple questions. Are there shovels to clean off the platforms? If we're looking to do either black tusk or panorama the next day are both in the same condition and are crampons/poles enough? Assume we should get gaitors as well. Any other tips? First time on the area and new to camping in the snow but have done loads of snowshoeing.
One last one - are campfires permitted in the park?
Posted: July 4, 2017 10:20:17 PM PST
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bee from Abbotsford writes:
I am planning to hike and camp in september but not sure if my plan makes sense. Initially, I planned to camp for 2 days in garibaldi lake so I could leave my gear at the site, so it's not too heavy. But it's only available on the Sunday. I'm not a hardcore hiker but I love exploring the outdoors. I guess I had to carry my stuff with me to black tusk? Or can I leave my stuff, hike to black tusk, return to the meadows and hike to the lake then camp? Not sure if there's enough time...
If I were to bring my stuff...
Day 1 - hike to taylor meadows, camp
Day 2 - hike to black tusk, return to garibaldi lake, camp
Day 3 - return to trailhead
If I were to leave it...
Day 1 - hike to taylor meadows, camp
Day 2 - hike to black tusk, return to Taylor meadows, grab camp gear, head to garibaldi lake then camp
Day 3 - return to trailhead
To those who have done it, any suggestions?
Posted: July 1, 2017 11:27:44 AM PST
Julia from Vancouver writes:
we camped there last weekend and there is heeaaaps of snow. There were shovels in the huts which we had to use to make room for our 3 tents. It was really cold at night make sure you bring a proper sleeping bag
Posted: June 29, 2017 02:56:03 PM PST
KW from Vancouver writes:
Hiked on 27 June. There is plenty of mud/snow/slush from around the 7km mark and then a serious amount of snow at the campsite. It's around knee deep there. Be very careful of other people's footprints - it's so easy to sink through the top.
The lake is largely frozen but the views are fantastic.
Other than that, the trail for the main climb is very well maintained and easy to follow.
Wear proper shoes. I saw someone on her way up in flip-flops - which will have worked well with the knee-deep snow near the top. There's always one...
Posted: June 28, 2017 12:30:24 PM PST
Kyle Furness from Vancouver writes:
We're heading up this weekend, how much snow is at the Garibaldi Lake campsite? We're bringing snowshoes regardless for the Panorama Ridge hike. Just curious about conditions for camping.
Posted: June 27, 2017 10:36:54 AM PST
Sally from Vancouver writes:
Hiked this past weekend. (24 June) Lake still frozen and there is heaps of snow up there still. Snow starts just after the 6km point. Taylor meadows has a lot of snow still. Still lots of hikers and people camping. Campers said the overnight temperatures were very cold. As the weather was very hot it was a very enjoyable hike.
Posted: June 26, 2017 09:55:16 AM PST
June 17th: Surface of the Lake still mostly frozen, even the lower lake is frozen. Still snowy starting from just below the junction with Taylor Meadows, last 3 km of trek mostly over snow. No need for crampons just some decent waterproof shoes.
Posted: June 18, 2017 01:00:10 PM PST
Yg from Vancouver writes:
Planning on going next weekend does anyone know the condition?is it safe to stay for an over night hike.
Posted: June 15, 2017 06:55:55 AM PST
Matt from Langley writes:
Trail report updated May 29 and yes the road to parking lot is paved.
Posted: May 31, 2017 09:35:45 PM PST
Samantha from Vancouver writes:
I plan on doing this hike once the weather warms up. Does anyone know if the road to the parking lot is paved? Im wondering if my little Kia Rio can make it to the parking lot or if I have to go in a more heavy duty car. Thanks!
Posted: May 30, 2017 07:08:48 PM PST
Jess from New Westminster writes:
I am just wondering if anyone did the black tusk hike this past weekend on May 26, 2017? I am wanting to know if the warm weather this past week has melted much of the snow since the posting seen on May 20, 2017 stated that much of the trail was still covered.
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Maria from Buffalo NY writes:
Anyone do the hike this weekend (may 24 2017)? Is the path still covered??
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Posted: May 26, 2017 05:46:09 PM PST
Lorena Solis from Vancouver writes:
Hi, I lost my iphone last weekend after the 2.5 km sign, I couldn't find it, so if anyone that goes finds it. Please I would really appreciate it if you contact me. I left a phone number from the find your phone app. Thanks so much!
It's a Iphone 6 with a flower case.
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HYK from Vancouver writes:
Did this hike on May 20, 2017. The view was stunning with the lake covered in snow. 3/4 of the trial is covered in snow. If you are going, make sure you have waterproof hiking boots with crampons.
Posted: May 22, 2017 06:32:22 PM PST
CO from burnaby writes:
Has anyone been to this hike today? we are planning to go on Victoria day. Is that safe to hike? any snow on the trail?
Posted: May 20, 2017 08:08:11 PM PST
Imola from North Vancouver writes:
Does anyone know if the trails to Garibaldi Lake are still snow covered? Would we need crampons tomorrow, May 19th?
Posted: May 19, 2017 05:46:18 PM PST
Posted: May 19, 2017 05:41:47 PM PST
John from San Diego writes:
The date today is May 10th, 2017. We just did this hike and the lake was still totally frozen over and 2/3 of the trail still covered in snow. I strongly suggest against doing this in joggers like we did.
Total hike time was around 4 hours and 20 minutes with some photo and snack breaks. The hut was cool.
We want to come back when the snow has thawed and do this hike again. With the snow I would rate this hike around intermediate. Without snow I would rate the hike beginner / intermediate. The switch backs are mellow, elevation gain is not too severe, plenty of shade, streams to cool off in and beautiful views!
Posted: May 10, 2017 03:32:02 PM PST
Anthony from Vancouver writes:
Tried to hike to the lake in mid-April. It is still extremely snowy. We turned back after 3km as we didn't have crampons / shoe chains (only snow shoes which I don't think would have been enough - we didn't try as the path is really narrow in places). The trail is covered in snow after the first couple km, and when the going gets steep it becomes dangerous without the use of crampons. If you intend on doing it, be prepared. Bring crampons / shoe chains. Poles are essential too.
Posted: April 24, 2017 03:41:44 PM PST
Grace from Vancouver writes:
I'm wondering if anyone know what the conditions would be like end of April/ early May?
Posted: April 8, 2017 02:44:54 PM PST
Fotini Belanger from Vancouver, B.C writes:
Hello everyone, my friend and I are wanting to do the elfin lake hike. We are wanting to arrive on December 31st and leave for home on January 1st 2017. Is anyone going up there during these times. We would love to tag along for the ride. email me @ [email protected] if you have space!! thanks :)
Posted: December 28, 2016 03:02:20 PM PST
sydney clark from Clackamas, OR writes:
Hey guys I was just wondering if anyone knew what the driving conditions are like at the moment? (November 27) I want to hike this but my car doesn't have 4WD
Posted: November 27, 2016 10:38:45 PM PST
Sophie from Berlin writes:
Is the trail still open, or is it impossible to hike in November ?
Posted: November 10, 2016 07:05:52 PM PST
T from Vancouver writes:
Hello folks. I am planning to do this hike next weekend. How are the trail conditions? I do not have much experience with winter hiking so was wondering if it has already snowed and one would require snowshoes and microspikes? Thanks
Posted: October 30, 2016 12:54:16 AM PST
Brian from Surrey writes:
Did this hike on Thanksgiving Monday. Lots of people on the trail, even though it was extremely cold at the lake. The top half or so of the trail had traces of packed snow/ice on the trail, but didn't present any real challenges to passing, save for one little spot that appeared to catch every 3rd or 4th person falling on their butts! Most of the trail is very well groomed and the remaining is still quite good, always very clearly defined. Other than that, though, it is a very long trail that climbs a great deal (more than the description admits - to the lake alone is over 950 m of total climbing, and to Taylor Meadows is a good notch more). I'd rate this one at the upper end of Intermediate due to the distance and elevation gain, though the good trail condition probably keeps it from being in the Difficult category.
Posted: October 11, 2016 10:06:43 PM PST
jhw from gastonia nc writes:
Great day hike out and back to lake. I really enjoyed it. Perfect weather. It was worth the hike to see the views.
Posted: September 26, 2016 10:57:49 AM PST
divine from vancouver writes:
hi guys! im planning to do the garibaldi hike on sunday rain or shine!! anyone whos planning to go as well? im going alone so would be cool to meet people during the hike!
Posted: September 16, 2016 11:20:06 AM PST
Robyn from Vancouver writes:
Hiking up tomorrow afternoon (sept 12), camping the night at the lake and then hoping to do panorama ridge and down on Tuesday. Anyone else going?!
Posted: September 12, 2016 12:37:11 AM PST
Todd from Port Coquitlam writes:
I'm planning to go hiking there. My friends won't be able to join me going to move. So, I'll be alone, and will be glad to have somebody for a company.
Posted: September 8, 2016 09:36:11 PM PST
Shannen from Vancouver writes:
How popular is the hike on weekends in September?
I was planning on doing this hike next weekend with friends
but my friends have had to cancel.
I don't really want to do this long hike alone but also don't want to wait until next summer to do it.
So is this hike a very popular one or is it more secluded in September that its best to wait for summer months when it gets busier.
Thanks for feedback
Posted: September 8, 2016 12:43:35 PM PST
Sapna from Sydney writes:
Hello! I am looking for a someone to do a day hike to black tusk with this weekend ? Any takers? Please what's app +6120406515809!
Posted: August 30, 2016 11:06:52 PM PST
Raj from Surrey writes:
It would be better to carry the insect repellents Rajesh
Posted: August 18, 2016 09:49:50 AM PST
Rajesh from Surrey writes:
I am planning to go for this hike on next Saturday (Aug-20); will I need insect repellent?
Last couple of times I went during the earlier months of the year. This will be first time late in August; so wondering if anyone who has been up recently can give any tips.
Posted: August 15, 2016 02:14:53 PM PST
Iona from Vancouver writes:
I've hiked to garibaldi lake few weeks ago. This week I plan on hiking all the way up to panorama ridge. Is there anyone who could tell me what the park timings are ?? I want to make sure I plan ahead of time to ensure I make it out of the park before gate closes. I tried looking online but couldn't find anything
Posted: August 14, 2016 02:15:07 AM PST
christina from north vancouver writes:
This hike is really beautiful. Broken down in its simplest form, it's 7km up, 7km around alpine meadows and garibaldi lake and then 7km back down. The back down part was the most difficult as it is a long time coming down on the knees without a break so definitely be prepared for that. it's beautiful to have lunch by the lake before heading back. In total took us about 6hrs but that's because coming down was slow. I would do this hike again but not on a long weekend. It was BC Day August long weekend and the trail was ridiculously crowded.. I prefer a little more solitude but overall a really great day of hiking and beautiful scenery.
Posted: August 6, 2016 02:10:27 PM PST
Rick from Squamish writes:
After living in the area for 20 years, decided to give this hike a try. It was a fairly warm day but no parking near the top,(12:00 pm) had to park a 1km down the hill so get there early. It's a steady climb up but make sure you take in the barrier viewpoint. Beautiful views from Garibaldi lake but is cool with the lake breeze when cloudy. 3/4 way down there was a rock slide on the barrier so could only hear the rocks and see a dust cloud through the trees, wish we were at the barrier viewpoint for that, wear good shoes as my feet felt like they were in a vice coming down.
Posted: August 2, 2016 12:17:43 AM PST
Taisa from campbell river writes:
I went up at 6am on the long weekend. It was quiet going up and it wasn't too bad at the lake. Coming down was INSANE! I easily passed 400+ people. I was expecting tour buses at the bottom since there were sections with 60+ people jammed together. Nobody seemed to realize that there was meant to be 2 way traffic on the trail, so I kept getting pushed off (which is impressive since the trail is extremely wide). It's a gorgeous hike, but I wouldn't go back during peak season.
Posted: August 1, 2016 02:24:44 PM PST
Michelle S from Burnaby writes:
I did this hike on July 30th. We arrived at 10am and had to park way down the road because the parking lot was already full. This added another kilometre to the hike, so arrive early avoid this. It being the long weekend, it was packed and a line up for the out houses at the start of the trail.
The 6km switchbacks were very long and hard. I went straight up but should have taken breaks. My legs were hurting by the junction! It was surprising to see all the different types of hikes on the trail from advanced who were back packing all their camping gear in enormous packs, to day hikes who did not seem to be aware of the difficulty of the first 6km. It is a gradual incline but never levelling off, so be warned that it is a hard workout on your legs!
The second part of the trail either to Taylor Meadows or straight to the lake, passing two smaller turquoise lakes, are amazing. Once to reach Garibaldi Lake, you will be so glad you went through the pain! Keep walking down the path, past the wooden building because the view keeps getting better at every point along the lake! There's even a dock at the end that you can lie on. There are several benches to sit in and islands to swim out to. Even with there being crowds of people there, I still managed to get unobstructed views and pictures of the lake and glacier.
Make sure you rest and relax up at the lake before heading back down the switchbacks. Your knees and toes will kill and the trail will seem never ending, but the picture you will have taken will have made it all worth it!
Will definitely do this hike again when I regain the use of my legs ;)
Posted: July 31, 2016 11:43:46 AM PST
Alex K from Richmond writes:
My first trail hike of this magnitude (the previous biggest one was Grouse Grind).
Overall - very satisfied.
First 6km up to junction - pretty steady incline, nice trail, wearing runners just fine. There is a mark at 2.5km so that you know. Took us about 3 hrs up to the junction.
From there we went straight to the lake.
Next 3km the path goes up and down slightly, but there are notably more roots and boulders on the trail, so you have to watch carefully. Just like the Grind, but horizontal. About 1:15 for that stretch.
The lake - magnificent. I took a swim, albeit short as it was run-in-rush-out kind of temperature for me :)
Headed back to the junction. And it was way faster down to parking from there, about 2:15.
Overall - 8am arrived, 2pm back at the parking.
Advice - arrive early. We were there around 8am and the (smallish) parking lot was full. We parked on the curb, but when we came back there was like a mile of cars down the road... so you have to walk another mile that way :)
Also - quite some human traffic on the trail after 11am, people just arriving, and people already on their way back. Well, this was a Saturday of the long BC weekend pus the weather was superb, so lots of folks were heading to Garibaldi.
ps. Named after Italian military and political leader Giuseppe Garibaldi in the 1860s :)
Posted: July 31, 2016 03:07:59 AM PST
Floyd from Vancouver writes:
Just did this today. No snow on the trail, just up in the peaks, quite a few wildflowers in bloom in the meadow. I had light boots on but plenty of people doing it in runners. A long trip but worth it.
Posted: July 29, 2016 12:47:39 AM PST
Lian from VANCOUVER writes:
Hey everyone! I'll be hiking to this lake this weekend. Would love for some recent inputs. Is the trail clear of snow ? Also, can this hike be done in running shoes ?
Posted: July 24, 2016 03:32:36 PM PST
Sarah from Vancouver writes:
Grace, I had the same problem! Make sure you choose "Backcountry Garibaldi" from the drop down on the left and you will probably see some available dates.
Posted: July 18, 2016 02:54:45 PM PST
How can I buy a reservation? I looked at the calendar and it does not let me chose any dates for the rest of the summer. Please throw any suggestions, it says it's 'unavailable' across most dates. Help!
Posted: July 14, 2016 11:24:02 PM PST
Marina from North Vancouver writes:
I'm planning to go this Friday Jul 15, anybody knows if the flowers have bloomed? Is it worth taking the detour to Taylor Meadows? Thanks!
Posted: July 14, 2016 02:07:14 AM PST
Zach from Columbus, OH writes:
I visited Garibaldi Lake July 5. This was my second time up there, and it was as lovely as before, as long as I didn't look down at the ground. The lake shore and the trails leading to it were covered in garbage. I couldn't walk for half a minute on the trails without encountering a clump of toilet paper or carelessly discarded wrapper. It was disgraceful. Who goes to such a beautiful place and feels it is appropriate to just leave behind their trash? If any Provincial Park administrators read this, I have a suggestion: maybe spend a little less on the infrastructure (glamping shelters and overkill trail drainage) and invest some resources in personnel to mitigate and clean up the garbage.
Posted: July 11, 2016 02:59:11 AM PST
Posted: July 11, 2016 02:54:42 AM PST
Victor Okunev from Port Moody writes:
This Canada Day long weekend, the three of us have carried our inflatable stand up paddleboards from Rubble Creek parking lot to paddle around the lake and to spend a couple of nights at Sphinx Bay, on the east side of Garibaldi Lake. A lot of people were interested with the whole idea and our gear set up, asking tons of questions. We posted a trip report on our Facebook group page, feel free to visit, perhaps you'll find the answers there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vansup/
Posted: July 4, 2016 06:50:07 PM PST
Helen from Vancouver writes:
Hiked up to the lake this past long weekend, and it was busy.
The trail is quite "groomed" the entire way up. The first 6km of the hike you zig-zag up the majority of the elevation climb and after that there's not much of an incline. At the junction, we went left through Taylor Meadows and although the view of Black Tusk was awesome, we didn't see any flowers. After that we went straight to the lake which was beautiful. It was quite busy with both overnight campers and day hikers.
On the way back we made a stop at Barrier Viewpoint (on the way back, right before you reach the junction where you can either go up to Taylor Meadows or directly to Garibaldi Lake) - this was an amazing view and highly recommend taking the time to stop here!
If you're nervous about hiking alone, don't worry. The trail is busy enough that if anything were to happen, you wouldn't be alone. It's well marked, and virtually impossible to get lost.
Posted: July 4, 2016 05:35:58 PM PST
Hemnath Ramakrishnan from Burnaby writes:
We did camping at the lake on July 2 and 3.. Lake is beautiful as usual, and you will be too lucky if there is a clear sky above which will enhance the turquoise color of the lake.
The trail to Garibaldi lake is completely dry and free of snow. But there is a little bit snow at the campsite. Few of the camping pads were still buried under snow and campers has to dig them out, if needed. You can find shovels in the shelters.
Water is too cold and it's better not to dive/ swim. Also, the whether is getting too cold during nights and we have seen few people who were struggling hard with their summer sleeping bags.
Posted: July 4, 2016 02:22:24 PM PST
I did an overnight hike to the lake this weekend and it was gorgeous as per usual. The hike up the lake is snow free all the way until the last 200 meters along the lake that's half rock and half snow.
Snow conditions at a lake:
Most of the campsites are still under snow though the rangers were kind enough to pass around shovels for us to dig ~0.5 meters down to the wooden tent pads (which were difficult to find!) or flatten out the snow for the tent. Note: we didn't checkout out Taylor Meadows so unsure of the conditions there.
With our 3 season tents and air mattresses beneath our sleeping bags we managed to stay warm. We even created pillows by shaping the snow under one tent. It worked great!
Snow conditions beyond lake:
The meadow on the way to the Black Tusk/Panorama junction is still full of snow and can get slushy in certain patches. Panorama ridge was still doable in hiking boots however and there were lots of beautiful flowers in green areas. We heard of some people managing to do Black Tusk as well without snowshoes or ice equipment though it was recommended by rangers.
Weren't many bugs either so conditions were really fantastic!
Hope that helps!
Posted: June 28, 2016 01:53:02 AM PST
Harry Pits from Vancouver writes:
@Kim Brand you earth muffin. Politics has no place on this page. The hike is beautiful. 2 Stars? duh. Obviously never done this hike. Thank you to all of the great hikers on this page for the positive contributions.
Posted: June 27, 2016 05:21:55 PM PST
Kevin from New Westminster writes:
@Kim Brand - rating one of the most scenic hikes two out of five stars just to ask if there's snow, and express your displeasure with the Liberals... not cool. Natasha from Vancouver provided an excellent summation of the conditions from her June 13/14 hike. Have a look at that.
These ratings only mean anything, if there is some reasoning behind them; not some haphazard rating. I have done this hike before, and would comment that it's the most scenic one to date. The pictures can do it no justice. 5 out of 5.
Cheers and regards.
Posted: June 27, 2016 05:07:34 PM PST
Alison from Victoria writes:
A small group of us would like to come over on the ferry from Victoria to do this hike. We are thinking to do the shorter version (skip Taylor's Meadow). Does anyone know how long this route is in total? We are just trying to plan for the ferry.
Posted: June 26, 2016 02:28:42 PM PST
Kim Brand from Vancouver writes:
Any snow left on the trail to Garibaldi Lake? I find it so disappointing that the Liberals don't fund parks enough to get weekly trail updates. The last won was a month ago!
Posted: June 25, 2016 05:22:51 PM PST
Myra from Langley writes:
The view is gorgeous. The water looks amazing. I would say the best I've hiked so far! I was literally running to the lake as soon as I saw the greenish blue water. All the pain just simply melted away.
Posted: June 25, 2016 02:07:17 PM PST
Luke from Portland writes:
Anyone have any luck making reservations for 2nd-3rd of July reservations on the provincial parks website?
Also, does anyone know where the snow level is at now? Are the sites at the Lake and/or Taylor Meadows still covered in snow? I don't mind hiking on snow, but if I can avoid sleeping on it, I will. Thanks, and happy trails!
Posted: June 23, 2016 11:56:10 AM PST
Elle from Vancoiver writes:
Planning to hike to Garibaldi lake this weekend How long is the hike round trip? Also, wondering if it's doable for a not experienced hiker and if there would still be snow up there?
Posted: June 23, 2016 12:05:16 AM PST
TayI from vancouver writes:
FYI to all, Garibaldi park is no longer on a first come first served basis. You have to make a site reservation on the website if you wish to stay overnight now. Garibaldi Lake, and Elfin Lakes included.
Posted: June 22, 2016 12:01:02 PM PST
Craig from San Juans writes:
Charlie: I have found this site operated by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute to be pretty accurate, especially for a few days before. And it is searchable by location name. Their long term forecast is for nine days, so you might have to wait a bit for your weekend. And there is always the potential for freezing temperatures throughout the year at that elevation.
Here is the forecast link for Panorama Ridge:
Posted: June 18, 2016 09:18:32 PM PST
Charlie from Chicago, USA writes:
Planning on day-hiking the Panorama between July 3rd and July 5th. Any insight as to what the temperatures might be like then? There's a GPS-based weather site I use for US hikes but I haven't been able to find one for Canada. Any information or advice would be much appreciated!
Posted: June 18, 2016 05:15:11 PM PST
Victoria James from Vancouver writes:
Planning on doing Garibaldi lake/panorama ridge June 19th-20th - anyone know if the lake is still frozen? Thanks!
Posted: June 18, 2016 03:11:53 PM PST
Posted: June 17, 2016 02:25:43 PM PST
Did this June 13/14 - only real snow left on the trail is the last little bit once you reach the lake to the campground. Campground is definitely still covered in snow though, you could potentially camp anywhere but only a few sites have been flattened out/cleared enough to use.
And please remember to pack out your trash (and bring down additional trash if you can!) The amount of trash around the campground and in the shelters was super depressing. We carried down over 24 cans/bottles that were abandoned and there was still more + a full trash bag that people had left behind.
Posted: June 15, 2016 10:22:12 PM PST
Rock from Vancouver writes:
I was there on June 5 & 6. There was some snow on the way, already melting, but the camping site was full of snow. There were around 5 sites, under trees, without snow and some shelters, they filled up very fast so I recommend you to arrive early if you are planning to do camping, I was late so I have to camp on the snow and it was pretty cold.
Besides the snow, the weather was great, hot during the day and not so cold during the night. Check Whistler weather forecast before you go, I believe the weather is 2 to 3 C degrees lower than Whistler.
If you are planning to hike Panorama Ridge or Black Tusk then you better get some good hiking sneakers because it is full packed of snow and there are not clear trails so you have to follow the steps of others.
Posted: June 11, 2016 05:09:58 PM PST
Steve from Vancouver writes:
Anyone has an update on the weather condition on the top of Garibaldi Lake ? Panorama Ridge ?
Posted: June 7, 2016 06:21:51 PM PST
Maryam from Vancouver writes:
I've never hiked Garibaldi lake and I want to this summer (end of July). I'm not an experienced hiker so I was wondering if you guys had any tips for me at that time of the year? I won't be camping there so finding a site isnt going to be an issue for me.
What time should I get to the hike so it leaves me enough time to go up, hang out, and come back down before dark?
Is the lake water actually bright glacier blue like I see in all these pictures or are they edited and it is just a regular, dark blue color? (I'm going to see the pretty blue hehe). What about Joffre Lake if any of you have gone there (I know, wrong forum for that).
Do you think the water will be pretty color and some snow still on the mountains in the middle of summer or will they have all melted by then?
Also, what are some specific directions? My google maps can't give me directions to the parking lot.
Posted: May 25, 2016 01:28:04 PM PST
Kiwi from Seattle writes:
I did this hike on Sat May 21st. The last 3 Km has some snow on the trail. Once you get to the lake then there is quite a bit of snow.
If you have mid or high cut Hiking boots you will have no problem. No need for spikes really. Even if you have regular sneakers, the hike is doable but its no fun getting your feet wet from snow. I saw quite a few people going out in Sneakers and shorts - Not recommended though. The weather was not cold at the lake but maybe take a light pair of hand gloves.
The lake is frozen but starting to melt away in many places. Here is a video I took that gives you an idea of the lake conditions in Mid May:
Posted: May 25, 2016 09:52:31 AM PST
Reagan Sun from Vancouver writes:
May 23, 2016. There is still a lot of snow, making the last few km quite difficult without proper footwear. Snow and ice is melting and you're not walking on the wooden walkway, but rather on packed snow above water, so there are a few points where you see people have had a leg fall through the snow. Don't expect to complete the hike in the usual 2.5 hrs, and don't attempt to turn left up to the Taylor Meadows side and back down. A few people we came across said they had to turn back from that side because there is a steep downhill and they couldn't do it in these conditions.
Posted: May 24, 2016 06:45:00 PM PST
I m going this weekend 5/21. It will be just a day hike. Hopefully not too much snow. Will check it out and then go on a multi day camping trip later in summer this year
Posted: May 20, 2016 02:57:54 PM PST
Lauren from Tacoma, WA writes:
Has anyone taken this hike recently? I'm planning to do an overnight the weekend after next, but I haven't seen any updates regarding snow conditions. How's it looking?
Posted: May 18, 2016 06:32:20 PM PST
Jay from Vancouver writes:
I am a dog owner and lover, and I don't bring my dog on this hike. (Because It is not allowed!) Please people you need to respect the rules. We have plenty other hikes to bring our dogs to. These trails have bears who can smell your dog/poop and it is stressful for both bears and dogs, not to mention dangerous. DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG ON THIS HIKE sheesh!
Posted: May 17, 2016 01:57:08 AM PST
Sandy from North Vancouver writes:
Please don't bring dogs to Garibaldi. They are not allowed. There are signs everywhere stating this but people still do it , especially with small dogs. It's not a dog park. It's a bear park, and small dogs are bear snacks. I love Garibaldi park but I'm becoming frustrated with people disobeying rules and leaving a lot of garbage and bags of dog poop around.
Posted: May 11, 2016 10:16:21 PM PST
Kyle from Vancouver writes:
I just completed this on May7th and there is still quite a bit of snow on the trail, specifically for the final 2~3 km to the lake. I should also note that today the lake was frozen still and camp sites were difficult to find under the snow. It is not my first time doing this hike, but it was the first time this early, and I have to admit I was ill prepared for snow and should have had much better footwear. Although it was not impossible to complete, I was wearing some durable cross training shoes (and several other people I saw had the same) and had to walk slowly, it was still very unsafe and at times I was lucky. I would not do this hike again without heavier footwear and spikes. I would have made good use of a walking stick. I also recommend being fully prepared for any type of injury (you may also be able to help someone who was not prepared)
It was a beautiful day and a wonderful hike.
Posted: May 7, 2016 10:46:03 PM PST
Brian from Vancouver writes:
Camped up on the night of April 30th and there's still a fair bit of snow.
WARNING TO ALL DAYHIKERS: Please do not do this trail in T-shirt/shorts and no daypack. You are the reason that North Shore Rescue is busy.
During our two days we saw at least 10-20 individuals that were ill prepared. It's very likely that they all made in unharmed but we could not help but assess the potential risks they faced. These hikers most definitely did not have first aid kits, headlamps, nor waterproof jacket/pants. One of them even brought a small maltese dog... this is NOT the trail to do that. The last 4km is still snowed in and a small dog will not handle it comfortably.
Although this is a popular trail, do realize that a change of weather could easily threaten your well being, especially with a late start. The trail is not suitable for small dogs (or any dogs, as they are not permitted) at this time of the year.
If you want to give this trail a go this before sumer sets in, I recommend being prepared. That includes having an early start, water, first aid kit, headlamp, proper shoes, and backup waterproof gear. Microspikes would definitely help out as well.
Posted: May 4, 2016 12:29:18 AM PST
Beth from Vancouver writes:
Went up May 1. Sunny day, glorious views, hot and sunny at the lake. Patches of snow between 5km and 6km; snow begins in earnest at 6km. We went without spikes/snowshoes and were fine because the snow was melting so quickly. If we had gone up early on an overcast day spikes would have been great. Snowshoes wouldn't have been useful as the path is compact and narrow, but they would have been great at the campsite.
Posted: May 2, 2016 10:58:31 AM PST
Kelly from Vancouver writes:
Went up Monday April 25th. Beautiful Day. Snow patches start just below the 5km marker. After 5km there starts to be a lot more snow. Crampons/Spikes were perfect for it. Saw some people with snowshoes. One of my friends didn't have either and was still able to make it to the lake in regular hiking shoes.
Posted: April 26, 2016 10:50:13 AM PST
Allyssa from Vancouver writes:
Went up to the lake yesterday. The snow starts around the 4 km mark, and becomes entirely covered past that point. Compact snow from the 4 km mark to Barrier Lake, at which point it turns to soft snow. The edge of Barrier lake has begun to thaw out, so watch your step if you decide to take the shorter/more direct route across the lake. We did the trip in snowboots and microspikes, which worked well for the majority of the hike. Also saw many people in snowshoes, which would have been beneficial for a few short sections of the hike. Greater Garibaldi Lake is still completely covered in snow and safe to walk on.
Posted: April 18, 2016 08:15:24 PM PST
Rye from New Westminster writes:
Did this trail on March 12, We drove as far and as close as we can to the trail as the road is still covered with snow. So we parked on the side and had like 500m more to go. We are the first one to arrive 6:30am . Snowshoes are essential at 4km mark. we basically broke the trail with all of that fresh snow just above our knees deep. 200m just pass the 6k mark. there was a fresh avalanche that washed out the trail so we have deal with waist deep snow and hanging on the ledge. we then cross the lake as it is the easier route. on the 2nd part of the lake where the bridge sits is nowhere to be found. as we cross the 2nd part of the lake we can literally see the water sipping in the surface and with our heavy pack we can hear cracking sounds under that we have to turn around for safety reasons. We pitched our tent on the first lake we crossed and we are the only ones on that area. We warned couple of dayhikers not to waste there time as it is just too dangerous to cross.
Snow was pounding jst after lunch and til about early morning (sunday)
And we are welcomed with about 3ft of fresh powder and the view was phenomenal. We then retrace are tracks going back and unfortunately we have to break some of the trails again as its been washed out.
Exhausting trip but it was beautiful up there.
Hopefully nexttime we go back. trails are a lil bit more visible and doable up to the view point.
Posted: March 15, 2016 02:51:43 PM PST
Tom from Vancouver writes:
We went up to Taylor Meadows and back for a day trip yesterday (March 13). Drove up part of the gravel road and walked the rest to trailhead. Snowshoes were pretty much essential for the second half. Trail was easy for us to follow as others had used it recently. Apparently it's near impossible to trudge through the snow to Garibladi Lake, though when we ran into park ranger, he said they had done it.
Posted: March 14, 2016 02:53:19 PM PST
Tak McT. from Vancouver writes:
Went up on Mon. Fed 29th
The road to the trail head parking lot is still quite snowed over, with deep tire-treads from a heavy vehicle leading upwards. I saw 3 cars/suvs parked on the side of the road up, and I myself could not drive all the way up to the parking lot with my Jeep (no chains, all-season tires). No cars were parked in the lot either. I ended up parking 500m from the lot, and walked up hill to the trail.
Equipment-wise, snowshoes were really only necessary for that 500m walk to the parking lot/trail head, and at/around Garibaldi Lake. Otherwise, the entire trail leading up to the lake is either dirt, or compacted snow. Crampons/Microspikes help out once you hit the upper elevation where the trail is all snow, but you could do it with just boots.
The lake is frozen over with lots of fresh powder on top, about a foot deep, but the water was starting to seep up in my footsteps after a few minutes. I was able to sit down in the middle of the lake and eat my lunch without much worry of falling through the snow into the lake.
I read on CBC a few days ago that the bears are probably going to come out of hibernation early this year due to the hot summer last year, and the bears not getting enough food before hibernating. I didn't see any animals, but ensure that you are aware at all times!
Posted: March 3, 2016 02:44:44 AM PST
Lauren from Boston writes:
My husband and I are looking to take a trip here in late May. Is this an ok time to hike the trail?
Posted: February 21, 2016 04:51:17 PM PST
C from Vancouver writes:
As per North Shore Search and Rescue, you should never venture into the back country without appropriate gear - that is just asking for trouble. As someone else said, they did hear avalanches in the distance - I wouldn't chance it. If something happened where you had to camp out overnight, how would you survive?
Posted: February 15, 2016 01:03:57 PM PST
Kelsey from Vancouver writes:
Is Garibaldi lake a doable snowshoe trail right now if we have no avalanche training or gear? I have lots of experience hiking and snowshoeing but haven't been in back country snow conditions before.
Posted: February 14, 2016 10:24:44 PM PST
Wes from Coquitlam writes:
Hey I remember there being a wooden shelter of sorts by the first stop at lake garibaldi. Is my memory accurate? Is that wooden structure for refuge? Ie sleeping? I am referencing the structures by the out house at the "lunch stop" on the way to black tusk.
Posted: January 29, 2016 02:37:45 AM PST
D from Vancouver writes:
The trail is totally safe to do by yourself! It's between 2-3km to the trailhead, so make sure you have enough time to do about 22-25km in the day. Its completely doable. Start before sunrise, and you'll most likely be descending as the sun is setting. Just bring a head lamp or two! Tons of snow, so be prepared!! I don't recommend winter camping unless you have all the gear. Definitely not a hike to try your first winter camping experience.
Posted: January 18, 2016 08:23:42 PM PST
Juliana from Seattle writes:
To all who wish to hike this in the winter: Allow for a lot of time. The road up to the trailhead (as of a couple days ago) is not plowed and is covered in snow. Definitely recommend snowshoes for the road up and micro spikes/yak-traks for the hike up from the trailhead. It's been fairly warm (for the time of year) and I heard avalanches in the distance, so be wary of that as well. I didn't make it all the way, I started too late, wasn't aware of the condition of the road, and forgot my headlamp and extra warm clothes, so I made the smart decision and went back BUT for what I did it was gorgeous and I will be back in spring!
Posted: January 15, 2016 03:52:47 PM PST
C. Garza from New Orleans writes:
Can someone tell me if it is safe going to hike the complete trail alone in March? not dangerous or unsafe for only one person hike all the way?
Posted: January 14, 2016 11:02:51 PM PST
Kerry from Vancouver writes:
Has anyone tried winter camping at Garibaldi lake? I have been camping & hiking many times, and even snow shoeing here, but I haven't tried winter camping.I am considering it for early February. Any advice?? Thanks! :)
Posted: January 12, 2016 03:25:48 PM PST
I did this hike within the past couple weeks... Double your summer hike time and that's equivalent to snowshoeing it! Tons and tons of snow! The top gets pretty chilly too.
And to Ashley, I recommend doing garibaldi for sure! It is definitely beautiful. In the summer time I honestly ran/hiked the lake, ridge and tusk in one day. Boy was I tired & didn't enjoy the views as much as I should... What I find most people do is hike up to the lake, relax and camp there, then do day trips from the lake to black tusk and/or panorama ridge, and if you wanted you could even after move your camping set up to helm lake or cheakamus if you're really ambitious! Quite a bit of hiking but absolutely doable pending the weather is in your favour :)! check out the trail maps to plan your route!
Posted: January 11, 2016 02:52:26 AM PST
Ashley from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania writes:
I'd like to connect different trails to do a 3 or 4 day hike and camp out each night instead of different day trips. Can you go the entire way around Garibaldi Lake, hitting Panorama Ridge, Black Tusk, etc. and end up back where we started? Or is there a better place in the area to do a longer hike like this? I have never been to Garibaldi Park, or British Colombia at all, so any area would be new to me. I'd like to see as many different areas and "sights" as possible. My husband and I are moderately experienced hikers/campers. Can anyone suggest trails that can be connected for this length of a trip? Also, we will be going in May. Thank you! -Ashley
Posted: December 31, 2015 02:56:57 PM PST
Calle Bellet from Coquitlam writes:
Has anyone done this hike recently? Some questions I have:
How much snow is there?
How long will it take in and out?
What kind of gear/ footwear is recommended?
Thanks for anyone who responds!!
Posted: December 2, 2015 06:23:36 PM PST
Juliette strphens from vancouver writes:
Hey does anyone know the point at which it's safe to cross garibaldi lake on skis? Is it already frozen, or will it be by the end of the year?
Posted: November 30, 2015 11:53:54 PM PST
Steve Léonard from Vancouver writes:
Make sure your wear waterproof hiking boots, gaiters, waterproof pants and warm clothes (bring a rain jacket). Weather can change quickly and usually does. If you hike alone, bring bear bell and bear spray. Be aware that with the current weather, it is going to take you about 2.5 hrs from the parking lot to Garibaldi lake. Sunset at 4:30 pm. If you'd like to hike to Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge, be well informed of the weather before doing it.
Posted: November 17, 2015 08:38:36 PM PST
EmilyJ from UK writes:
Has anybody gone up to Garibaldi Lake in the last week? Just wondering what the conditions were like. Is the trail well marked? I would be hiking alone I think.
Any advice would be great,
Posted: November 14, 2015 06:44:10 PM PST
Went to Garibaldi Lake on November 7th for overnight camping. Trail covered with snow after hiking up 5km. Temperature at -5 degree at Garibaldi Lake.
Posted: November 9, 2015 07:07:10 AM PST
Dallas from Vancouver writes:
Hello! I am wanting to do this hike this weekend and camp. I have never done this hike before and I am wondering if the weather will affect the trail and camping conditions? Also, if anyone has done this route around this time of the year, I would love any advice you may have! Thanks!
Posted: November 5, 2015 06:01:38 PM PST
Tony from Dublin, Ireland writes:
I did this hike last week and camped out over 2 nights, it was great. The daytime sunshine made it really warm on Panorama Ridge but it was quite cold the first night camping. If you have the right gear its still ok. Here is m review! https://www.strava.com/activities/407531399
Posted: October 15, 2015 03:25:50 PM PST
Shanna from Thunder Bay, ON writes:
Hello! This hike sounds amazing!
We arrive in Vancouver for a week long stay on October 22nd and plan to spend a few days in the Whistler area. Is late October too late in the season to do this trail?
Any other suggestions? I have been scanning this site, but am unfamiliar with the area. We are in pretty good shape and have appropriate clothing etc. but don't want to take on trails any longer than this one.
Thanks in advance!
Thunder Bay, ON
Where the Giant Sleeps
Posted: October 12, 2015 05:00:57 AM PST
Kristi from Vancouver writes:
Love this hike. We've done it twice now. Just a warning to anyone going up because it's getting a little chillier at the lake. If there's any sort of breeze your sweaty clothes turn against you.
Question for anyone - did you find that the stats for this hike are incorrect? Both times i've gone i've clocked 24-26kms (Strava and Fitbit apps), and my elevation gain is 1,342m.
Anyone else? Just me?
Posted: September 29, 2015 09:00:08 PM PST
Julian from Richmond writes:
Jesse - I hiked to Garibaldi Lake with a friend on September 25th, it was a cloudy day. It's not too cold yet, I was able to survive wearing shorts and a long sleeved base layer with a 2nd layer on top. It was pretty cold at the lake though, I definitely should have worn gloves. No snow yet, though there weren't any campers at the lake that day.
Posted: September 29, 2015 11:06:42 AM PST
Jesse from Squamish writes:
Anybody hiked Garibaldi/Black Tusk in the last week or so? Was wondering how the conditions are and if a late season hike/camp is still possible or if the winter weather is rolling in already? Thanks and happy hiking!
Posted: September 27, 2015 11:37:21 AM PST
Marian from Abbotsford writes:
Hi, thanks Jason.
We finally hiked last Monday, we found one site free by fluke, the campground was quite full. The trail is long and tiring, we are not experienced hikers. The way down was never ending in the night with flashlights; but all was absolutely worthy. The lake is amazing.
Robin: I saw one woman going down with a few months old baby. We are not in good shape, not sure but I think it took us 4 hours walking slowly, maybe less.
Posted: August 26, 2015 04:21:44 PM PST
Robyn from Coquitlam writes:
We are thinking about doing the hike to garibaldi. How strenuous is it? Do you have to be in good shape? We have a one year old that will be in a pack will that be calling us crazy? And one last question how long does it take?
Posted: August 26, 2015 12:48:49 PM PST
Lauren from Maple ridge writes:
Hi I was wondering if it was possible to do panorama ridge without staying overnight and if so is the hike really close to cliffs and what kind of equipment is needed thanks :)
Posted: August 22, 2015 11:08:53 PM PST
Jason from Surrey writes:
Marian: From my experience, if you get up to the lake on Sunday before noon you should be able to get a spot as some campers will be heading home at that point. The parking lot is busy, though, especially on a sunny weekend. It's best to get to the lot by no later than probably 8:30 or 9 am to avoid having to park way down the road. When I left the parking lot at 6 pm a couple of weeks ago, there were cars parked all the way down almost to the highway. The signs at the trail entrance will probably say 'campground full' when you start out, but that won't reflect whether people are leaving that morning. Good luck!
Posted: August 22, 2015 09:52:59 AM PST
Marian from abbotsford writes:
hi, sorry , i meant "sites", my English is not so good.
I am planning to go this Sunday coming back on Monday. Its nice to read that Xiao arrived at 11 on Sunday and there were places free. But walked for 4 hours , means you started at 7 in the morning. Has anybody else gone on Sunday this August for 1 night? I REALLY want to get a place free and any advise will be great!Thanks a lot.
Posted: August 21, 2015 04:29:25 PM PST
Kelsie - without a doubt you should make camp, then head to Panorama Ridge. The distance to Panorama is about 12km roundtrip. No sense carrying a tent to the ridge - it won't appreciate the view! Plus, the scramble up to the top is enough of a slog without lugging an extra 20 lbs on your back. Take some water and food and leave the rest at the campsite. Have fun!
Posted: August 18, 2015 01:50:22 PM PST
Kelsie from Coquitlam writes:
Hello! I am going to be doing this hike in a couple weeks, I was just wondering if anyone could tell me the smartest way to go about it? We are going to hike up to Panorama Ridge and then camp at either Garibaldi or Taylor Meadows. I'm just not sure if we should hike to Panorama then go back down and find a spot or if we should go to the lake first, set up camp and then go to Panorama Ridge.
Thanks so much for any help.
Posted: August 17, 2015 09:21:25 PM PST
Xiao from Coquitlam writes:
First time hiked up lake on Sundy with my family and camped overnight. Trail is long but not difficulty.i am slow walker and took me about four hours to the lake.We were there about 11am,still some sites were available,but at the junction sign stated Full,it seemed they didn't updated the information from previous day ?lake is breathtaking. It is so beautiful.I am glade that I did it.
Posted: August 10, 2015 09:33:57 PM PST
Enric from Burnaby writes:
I know lots of people missed the turn into Rubble Creek parking lot, so I included in my video where the turn should be. At about 39 seconds into the video, you will see a blue and white sign on the right of the road indicating Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk and you turn right as shown in the video. Hope this helps.
Here's the video:-
Posted: August 6, 2015 06:02:05 AM PST
Eric N from Coquitlam writes:
@Chelsea from Surrey,BC
Not sure why you gave it 1/5... Anyways, I missed the turn off myself on the sea to sky highway and had to turn back around.
When you are going Northbound on the 99 (sea to sky) after passing Squamish and driving for another 30km you will cross a very small short bridge over the rubble creek. There is a white sign with green print which says "Garibaldi Park", immediately after this (about 200 metres) there is a paved unsigned/unmarked road on the right which you will have to slow down to make the 90 degree right turn. This is Daisy Lake Rd which takes you towards the parking area, keep right at the fork.
If you miss this turn, you will drive towards the dam area. Stay in the left lane and drive for some minutes until you see the U turn area. There will be a lane for make a left turn or U turn. Then, driving back southbound look out for the left turn again. Get into the left turn lane and turn left into Daisy Lake Rd.
@Marian from Abbotsford
No sure what you mean by "seats" If you want to camp and pitch a tent, there will be signs at the parking lot indicating if the camp ground is full. There are two camp grounds, Garibaldi lake campground and Taylor Meadows Campground which is 45 min from the lake. The campgrounds fill up fast this time of year. You can always just go for a day trip and keep things light. The lake is best seen on a Sunny Day.
Some tips for first timers:
Make sure you go to the washroom before you start the trail as there didn't seem to be any facilities around the parking lot and none along the trails. You will have to reach Garibaldi lake camp grounds to access them.
The trail can be quite sandy in many areas so have footwear with good grip since many people can lose their footing going downhill on the loose sand.
Bring a bag for your trash and take it with you. Don't feed the animals, there was an overly tenacious chipmunk at the 6km junction that wouldn't stop pestering people.
The flowers have already bloomed and gone at Taylor Meadows Campground and when you head towards Black tusk. Although it is still a nice route to take towards Garibaldi Lake, it will add time to your hike.
Posted: August 6, 2015 01:10:13 AM PST
Chelsea from Surrey,BC writes:
Can someon please help me get directions to giribaldi lake?? My boyfriend and I Wanted to come here to hike however the gps on my iPhone couldn't detect the location so we entered a road near by. As we were getting closer, we happen to see very beautiful blue water and tall snow capped mountains and signs saying we are near garibaldi lake but did not find the rubble creek parking lot? We passed the man made dam and was told that we went to far if we've passed this location and my boyfriend and I went back atleast 3x and had no idea where to go or where it was :( all that driving for nothing, so we ended up going to the sae to sky gondola which was pretty awesome too but we wanted garibaldi lake specifically. If anyone can help me get to the actual location with the exact accurate directions that would be so awesome and helpful!!! Because so many people happen to get there easily and we actually felt pretty stupid driving in circles :$ Thanks a bunch xoxo
Posted: August 5, 2015 01:41:48 PM PST
Good to read the comments of JCM. I was actually planning doing this hiking next weekend. I have never been there and its good to know that on 7 am the parking is alredy almost full !!!
Anyway I am planning to hike on a Sunday, do you think there will be seats available on Garibaldi campground on sunday? I suppose many people will be leaving on Sunday.
Next weekend is gonna be clouds and max 20º min 10º. Do you think I should wait for a more sunny day? I want to take nice pics of the lake. Thanks.
Posted: August 4, 2015 09:44:16 PM PST
JCM from Vancouver writes:
Also bring lots of bug spray or the black flies will be all over you. They were really bad. There were mosquitoes too, but surprisingly not that many.
Posted: August 2, 2015 07:51:16 PM PST
We knew this long weekend was going to bring a lot of campers to Garibaldi Lake, so we left Vancouver before 5:30am on Saturday. We arrived at the Rubble Creek lot just before 7:00am and the lot was already almost full of cars. We got going up the trail right away. It was a bit stressful as we knew any group of hikers passing us with camping gear meant one less camp site available for us.
My husband and I were both carrying big packs and the hike up was MISERABLE for me. There's not much in the way of a view, so the trail felt like a never ending uphill slog. It's endless switchbacks cutting through the woods. When we arrived at the junction, there was a sign saying that the Garibaldi Lake campground was full, directing campers to Taylor Meadows. Taylor Meadows campground is a bit further away, so more uphill switchbacks!
From the parking lot, it took us about 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to the campground, and I'm glad we arrived when we did, because it seemed like the sites all filled up just after we arrived and pitched our tent. The campsite is fantastic, by the way... great facilities, even "mechanical flushing" toilets in one of the outhouses! No taps, so had to treat/boil creek water, but that was fine.
After we had settled in, we headed to the lake for some swimming. The hike there was about 45 minutes of easy trail. The lake itself was just as gorgeously turquoise blue as the photos online. Absolutely stunning. The water was pretty cold but we enjoyed a quick dip. Lots of campers and hikers taking pictures, swimming, and taking in the scenery. The clouds rolled in for a bit, which took the vivid colour out of the lake. I really recommend seeing the lake in full sun.
We stayed the night at Taylor Meadows then hiked to Black Tusk in the morning, then back to the campsite to pack up our tent and food, and then all the way back to the parking lot. Going back down the trail with our heavy packs was again pretty painful. By the second half, our feet were feeling sore and beaten up.
We had a great time at Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake, but this hike loses a star for being so miserable on the way up and down.
Posted: August 2, 2015 07:18:16 PM PST
Troy from Richmond writes:
I'm looking at heading up this sunday August the 2nd early in the morning. I know it's a long weekend so what are the chances of getting a campsite at the lake campgrounds?
Any updates would be appreciated!
Posted: July 31, 2015 12:20:49 PM PST
Derrick from Vancouver writes:
Seems like the hot weather ushered in the alpine blooms a little early this year. Comment from another hike up Panorama Ridge three weeks ago:
That meshes nicely with some pictures I have seen from other subalpine areas in the last 6 weeks. Early blooms all around
Posted: July 28, 2015 04:41:20 PM PST
Brooke from Vancouver writes:
Can anyone let me know if the wild flowers are in bloom yet? I want to hike up black tusk this coming weekend but I don't care to do it unless the flowers are blooming. Thanks in advance!
Posted: July 26, 2015 02:07:28 PM PST
Maryam from montreal writes:
Hi! Visiting from montreal and I'm here till Friday...I really want to go to lake Garibaldi! Anyone heading there this week?
let me know how much $ thanks!
Posted: July 21, 2015 08:37:33 PM PST
Marley from BC writes:
Do not recommend if you want to keep your toenails
Posted: July 19, 2015 07:13:15 PM PST
Sadie from Vancouver writes:
Would love to do Garibaldi this weekend but we (3) are carless. If anyone is driving up and would have extra room/need gas money, Let me know! [email protected]
Posted: July 17, 2015 08:31:08 AM PST
sw from sURREY writes:
How long does this hike take round trip?
Posted: July 16, 2015 10:00:27 AM PST
Ada Sodhi from Vancover writes:
Me and a bunch of my friends are heading up to Garibaldi this weekend. We were wondering, if you would know if it would be a good idea to just leave our tents at the campsite and then hike up to panorama ridge? We`re really torn.
Any help will be appreciated.
Posted: July 14, 2015 01:54:47 PM PST
Michelle from Vancouver writes:
Camped over at Garibaldi Lake this past weekend. Beautiful weekend for this, but if you're going to head up to go camping, go early. We hit the trail Friday morning around 6am, got a campsite right by the lake. By Friday evening, lots of campers were showing up and being turned away. On Saturday it was just a steady stream of campers coming and going. We were told that even Taylor Meadows was full by Saturday afternoon. By Saturday evening, there were still loads of people showing up with camping gear.
We hiked down Sunday afternoon, and the trail was so busy. It was like hiking the Chief on a weekend.
Hiking tip: don't carry so much water with you. Only bring what you need for the trip up and boil it. We brought up a ton of water and it made our bags so heavy. By Sunday morning we had to boil water anyway. I think I would have rather saved my back and just boiled extra water on the weekend.
Posted: June 29, 2015 11:49:34 PM PST
Lily from Vancouver writes:
My friends and I went to the lake last Saturday. The lake was nice, well, but not as breath-taking as we've expected, after such a long hike. Yet I blame the clouds... One tip for whoever is going to Garibaldi lake in the future: do wait for the clouds to drift away if you think the colour of the lake does not seem fascinating enough. We wandered around the lake for about 1 hour, but if only we stayed for another hour, we would have seen the beautiful, sapphire-like lake. (We saw a small piece of it on our way down the mountain... so regretful!)
Posted: June 16, 2015 03:56:07 PM PST
Kelly from Perth writes:
I want to do this hike at the weekend - I was wondering whether anyone knew whether it's possible to camp at the trailhead on Rubble Creek road? I'm catching the bus from Vancouver up at 8pm, and won't get there until around 10pm (I know it's going to already be dark by that stage).
Posted: June 16, 2015 11:33:01 AM PST
Richard Shaw from Vancouver writes:
Hiked up to Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake on Saturday 6th June. Great day, with fantastic weather. There's currently lots of snow on the trail up to Black Tusk, with it being almost fully covered when you reach the talus fields. For the time being I highly recommend boots (and gaiters if you don't like wet feet).
We were originally going to head up to Panorama ridge but the trail looks to be significantly snowier at the moment.
Posted: June 8, 2015 02:23:21 PM PST
Caroline from Vancouver writes:
Hey Everyone! I am planning on doing an over night stay at Garibaldi. If you can provide any tips for the hike and sleep that would be wonderful. ie: things that made it a lot easier, or things you wish you brought.
Thank so much!!
Posted: June 1, 2015 08:47:29 AM PST
Joe from Surrey writes:
How full are the campsites this early in the season? (Garibaldi or Taylor)
Posted: May 31, 2015 09:43:44 PM PST
Kat B. from Vancouver writes:
Gorgeous weekend for this hike. Trail was well kept and dry. Went up to the lake and back in about 4.5 hours.
Posted: May 31, 2015 09:01:07 AM PST
The trail is completely dry and free of snow. Can be done in either runners or hikers. The lake has thawed and we saw many campers there today.
Posted: May 29, 2015 05:55:38 PM PST
mallory from vancouver writes:
how much is parking at the rubble creek lot?
Posted: May 28, 2015 11:00:29 AM PST
Jack from Vancouver writes:
I am camping at Garibaldi lake in the first week of June, about how cold is it overnight there? The forecasts have been saying its been 10 degrees overnight. I would prefer to take a few blankets and warm clothes instead of a sleeping bag, would that be too cold?
Posted: May 28, 2015 10:20:17 AM PST
Kelly from Streel writes:
Is it possible to bike up to Garibaldi lake on a mountain bike? I know it would be challenging, but the trail isn't too technical for that is it? I did it once before but I don't remember if I would be able to bike it.
And how much snow will be up there is the first couple weeks of June?
Can anyone comment?
Posted: May 27, 2015 08:12:08 PM PST
Shannon from Vancouver writes:
I plan to pack raft across Garibaldi Lake this weekend. I'm assuming that the lake is thawed but thought I would check.
Can anyone comment on this?
Posted: May 26, 2015 11:23:26 AM PST
Victor from Whistler writes:
Did an overnight hike there with friends on May 23 to May 24. There's some small patches of snow left at the very top near the lake, but otherwise it's totally clear. Great hike and awesome camping spot. Enjoy!
Posted: May 25, 2015 04:47:49 PM PST
David from Vancouver writes:
Im hoping to hike Garibaldi lake on Saturday...did anyone go last weekend? Im hoping for the most up to date snow report!
Posted: May 21, 2015 12:39:41 PM PST
Hi, I'm hoping to do this hike when my sister visits from overseas in mid-June. Is it possible to do the whole hike in running shoes then, or do you think there will still be a lot of snow on the ground at the end of the trail? Neither of us has hiking boots. Thanks for any help!
Posted: May 21, 2015 11:28:18 AM PST
Herman Tse from Vancouver writes:
Did this hike May 9, no snow until the 6km mark, then it's hard packed ice all the way to the top. It's slippery but totally doable with hiking boots (not runners I'd think), just watch your steps. The lake is still frozen, and starting to melt near the bridge at the lake. Around the lake it's all 2-4 feet deep snow, but it's fun to jump in there and walk around the perimeter - it's surreal! If you're planning on camping up there you'll probably need a shovel as the campground must be covered in snow (not sure). It was pretty warm when I was up there (22C) and most people had short sleeves and maybe a thin jacket. Do it it's worth the trek!
Posted: May 10, 2015 02:30:18 PM PST
Ali from Vancouver writes:
Has anyone been lately? What are the conditions like right now, is there still snow up there? I plan to hike next weekend. Any info would be great.
Posted: May 10, 2015 01:08:19 PM PST
Richard from BC writes:
hiking Garibaldi Lake this Saturday. anyone know what is the weather condition up there now? any feed back would be great!
kindly appreciate it.
Posted: May 7, 2015 03:01:20 PM PST
First hike of the season on 04/07/2015 for me and it was great. It showed me how out of shape I was, as I was huffing and puffing within a few minutes.
First 5k was the strenuous part for me, elevation increasing fast with lots of switchbacks. After 6k, it begins to level out easier.
Snow started appearing on the trail between 4~5k mark, then the trail became snow after the 6k mark. I would not suggest runners due to the snowy pathway that has been compacted, then thawed in the sun, then frozen again. It was a little difficult at times to hike up the compacted snow since it was very slippery due to freezing. I would highly suggest hiking boots at this point of the season so that you have good traction.
The lake was still frozen, but thawing out around the Battle Ship Islands. I bunkered down in the middle of the lake to eat my lunch and soak in the views.
2.5ish hours to hike up, 2 hours to come down.
My knees were very sore and in pain after descending the last 5k as it was steep. Perhaps I'll carry a walking stick next time that people left at the starting point!
Would definitely recommend to anyone up for a good hike!
Posted: April 12, 2015 12:48:34 AM PST
G. B. from Vancouver writes:
Sunday April 5, 2015. [Sunny, very little clouds; temp @ top was ~2 Celcius]
Snow on the trail started between the 4 km mark and 5 km mark. Doable with runners, but recommend microspikes. Still possible without the spikes, but you don't want to twist your ankle when you're so high up... hiking boots will be fine.
Lake was frozen and 10 cm of snow was ontop of it; seemed sturdy to walk and jump on (do at your own risk). Was able to walk to the middle of the lake without issue. Seemed possible to cross to other side of lake, but didn't proceed due to time. Going up was ~2.5-3 hours. Going down was faster due to sliding on the snow!!!
I was quite disappointed in seeing a few hikers unprepared that were present on the trail... please take the extra time to educate yourself of winter-style hiking and don't take any shortcuts in your prep. I always prepare for worst case scenario.
Lake starts to melt in May...!
Posted: April 6, 2015 12:42:26 AM PST
Kurt from Squamish from Squamish writes:
Just curious if anyone has been up in the past week or so?
Do you need snowshoes or crampons for any portion to the lake? How about if we were to journey towards Black Tusk?
Any help or tips for April hiking would be awesome...
thanks in advance,
Posted: April 2, 2015 02:22:45 PM PST
Pavel from Minsk writes:
Just made the trail on March 7. After about 3 km (when most elevation gained) the trail is partly covered with snow and ice. No snowshoes needed. But good shoes and extra carefulness are recommended as few people fell on their butts. The lake is frozen: people are walking, skating, skiing across. But hope you know what you are doing, as it is still scary.
Posted: March 9, 2015 10:36:19 AM PST
CL from North Vancouver writes:
I am planning to camp at the Garibaldi Lake next week (Mid March), and cross the frozen lake. Does anyone know if crossing the lake is still safe?
Posted: March 5, 2015 12:31:54 PM PST
Ben from Vancouver writes:
Expect snow. Last update from BC Parks was a week ago and snow starts around the 5km mark.
Posted: March 4, 2015 11:13:51 AM PST
J from Vancouver writes:
Looking to head up this weekend, does anyone know if there's snow/ Snow shoes required?
Posted: March 3, 2015 07:17:04 PM PST
Shila from Vancouver writes:
Could anyone tell me conditions of the lake if I were to hike it tomorrow and any advice?
Posted: February 28, 2015 02:40:45 PM PST
Fino from NorthVancouver writes:
I was up there last Tues but had to leave early, got to the 4k mark and trail was nice and clean, no trace of snow.
Might head back up tomorrow, if I do will let you know what its like.
Posted: February 27, 2015 03:45:02 PM PST
barry from kitsilano writes:
Hi I was thinking about doing this hike early march. the site says it is open from July to October but given its cherry blossoms down here and my skis have cobwebs from last year I was hoping it would be clear enough to hike without any snow equipment. Anybody been up there recently? TIA.
Posted: February 25, 2015 07:09:59 PM PST
Emilyy from New Westminster writes:
Stunning in all kinds of weather. I have hiked and camped this trail during many seasons. In the summer it was amazing to wake up at 5am to watch the sunrise over the Sphinx glacier across the lake. Too beautiful for words. Once it reaches noon, the weather is as warm as it can get for a dip in the lake. Still going to be icy cold, but after a couple minutes it's really nice. A little dock out by the Ranger's station is a nice place for a nap. Lots of little nooks and crannies to explore here, it's awesome.
Also went in the fall during the stormy season, a lot less populated, just five of us up there camping. So spectacular watching wind and rain storms move down the glacier and travel towards us over the lake. The Barrier was also awesome in this weather. So eerie and foreboding with all the fog and wind.
This is one trail everyone needs to do. It is amazing even in the crappiest of weather.
Posted: February 21, 2015 01:25:26 PM PST
tb from Brandon, MB writes:
Is this a reasonable hike to do for an elopement (including a photographer and videographer and their equipment)?? Or are we going to be sweating and dying instead of looking crisp and clean? Interested in hiking up to Panorama Ridge...
Posted: November 29, 2014 03:30:37 AM PST
hairyhiker from langley writes:
Did this hike yesterday (Nov 9, 2014) and it was a gorgeous day…Started out bit damp with melting snow dripping on our heads, but by the time we reached the lake, it was lovely and sunny, but COLD. Almost no snow on the ground, just very patchy, minimal bits. No spikes or snowshoes necessary. Trail was muddy in spots and bridges were a bit slippery, but otherwise great condition, and gorgeous day out. We spent an extended time relaxing at the Barrier lookout on the way down when the sun was warmest. Perfect time to go I think as we saw very few people all day.
Bonus…none of our vehicles were broken into in the parking lot!
Posted: November 10, 2014 12:00:18 PM PST
Darian from Vancouver writes:
I am thinking about doing this hike the weekend of Nov 1st / 2nd. Can anyone here comment on how the trail holds up around this time of year? I presume it'll be cold and rainy, but has anyone done it around this time of year? Is it worthwhile to check it out? Are the views as spectacular if it is overcast (meaning can you still enjoy the lake if it is rainy / overcast).
I've always wanted to do this trail, but have never gotten around to it. Comments appreciated..!!
Thanks very much.
Posted: October 22, 2014 12:16:05 AM PST
We just did this hike on the weekend. We arrived to a stream of cars lined down the road. So the hike started with a hike.
Both my friend and I had separate apps running and calculated between 23-25kms round trip, despite this site and the signs saying 18kms. So be aware of that.
The first "3km" are fairly easy. The next "3" start in the steeper switch backs, and then the rest levels out a fair bit.
We hung out at the lake for a bit. This lake makes everything worth it. Will bring appropriate swimwear next time to hop in!
The way down is what killed. With being more of a cyclist than a hiker, I don't work the downhill muscles very much.
It's a great challenge and despite being pretty exhausted by the end, i'm excited to go again - but this time go through Taylor Meadows, as we took the quicker trip straight to the lake.
Posted: September 15, 2014 02:55:25 PM PST
Kat Butler from Vancouver writes:
Started the hike the morning of Sat Aug 16. Took us about 3 hrs. Garibaldi lake is gorgeous and the trail is very well kept! The lake was so beautiful and the glacier across is really surreal. Really great hike. It has gotten very popular over the years though - the Garibaldi Lake campground was all full by the time we got up there. Had to hike 2km to Taylor Meadows to camp. From Taylor Meadows it took about 2 hrs 15 mins to get back down to the parking lot.
Posted: August 18, 2014 10:10:06 AM PST
Jang from Vancouver writes:
Hiked up Sat, Aug 9th on a hot summer afternoon. As expected, a sign at the junction advised campers to stake a site at Taylor Meadows, as the main lake campground was full. By 5pm, this campground filled up as well.
Weather: Surprised by the huge range in temperatures. Very hot midday (30c) to very cold (below 8c) at night. Even with layers of clothing under our light summer sleeping bags, my partner and I were kept awake by the chill for most of the night. You will definitely need to use your fly to trap heat inside your tent.
Bugs: Some mosquitos, flies, and bees - as you would expect - but not that bad at all.
Wildlife: Saw Townsend's Chipmunks, Sooty Grouse, Junco's. Flowers: Violet-Blue Lupine, Sitka Valerian, Aster, Heather. Beware of Whiskey Jacks lurking in the trees. These jay birds are poised to swoop at the snack in your hand the moment you turn your head!
The Taylor site has some benefits: the surrounding alpine meadow, with black tusk in the background, is stunning. Also, you'll save yourself some time accessing the other trails in the area, which should be on your agenda. The hike from the parking lot to camp is forgettable compared to The Meadows, Helm Creek, Panorama Ridge, and Black Tusk.
Overall, the campsites by the lake are just better. More spacious, and private, and, ya, that lake. On a busy day at Taylor, you are almost always in plain site of your neighbor. This isn't the case by the lake. Its worth risking the extra 2km of hiking with gear to stay here - unless after 11am on a Saturday in the summer, or on long-weekend's when sites are typically full. Yet, by 11am on Sunday, at least half the sites at the lake had become vacant.
Posted: August 12, 2014 12:36:56 PM PST
Jonny from Dublin, Ireland writes:
Going camping this weekend at Garibaldi Lake. Staying for two nights.
How tough is the hike from the car park. Won't be arriving until late afternoon. We are a young group of guys doing the hike if that is good for a time estimate.
Also, in terms of bringing food, is there any facility for fires or should we bring a mini bbq etc.
I'm guessing we would prob need to hang our gear in the trees away from wildlife also?
Thanks for any info on this. If you have any other advice please let me know.
Posted: July 29, 2014 03:36:03 PM PST
Fran Diaz from Vancouver writes:
I would like to do this hiking this long weekend (it could be either Saturday, Sunday o Monday). I would like to join a group of hikers who are interested in going one of those days. Please, contact me if you like hiking and you want to hike to Garibaldi Lake and enjoy the way.
Thanks a lot!!
Posted: July 29, 2014 03:23:52 PM PST
Blair from Vancouver writes:
Did this hike yesterday, July 28th. It was a hot day with very little wind, so we were sweating buckets on the way up. The shade offered by the hike through the woods was sweet relief. We did the detour through Taylor Meadows, which was fantastic, as it offers the only view of Black Tusk on the whole hike. There were signs of a couple of smashed windows in the parking lot, so as the previous comment mentioned, take all valuables with you.
Posted: July 29, 2014 10:25:01 AM PST
Lori from Surrey writes:
Hi all...HEAD'S UP!
We did this hike yesterday. We arrived at 9:am on Sunday morning. We noticed several cars with smashed windows and one with bent siding and broken side mirror. We started to count and in the end it was 25 cars. Two nice guys on bikes reported it to the RCMP. I took pictures of most of the cars. We let BC Park's know as we saw them on the trail on the way up. I also called ICBC & RCMP this morning. I'm not saying don't go but here's some tips I learned this morning...
1) Leave everything at home
2) Leave your glove box open
3) Leave your doors unlocked
4) Leave your windows open...weather permitting
On a better note it's beautiful and a must to go through the meadows. All the flowers are in bloom. Despite the heartache I was feeling I had a great hike.
Posted: July 21, 2014 03:41:55 PM PST
Laura from Vancouver writes:
Just did this hike on July 17th-loved it!
Just a note-if you go the longer route at the junction (to Taylor Meadows and then through to Black Tusk Junction) it adds some extra kilometers-the whole hike ends up being about 23kms, and it takes longer than 5 hours.
It took us just under four hours (with one small break, and moving pretty quickly) to get from the bottom to the lake (through the Taylor Meadows/Black Tusk Junction), and then two hours to get back (going the straight down route).
Even though the first (and last) 6kms are pretty boring, it is O SO SO worth it though-the wildflowers are coming out and there was hardly anyone around.
Posted: July 18, 2014 08:42:56 PM PST
Joel from Maple Ridge writes:
Just wondering how long the hike to Garibaldi Lake is with a heavy pack? And is fishing allowed or even good on the lake?
Posted: July 18, 2014 09:50:07 AM PST
Pierre from Vancouver writes:
We did a family trip today July 16. We left Vancouver at 7AM. One of us was not in shape and we did the loop leaving the parking lot at 9AM. We stopped at the lake to eat but did not stay too long as it was already 2:45PM. We stopped to look at the mountain crumbling down, not that long. We arrived at the parking at 6PM. Really!? 9 hours. Not too hot, GREAT view, great Meadows but WOW is the parking lot far when you are going down.
lot of birds.
Posted: July 16, 2014 08:46:05 PM PST
suzanne from st. albert writes:
Can anyone who has been there recently tell me the overnight temperatures at the lake?
Posted: July 15, 2014 10:43:46 AM PST
Mike from Surrey writes:
Hiked up to Garibaldi Lake on July 14. No snow at all. We also did the Taylor Meadows loop and the wild flowers are starting to come up. Give 3 weeks and they will be in full bloom by early August. Lots of hikers on Black Tusk as well - no snow all the way to the top from what I saw. From the looks of it, Panorama ridge only has a little bit of snow on top but doable. Very hot up there at the moment so bring sunscreen, sun glasses and a hat. I got bitten all over by bugs but you can opt to spray some bug repellant.
Posted: July 14, 2014 08:11:07 PM PST
Julian from Vancouver writes:
Has anybody hiked to Garibaldi Lake this past week? I was wondering if there was still snow on the trail to the lake. I'm planning a day hike with friends. Thanks!!!
Posted: July 10, 2014 01:38:04 PM PST
Does anybody know if the campsites at Garibaldi lake are still covered in snow?
Posted: July 6, 2014 08:48:58 PM PST
Amy Chow from Langley writes:
Does anyone know when there are birds up there at Garibaldi Lake?
Posted: July 3, 2014 10:43:17 PM PST
Marina from Edmonton writes:
We spent last weekend (June 29-30) on Garibaldi Lake with overnight stay. We parked our car on a lower parking lot on Sunday. After returning next day around 8pm we found our car robbed. Front left and back left trunk windows were crashed. Many things have been stolen: video recorder, USB stick, another car keys, backpack with tools, travel dark blue bag with clothes, hair dryer, cosmetic bag, camera charger, pair of shoes and what the most important original documents - 2 study permits, 2 work permits, and other important documents. If anyone has information about what happened or found any things around that area, please contact: Vancouver Trails. Thank you!
Posted: July 1, 2014 03:18:26 PM PST
MJ from Burnaby writes:
Is anyone recently up for garibaldi camping area? How cold is it at the night time? I heard there are 20 camping area no snow covered. Is this get filled up as quick as high season? do i need to go early in the morning? Anyfeed back will be help, I'm plaanig to go on this weekends with 2 beginners.
Posted: June 24, 2014 12:42:26 PM PST
Philippe from Switzerland writes:
Garibaldi Campground is still covered with 60-90cm of snow. There are a some campground sites without snow (5-15 sites) due to shovel work. The hiking trail until garibaldi lake is without snow. The last 500m are partly snow covered. Panorama Ridge seems still mostly snow covered, (therefore snowshoes recommended), June 22, 2014, 2pm
Posted: June 22, 2014 08:01:57 PM PST
Halen A from Delta writes:
There were a few people that were camping around the lake, there is a few sheltered areas. And I don't think spikes are necessary, but snow shoes would definitely help if you plan to walk around the lake/ up through Taylor Meadows. I did them in hiking boots, and they worked quite well.
Posted: June 19, 2014 09:02:25 PM PST
Janice from Vancouver writes:
Like Curtis, we're heading up there this Sat-Sun June 21-22 - Is there still a lot of snow on the upper trail? Would we need snowshoes or spikes? Any advice would be helpful!
Posted: June 19, 2014 10:31:09 AM PST
Curtis from Squamish writes:
Halen A, is there any areas to go camping yet or is it still too covered? Looking at going up for the night on Saturday or Sunday...
any info would help! Thanks!
Posted: June 16, 2014 11:38:11 PM PST
Just did the hike today June 16/2014. There's still quite a bit of snow around the lake and at Taylor Meadows, some areas are a bit slippery, and the snow is deep in some places. But it still was a great hike, would most definitely go back again!
Posted: June 16, 2014 10:29:26 PM PST
Ela from Vancouver writes:
I am thinking of hiking here this weekend is anyone know that still snow pass Taylor turn off?
Posted: June 16, 2014 03:39:57 PM PST
Nik from Vancouver writes:
Hey we're considering doing a 10 day hike up at Garibaldi June 20-July 5th, any word on how the conditions are? Or anyone know what the history of conditions are around that time?
Not sure if we should be packing light winter gear.
Posted: June 14, 2014 02:30:47 AM PST
Mitchell Sulkers from Whistler writes:
Snow to Garibaldi lake from Taylor turn-off. Some open water now and one tent platform snow free.
Early morning travel best as snow refreezes at night. Late afternoon/early evening gets soft and deep.
Posted: June 5, 2014 10:42:18 PM PST
Ivan from Vancouver writes:
Hi, I'm curious about the current condition too, thinking to camp at the lake then hike to black tusk/panorama ridge the next day
Looks like the lake is still snow covered?
Posted: June 5, 2014 08:13:57 PM PST
annonymous from Vancouver writes:
Helloe, can anyone tell me if there going to be a lot of snow this weekend, I am thinking of hiking on the lake camping over night then hiking to black tusk/panorama ridge the next day. will I hit snow as have never hiked in snow before.
Posted: June 2, 2014 07:43:02 PM PST
Jim from Memphis writes:
Did day hike to lake and back from Rubble Creek. The 18km round trip journey. 6km snow starts (~1250m elevation?) and trail full of snow in km's 7-9. About 1-2m of snow on trail between lesser G lake and big lake. Drifts just before Garibaldi had to be 2-4 meters in some spots, but we didn't venture to check! Will post some pics on twitter @jbwilli3 for your convenience. 18km on that rainy day makes us sore today!
Posted: May 27, 2014 03:59:22 PM PST
Ken from Abbotsford writes:
Jim - Can you advise how far you went, what the approximate snow depth was and if you had snow shoes. We are planning on heading up May 31 overnight.
Posted: May 26, 2014 03:09:26 PM PST
Still plenty of snow. 6k and up the path is heavy with it still. Lakes frozen with snow on top though plenty of water from thaw starting. Actually a beautiful scene despite not seeing far. Today visibility was poor with low ceiling but still a great hike. Careful crossing the creeks as bridges are still covered making them difficult to know what is a bridge vs a soft mound of snow.
Posted: May 25, 2014 10:20:09 PM PST
Sara from Victoria writes:
I'm going up on June 6th - does anybody know if there will still be much snow by then? Thanks!
Posted: May 25, 2014 04:00:37 PM PST
mylene from vancouver writes:
Just wondering how the conditions are like at garibaldi lake currently. Would I need snow shoes? Is doing panorama ridge possible right now?
Posted: May 25, 2014 12:33:11 PM PST
Heading up today and looking at Garibaldi Lake for tomorrow hike-Noel we will let you know @ snow. Any recommendations on which routes? First time up here. Thx
Posted: May 24, 2014 06:30:13 AM PST
Noel from Van writes:
If anyone hikes to Garibaldi Lake this weekend (may 23/24) or next, could you please post whether there is any snow around the lake? And roughly your guess as to how much? Organizing a camping group in June and am wondering how many weeks still till the area is clear of snow.... cheers!
Posted: May 23, 2014 01:48:25 PM PST
Maverick from White Rock writes:
I was just up there with a friend from May 11-12th. Got some facts for you:
- The snowline starts at about 4.5 km
- Garibaldi Lake is frozen right now
- You will need snowshoes and an Ice axe & rope to get up to Black Tusk safely. You could do it without, but I don't think it's a good idea.
- You have to melt snow for water or bring enough for the whole trip
Hope that helps.
Got some photos for you:
Posted: May 13, 2014 10:54:04 PM PST
Kevin from Dublin, Ireland writes:
I am hoping to get to the summit if not just below the Black Tusk this weekend. Has anyone been up there recently and have any information on the snow line? Would one require snow shoes or is there a workable trail evident ?
Any information/advice/ recommendations would be welcomed.
Posted: May 13, 2014 01:33:34 PM PST
Jason from Vancouver writes:
Went up to camp May 9, 2014...still about 5 feet of snow starting at ~1000 meters.
Posted: May 13, 2014 12:25:40 PM PST
Rose from north vancouver writes:
Anybody hiked this beautiful trail recently? any updates of trail condition will be greatly appreciated. Tnx alot.
Posted: May 8, 2014 09:41:40 AM PST
Leyna21 from Vancouver writes:
Did this snowshoe trail today. The road is not cleared during the winter. There was quite lot of snow and had to park the car further down 2kms away from Parking lot which make the hike longer 9kms+2kms * 2. The hike is not fairly steep. (lot of switch back) however, there are 800 meters elevation.
The trail is very is to follow. Today the trail snow was broken by some early hikers.
I would recommend this hike for fit peoples. The hike is not technical, not so steep but very long. we started at 9.20am and finished around 6pm.
80% of the trail in the woods.
I would not take the risk to bring some people new in hiking unless you know how and have the gear to organize an overnight camp.
Posted: March 30, 2014 11:10:37 PM PST
Alex from Vancouver writes:
@Louise You can expect that there is a tonne of snow up at Garibaldi Lake at this time of year. Some experienced snowshoers do this trail in the spring but you have to be very fit in order to make it there and back during daylight. I wouldn't recommend it, late-June is a more likely time to make it to Garibaldi Lake.
Posted: March 26, 2014 04:00:52 PM PST
Louise from vancouver writes:
I did this hike in October and it was incredible. My parents are coming next week and I want to take them to see it but am worried about snow etc.
Do you think we will be able to get to the Lake without snowshoes at this time of year or is it too early? What about Taylor Meadows? I figure they're very exposed so probably will have quite a lot of snow
Posted: March 26, 2014 03:47:45 PM PST
Samm Marsh from White Rock writes:
Hey did this trip two years ago in October and was so great! Absolutely stunning lake, panorama ridge wass gorgeous. I want to do it again and was wondering if anyone has done this in november this year? Is the trail to the lake pretty easy to follow?
Posted: November 18, 2013 05:24:31 PM PST
Loved this hike. Take the advice VancouverTrails gives and DO head up to Taylor Meadows; really worth the bit of extra time.
If you're heading up over the weekend, be sure to get a campsite early. When we were up in July the lake was VERY busy.
Lots of pictures and our hike description here if you want more details: http://blog.hellobc.com/hiking-garibaldi-provincial-park/
Posted: September 19, 2013 11:38:38 AM PST
Michael from Vancouver/Melbourne Australia writes:
Hi hiking adventurers!
I'm planning on taking a small group camping at Garibaldi Lake on Sat 28 Sept 2013. And try Black Tusk / Panorama Ridge the next day. Has anyone been recently? as I'm not sure if it's too late to go in the season without having to deal with snow conditions.
Posted: September 16, 2013 01:40:30 PM PST
Joseff Boucher from Kamloops writes:
Hiking was awesome. Unfortunately the trail was full of people, who were picking most of the flowers and plants by the lake. Looks like this is a very common practice. I was not happy at all. Wished the park rangers were around at the top.
Posted: August 19, 2013 11:31:02 AM PST
Katie from Vancouver writes:
Did this hike August 6, it was so beautiful! I didn't notice there being a lot of bugs until 6.5k in, when at that point I just used bug spray and that seemed to ward them off. Afterwards there didn't seem to be an enormous amount of bugs...just a few. The lake was spectacular and a lot of people were swimming. It took me 1.5-2hrs to get to the lake (taking no breaks) but I did miss Taylor Meadows. Also, make sure not to miss the viewpoint - a sign will simply say it's 100m in...my boyfriend and I almost missed it. All in all a pretty unforgettable hike.
Posted: August 7, 2013 08:38:53 PM PST
Wendell S from Vancouver writes:
Did this hike on July 31. This is the most beautiful lake I have seen in B.C. The view is most stunning. The turquoise water and the glacier feeding the lake was just absolutely breathtaking. I can look at this lake forever. The trail elevation was intermediate. Lots of bugs so bring bug spray or lotion.
We did not have enough time to do the Panorama Ridge or the Black Tusk. Will do both of this next time.
Posted: August 5, 2013 09:13:47 PM PST
Hiked in with all my gear on Monday night and hiked back out the next day. Pack light, layer, ave something warm at night, bring swim suits, pre-made food that's light. We got water from the lake. I treated it from there but not from the falls. Everyone was drinking it without treating as it was moving and fresh from the glacier. Ow ever, easy enough to throw a tablet in. It was quiet and very nice. I would recommend saying a couple nights and exploring the meadows, The Tusk. Helm Creek or Panorama Ridge. There are tons of bugs, nasty! I tried e patch, off, ff fan, skin so soft by Avon and nothing worked! Everyone was getting bitten. During the trail climb and decent and just as bad at the lake and worse in the meadows...there were black flies, horse flies and mosquitoes. Still it was the best time.
Posted: July 31, 2013 11:36:54 AM PST
Wy from Vancouver writes:
Delayed comment - completed this hike on Canada Day (July 1) - it was a great hike! Lots of switch backs - make sure you wear proper shoes as the downhill portion will have quite a few steep sections! Be prepared with lots of bug spray (keep mosquito spray with you as you might need to re-spray). I was eaten a live by the mosquitos! My cousin constantly filled up her bottle from the creeks (and did not get sick).
Once you get to the lake - it's extremely refreshing! Would definately recommend this hike!
Posted: July 22, 2013 11:53:26 AM PST
Peter from Seattle writes:
I wouldn't drink unfiltered mountain water no matter how clean it looked. You might not get sick from it, but then again you might and and the symptoms of Giardia aren't pretty...It's like playing Russian roulette with Giardia. Bring your own water if it's a day hike, or a backpacking water filter or iodine tablets for an overnighter. Bring warm clothes too...it gets cold at night.
Posted: July 21, 2013 09:15:42 AM PST
Anisa from Vancouver writes:
Is there safe drinking water available at Taylor Meadows? One website says yes, the other says no. Not sure what to carry in terms of water. Thanks!
Posted: July 20, 2013 05:16:27 AM PST
elliot from vancouver writes:
Went up for a night this past weekend. The trail is in excellent condition and it's just about perfect up there right now. Still cold at night and small patches of snow between camp sites at the lake, but it was warm and sunny during the day with lots of people swimming. Mosquitoes weren't too bad at the lake, but I'm sure they'll get worse as it gets even warmer.
Beautiful up at Black Tusk with just a bit of snow covering the trail around the Black Tusk sign.
Hike with from the parking lot up to the lake took about 3.5 hrs, down 2.5 hrs (with packs).
From the lake to the top of Black Tusk about 2.5 hrs, down 1.5 hrs.
Posted: July 15, 2013 10:42:33 AM PST
Matej from Van writes:
Can someone tell me how does it look with Black tusk? and current conditions of the trail?
Posted: July 3, 2013 06:26:15 PM PST
Jennifer from Bellingham writes:
Heading up to Garibaldi Lake on Thursday, July 4th. Wondering what our chances will be of nabbing a campsite? If all platforms are taken are we still permitted to camp alpine style (away from designated zone)? Thanks!
Posted: July 2, 2013 07:29:50 AM PST
Antonio is right. I hiked up to Tayloe Meadows. There are patches of snow on the trail up to the meadows. Once in, it is all snow. It's slushy & muddy but was ok to walk on. Tiring thou...once heading down to the lake there was no snow. At the lake there was a little snow going down the path and as you walk around the side of the lake to Garibaldi. On the way back to the parking lot there was a couple of patches. Some of my group wore runners and some hiking boots. There were lots of mosquitoes. I had a patch on, Off and Skin o Soft and they were still biting. On the way back there were none. It was hot today, lots of people were camping and heading up to The Tusk. It was beautiful!
Posted: June 30, 2013 11:41:31 PM PST
Antonio from Vancouver writes:
The trail is nice up to the lake, 99.5% clear of snow. There is snow in the shaded areas around Garibaldi lake itself, but running shoes are fine.
You will be pitching tents in the snow, but that hasn't stopped people. The campsites were packed today.
It's a beautiful hike, well worth the effort.
Posted: June 30, 2013 12:54:26 AM PST
Chris can you let us know how the trail is as I'm heading up on Sunday with a small group of friends. Thanks lori
Posted: June 28, 2013 08:01:12 PM PST
Chris from Vancouver writes:
Heading up to Taylor Meadows tomorrow, anyone know if the tent pads are visible or will we be pitching a tent on the snow?
Posted: June 27, 2013 10:08:25 AM PST
Ashley from Vancouver writes:
Almost made it to the top on Friday but super foggy. It's mostly snow from the meadow but still doable in trail runners. If if was clear we would have definitly made it to the top. Alot of fun coming back down the snow, faster for sure. As long as your moving, you're fine in shorts/pants and a single top layer but bring a shell too with you. Only saw around 5 people the whole day.
Posted: June 23, 2013 03:21:33 PM PST
Thanks so much Elle...I appreciate you taking time to post. Two more weeks and that much more will be gone. That's when im taking my Mexican friend up. How long did it take you to do
the 22 km?
Posted: June 20, 2013 05:52:12 PM PST
Elle from Vancouver writes:
Did the Garibaldi Lake hike today - barely anyone on the trail, it was great!
The trail was almost completely snow-free to the 6.5 km junction.
From there I took the path towards Taylor Meadows which still had a lot of snow - the meadows themselves were entirely under snow and when I reached the ranger hut, the trail that turned right for Garibaldi Lake was hard to distinguish because there weren't many footprints on the snow heading that way. There was about 2 feet of snow there, but I hiked in sneakers and, aside from them getting wet, it was fine.
Had I kept right at the junction and gone directly to Garibaldi lake, I would have found that the path was snow-free until the last couple hundred meters where you descend to the lake. Again, I did this in sneakers and was ok.
The path along the lake to the little cabin, however, was narrow and snowy, and since it was right beside the lake, I was extra-cautious so i wouldn't slip. For that small portion, hiking sticks would have been helpful.
The snow is definitely melting fast though and the lake was completely ice-free, enjoy :)
Posted: June 18, 2013 07:00:14 PM PST
I sent an email to BC Parks today asking when they will update their site re: Garibaldi & Taylor Meadows. They said by the end of this week.
Posted: June 17, 2013 08:02:12 PM PST
Thanks Alex...for the comment on Garibaldi. Will keep my eye on it as it seems as if the snow is melting fast everywhere else. If anyone is hiking there can they post the trail conditions for Taylor Meadows & Garibaldi Lake. Thanks! Hoping to take my friend from Mexico who sadly is leaving on July 2, 2013. I did see a ranger who had been up there three weeks ago and he did say its melting fast!
Posted: June 17, 2013 06:43:51 AM PST
Rob from Vancity writes:
See you on the trail julie, hope for no snow!
Posted: June 14, 2013 10:42:26 PM PST
Julie from Port Moody writes:
Any updates on the hike? Hoping to camp at the lake this weekend(June 15)
Posted: June 13, 2013 05:07:14 PM PST
Does anyone think show shoes are needed at this point in june for the hike?
Posted: June 9, 2013 11:17:03 AM PST
Alex from Port Moody writes:
Lori, snow is nowhere close to being gone. The earliest you can expect most of the snow to melt at the meadows is late July, and trail to the lake should be completely snow-free by then too.
Posted: June 7, 2013 11:01:55 AM PST
I want to take my Mexican friends to Taylor Meadows & Garibaldi Lake at the end of June. Has anyone hiked it lately. Hikes say from July on. Is the snow almost gone?
Posted: June 6, 2013 09:15:46 PM PST
Marleen from Vancouver writes:
Did anyone go up to Garibaldi lake recently?
I was planning on taking a friend that's visiting me there next weekend.
Thanks a lot.
Posted: June 6, 2013 05:15:01 PM PST
My husband and I hiked up to Garibaldi Lake 2 weeks ago (May 4th). There is still probably at least 2 meters of snow up there and the lake is frozen over although you can tell it's starting to thaw. The trail was pretty much snow-covered from the 4km mark onward. We had snowshoes and trekking poles and we were fine. There were folks doing the trail in just hiking boots but I think it would have been quite slippery not to mention there were several holes where people had sunk deeply into the snow.
Posted: May 18, 2013 03:19:12 PM PST
Mike from Chilliwack writes:
Hi Chris from white rock,
When you hiked garibaldi lake last year in May with snow, did you have to use snowshoes to hike it? What kind of gear did you happen to use?
I am looking to hike garibaldi sometime soon but am unsure of what I need.
Posted: May 11, 2013 11:24:24 AM PST
Is anyone have done hike to the lake lately? Is it possible to walk to the lake without any winter equipment? More is is good weather for camping in begining of june?
Posted: May 10, 2013 08:20:43 PM PST
Chris from White Rock writes:
Celine, last year I went up around the end of May, there was still snow though we made it to the lake just fine. Temperatures in early May last year were much cooler than they are predicted to be right now, so you may have better luck and less snow.
Posted: May 1, 2013 10:59:35 PM PST
Celine from Kanata writes:
Hey! I'm coming in the area last week of May for my honeymoon and we were hoping to go for a hike around the Garibaldi lake. But I see that the season is from July to October, does that mean we won't be able to do the hike? Thanks for the advices :)
Posted: April 27, 2013 04:03:20 PM PST
Jared from Pittsburgh writes:
Well I hope your hike went well Nicole. I was surprised to see so much snow so early in the season (relatively speaking). I hiked straight to G. Lake the last week of October, and there was at least a good foot, foot n a half (guess i should say 30cm-.5m) by the junction. Great hike... beautiful views. Not the first time in the area by any means, but the first time backpacking at Garibaldi. I just wish I could visit my family in Vancouver more often!
Posted: November 28, 2012 01:56:46 AM PST
Nicole Walker from Langley writes:
HEY! Im doing this hike with a group of 50 students from the University of the Fraser Valley this Saturday! I was wondering if anyone knows about the road conditions?
Posted: November 5, 2012 05:08:29 PM PST
Jessica from New York writes:
I'm looking to do the hike from the Rubble Creek parking lot straight to the lake. To save on time and distance, I'm going to skip Taylor Meadows. If I go in early to mid October, does anyone have any advice on if the trails will be clear or are they usually covered in snow by then?
Posted: September 19, 2012 12:46:57 PM PST
Carmen from Vancouver writes:
Planning to hike up to the meadows and then to the lake this weekend. Was wondering if the flowers are in full bloom; and the estimated return time with a hour break at the lake?
Posted: September 4, 2012 12:35:13 PM PST
Crystal from Vancouver writes:
I am looking into doing this one maybe mid September. Not sure what to expect, I would like to head up to black tusk but I'm not sure if I could make it in a day. Anyone ever attempt it without the camping part? I have done Eaton Lake, Grouse Grind and The Chief so far, not sure if this one is going to be worse than those three or about the same...
Posted: September 4, 2012 02:06:38 AM PST
Claire from Vancouver/Melbourne Australia writes:
I did this hike on Sunday of labour day weekend and no as busy as expected, however enough people to make it comforting as I did it on my own. Previous comments were all spot on and useful! I started 830am and reached the lake by 1130am. After 45-60mins for lunch and relaxing I did the return journey (cut off taylors campground) in 2 and half hours (fast pace). Best tip is to dunk your feet and splash your dusty legs in the fast river next to car park - freezing but exhilarating. Be prepared for am initial hard 6km uphill to main junction before it evens out as you approach the meadows - again this is a great route you dont want to miss. The colour of the lake is more beautiful in person than the photos!
Posted: September 2, 2012 04:02:34 PM PST
DC from Vancouver writes:
Found, a camera a couple weekends ago by the trail. Tried to chase after you with it, but you were long gone (heading down). Get in touch and describe your camera/photos and we'll see if we can reconnect you with your camera.[email protected]
Posted: August 31, 2012 11:05:20 PM PST
Phil from Vancouver writes:
Hoping to do this hike on Saturday, but a little worried about the time crunch. If we start by 11 and take the shorter routes (not Taylor Meadows), what is the estimate time from parking lot to lake and back?
Posted: August 29, 2012 11:41:21 PM PST
Ashleigh from Vancouver writes:
Did this hike over the weekend (August 25th and 26th, absolutely beautiful. I definately recomment heading up to the black tusk, the viewpoint of the lake up there is amazing and it's definately wortht the extra 3k or so. It's a little more steep then the rest but it's definately worth the reward and takes you through meadows full of beautiful wildflowers. I tried to do this hike last year at the end of July and it was a completley different hike, there was a good 5 feet of snow (the sign at the Junction was half burried in snow!) I recomment this hike to everyone.
Posted: August 27, 2012 08:56:27 AM PST
Wayne R from Vancouver writes:
A bit of an odd question. I wore shorts last time and hiked to the peak. But is it recommended to wear pants?
Posted: August 26, 2012 03:34:35 PM PST
Loretta from Vanouver writes:
Hi Kristine, Thanks for your update. I would like to know how is the condition on Taylor Meadow? Any flowers yet?
Posted: August 20, 2012 08:47:21 AM PST
Kristine from Vancouver writes:
Did the hike yesterday and it was AMAZING. Definitely go via Taylor Meadows as the views are spectacular. The lake was warm enough for a swim and was it ever glorious after that long, hot walk. The trail is quite long but not very steep, but consistently on an incline so quite tiring. Bring lots of water though there are lots of creeks along the way to fill up at. Lots of blackflies too so watch out. They make huge marks.
Parking was nuts. It's free but we arrived at 8:30am and the lots were full already. We just parked on the road though, along with a ton of other people.
Posted: August 19, 2012 03:42:33 PM PST
Saeid from Port Moody writes:
Hi. We're planning to go there on Aug.19.2012 by car. What time the parking lot will be full? Is parking lot free?
Posted: August 16, 2012 08:12:45 PM PST
David from Surrey writes:
We are hiking up to Garibaldi Lake on Thurs. Aug. 16. If we want to be sure to get a camp site at the lake, what time should we be at the parking lot?
Are cook tops available in the shelters?
Posted: August 15, 2012 07:41:33 AM PST
Amy from Vancouver writes:
We hiked this August 12th. As recommended here we did the Taylor Meadows loop and back along the smaller lakes. Great suggestion!
Be mindful that this hike is very long, especially if you're used to the Chief or Dog Mountain or something shorter. I know that people say it's long but I just didn't really think about it, know what I mean? I guess it would seem shorter if we were camping. Otherwise it's a lot of walking to do in the same day. So bring lots of water and mosquito repellant. Bring bandaids in case you get blisters. Bring Advil in case you start to ache after the first 9K. We saw lots of people with hiking poles. I've never used them before but they looked helpful. We took a quick swim in the lake - cold but worth it! The swim stretched our hike to a full 8 hours. We started at 12:30 and were just getting back to the car around sundown at 8:30.
Yes the parking lots were full but know that if that's the case you can still park along the access road. And actually since we arrived on a Sunday at noon there were lots of spots open right at the trailhead.
Posted: August 13, 2012 09:41:54 AM PST
Scott Branden from Surrey writes:
No problem doing this hike by yourself. It's busy and you can't get lost.
Posted: August 9, 2012 10:52:17 PM PST
Cane from Rs writes:
Any opinions to hiking this trail alone?
Posted: August 9, 2012 09:00:52 PM PST
Melissa from Vancouver writes:
August4th - got there at 7:30, upper parking lot was just getting full.
No snow on trail, taylor meadows - just a very tiny bit of mud there, flowers not full bloom yet - probably this week they will be.
We loved this hike! The trail was very well maintained and marked. It wasn't too difficult either, good enough for a workout if you are not carrying anything too heavy. Awesome view of the lake and mountains.
Be prepared for the mosquitoes.
Posted: August 6, 2012 11:51:00 AM PST
Dave from Surrey writes:
Just did this trail as an overnighter. It is definitely clear of snow (even black tusk is almost completely clear) and the trail is in pretty good shape. I had a 25 pound pack (incl food and water) and got to the top in 2.5 hours, so its not an overly long hike by any means. Definitely have a plan for what you're going to do in the evening if you leave early and do decide to camp (black tusk is only 1.5 hours away!), unless you want to look out at a gorgeous lake for 5 hours straight (which isn't a bad idea either actually),
Posted: August 1, 2012 08:04:13 PM PST
Neil from Vancouver writes:
Just went looking for trail conditions. BC Parks puts out a trail report for Garabaldi and surrounding areas:
Trail conditions report link is just below "safety bulletins." Happy hiking!
Posted: July 26, 2012 09:00:01 AM PST
Kaila from Seattle writes:
Hello! Has anyone been on this trail within the past week or so? We are going up there next week and we were wondering if the lake was still covered in snow? Or if the trail was clear or still covered in snow as well?
Posted: July 23, 2012 07:55:54 AM PST
Nicole from Vancouver writes:
Anyone been up here since our summer finally started? Is there any snow left?
Posted: July 16, 2012 10:44:00 AM PST
Sammy from Vancouver writes:
Was up at the lake for camping this weekend. We were the only ones there the first night. Really bad weather with heavy rain.
There's still LOTS of snow. It starts at about the 6km mark, just before the barrier and gets progressively more as you walk. It rained quite a bit this weekend and was definitely softer on our way down yesterday. lots of postholing, and the walk as you get closer to the lake is quite difficult in places, especially past the final bridge near the lake. The boardwalk is completely buried and I'm sure we were walking on (thin?) ice in some places. Not ideal. The last few km were not so much fun.
Snowshoes - well, I didn't wear any but I kept punching through, definitely almost injured myself in more than one place. No one else we saw doing day hikes were wearing any and they all managed to make it. My companions wore snowshoes and had a much easier time, except in the transition zone where snow and ground kept alternating - had to keep taking them on and off. Also was quite difficult near the lake where there were some large rocks sticking out of the snow.
Everything is completely bu