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Artistecat from Vancouver writes:

It was a challenged hike, rocks, gravel, rotten woods, wet and slippy on the path. And if you think on the way down is easier, no, it isn't. The valley view was stunningly beautiful, and the creeks, steams and waterfall are spectacular. Also the wild flowers aroma in the air. Lots of birds and lot of mosquitoes too but I didn't got bitten. I couldn't believe I did it. I would do it again. But I will take more breaks from the 1st lake to the 2nd lake. I'm a senior. 2022/7/16

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    Posted: July 20, 2022 10:55:48 AM PST

    Rose from North Vancouver writes:

    BE AWARE OF VANDALISM AND THIEVES**** We went on an overnight hike June 30th. We left NOTHING in the car (at sight), we left everything in the truck. When we came back from the hike at 7:30am the next morning, my car window was broken, the trunk was broken, and so was my door. They also disconnected our car battery so we couldn’t leave and the emergency phone to call 911 wasn’t working at the park. The park ranger was absolutely useless. Be careful and DONT bring any valuables in your car!

    The police said that we were the first to get vandalized this season and thieves come in waves. BE CAREFUL!

      Posted: July 7, 2022 12:38:29 AM PST

      Larry Nalzaro from Richmond, BC writes:

      It's winter, you need crampons to hike this trail. Don't show up with your cute Doc Martens & hope to make it to the top.

        Posted: February 13, 2022 12:15:10 PM PST

        Mik from Abbotsford writes:

        @Steve Many If you want to take your dog to the water, you can go to the beach. BC Parks wants to keep their glacial lakes as natural as possible, they have signs around lakes such as Garibaldi to tell people not to wash anything in the lakes to prevent disrupting the lake's habitat and ecosystem. I understand that you probably want to include your companion but there is reason why these restrictions are put into place.

          Posted: August 12, 2021 03:32:45 PM PST

          Steve Firth from Lethbridge writes:

          I cannot believe that it is 2021 and parks are still not allowing members of the family (dogs) to visit and explore the lakes. Lovely lakes, great views... I would imagine -- we couldn't go because we had our dog.

          Boycott the park until they are shift their mindset to an inclusive one.

            Posted: August 2, 2021 02:36:20 PM PST

            Nmn from Vancouver writes:

            Its one of those phenomenal hikes that offers you breath-taking views throughout the trail. You begin with a cool view of the lower lake, followed by a nice meadow overlooking a valley and surrounding mountains. It got a bit challenging from here almost to the point until we reached the middle lake. Totally worth it though.
            From the middle lake to the upper lake we took roughly 10-12 minutes (most of the elevation gain was between lower and middle lakes).
            Things to consider:
            1. We noticed people parking like jerks, wasting a whole lot of space. I'd recommend the overflow parking 200 meters away: much bigger! The earlier you get there, the better is the hiking experience, avoiding large crowds and ascending in relatively low temperatures.
            2. Wear proper shoes and carry sufficient WATER. I find it surprising how some people decide to hike in sneakers with poor grip and carry a 500 ml water bottle (its not sufficient, unless you are a camel).
            3. DO NOT FEED THE BIRDS: sure its cool for your IG, but not so much for the birds.
            5. Trekking poles would help in the descent.

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              Posted: July 12, 2021 10:44:58 AM PST

              Dianna from Coquitlam writes:

              Bugs arent bad if you are constantly moving but if you take a stop for water ( especially near the first lake or the third lake) be ready for some bites. Tough between lake one and two but if you pace yourself it is doable for most people.

                Posted: July 5, 2021 09:21:51 AM PST

                Drug Tito from Surrey writes:

                View is great.
                Trail is not for amateur.
                Before you go, check all parameters, and are you can go.
                Mosquito is attack on first lake.
                I have bed experience.

                  Posted: July 1, 2021 09:08:10 PM PST

                  Sergey C from North Van writes:

                  Was there on Thursday, Oct 10. At 11:00 AM the closer parking lot was almost full. 45 min to the middle lake, 1:05 to the upper and 1:25 to the campground. I'm an experienced hiker, don't take this timeline as easily doable. Spent 10 min at the campground and went back. 3 hrs 10 min roundtrip (I was doing it mostly as an exercise, not to enjoy a view).
                  Some ice on trail - be careful.
                  Don't do it this way!
                  Make sure you have lots of time and spend at least 1 hr at the upper lake and/or the campground. Otherwise, the drive is not worth it. FWIW

                  My next visit to Joffre lakes will be around mid-June and I plan to be at the campground around 9:00 AM (better earlier). Leave North vancouver around 4:30 AM


                    Posted: October 22, 2019 03:06:42 PM PST

                    GL from Vancouver writes:

                    Sat Sept.28 - At 8 am a handful of cars in the lot. Crisp and a few flakes falling, first snow on the ground as the trail climbed and some icy spots. The split in the trail leading to the campground was covered, stopped at the topmost lake. Water a fabulous deep green against the white snow. The wind was rising and cold- could be a short Fall this year. Started down at 10 as the first large wave of hikers was arriving. Parking lot full at 11 am and overflow lot also filling up quickly.

                      Posted: September 29, 2019 12:55:56 PM PST

                      Kai Li from COQUITLAM writes:

                      With Joffre Lake, no need to go Lake Louise. She is so beautiful and close home.

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                        Posted: September 9, 2019 01:55:34 PM PST

                        marie from vancouver writes:

                        Hi guys!

                        My dad and 3 of my dad's friends was at the lake for camping on August 27 and 28th.
                        one of his friend realized at the parking lot after the camping his cross bag was missing.
                        he had no idea where he left...
                        In his bag, there was his Korean Passport, cash...etc.
                        He is in his late 60's and he has his return flight booked for next week. (plus he injured his ankle way back down) what a poor guy.
                        If anyone spotted the bag, or his passport, please let us know.
                        Hope He brings great story to Korea about great Canadians..

                        Marie 403) 547-2005

                          Posted: August 29, 2019 10:32:56 AM PST

                          Sander from Vancouver writes:

                          Me and a friend took a last minute decision to go to Joffre Lakes and arrived at the parking lot at 7:30pm on August 1st. Parking lot was almost empty. Got to the first lake at 7:45pm, Middle lake at 8:45pm and third lake at 9pm, when the sun was setting and only spent about 10 minutes there. Didn't go around the 3rd lake. Saw only about 10 people on the whole trail, but it was getting pitch black dark halfway on the way back. Don't do this without proper gear and lights/lighting.

                          The quietness and dusk setting in made for a very nice experience and views. I actually consider myself an intermediate hiker, definitely not a pro, and however it was a struggle going up that fast, it was doable.

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                            Posted: August 24, 2019 03:01:58 PM PST

                            Lindsey from Langley writes:

                            What a fantastic place! We feel so fortunate to have such beautiful places so close to home! We hiked up this past Sunday. We were sure to arrive before 9am, as the parking lot was getting filled up quickly. The trail was buzzing with people, however as we continued towards the upper lake, the crowds dissipated. Once we were camping overnight, we felt like we could spread out more and really take in the magic. The sunset and sunrise over upper lake were amazing! The glaciers melting were a neat sight! The pit toilet is in working order and the bear cache work fine. The mosquitoes were a bit of a nuisance, but with bug spray it was manageable! Joffre has been on our bucket list for a long time - glad to have finally checked it off. It did not disappoint!

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                              Posted: July 24, 2019 09:23:37 AM PST

                              Diana from Vancouver writes:

                              Have you guys hiked/used the trail on a rainy day? My boyfriend and I are planning to visit Joffre lake on June 28 but it seems to be raining on the day.. I'd really appreciate if you can share your experience on it or any warning? Thank you!

                                Posted: June 27, 2019 11:08:22 AM PST

                                Westcoastrider from Port Moody writes:

                                Hiked and camped at Joffre last weekend. So this review is for those planning to camp; not the lake/hike/car parking. Campsite is still a bit of a mess from avalanche which means (campsite) outhouse is out of commission (bring scented poo bags), the food (bear) cache and (we think) some of the pads are still buried. So it's not super obvious where to pitch your tent but everyone seemed to find somewhere. We were down by the lake; the mosquito's are starting to appear but not too bad as yet. We had a swim, very short but good for the laugh if nothing else. Hard to get a Saturday night booking but so worth making a weekend of it after the long drive up from PoMo

                                  Posted: June 11, 2019 12:20:17 PM PST

                                  Sarah from Vancouver writes:

                                  Can you take a 4 man rubber boat on the trail or would it be too hard to carry? We would like to do some fishing.

                                    Posted: June 3, 2019 01:54:18 PM PST

                                    jude munalem from surrey writes:

                                    Going there this sunday June 2. Have extra seats in car. Let me know if you wanna come along

                                      Posted: May 30, 2019 11:39:43 AM PST

                                      Christine from Vancouver writes:

                                      Hiked it Sunday, May 25. Everyone has gotten the memo that spring it here - there was tons of traffic and the lunch spots were packed next to the middle and upper lakes. Snow is essentially gone until you get past the upper lake and close to the campsite. Beautiful add on hike above the campsite toward the glacier if you have proper gear for getting through the snow (boots, gaiters, micro spikes, poles). Had that bit to myself and it was be far the best part.

                                        Posted: May 27, 2019 06:24:31 AM PST

                                        Sawyer from Seattle writes:

                                        We plan on hiking this trail the weekend of 5/25. Will there still be lots of snow? Do you think microspikes will be required during this time? Thanks in advance!

                                          Posted: May 17, 2019 11:40:54 AM PST

                                          crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                          Hiked on 2019.05.12. About 60% of the trail is snow free now, but I would still highly recommend wearing waterproof hiking shoes and microspikes. Hiking poles are helpful as well. The section between the lower and middle lakes is still icy and slippery in some areas. I witnessed many hikers slipped and fell especially on the way down.

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                                            Posted: May 13, 2019 09:25:51 AM PST

                                            Andrea Farell from Mexico City writes:

                                            Greetings hikers!
                                            Wondering if someone has been at Joffre Lakes lately this days to tell us if it´s still snowy, special gear required, cold or any advice..?
                                            Thanks everyone!

                                              Posted: May 8, 2019 12:56:11 PM PST

                                              Jude Munalem from Surrey, BC writes:

                                              Is the road to Joffre lake still snowy?

                                                Posted: April 24, 2019 03:00:24 PM PST

                                                Jenny B. from Surrey writes:

                                                Hiked on April 17th. Snow still very deep right from the parking lot but it’s all hardpacked so you can do it with microspikes. Very steep coming down in some sections so you’ll be glad you have them. Gorgeous hike and relatively easy. I’m a pretty novice hiker and managed to do it in about 4 hours.

                                                  Posted: April 19, 2019 08:25:21 PM PST

                                                  Dena from Sidney BC writes:

                                                  Has anyone been to Joffre Lake this past week,wondering what the snow pack is like,Thanks

                                                    Posted: March 14, 2019 01:49:31 PM PST

                                                    Ethan from Vancouver writes:

                                                    Friday 23rd June 2018 - Compact snow top to bottom, not really deep enough for snow shoes yet but i would highly recommend crampons. I used a pair from MEC and had no problems at all, practically ran down. I saw people coming up in trainers and were slipping all over the place.

                                                    The trails in good shape up until the 2nd lake then it gets a little narrower and rough up to the 3rd. 1st & 2nd lake were nearly fully frozen with the 3rd still showing a few holes.

                                                    Took 1:30 to get to the 3rd lake, 20 mins to hike around from there to the campground (this trail is much more challenging and has deeper snow, would be tough with your camping gear), around 45mins to an hour to get down (semi running). If you're in good shape you can get up and down in 3 hours. Keep in mind the trail was empty when i did it so i wasn't waiting to pass anyone and could keep momentum up.

                                                    Overall the trails in good shape at the moment so if you take crampons you shouldn't have an issue, there's still a few rocks under the fresh snow so it would be easy to roll an ankle.

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                                                      Posted: November 26, 2018 10:38:37 AM PST

                                                      Cait from North Vancouver writes:

                                                      18 Nov 2018, the trail is icy with a lot of compacted snow. Good boots and microspikes ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY if you're going past the first lake. Don't be that person who thinks they can hike on ice in running shoes and breaks an ankle!! The first two lakes are completely frozen over. The third is most of the way frozen as well. If you hike on towards the campsites you can get some nice views of mountain reflections in the still-unfrozen water through the trees. Didn't keep track of how long it took me to go up, but going down was just over an hour. The parking lot was mobbed when I left, I was happy I got there early.

                                                        Posted: November 18, 2018 09:42:30 PM PST

                                                        Bridget Perry-Gore from White Rock writes:

                                                        We hiked the trail on Nov 9th up to the camping area on the third lake. The first two lakes were frozen and the third had some ice. I expected the blue that you see in pictures and on the route around the lake we started to see the blue appear. I'm not sure what causes the change but it was an overcast and snowy day.
                                                        It was a Friday so we had the trails to ourselves for the most part. On the way back down we saw 10-15 people on their way up and only a few equipped for unexpected circumstances.
                                                        We wore hiking boots but micro spikes would have been great as there was some ice. Put them on the shopping list.
                                                        There was snow (some old, some fresh) but it was still fine.

                                                          Posted: November 11, 2018 07:29:58 PM PST

                                                          Eric from Toronto writes:

                                                          Beautiful views - trail was in fairly good condition today (October 17th). Just a couple icy patches near the beginning and a handful of muddy spots; managed fine with regular running shoes and a little bit of caution.

                                                            Posted: October 17, 2018 09:20:10 PM PST

                                                            Amit from Vancouver writes:

                                                            Fantastic hike! Got there early around 8 (3 cars in the lot) and got to Upper Lake by 9:20. Saw the sun come over the mountains as a the overnight campers were taking down their tents. (The tents added some nice colours to the photos)

                                                            Not too many people around and you practically have the whole lake to yourself. On the way back, groups of people heading in and taking photos everywhere. Some stopped right in the middle of the trail. (Shakes head)

                                                            Overall, a solid incline and definitely not for those out of shape but definitely rewarding for those that push through the burn! (Parking lot was full around 11am) Enjoy!

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                                                              Posted: September 4, 2018 09:47:44 AM PST

                                                              Tim from Surrey writes:

                                                              Hiked to the glacier last Saturday but cannot see much thing due to the smoke from the wildfire... :(:(:( The glacier is also way smaller than what it was 2 years ago...

                                                              Nice place to hike but we didn't go at the right time...

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                                                                Posted: August 20, 2018 11:15:14 AM PST

                                                                Akshay from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                Bring Bug Spray! Worth the bites though!

                                                                I cannot stress how important bug spray (and a large amount at that), is.
                                                                Got there at 10am on Aug 8th (Wednesday) and the main lot was full. There’s a second lot just a little bit away which adds to the hike prep.
                                                                Took about an hour from the start until Lake 2. Definitely has steep portions and I’m far from in the best shape. But persevere because the reward is stunning.
                                                                Go early to avoid the crowds ideally. When we got back to the lot at 1pm, it was a madhouse. Both lots were packed.
                                                                Would definitely do again!

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                                                                  Posted: August 9, 2018 06:53:41 PM PST

                                                                  Tara Bretherton from Stirling, Ontario writes:

                                                                  My husband and I hiked this trail July 28th with our 3 children in tow ages 14, 3, and 1. We had the 3 and 1 year old on our backs in carriers. We are tourists, but were prepared for the hike. We arrived prior to 9am and were able to get a decent parking spot like everyone said....arrive early or your will experience problems parking and it will be busy on the trail. And the forecast was calling for plus 30 that day, so we wanted to go on the hike before the heat hit. By the time we got on the trail it was after 9am and the hike up was good. Trail was dry and it didn't seem too busy going up at that time. We stopped at the lower and middle lake, but made a decision to not go to the third lake because it was getting hot. We stayed at the middle lake and enjoyed the views, had a bite to eat and bathroom break. Let the kids cool off (and mom and dad!). The hike was a workout, but definitely doable. The view is worth the effort to get there. I would have liked to be there a little earlier than 9am to start, but with kids it was hard to make that work. We arrived back at the parking lot around 1pm. The trail was extremely busy with people going up when we were going down. The parking was overflowing, and people were parked on the highway. So if you are thinking about this trail, do it but do it early. Wear proper hiking shoes (many people didn't), take water, take breaks, and enjoy the views.....that is really what it is all about. Our 14 year old loved it!

                                                                    Posted: August 7, 2018 07:14:02 AM PST

                                                                    Ash from Vancouver writes:

                                                                    Did this hike over the August long weekend. If you're not there before 9, be prepared to park ½ km from the main parking lot, it's extremely popular with families.

                                                                    If you're a regular Grouse Grind hiker, this hike is easy peasy. I made it to the second lake in 33 minutes and the final lake by 45 min. It's not a difficult trail, just overcrowded with tourists. Out of the 3 lakes, the second is very pretty and inviting for a swim.

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                                                                      Posted: August 5, 2018 09:49:38 AM PST

                                                                      Tu Dao from Vancouver writes:

                                                                      What a beautiful trail!!!! We loved it.
                                                                      The driving is long but the hike is considered between easy and intermediate. You could finish the hike to the upper lake and campground in around 3 hours. Please wear hiking boots.
                                                                      We hiked all the way to the top and enjoyed the view from there.

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                                                                        Posted: July 22, 2018 07:28:14 AM PST

                                                                        Julia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Hiked this trail on Saturday July 14 2018. 6 adults, 2 seniors (70+) and 3 young boys (age 3, 5, 6). Started hiking 9:20, came back to parking lot at 14:40. Our young boys did it all by themselves! It was quite hard for the 3 years old and grandparents (both over 70), but doable. We took many water/snack breaks along the way and had lunch by upper lake for 30 mins. Road condition is good. No snow at all. Some area is muddy though. It was a sunny and hot day. A lot people, almost too busy! The water is cold, but I see some people swim in the lakes. The view is beautiful. The panorama picture was taken by middle lake. The last picture was taken by upper lake.
                                                                        Bring water and snacks. In a busy day, expect long line up by toilets. If you want a good parking spot, come before 9am. Otherwise you might need to park down the road and walk an extra kilometer.
                                                                        The view is absolutely beautiful, especially by the upper and middle lakes, worth every effort. Comparing to Garibaldi Lake, Joffre lakes are smaller. I personally think Garibaldi is more beautiful but it's just personal preference. Highly recommend!

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                                                                          Posted: July 18, 2018 03:11:53 PM PST

                                                                          KM from Vancouver writes:

                                                                          Did this hike today, July 9. Arrived at 10:30 AM and the parking lot was approx. 90% full!

                                                                          Conditions up to the middle Lake are perfect. As you move up towards upper Lake, youll find that all of the snow has melted, but we’re in the muddy phase. Nothing unmanageable, though the flies and mosquitoes are out in full force!

                                                                          Overall a really enjoyable hike! I found the grind up towards middle lake more challenging than the section up to the upper Lake.

                                                                          If you’re looking for a faster hike or are short on time, the loop to the upper Lake excluding the trail to the glacier/campsite took me just under 2.5 hours, and I was not by any means going fast!

                                                                          And a note to anybody playing music at the campsite... it echoes across the entire Lake. I love music just as much as the next person, but know that you’re in a shared public space and not everyone appreciates it - definitely disappointed some hikers who wanted a peaceful lunch at the top of the lakes!

                                                                            Posted: July 9, 2018 09:58:09 PM PST

                                                                            Oliver Mann from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            I hiked Joffre Lakes on June 24th, 2018. The condition of the trail was excellent with no snow. I had read many comments in advance that parking could be difficult but was pleased to see that there was still plenty of parking spots in both lots at 9AM. The effort to payoff ratio on this hike is through the roof. Definitely an outstanding hike. It can get a bit crowded at the Upper lake since most people will immediately stop for a break once they arrive. I recommend walking the extra 20 minutes to the campsite on the other side of the lake for a little more space and alternate views. If you take your time to enjoy the views, take photos and fuel up regularly, I believe this hike is suitable for all levels.

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                                                                              Posted: July 8, 2018 04:06:12 PM PST

                                                                              Ashley from Langley writes:

                                                                              Hiked to all three lakes on June 22nd. The hike is fairly steep in many sections, but overall not terribly difficult. There is no snow anywhere on the trail, only nearest to the glacier at the upper lake. There are many beautiful sights to stop and take in, so pace yourself, even if it's only to enjoy the view!

                                                                              Make sure you arrive early, especially if yoyou plan to visit on a weekend. We were there on a Friday at about noon and the parking lot was nearly full. Parking is no longer permitted on the side of the highway and will be strictly enforced as the summer progresses. Expect to be towed if you ignore this warning!

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                                                                                Posted: June 24, 2018 12:26:58 AM PST

                                                                                IC from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                We've been in April of 2017 up to second lake, and it was stunning! First lake is very accessible, tons of friendly Whiskey Jack birds everywhere along the trail.

                                                                                This time, we are planning on doing a multi-day trip out here to explore the two glaciers, waterfalls, and are hoping to summit Matier Peak. Has anyone climbed Mt. Matier during July in the past and have any suggestions/tips? How would you compare it to other local hikes like Black tusk?

                                                                                Thank you!

                                                                                  Posted: June 22, 2018 07:59:45 PM PST

                                                                                  Sven from Munich, Germany writes:

                                                                                  We did the hike June 10th and we really loved it! It was good, to start early at 8 am in Vancouver!
                                                                                  The path from the second to the third lake was still a bit muddy, but with good shoes you won't have a problem. It started snowing when we went back, but the water at the second lake had a nice colour! It was a great day!

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                                                                                    Posted: June 10, 2018 09:10:00 PM PST

                                                                                    William from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                    Went on June 1st. There was no visible ice in all 3 lakes, and we saw a very small amount of snow near the 3rd lake's entrance. It was slightly muddy in some area so some shoes with good traction would be nice. It was still pretty cold at the 3rd lake so some extra jacket and a long pants are recommended.

                                                                                      Posted: June 4, 2018 05:22:28 PM PST

                                                                                      SK from Toronto writes:

                                                                                      Went on this hike on May 29, 2018. Got to the trail head at 1PM. The map at the trailhead labels the hike from the bottom to middle lake as medium level of strenuous hiking however I would label it as the most strenuous part of the hike since you’re hiking on a pretty steep incline for a good 1km or so. I’m 32 years old and athletically fit and found this the most challenging part of the trail. The trail levels out as you approach the upper lake. Once you reach the upper lake, there’s an opportunity to hike a further 1km to reach the campsites and have a closer look at the glacier from which the lakes are fed by. This trail is more narrow and tons of slippery roots and rocks that you will need to scramble over. There is also a lot more snow on this last stretch of the trail but the views of the lake and glacier are significantly better than if you ended the hike 1km behind. The air was chilly and there were gusts of wind every now and then. It hailed, rained, rained, and hailed. I was able to finish the hike in 3.75hrs with occasional water/snack breaks.

                                                                                      You will need hiking boots or shoes with good traction. There were plenty of hikers who wore running shoes but they were cautiously taking steps since the trail was very wet and slippery. Don’t be that hiker who makes everybody turn around because they’ve got to be carried back down from rolling an ankle.

                                                                                      Take a waterproof jacket or shell with you an plenty of water. I don’t remember seeing any water stations along the trail.

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                                                                                        Posted: May 29, 2018 08:49:34 PM PST

                                                                                        AB from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        Planning to do the hike this weekend. Can anyone who has hiked this recently tell me if the turquoise-ness of the lake is fully visible at this time?

                                                                                          Posted: May 28, 2018 03:10:17 PM PST

                                                                                          Kate from Chicago writes:

                                                                                          Hiked Joffre Lakes on 5/22 and it was a stunning hike! Doing it midweek was a good call as it wasn't overcrowded. The first lake was completely unfrozen, the second mostly unfrozen and the third still mostly frozen over but I could tell it was starting to melt a bit. There's still a bit of snow/slush at the bottom of the hike and mud on some parts but we brought microspikes and they weren't needed. A decent pair of hiking shoes will do just fine at this point and we saw plenty of people in nikes/regular sneakers. Highly recommend this hike!

                                                                                            Posted: May 27, 2018 06:32:58 AM PST

                                                                                            Lindsey from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                            Stayed overnight at the designated camping spot at the upper lake last night. Had it all to ourselves and had a wonderful time! That being said, it was extremely disheartening to see how unprepared all the dayhikers around us were.

                                                                                            Folks, it's May at a high elevation. There is ice, slush, snow on the entire trail from the parking lot. It is treacherous conditions, and yet 90% of the people we passed were in their street shoes, Nikes, etc. This is woefully inadequate and you will spend your entire time trying not to slip and fall, and failing at it. We had microspikes and gaiters on from the parking lot, and had to put snowshoes on to break trail and make it around the upper lake. We were still relied heavily on our hiking poles.

                                                                                            Please, if you don't have the appropriate equipment, come back in the summer when your Nikes won't mean hoping you don't break something when you slip.

                                                                                              Posted: May 11, 2018 04:08:02 PM PST

                                                                                              Thomas from Surrey writes:

                                                                                              Forgot hilking shoes at joffre lake parking lot North face brown shoes with superfeet insole on top of a red insole please contact [email protected]

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                                                                                                Kirsten from Whistler writes:

                                                                                                Overcrowded, people leaving garbage everywhere, and no dogs allowed - not a true experience of nature.

                                                                                                  Posted: April 30, 2018 08:05:52 PM PST

                                                                                                  Lori from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                  Would the trail accommodate a stroller?

                                                                                                    Posted: April 26, 2018 03:22:01 PM PST

                                                                                                    Ken from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                    Has anyone been up there recently? How's the conditions?

                                                                                                      Posted: April 18, 2018 04:59:58 PM PST

                                                                                                      Zoltan Meszaros from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                      Ive done this hike in the summer. Its fantastic.
                                                                                                      I am planning on hiking up and spending a night Feb 17th. Anyone know the current conditions? Lake frozen solid?

                                                                                                        Posted: February 1, 2018 01:25:52 AM PST

                                                                                                        Zoltan Meszaros from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                        Ive done this hike in the summer. Its fantastic.
                                                                                                        I am planning on hiking up and spending a night Feb 17th. Anyone know the current conditions? Lake frozen solid?

                                                                                                          Posted: January 30, 2018 03:33:39 PM PST

                                                                                                          Bre Kozak from Dallas, TX writes:

                                                                                                          Hi there. Looking for some advice! I’ll be visiting Vancouver June 9-12th, 2018. My husband is working downtown, and I’ll fly in so we can spend a few days together after his event is over. Since I’ll only have 2 full days in Canada, I’m trying to do research on what to do. This hike seems picturesque and not too strenuous, but it would be an all day thing to take a bus in and out of the city. What is recommended? Is there an option closer into the city that may be rewarding/ less time consuming and not too snowy, or is this worth it? Thanks!!

                                                                                                            Posted: November 22, 2017 11:57:55 AM PST

                                                                                                            Marion from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                            Parking lot was full of snow (30 cms) we had to park along the road (i don't know if this was very authorized).Beautiful hike in the snow easier with snowshoes.

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                                                                                                              Posted: November 20, 2017 10:51:40 AM PST

                                                                                                              Eva from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                              Great hike in the snow would recommend either snow shoes or micro spikes. We went over the long weekend (Sat Nov 11 - Nov 12).

                                                                                                              I'm curious if anyone has seen a go pro hero 3 plus with a black and blue grip handle? It fell off my pack and may have been buried in snow =S Please let me know if you've seen it! Much appreciated

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                                                                                                                Posted: November 13, 2017 12:36:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                Chantelle from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                Can you hike Joffre Lake in November? I would like to go this long weekend (Nov 12th or 13th).

                                                                                                                  Posted: November 9, 2017 08:24:35 AM PST

                                                                                                                  Debbie from White Rock, BC writes:

                                                                                                                  An absolutely beautiful fall hike! We arrived at the trail head at 10am and there were 7 cars in the parking lot. We never felt like the trail was overcrowded. We had Middle Joffre and Upper Joffre lakes completely to ourselves! There was snow along the edge of the trail and some frost on the trail itself but not too bad. The lakes had a thin layer of ice on the surface to make a beautiful glassy mirror. It took us 3 hours to complete this hike; and that includes breaking at Upper Joffre. Here's our video:


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                                                                                                                    Posted: November 1, 2017 08:06:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                    Pasquale Josepe from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                    One of my favorite places to be. The hike was easy and with all the pictures along the way that you will most certainly take offer tiny breaks. Plan your day according and don't sell yourself short of time as this is a world wonder of epic proportions. If you want to see new perspectives of this marvel check out my drone video https://youtu.be/yKzlVMkchmI

                                                                                                                    Pasquale Josepe

                                                                                                                      Posted: September 21, 2017 08:55:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Dimo B from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                      Sweet Hike! A little crowded and it does take 2.5 hrs from vancouver to get to! But not a difficult one! :)
                                                                                                                      Check it out from an Eagle's eye view at https://youtu.be/SdQgC0odQUc

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                                                                                                                        Posted: September 20, 2017 03:23:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                        Dave from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                        Did Sun Sept 3rd. I knew it was going to be busy on a long weekend Sunday so get there earlier with 5 others. It was a spectacular hike with amazing views. We went to very end of last lake to the creeks running down from glacier for an epic lunch spot. The water was cool on the feet & tasted amazing (I use a lifestraw). We all got a ton of great photos before facing the hundreds of people on the way back down. the busiest I have ever seen a hike in my life. So in future will do on a weekday. If anyone does this, go very early to get a better parking spot and before the later crowds appear, many which seem to not be that prepared for the initial hill climb.

                                                                                                                          Posted: September 5, 2017 08:02:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                          Rob from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                          Did this hike yesterday Monday Aug.28, 2017.. Left cloverdale at 4:00 am and reached the trailhead by 7:00 am.. Only a few vehicles in the packing lot. Reached the third lake by 9:00 am with stops at the first, second and third lake. Went to the campsite and hiked around the glacier runoff where the small waterfall is at the far end of the lake.. couldn't find a real safe way to cross the water runoff without getting wet so didn't get to the high cliff at the far end of the lake.. Absolutely stunning views of the glacier and lakes.. Fantastic day hike or overnight hike.. On our way back the trail was filled with people going up... Got down to the parking lot at 12:30 pm and it was full as well as the overflow parking lot... Definitely a hike to do again.. There were lots of people bringing up their dogs which is easily done by the dogs...

                                                                                                                            Posted: August 29, 2017 11:16:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                            S.Bilal from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                            Somebody lost his camera at Joffre Lake Parking Lot on August 20 / 2017.
                                                                                                                            You can email me at: [email protected] to get it back after you prove it is yours.

                                                                                                                              Posted: August 20, 2017 09:50:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                              Jessica from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                              After reading many comments on this hike I was worried about taking my 5 and 7 year old kids. Yes, this hike is somewhat intense but the views are worth every step! Both kids managed this hike with minimal complaints and we did see many other children as well. I was also worried about how long this hike would take too. The signs say 3 hrs to upper lake, so 6 hours total, but we managed to do the entire hike to upper lake and back in just under 4 hours.. and that included us taking several breaks and stopping for lunch at the waterfall.
                                                                                                                              My advice is to stay well hydrated, take breaks when you need to, wear proper footwear, and enjoy the beautiful views

                                                                                                                                Posted: August 19, 2017 08:40:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Mary from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                Great hike! All three lakes were absolutely gorgeous. Third lake's view point was hard to get to with my 18lb dog as I had to carry her over all the boulders. Definitely a difficult hike for one portion of the trail as it was quite steep. Well worth it for the view. Saw many families of all ages hiking and camping. Arrived at 8am on Aug 17, lots of parking space still available. Got to the bottom around 11am, both lots full and trail was very busy.

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                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 17, 2017 05:50:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                  Cam from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                  This trail is fantastic, the lakes are utterly gorgeous. The turquoise-blue water is almost too pristine to be believed. The climb is not at all difficult as far as local trails go, but it's certainly not a walk in the park either. We passed a number of hikers on the trail who seemed quite unprepared.

                                                                                                                                  The central issue is parking, everything you've read about the parking situation is true. This is a busy trail and the park's small lot is woefully inadequate. Come as early as you can to get a spot before the lot fills up.

                                                                                                                                  It's well worth it though!

                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 29, 2017 08:29:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    Roger Barnes from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                    What a fabulous hike on a sunny Monday July 24. The views of the glacier, mountains, the gorgeous lakes and the waterfall make this well worth the 2.5 hours drive from Vancouver. Another big advantage is there are good views throughout the walk, not just at the top. Became busy on the way back, even on the weekday.

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                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 28, 2017 05:12:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                      Hiked on 2017.07.23. We arrived around 9am and the parking was already 95% full. Shoulder parking along the highway is not allowed (but there were still lots of cars parked along the hwy when we left). The lakes were beautiful, but my most memorable part of the day was climbing all the way to the glacier above the upper lake. We had to make our own trail and took some small risks (e.g. crossing creeks and melting snow patches). The view from up above is unforgettable. I truly love this trail but secretly hoped this place is less busy.

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                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 24, 2017 09:35:17 AM PST

                                                                                                                                        The Ramsays from MAPLE RIDGE writes:

                                                                                                                                        We went on this hike on Sunday July 23/2017. Beautiful sunny warm day - the 3 lakes were amazing!
                                                                                                                                        We both thought the hike was more difficult than expected. Glad we did it and very glad we went all the way to the Upper Lake. Amazing beauty!
                                                                                                                                        Cannot believe though the people that are trying to hike in flat shoes and flip flops - at least wear running shoes - also taking very small children on this hike!! Anyhow to each his own!
                                                                                                                                        Highly recommended - but be prepared to sweat and get your heartbeat up!

                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 23, 2017 09:36:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          C Boersma from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                          On June 22, 2017 - be advised there are park rangers managing the parking lots. A warning sign has been put up stating cars cannot be parked on the shoulder. I didn't see many if any cars on the shoulder and the both parking lots filled up (on a cloudy Saturday) by about 11am.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 22, 2017 11:08:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                            Slavko from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                            Went on Sunday, July 15, it took us about four hours up and down. Not easy as I was expected, especially second part between first and second lake. We started early, way up was smooth, but on way back there were a lot of people so at times, trial became too narrow for all of us. As everyone advices, come earlier (before 9 AM) for parking spot and for comfort on the trail. There are lots of bugs, bring bug spray. Do not be afraid of bears, it is so busy bears do not like such crowd.
                                                                                                                                            The lakes are beautiful and hike is worth going.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 19, 2017 11:58:49 AM PST

                                                                                                                                              Elise from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                              Went on Sunday, July 16. Not too bad of a hike but there were a lot of people so at times we were congested on the trail. Lots of bugs too in the morning so bring bug spray. We got to the second parking lot around 10am and there was room but when we got back down around 2pm, the parking lot was full and people were parked on the highway and on the shoulders... so I would say get there before 10am to find parking.

                                                                                                                                              The views were beautiful but really chilly when you get to the campsite / third lake so bring a warm jacket. Beautiful view nonetheless and worth going.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 17, 2017 01:41:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                Vicki from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                Hello! I was wondering if anyone knows what the parking situation is like at around 2? Does it get crowded or will be find a spot easily?

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 16, 2017 03:13:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Myra from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                  Nice alternative to Garibaldi Lake, I would say. Shorter and much easier. But the view is equally beautiful.

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                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 12, 2017 11:57:00 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Jeff from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                    I give this a 3 stars rather than 5 simply because the trail is way to busy. The lakes and the glacier are beautiful but the frustration of of too may people on the trails was overwhelming. Will not go back.

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 10, 2017 08:30:06 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                      Andrea L from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                      Did the hike only July 2nd - no snow on the trails, fabulous views!! Great to stop for a picnic either at the middle or upper lakes with panoramic views of the glaciers.

                                                                                                                                                      There are relatively steep stairs to the middle lake but not that strenuous. Hike to the upper lake from middle is a short distance..took about 20 minutes or so. Well worth the drive from downtown !

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 5, 2017 02:54:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Alice from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Did this hike yesterday and it was absolutely phenomenal. Condition was great, with no snow or mud. You can live without hiking shoes on this trail but hiking shoes are always recommended. It was definitely not an easy hike but it was so worth the extra effort. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone. There are 3 different lakes in total and would take about 3 hours now average to finish if you decided to stop by every single lake.

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                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 4, 2017 11:58:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Jeff from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                          Can I know what is the condition of the lakes?

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 11, 2017 10:16:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Erika from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                            Did this hike today and what a great day; clear blue skies and not too crowded. The trail maybe has 5% snow/ice left. So long as you're a bit cautious/careful- you can do it easily with any shoe, my boyfriend just had runners on.

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 5, 2017 08:28:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Zach from Squamish writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Hiked it yesterday in the rain. Sections of the trail is still covered in snow/ice. And there is quite a few trees that have fallen over the trail, atleast 4 if I recall correctly. They are easily passable, just a small obstacle. At the top at the third lake there is quite a bit of snow and slush, which makes it difficult to see where the trail continues, I recommend stopping there as its easy to sink knee deep in the snow.

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                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 31, 2017 12:00:11 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                Shannon from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                Trail still covered in ice and snow as of May 21. First kilometer or so is passable with good traction boots and trekking poles. The section right before the steep part leading up to the middle lake, which in the summer is a boulder field with a winding gravel path through it, was a hard slope of ice in the early hours. Arrived at the trailhead just before 7am May 21, so maybe later on in the day, when the sun comes over the ridge and some hikers with serious crampons have trailblazed a bit, it would be more easily traversable, but I felt it was too dangerous to attempt alone with only microspikes, so I turned back. Trekking poles were useful as well for body stability as well as finding unstable snow.

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 24, 2017 07:42:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Kaur from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  track is full of thick slushy snow, starting from the parking lot. Good hiking shoes are needed. We did go for around 1 km but decided to come back as my friends had running shoes and track was getting steeper. Quite slippery while coming back. I had hiking shoes and found the track manageable with caution. Lower lake still had sheet of ice for most of the lake. Got to know from people that middle & upper lake are still frozen and views are spectacular. We would re-attempt in July-Aug.

                                                                                                                                                                  Recommendation: Good grip hiking shoes and poles.

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 22, 2017 10:32:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    Did all 3 lakes 21/5/17 still thick slushy snow on trail quite hard going up the trail to 2nd and 3rd lakes even though they are still mostly frozen over. Going back down the trail was very slippery under foot I slipped and fell a few times, so many people doing this trail in running shoes!!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 21, 2017 09:00:57 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Ting Z from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Must go, otherwise you would regret!! Amazing view! I love the lower and middle lakes. The entire trail took me 4-5 hrs, because I lack exercise. I do want to go again!!!

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 15, 2017 02:45:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        pushkar Atre from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        Hello people,

                                                                                                                                                                        We have been to Joffre before and was planning to do this year in May again

                                                                                                                                                                        This time we are planning to Camp up there.After reading all the reviews about camping looks like its very busy in Summer and becomes dirty too eventually creating Mice problem and all

                                                                                                                                                                        Is there any one who has attempted to Camp Around May end? Howz the weather and Trail conditions in May like?

                                                                                                                                                                        Is it equally busy ?

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 23, 2017 03:24:22 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Duane from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone know what the conditions are up there right now? Do-able with crampons?

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: February 7, 2017 09:08:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            Kate from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            What are the road conditions like right now? Do you need chains? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: January 14, 2017 10:26:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Tim from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked with snowshoes dec 10, lakes are frozen over safe for walking on, access to all three lakes open

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 10, 2016 08:21:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Laura from Dallas writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Haven't been up yet, planning for Dec 1. Can someone let me know how it is a bit closer if you head up between nov 28th and dec 1st? Drive conditions, trail, frozen lakes, etc..


                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 21, 2016 06:31:25 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  Ellie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked this on 11/12/16: trail was snow-free but the last kilometre or so is quite muddy: bring sturdy, waterproof footwear and you'll be fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: November 13, 2016 10:55:02 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Megan from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    I just hiked Joffre Lakes last weekend and it was absolutely beautiful. At this point none of the lakes are frozen, and there is snow only between the second and third lakes. It is not snowy enough to deter one from hiking in running shoes, as the path is only partially obstructed. We hiked it in four hours or less. It's not a very long or challenging hike, but its a beautiful one. Make sure you dress with lots of layers on!! Although you will sweat at the start, when you get to the top you will appreciate them.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: November 11, 2016 10:22:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Madhumanti Mandal from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Can someone tell me about the trail condition? Is the lake already frozen and the trail full snowy?

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: November 6, 2016 12:27:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Maxime from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyone knows if the access to the second lake it's ok?
                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 26, 2016 08:22:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          Kirk from Banff writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Does anybody know if the lakes are still frozen or not? Picking up my parents next week in Vancouver and planning on doing this hike with them. We will bring the necessary equipment, as I've read that the trail is icy, but would like to know ahead of time if the lakes are frozen or not. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 12, 2016 01:13:11 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            McBain from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Trail is very icy! We hiked to the 2nd lake today. The first third of the trail is fine; there is some snow off the trail but the trail itself is snow free. It doesn't stay that way. The next two thirds of the trail to the 2nd lake (as the steeper incline starts, just past the rubble field) is icy. It's not too bad going up, but coming down is very challenging as the trail is often covered in thin ice and thus very slippery. We fell down hard on the trail a few times and it was very slow coming down.

                                                                                                                                                                                            **I wouldn't recommend doing it without some kind of crampons**

                                                                                                                                                                                            The 2nd lake itself was gorgeous. It gets the sun so it's not frozen and still turquoise. We didn't go to the 3rd lake because of the ice on the trail, although some others did.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The roads were clear and the parking lot was 1/2 full.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 12, 2016 12:06:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tanvi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked the lakes today. It snowed there this friday and the trail has become icy and slippery, which made it hard for me as a beginner hiker even though this is a relatively easier trails compared to chief or mt. seymour which I have done before. Luckily, I had three fit people with me who did not mind lending me a hand. I would recommend hiking poles or crampons. I wish I had those. It took us 5 hours to complete and we had a long lunch break on the top as well as short ones to take photos on the way. The lakes are gorgeous in the snow. Happy hiking :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: October 10, 2016 11:27:11 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Steffi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                I just want to know if Joffrelakes still open for hiking on October 8 or 9. For hiking not camping?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 26, 2016 09:20:37 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  jay from burnaby writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                  Joffre Lakes hike, 4K Aerial, Matier Glacier. Pemberton, British Columbia

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jordan Punsalan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoyed my trip, I also made a short clip

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 31, 2016 11:18:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gabriela from Victoria writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This location is amazing! It's a hard hike up to Middle lake but it took us about 45 minutes. We started at about 10:30am and it was already pretty warm, the parking lot was full so you do need to get there early (we did get lucky as someone was just leaving) but there is an overflow parking lot too. I wish there was more places to sit at middle lake as it was a busy spot but we pulled up a stump and had lunch. Everyone I've shown my pictures to is planning their trip to visit now! We'll be back!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 24, 2016 09:01:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Burns from North Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beautiful hike but busy! Still worth it though. We found a quieter spot to enjoy the view higher up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 23, 2016 10:52:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Francis from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This has to be the most scenic and beautiful hike I have done so far. Although it was a Thursday the trail was very busy and we were never out of sight from people. The colour of all three lakes is just surreal. I ended up taking a plunge into the third, upper lake near the campsite below the glacier. The water was very cold but very refreshing on such a hot day. The trail itself is very well groomed and just moderately difficult. I highly recommend this hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 18, 2016 09:11:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jake from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            My friend and I are planning to do camping at Joffre. We are planning to leave this Friday afternoon. What are the chances that the campsite will be full by the time we arrive there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 16, 2016 12:28:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mai from Montreal writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amazing scenery well worth the effort to hike to the upper lakes. A major downside is that the trail is so overcrowded that it is difficult to get enough privacy to take a piss, even on a week day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 10, 2016 01:00:38 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                JD from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Drove up from Coquitlam and hiked to the upper lake yesterday 8/7/2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The conditions were absolutely perfect and it wasn't too crowded, despite both lots being completely full. I've lived in BC for nearly 10 years and this is the most beautiful place I've seen yet. All three of the lakes are gorgeous (and incredibly clean) but the upper lake is the main attraction here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The first hour or so of the hike is 99% uphill and a little tough but there are plenty of places to stop and catch your breath along the way. After that it's smooth going until the rocky sections but the path at that point is easy to follow and not very arduous, all things considered. A good pair of poles would make, not only this section but the entire hike, a breeze. The trail is well taken care of, there are numerous places to stop and take photos (or selfies if that's your thing) and there's even a few place for fido to grab a drink. All in all this is a must hike trail for anyone who likes being around beauty in its purest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                PROS: Gorgeous. Well maintained trail. A photographers dream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                CONS: Selfie Sticks everywhere. Mosquitoes. Parking can be tough to come by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 8, 2016 05:53:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JD from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Drove up from Coquitlam and hiked to the upper lake yesterday 8/7/2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The conditions were absolutely perfect and it wasn't too crowded, despite both lots being completely full. I've lived in BC for nearly 10 years and this is the most beautiful place I've seen yet. All three of the lakes are gorgeous (and incredibly clean) but the upper lake is the main attraction here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The first hour or so of the hike is 99% uphill and a little tough but there are plenty of places to stop and catch your breath along the way. After that it's smooth going until the rocky sections but the path at that point is easy to follow and not very arduous, all things considered. A good pair of poles would make, not only this section but the entire hike, a breeze. The trail is well taken care of, there are numerous places to stop and take photos (or selfies if that's your thing) and there's even a few place for fido to grab a drink. All in all this is a must hike trail for anyone who likes being around beauty in its purest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PROS: Gorgeous. Well maintained trail. A photographers dream.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CONS: Selfie Sticks everywhere. Mosquitoes. Parking can be tough to come by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 8, 2016 12:08:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a fairly easy hike for the beautiful view of the alpine lakes, not one but three! the hike itself is beautiful and enjoyable with so much to see around, unlike garibaldi lake hike, where the switchbacks are pretty monotonous with no views at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 7, 2016 01:50:51 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oxana from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Fun hike with some trails being less hilly than others, but lots of uphill too. The third lake has a spectacular view of the glacier which makes some great photos :) Take your time and bring water/food because this is an intermediate hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 4, 2016 03:32:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KR from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Drove from North Vancouver to Joffre Lakes at 7am and arrived at 9:15am. This was a Sunday during the long weekend and the top parking lot was full and the bottom parking lot was about 1/3 full. Get here early during long weekends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The hike to the 2nd lake starts out easy and then the incline begins. I feel like I'm moderately in shape. For example, if I was to do the grind I think I would do it in like 1:30 with a ton of breaks to give you an idea of my fitness level. I took two short breaks during the hike to the 2nd lake and got to the top no problem (probably took 40 minutes). The 2nd lake is amazing, but get there early because it gets crowded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We then went up to the 3rd lake, a lot of rocks and more challenging in terms of your balance and trying not to fall or trip. The 3rd lake is amazing and the perfect place to hang out and have lunch. We went in July and I found it to be COLD, you will be warm going up from body heat, but once you are idle it gets chilly really fast, it was about 12 degrees at noon. Once you get to the third lake you could go around the lake to the camp site, but I suggest as soon as you reach the 3rd lake to just climb up the rocks and then you will see a good area to sit down to relax. Going down from the 3rd lake wasn't very fun and I'm sure lots of slips happen especially if it rains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Overall really fun hike, pretty crowded, but nothing horrible if you start at around 9:30am. Have fun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 2, 2016 12:04:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Riley Hanni from Lehi, Utah writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I survived the hike to the second lake, June 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Let's be real, the hike absolutely sucked. I'm young but out of shape. I was cursing the entire way up to the second lake, because boy does it get STEEP. Also, important to note, it only took me an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the second lake, that was with frequent stops. The sign said it would take almost three.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, all that being said, the view at the second lake was the most breathtaking thing I have ever seen in the entirety of my 25 years on this planet. I have seen a lot of natural beauties, as I live in Utah and am often in the mountains, but this was unreal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did the hike suck? Oh yeah. Was it worth it? OH YEAH. I would drive 16 hours from Utah and hike the horrible hike just to do it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 6, 2016 04:02:14 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            crossover from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked on Jun 27, 2016 (Monday)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I started around 9:30 am and it was relatively quiet. I only saw about 10 other hikers between the lower and middle lake. After hiking the Chief (in Squamish) the day before, my legs were tired and it took me almost one hour to reach the middle lake. It was quite steep at certain places but the trail was well maintained so it was not technical. The middle lake was gorgeous and it's a good place to snack/lunch. It took me another 20 mins to reach the upper lake. This section was not as steep but it had more loose rocks and tree roots. I decided to hike all the way to the camping site. This section requires careful footing and added another 15 mins (one way) to my trip, but it's totally worth it. I got close to the glacier and what a beautiful sight it was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I started my descent around 1pm and the trail was noticeably much busier. So like many other have suggested before - start early and pick a weekday to avoid crowds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 5, 2016 01:03:16 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kristen Spanza from Delta BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked up on Thurs June 30, down on Canada Day, July 1st.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              OMG the number of people on that trail by 9:30am! I am sure a church group busload disgorged 25 people by 10am, plus all the others.. Look out for long weekends!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There were 15+ campsites overnight on Thursday of the long weekend, with a few open spots still; at least 5 tents went up after 6pm with no problem. But on Friday, July 1st, I passed at least 25 backpacker "pairs" by the time I hit the parking lot at 10:30am. Some of those people would need to hike it out again for certain, or camp illegally not at upper lake. There are no "designated" pads at the upper lake, but only a modest number of flat spots to laydown on. If you have a single bivvy, your options will be more than most others. Be prudent, do not camp at middle lake or in undesignated areas, do not burn open fires, obey bear safety (one reason no middle lake camping), etc. Also, be prepared for rain despite the weather reports. It was scheduled to be clear and gorgeous night, but then mist / rain came in at 4am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am an older camper, hiked in with my teenager. The trail is very well developed / easy footing through middle lake, but then with a lot of small "boulder" sections and large up / down tree roots from middle lake to get to the camping at upper lake. Not too much elevation gain, NET, middle to upper lake, except that it is all up 15 feet / down 15 feet the whole way. The approach to middle lake is steep but easier on the knees / feet than Mt. Seymour, for example. But after you need to be careful about foot placement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I saw quite a few trail runners in this middle section and I can understand how that could be a lot of fun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Note, If you are already tired by the elevation climb (68+ steps and moderate to steep inclines) to get to middle lake, your legs will be jelly from the middle lake to upper lake, but it is doable, even with a backpack, for an out of shape newbie hiker like me. (4.5 hours round trip total for certain, with backpack, though.. people that post of doing this in 2 hrs are bragging / trail running.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Middle lake is the prettiest, in my opinion, and it is worth it to climb to the falls below upper lake.... BUT if you are already tired and not camping, treat yourself and avoid the rocks and roots, and go back to middle lake and enjoy the view while waiting for the rest of your party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 4, 2016 09:07:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked Jul 2, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sunny/Overcast day, perfectly hikeable in runners. Almost no slippery/muddy portions all the way up to the upper lake. (Other than loose rock.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Start time of about 11am meant the trail was quite crowded, so if you'd like for some quiet definitely don't try at that time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sitting by the lake is still quite cold, but trail was fine to do in shorts/tshirt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 4, 2016 02:25:12 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Simone Prince from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked and camped up at Joffre lakes this past weekend, hike wasn't too hard and the campground was great, spent two beautiful nights up there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, our car got broken into in the parking lot (window smashed) and over $4000 worth of personal belongings were stolen, so just a warning to everyone to not leave any belongings in your cars!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 20, 2016 12:37:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Helen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Absolutely stunning hike. The lake, glacier and waterfalls were breathtaking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Started at 10:00am, the parking lot was already half full. Took about 1 hour to reach the upper lake, about the same time down. It was fairly muddy, likely due to the rain late last week but still worth the hike up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 13, 2016 01:24:52 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Camped at the upper lake on June 4-5. The trail and campsites are all completely snowfree. The trail is just a little muddy from all of the snowmelt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 5, 2016 05:13:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The trail between the north end of the upper lake and the south/campground end of the lake still has some snow/slippery sections. But it's still doable, my almost-7yo daughter did it in her running shoes, although she did get muddy. Recommend hiking to the top of the waterfall past the campground, you'll see a much deeper hue of colors of the lake when looking down. I hadn't done this trail since more than 15 yr ago, and noticed that the trail from parking to middle lake is largely "paved" now due to its popularity. The glacier at the upper lake has receded quite a bit too. But this is still one of the best, if not the best, day hikes in the Whistler area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 3, 2016 05:15:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vic from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Highly recommend going up to the Upper Joffre lake, the views of the Matier glacier and the icefield is absolutely beautiful, not to mention the turquoise green water of the lake itself! The hike to the last lake is on the difficult side of 'intermediate', and may be challenging for novice hikers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All in all, two thumbs up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 23, 2016 04:11:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yung J from USA writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Trail report from May 14th. Even though it was 70F outside, there was still lots of packed snow/ice on the trail once you pass the lower lake. Microspikes were very useful, and hiking boots were a must, as there are several steep icy sections of trail. Those trying to do the hike in sneakers were sliding all over the place. Past the middle lake, the snow gets deeper. Still mostly packed, but some steps resulted in being up to above your knees in snow. Around upper lake, the trail to the campgrounds on the south side of the lake are full of several feet of snow and not well marked. Snowshoes would be useful if you were headed to the campsites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 18, 2016 02:41:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Frederico Verreet from Steveston, Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did go up May 01. Mushy snow on the ground from the parking lot with icy/slippery sections along the way. At the upper lake, glad I had my snow shoes on. Caves, hollows, quite challenging getting to the South side of the lake. Scenery worthwhile all the effort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 10, 2016 12:27:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hans from New York writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm looking to hike Joffre Lakes on May 13. Is there any snow in the trail from the first lake to the 3rd lake and the trail to the top of the glacier at this point?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have no snow shoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 9, 2016 02:14:20 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This comment is regarding Joffre in mid-summer - no idea about winter/spring conditions. Really beautiful hike. For those who are unfit or with young kids, the Lower lake is basically right by the parking lot and still scenic. Middle lake is quite a steep hike so if you're not fit or have physical ailments you will struggle. That being said, as a 20 something who doesn't exercise much, I made it up (very tired though). And the payoff for finishing the Lower to Middle hike is totally worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Regarding the question below of getting to Joffre without driving yourself, I would think that's pretty much impossible given it's location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: March 23, 2016 01:19:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jen from Montreal writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My friend and I are planning a trip in the West. We really would like to visit Joffre Lakes. We do not drive. Do you know the best way for us to get there from Vancouver?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 16, 2016 10:11:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Allison from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hey everyone. I plan to do this hike on the first weekend of April.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Any recommendations on type of clothing/gear I should bring? We don't have any hiking gear. Bundle up? Light clothing? Any and all advice on how to best prep ourselves would be very much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I know there's still a lot of snow and lakes are still frozen over in Whistler at this time of the year so I'm anticipating same type of weather at the lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks everyone!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 7, 2016 05:12:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mish from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did the trail on Feb 27th. Great weather, lots of snow still at the top but most of the trail was only hard packed snow / ice. Lakes still frozen enough to walk over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We had snowshoes but for the most part, crampons / traction device will serve you just as well. Saw a few people doing without both but there definitely some compacted ice that made the steeper parts before the 2nd lake dangerous and slippery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 2, 2016 02:29:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joey from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How's the conditions right now to the 3rd lake? Still need snow shoes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: February 25, 2016 03:47:51 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ryan from New Wesminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Will be doin this trail and camping on Feb 20-21 with my buddies. See yah at the frozen lake! Happy WInter Camping fellaz!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: February 15, 2016 10:19:51 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              frederico verreet from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone gone up to Upper Lake in the past few weeks?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Planning to go up on Sunday, Feb 21.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Your comments and advises are welcome!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Happy Valentines Day to all>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: February 14, 2016 01:10:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jimmy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Planning on hiking the trails Feb 5th. How are the conditions and is it safe to winter camp?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: January 31, 2016 08:46:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tim from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was thinking of doing this hike next week. How busy is this hike, or will we not see anyone at all throughout the entire hike?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: December 8, 2015 04:55:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jacy from Kitsilano writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thinking of hiking Joffre Lakes this Sunday. Has anyone done the trail this week? Do you need snow shoes? Will good hiking boots be fine?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: December 8, 2015 01:24:11 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brendan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked it on Saturday, lots of snow, but the trail is hardpacked snow. Don't need snowshoes, but good grip hiking boots or crampons is recommended as the section with the stairs have become a bit icy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: November 30, 2015 08:40:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christelle from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked it last Saturday and there was quite a lot of snow and the trail is getting icy too. Snowshoes or spikes recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: November 24, 2015 12:02:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Janice from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's currently LOTS of snow:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: November 23, 2015 10:31:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Brendan Leong from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My girlfriend and I are planning to hike this trail this weekend since it is supposed to be nice. Anyone that hiked the trail recently know the conditions?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: November 23, 2015 10:24:56 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is there anyone goes hiking on November in Joffre lake?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: November 12, 2015 11:18:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wesley from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just went for a winter camp at Joffre lake campgrounds (November 8th 2015). conditions are great! We had the whole park to ourselves!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: November 8, 2015 06:21:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to Joffre this weekend (Oct 10 2015), can anyone tell me what the conditions are like? Muddy or icy? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: October 8, 2015 01:49:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mara Petrovic from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To many dogs, most of them not on a leash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 28, 2015 05:29:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vania from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Couldn't agree more with Dean! I haven't hiked this trail in a while, so it was my first time after all the trail work. I was a bit disappointed that boulder field is gone, it was my personal challenge on that hike. The new trail is much faster and yes, huge crowds. The view never disappoints, but you enjoy peace and quiet while hiking, I second Dean's advice. I will def. try it again on a weekday next time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 14, 2015 10:26:46 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brianna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We are hiking up on Sept.20 with kids for a night and our tent is a 6 person tent. Is there enough room for a tent this size ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 8, 2015 07:53:00 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Marie from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We're planning to hike Joffre lakes tomorrow just after a few rainy days. What would be condition of the trail? Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 3, 2015 08:03:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dean from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked all three lakes yesterday. Joffre Lakes never disappoints and offers amazing rewards in the first 5 minutes. The new trails is much faster, we made it to the 3rd lake in 1:15:00 without too much effort. ONE MAJOR NEGATIVE!!! The trail improvements have brought huge crowds! The trails were packed and we were in a crowd the entire hike, every lookout, was literally full, it was like being in Stanley Park on a weekend!! All parking areas were packed and cars were parked dangerously on the highways for 1 - 2 km in either direction. There was little trail manners, people were rushing, pushing past each other, taking selfies everywhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did this just three 3 years ago on a weekend and it was nothing like this!! If you can do this on a weekday you'll have a far better experience but a busy Saturday takes away from the solitude, the views, the outdoor experience. ..so 5 stars for the hike but you'll have more of a 2 star experience on a weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 23, 2015 07:58:07 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Py from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just went for an overnight stay at Joffre Lakes. What a beautiful hike. We had heavy backpacks so made the hike more difficult than those going for a day hike. The first lake is pretty much by the the parking lot. Between the first and the second lake there's a good 1.5 hour hike which is pretty much uphill throughout but it's not overly aggressive and it's absolutely gorgeous which makes it a lot better. This portion has a very good trail and should be okay for most hikers. The portion between the middle lake and the upper lake has a rocky trail and requires a bit more attention. It is not necessarily harder but the trail path is not as obvious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We stayed at the campground. Got there around 6PM on Thursday. The spots by the water were taken but many great spots were still left on the hill. It got a bit cold during the night and it rained as well. In the morning the sun was out and the view was absolutely stunning. You can continue to go up to the glacier as well. The path is not very clear and it's pretty rocky. We had our small dog with us so we decided not do it. The water was very cold and we didn't swim either.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Overall I strongly recommend this hike. Don't forget bug spray and warm cloth if you're staying overnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 22, 2015 09:45:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Excellent hike. Okay fitness, late twenties to late fifties group, was tiring but we made it up to the middle lake in 1.5 hours. Unless you're in bad shape, this hike is do-able - just tiring (but worth it). Just make sure you bring food and water and aim to go up earlier in the day as it will take some time to complete all 3 lakes. FYI, there are pit toilets at the middle lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 17, 2015 08:41:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brennan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the comment JK! Really appreciate it :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 10, 2015 02:14:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JK from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ignore bad ratings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This hike is stunning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are many people carrying over-sized backpacks for overnight camping and hiking with their babies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't know how the trail was before, but it is good as is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your first goal would be Middle Lake, which is stunning. If you have energy, proceed to Upper Lake. If you are still fine, go all the way to the campsite near the glacier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a 5 star hike. Again, ignore all negative reviews.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Check weather forecast for any wildfire, and avoid very obvious busy days/times for parking (weekend, 9am~3pm)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 8, 2015 05:22:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brennan from Vancouver writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My wife and I are thinking of doing this hike (for the 1st time) at some point this summer. We have a 5 month old, and we'd like to bring her. After reading the one comment:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "The boulder field is gone and the hike is now basically a walking path. In addition, a new super steep section was added in between the first and second lake which was totally unnecessary and annoying."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm wondering if this is something we can do as a family, or if it might be too much?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 7, 2015 09:49:25 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eva from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We (3 friends and I) would love to hike at Joffre Lakes and are looking for a ride..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (no driving license yet)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Please contact me if you're going somewhere in the first 2 weeks and would love to give us a ride!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 20, 2015 09:42:21 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lee from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thinking about hiking Joffre around the end of July. I know climbing the glacier is an option once at the third lake, but are there other day hikes you can do from the upper lake?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 16, 2015 05:31:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jenn from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also wondering if anyone has done the hike in the past month, with all of the forest fires happening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Planning on heading up there on Saturday.... any thoughts? Is Joffre affected?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 14, 2015 11:27:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              e from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              anyone know if it's safe to go there right now due to the fires nearby?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 13, 2015 11:29:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cata Velicea from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey guys anybody going to Joffre's Lake this weekend Friday evening or Saturday morning vert early. I am planning to grab my car and don't mind car pooling either as long as you come back on Sunday at some point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 9, 2015 07:28:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sara from Chilliwack writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wanted to hike Joffre lake this weekend but am concerned about the boulder creek fire. Has anyone hiked it recently? Any information on any potential dangers or if it's even worth it with the amount of smoke?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 6, 2015 04:47:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pedes from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The trail has changed dramatically and for the worse so if you're used to the old Joffre hike, you'll most likely be disappointed. The boulder field is gone and the hike is now basically a walking path. In addition, a new super steep section was added in between the first and second lake which was totally unnecessary and annoying. This hike used to be a fav, now it's bumped off my top 5. Very unhappy with whoever did the trail upkeep/maintenance on this one...big fail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 8, 2015 01:31:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chris mac from langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just curious about the boulder field and dogs. Can someone comment on if lab would have a problem with this section getting to 3rd lake?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 8, 2015 08:57:09 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elliott from VanCity writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any update on the conditions of the trail? Has the lake melted?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, is the water at Joffree safe to drink without treatment?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 5, 2015 08:31:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Josh from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Does anyone know what the snow/ice situation is like up there now? I gather the trail itself is clear, but are the lakes melted? And what about the camping area - is there still snow there? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 26, 2015 09:42:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jennifer from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked all three lakes over the long weekend. Trails are already clear, just go on a sunny day so you can appreciate the colour of the glacier water. The lakes are beautiful! If you get to the middle lake, might as well check out the upper lake. It is less than half and hour more of a hike and is definitely worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 20, 2015 11:26:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              M from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked up to the Upper Lake on May 3rd. Lakes were mostly still frozen (so you don't get the brilliant blue lake experience) and the upper camp grounds still hold enough packed snow to cover most of the sites. Snowshoes are definitely not needed unless you plan to head up further towards the glacier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However I'd highly recommend taking crampons or some ice cleats if you're heading up in the next few weeks as the trail was still very icy and slippery in a lot of places. I made it up and back ok in just my hiking boots but there were a few scary points on the way back down in particular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The hike itself is incredibly beautiful and one of my favourites. The first hour or so of the trail is a solid uphill slog but it levels out a bit closer to the campgrounds. Bring layers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 4, 2015 03:27:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eileen from Toronto, ON writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Planning on backcountry camping at the Upper Lake during the last week of May 2015.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do not have snowshoes, crampons, or spikes. Would love to keep up to date on snow and ice conditions!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 2, 2015 01:07:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  David Lim from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just did Joffre lakes on 20 April on a bright sunny day. By far, the most amazing and stunning views I've had since I started trekking around the North Vancouver area. (I've been almost everywhere except Wedgemont & Black Tusk).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is stunning when you could still walk on the snow lakes, esp at the third. Mountains are so in-your-face that you can almost touch them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spikes are highly recommended as there is a fair bit of hard ice along the trail. Do go before the ice starts to melt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 21, 2015 11:36:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ashley from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hi, Just wondering if anyone has been up to the campsites/top lake lately? Thinking of doing it early May.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Crampons necessary?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 15, 2015 09:18:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bebe from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went there yesterday, March 8th and the trail was super icy all the way to the upper lake. We couldn't have made it without crampons. Microspikes are also OK, but no need for snowshoes. We met a few other groups and they had trouble going up or coming down the icy sections without proper footwear/gear.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Crossing the lakes is a bit sketchy and I would not recommend it, even though we saw some people doing it (especially at the lower lake). We hiked the summer trail all the way up and it took 3-3.5 hrs round trip. Amazing views of the Matier glacier on a clear day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 9, 2015 10:55:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        brent k from strathmerton writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hi I was hoping that someone had a current condition report on this trail.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I am planning to do the hike on Sunday 8th march, and as I am driving from Vancouver I would like to know conditions prior.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thank you

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: March 3, 2015 09:37:39 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kaley W from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked with snowshoes to middle lake last week. Absolutely beautiful! A decent amount of uphill that I think would make hiking with boots a bit difficult. A lot of deep snow at some parts as well. Not an overly difficult or strenuous hike, very pleasant with great views.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Whiskey Jacks bombarded us at middle lake when we stopped to have lunch. Love those birds!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: February 9, 2015 11:23:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rae from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Feb 7th went to the third lake (not all the way to the far campsites)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We had snow shoes, but there were many with just boots on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Some patches of ice, minimal exposed dirt, and some deep snow. Likely the last chance you can do it until its all melted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Definitely at high risk of avalanches with the amount of melt going on, would not be safe to camp, borderline not safe to walk either, I didn't have a probe to test.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Would love to see this place in the summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Took about 4 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: February 8, 2015 06:33:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Heather from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked this Sept 20, 2014. The 2 star rating is for the trail which have been "improved". Most of the old trail has been deactivated/destroyed and the new trail is just plain AWFUL, not to mention dangerous, especially from the trailhead to the 1st lake. Up to the 2nd lake isn't much better. It's just a straight up slog. If you fall going down you will get hurt and once any water gets on there, watch out cause it's going to be slick. I'd prefer steps or the original trail which was more interesting, beautiful, safer, and much more enjoyable. I can't understand who designed the new trail but I am sure there will be repair work to come every spring. While Joffre Lakes are still beautiful it is unlikely I will return to hike here any time soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: October 6, 2014 02:48:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trisha from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also agree!..I liked the trail better before the recent work. I enjoyed navigating my way through the wash out section, which has now been turned into a path, and I feel that many of the steep sections, where the roots have been filled in with dirt, may be a recipe for disaster when the rains come...:(
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dont really know how this is an improvement!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 10, 2014 12:26:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  carolyn from richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was very disappointed by the recent groomed trail maintenance. Although it must be very difficult work to build, I prefer steep pitches with roots and rocks over the non-inspiring slog from the trailhead to the 2nd lake. The lakes, glaciers and surrounding habitat are stunning nonetheless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 25, 2014 04:22:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lynna from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Beautiful hike with amazing scenery. Took my husband and I about an hour and a half to get to the pit toilet at the third lake (I mark the trail by toilets because of my princess bladder - don't judge me). We then went on from the third lake up the Tszil Glacier trail, so our round trip ended up being closer to 5 hours including my many pit stops, pictures and two breaks to eat. We are in "medium" physical shape: we aren't slouches, but we don't typically run up and down trails. Had we gone to the third lake and back I'm confident it would have been more like 2.5 to 3 hours round trip. No need for bug spray any more, but we did start early (8:30 am). The trail was quiet on the way up, but coming down it was very busy with people going up (many to the camp ground). If you want to camp go early. They are doing trail maintenance between the first and second lakes (closer to the second lake). Really the only difficult part is between first and second lakes. There's a 25 minute uphill slog that felt worse because the trail is groomed. By that I mean you aren't going over rocks, climbing steps or other obstacles. It's like a steep bike path. After the second lake it's more like a "normal" trail. It was our first time there, but we plan to go again, we liked it so much. I highly recommend it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 23, 2014 12:06:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dave Taylor from Manhattan Beach writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Use bug spray before you go for a better experience. It's not necessary but recommended. This hike is steep between the lower and middle lake but doable for casual hikers. Dogs looked happy but tired at the top...this hike is majestic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 31, 2014 07:49:09 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JB from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is a great hike. A bit skeptical about hiking with my wife since she is not into it but she ended up loving it. It took us 4.5 hrs back and forth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 30, 2014 10:40:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kristal from Surrey, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiking up Saturday for the long weekend, leaving early but what do you do if all the tent spots are gone? I read pitching a tent just anywhere isn't a real option...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 27, 2014 06:06:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ks from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked this on July 17, 2014.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Easy to get to the lot (well-marked signage). Trail is in great condition. They are doing maintenance so it's been nicely built. The boulder field is easy to trek because they've put a gravel path in the middle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bring bug spray if you want to be able to sit and enjoy your lunch. It's beautiful, but the flies will want to join you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 18, 2014 08:32:25 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Diane from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes - they have buckets for you to put your food in then you put that into a locker. The ranger said they don't really have a bear problem - its more rodents?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 14, 2014 08:30:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Joanne from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Does the campsite have food lockers? Just want to see if I have to bring a bear cache or not. Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 12, 2014 10:33:12 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lori from Pederson writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Is there still boulder crossing? We are hiking it tmr. I heard the trail was re- directed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 30, 2014 09:34:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rafael from north vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    did this June 28, 2014. it's beautiful up there. clear of snow. don't forget to bring some bug spray. if you plan to camp there, try to be arrive early at the upper lake coz it gets busy by noon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 30, 2014 03:12:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      GV from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can buy your permit online, think it is $5 a night, and then just take the permit with you.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 27, 2014 04:30:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        CJ from Kamloops writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Doing this hike this long weekend. Wondering if anyone has hiked this trail with a dog? If so, is it challenging for the dog?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, as far as paying the backcountry camping fee, how do you do this? Is there one of those reservation boxes there where you fill out that you are there and put your money with it? Thank you!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 27, 2014 02:44:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          steph from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          How is the bug situation right now? Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 13, 2014 04:17:45 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jules from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I did this trail yesterday, June 8th 2014 and i was amazing! The trail is not really challenging except for some spots (the trail is Under construction in some aera) but it it well marked and easy to follow. There is no more snow on top and the trail is very wel taken care of! I regretted not to be a camper because spending the night there must be great!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 9, 2014 12:10:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Emily from New Westminster, writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm thinking of hiking this trail in the next few weeks, I'm just wondering if the snow has cleared up yet? Also, does anyone know exactly how crowded the campgrounds will be? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 7, 2014 07:30:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                J from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                @B from Vancouver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did the hike up to the 3rd lake today and it was quite nice. There were bits of snow here and there and some soggy spots along the way to the 2nd lake but my friend and I were fine with just runners. Some deeper sections of snow once you're up at the 3rd lake (it still has quite a bit of ice on it) but there wasn't anything unmanageable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 31, 2014 09:52:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  B from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone hiked up recently? What are the conditions like? Attempted this hike this time last year and the trail was still covered in snow...had to use the markers to find my way. Would like to try again in mid-June.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 31, 2014 04:19:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Delphine from Belgium writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We did the hike Joffre Lakes early February, the trail was packed and frozen which allowed us to go without snowshoes but at times we sank into the snow. Bringing snowshoes is a good idea. The weather was very nice and it was a great hike,that we hope to repeat in the summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 5, 2014 02:49:05 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jessica from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't hiked myself in the winter, but I'm looking at the snowy pictures longingly! I came across a few sites recommending the winter route (different from the summer route) for backcountry snowshoeing ski touring.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One site has very detailed directions to Keith's Hut aka Cerise Creek cabins - make sure to read the 2009 comment about the revised winter trail:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: February 2, 2014 08:55:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TB from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Has anyone hiked this trail in the winter? Any thoughts?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 8, 2014 02:38:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sam from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked this trail on October 30th, 2013, showing some visitors from Australia some alpine lakes and glaciers. No snow on the trail itself, the trail improvements are very nice. We started at 8:15 am just as the sun came out and reached the upper lake around 10:30 am.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Scrambled up to the Matier glacier after the upper lake with no difficulty. There was some snow on the ground after the second moraine on climber's right of the glacier just behind the campsite, but nothing a good pair of boots can't handle. Take care with crossing the frozen creeks and glacially polished ledges! Great views of all three lakes from the top. Ate lunch just after 12 in front of the toe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We began the descent around 12:30pm and were in the parking lot by 3:15pm. It started raining just as we left the parking lot. I'm wondering if this was the last day of good weather for the season... Hopefully not! I would recommend this to all :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 31, 2013 06:57:12 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Richard from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just done the hiking yesterday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The trail condition is good, with no snow on the trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When you see "new trail" sign on a small yellow board, follow it. The old trail is not in good condition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beautiful views along the trail and around the lakes. Totally worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes it is kind of far away from Vancouver, but fortunately the trail is not that long. I think it takes averagely 4 hours for round trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: October 24, 2013 02:04:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Henry from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just finished the hiking this Sunday, it is very beautiful, It is better than my last trip on Aug 31. There is some snow on the mountain top and let the mountains look more colourful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: October 8, 2013 08:41:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Start Up Survival from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Was just there Sept 14 for one night. Amazing hike and great weather!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Check out my blog for vids & photos:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 26, 2013 11:02:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael. from Burnaby, British Columbia writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Absolutely loved the hike and camping experience I had here. The trails were tricky at times, but the views were completely worth the trek.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wrote an elaborate blog post about our trip (photos included). Read about it here: http://wp.me/p3bHwE-du

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 12, 2013 04:48:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    was there last weekend, mosquitoes and black flies were very bad, but the view was worth it! there was no bugs near upper lake area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 6, 2013 04:09:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Brennan from Vancouver, BC writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm thinking of doing this hike this coming weekend (just a day trip on either Aug 10 or 11). What is the bug situation like right now? Are the mosquitoes bad?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 6, 2013 10:22:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pat from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just got back from Joffre late this afternoon. Gorgeous day, and we left Vancouver at 715am...it was 2.5 hours to trailhead. There were about 25 cars there when we arrived. The trail is fabulous, not too steep, and the comments about the steep section just before Second lake ias correct. I think we went from trailhead to top lake in 1 3/4 hours, at a fairly good pace. Flowers are just starting to come out, you may want to wait another 7-14 days. On the way down, it was a highway of people plodding up, glad we had an early start - all the spots were gone in the top parking lot and there were about 10-15 cars in the lower lot too. Would do it again, but would prefer to stay overnight. BC Parks is doing a lot to rebuild parts of the trail, and overall it is excellent!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 13, 2013 09:32:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Richard from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Flowers bloomed yet ?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Any updates on flowers ? Thanks a lot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 8, 2013 01:27:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Heidi from Mission, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We hiked this trail for the first time on the Canada day weekend with our 4 and 12-year-old. It was incredible! The trail was a little crowded and we were unprepared for the bugs, but other than that it was a beautiful hike and I highly recommend it. We camped at the 3rd lake. Tent spots fill up fast, and it's pretty much a boulder field so pitching a tent just any old place is NOT an option. I suggest get there as early as possible. If spots run out and you're really in a bind, I suppose you could pitch your tent on the helicopter pad and scramble if you hear one coming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 5, 2013 03:05:02 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michelle from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wondering how long it takes to reach the lake?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 3, 2013 04:03:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tanner K from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did this hike On Saturday, June 22nd. Was quite cloudy throughout the morning but as soon as we reached the third lake the sky cleared and the sun came out. Was absolutely perfect! This is easily the most amazing hike I've ever done; highly recommend it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Matier Glacier IS possible to get too. This is still some snow but as long as you stick to the boulders it isn't too bad. If you have time to get to the Glacier I recommend trying to get to it. It's a great experience being right up beside it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 24, 2013 06:05:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Courtney from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just did the hike yesterday and the weather was great! Got rained on a bit at the top lake but can't complain since they were calling for thundershowers the day before. Easy to miss the new trail on the way up because the signage is just cardboard right now. We were watching our steps and walked right by the hand written sign. But lots of signs for the new trail once you are at the upper lake. Yup, lots of bugs out but they don't seem mature enough to bite yet. Survived the whole day without a bite until we had a snack at the first lake after we were all done and got 4 mosquito bites. Bring TP because every outhouse was out of supply. Hiking poles are great if your knees bother you going down. They saved my knees for sure. We were the first ones up there but by lunch time there were quite a few hikers on the trail. Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 18, 2013 11:13:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dana from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did the hike on Friday (14th) and Saturday (!!). As mentioned, the trail is completely clear to the campsites, and only muddy in a few small parts. Still not possible to hike to the glacier of course, but you can make it about half way (from the campsites).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A lot of work happening on the first km of the trail (before the boulder field), so quite messy, but doesn't really cause any problems. I agree the new trail from the second to third lake is far better than the old one, and you are likely to be told this by anyone you meet on their way back down ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lots of bugs now too, but at least most of them weren't biting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 16, 2013 07:58:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ken N. from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thinking of doing it next week (June 16th), wondering how the conditions are right now?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 9, 2013 11:39:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        G from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This trail is now clear of snow to the camp site. It is still a bit muddy in some areas. There is also a "new" section (I don't know how new it actually is) made by the trail crew from the 2nd lake to the 3rd. I highly recommend taking this route on your way back from the 3rd lake as its easier on the knees and has some nice views of a waterfall. There is also a awesomely adorable bear statue cut from a log.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 9, 2013 10:15:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          David from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My partner and I did this trail on Saturday. Clear of snow on the trail all the way to the back of the top lake. There's also a new trail that's been put in from the second to third lake, or you can do as we did and take the old trial up and the new trail down - slightly different views on each trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The lakes are just beautiful and there's plenty of fresh new greenery all around. In a few more weeks there will probably be plenty of wonderful flowers in bloom too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 9, 2013 10:15:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Paddy O'Reilly from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not yet you can't get a wheelchair to the first lake. This week there is still about a foot of snow in the flat micro-climate zone around the lake - it's largely clearer further up until you get past the boulder field below lake two however. May 28 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: May 28, 2013 06:04:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wd from NEW WEST writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi Julie, the first lake is so close to the parking lot, yes you can push a wheelchair to the first lake..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 20, 2013 09:36:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Julie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyone knows if it possible to push a wheelchair to first lake?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 17, 2013 11:38:13 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sarah from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi Just wondering if anyone has hiked up joffree lakes lately, and what the trail is like? Can it be done without snow shoes right now?-May 10th. Also wondering which month are there less black flies and mosquito's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 10, 2013 05:09:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Barb from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alex did u go? How was the condition of the trail?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 9, 2013 07:11:29 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone know the current snow conditions on the trail? We are thinking of heading up from Vancouver on Sunday May 5, 2013. I figure snowshoes will be necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 1, 2013 12:20:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        JP from Ottawa writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Heading to Whistler for the November 2nd weekend (with the hope of hiking to all three lakes on the 3rd). Is that too ambitious? Will there be too much snow on the trail? Any information/recommendations people have would be much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks a million.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 9, 2012 06:37:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CODY* from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          October 6, 2012: trail was very icy in sections in the early morning making for some very slippery sections, but otherwise a glorious hike. Quite a bit of trail construction going on, but as it was Thansgiving a weekend, no crews were on duty and all was peaceful. Bugs were minimal except later in the Fternoon above third lake, near the falls--and not horrible ver then/there. All in all, gorgeous. Was surprised to find no campers there upon our early arrival...would have had our choice of sites. They started arriving in the early afternoon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Litter Report: pretty good. Just one cigarette on the trail, a few small scraps of paper, and one Chinese soft drink bottle in the bushes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: October 7, 2012 05:28:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mike from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just did an overnighter this past weekend. Great hike! Just over 2 hrs with heavy packs. There is no snow along the trail but patches can be found just past the campground. Bugs are not bad at all compared to previous Garabaldi years. Didn't get up until 5pm on Saturday and easily found a campsite. The trail is about the same difficulty as Garabaldi Lake. It's basically flatish for half hour, then really rocky for half hour, and then finished off with an easy version of the Grouse Grind. In other words, if you can do the Grind this is no prob.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can't wait to come back in January with my skis.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 6, 2012 11:01:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              aaem from N. Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just hiked/camped at Joffre lakes this weekend! I really enjoyed myself. There are very few bugs at the top lake now, and no one had bug nets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I really wasn't prepared for how steep some of the sections were going to be. 400m of elevation over 5.5km didn't seem like it would be too difficult, but some places were killer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This trail is rated as a black diamond, and with a overnight backpack, it certainly lived up to its rating!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 6, 2012 08:22:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bob Dobolina from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just got home from doing an overnight at the Upper Lake. This was our first time, and it was fantastic. We are two athletic people who are experiences hikers. And this one was definitely for the intermediate hiker. Bring water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My comment is for the people who haven't been up there and want to know what to expect.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                First, wear stable shoes. There are plenty of places beyond the first lake that you can twist an ankle, so a sturdy pair of runners or hiking boots are recommended.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Second, bring water. If it's a sunny day, there are lots of reallllly hot patches on the trail. Combine that with an aggressive uphill hike, and you get so thirsty. So don't be dumb, bring enough to drink. Bring double that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The trail is mentally the worst about a half hour to fifteen minutes before the Middle Lake. You feel like it is SO uphill, and it feels like there's no end in sight. But you meet a hiker or two coming down, and they tell you you're almost there and they're not lying. It is rewarding. You get to Middle Lake and it is beautiful, and there are plenty of places to pause, take a breather, and have a drink. Seriously, the part where you feel the worst on the whole hike in, is just before Middle Lake, so just keep smilin' and know you're almost there. The hike to the Upper Lake is easy peasy compared to that chunk just before Middle Lake. It's almost level, with some downhill bits too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We camped on Friday afternoon-Saturday morning, and there was only one other group up there for most of the night. A third group came late, but it was still a fairly private, peaceful stay. It's awesome to fall asleep to the crashing stream of water coming off the glacier. By the time we packed our gear up and cleaned our camp (from 9 - 11am), every single campsite was taken with Saturday morning newcomers. And we encountered tons more campers on the trail back down. So my recommendation is NOT to go camping on a weekend. Way too packed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The flies up there are insane. Everything the others say about them loving your bugspray is true. They are relentless. For me it wasn't so much the mosquitoes (although they are bad), but it was the black flies and horseflies that took chunks out of me! I might suggest bringing a few of those citronella coils or smokers to smoke the flies out of your little camp area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the things that is awkward up at the top is the lack of places to really go to the bathroom. It is all rock and pretty wide open, thus zero privacy to go squat somewhere. hahaha. And the "makeshift outhouse" is literally on the top of a little hill, for everyone to see and hear. And it's only closed off by thin curtains that blow in the wind. So yeah, If you think you've gotta go, aim to make about a fifteen minute hike back to forest, in order to find a place where people aren't in clear view of you. Literally, every place in the main camping area of Upper Lake is visible to other people. When they say 'limited privacy', it's almost an understatement! hahaha. I held it until we got back down, that's how limited the privacy feels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The cool thing about being up that high, is that there's little bits of snow in little pockets off the trail, and you can gather it and stick it in a collapsible cooler, to cool your food and beverages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyway, have fun. The views are highly recommended. Bring water, and know that when you feel like the trail is sucky and non-rewarding on the way up, that you're probably only about ten minutes away from Middle Lake, and it's all awesome from there.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 14, 2012 06:49:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Josh from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked Joffre Lakes last week and all the snow is gone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Slight patches remain near the top, but is off the trail. The route is 100% clear and any footwear will do. Enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 1, 2012 09:33:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jc from van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hey Guys,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What's the latest? Has the snow cleared up any more?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looking forward to the long weekend, and thanks in advance for a heads up!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 27, 2012 01:54:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mahsa Adib from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone knows about how much snow is up there? I am thinking of hiking it this weekend, wondering if it would be doable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 26, 2012 11:10:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jason from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any info on the snow conditions? Will be hiking up on Canada day and wondering if we should bring snowshoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 25, 2012 02:07:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Josh from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone done the hike recently? Are snowshoes needed or are good hikers fine? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 20, 2012 12:29:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michelle from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What are the conditions like right now? Any predictions as to whether we will need snowshoes for a hike up to Joffre Lakes on June 16? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 6, 2012 02:11:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Zach from Philadelphia, PA writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did the hike today, 5 June 2012 and it was good until the boulder field. After that, it's about 1m of snow. The trail is hard to find at times. I would recommend bringing snow shoes if you want to make it up to the middle lake. I didn't even try the upper since the snow was so deep and the trail hard to find.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 5, 2012 11:20:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alex from Norh Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As of May 20, 2012 there is still 2 feet of snow on the ground. Snow shoes are still necessary in order to reach the middle and upper lakes. I would wait at least another month till all the snow is gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 20, 2012 05:57:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pat from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As of May 15th what are the snow conditions like on the Joffre Lakes trail.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any other suggestions for a similar backpack this weekend that may not be under total snow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks pat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 15, 2012 05:25:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tracey from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    May 10, 2012 there is still about 2 feet of wet snow. If you are planning to attempt the middle lake trail you will definitely need snow shoes.If you still want a glimpse of the lower lake it is still worth stopping for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 10, 2012 05:45:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ish from Richmond, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, you'll need snowshoes for sure! Just did the hike last weekend (28Apr) and couldn't have made it without them. It's absolutely beautiful there. You WILL enjoy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 30, 2012 10:08:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul from Squamsish writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hey There, Has anyone hiked Joffree Lakes recently, just wondering what the trail is like at this time of year. Bringing a couple of "monkey like" kids along and wondering if I should bring snowshoes?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy Hiking


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 24, 2012 08:46:52 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Michelle from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did this hike on April 2 2012. HEAPS of epic snow, nice and powdery. However, I didn't get to do the whole thing. After I crossed the first lake, which is nice and frozen, I couldn't find the proper trail. So, as the guide says I should have done but didn't, I recrossed the lake to find the orange markers on my left. It was really hard to find each marker as they're all right at the snowline and covered by ice. The trail was quite steep and my snowshoes weren't long enough, so I was post-holing the whole time. I reached the boulder fields about an hour and a half into it, which is normaly only a 20 minute hike in the summer. Had lunch at the bottom of the boulder fields and decided I had been bested and walked out. Here's the kicker. I followed the ski tracks out, instead of backtracking the marked trail. It took me 6 or 7 minutes to get back to the 1st frozen lake. Lesson? Don't follow the orange markers around the 1st lake! Just follow the ski tracks (unless the lake isn't frozen anymore. Don't fall in...) Still heaps of fun, but it was my first time breaking a trail and it was harder than my weak legs could handle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: April 3, 2012 09:26:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sherry from maple ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sept 24th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We hike this trail today with are three boys 11, 8,and 6. It was great. We all enjoyed and would recommand this to anyone to due. We only made it to the second lake.s Next time we will make it to the third. we will be back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 24, 2011 08:55:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chris from Pemberton writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey Kate, you're right about the weekend traffic. I was up Cerise Creek at Anniversary Glacier (east side of Joffre Peak) last weekend, and driving past the parking lot at Joffre was full. There is a sweet spot to camp in this little grouping of trees with a shallow creek flowing through it. When you get up to the third lake there is a trail heading south towards Tszil Mountain. This will take you to the bottom of a boulder field below Stonecrop Glacier where you'll find this quiet spot where I prefer to camp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 1, 2011 11:59:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kate from Vancouver from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Leaving Vancouver Saturday Sept 3rd, 2011 morning to spend the long weekend up at Joffre. We are a bit worried about finding a spot at the top for camping as I've heard the weekends can be very busy. Any suggestions other than to get there early? Any alternative camping spots?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 1, 2011 01:15:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vince from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiked the trail 2011-08-28th

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Absolutely beautiful. Especially the upper lake and glacier area. Definately worth the drive from Vancouver. The trail has some interesting features such as rock slides to hike across but is really not too difficult. Allow yourself plenty of time at the top to enjoy lunch and the amazing views.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trail on this date was in great condition with little to not mud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 29, 2011 08:51:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chris from Pemberton writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anyone know the twin goat trail from joffre to lillooet lake? is it accessible right now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 27, 2011 12:32:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sako from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A group of my friends and I hiked this trail this past weekend from Saturday the 20th and came back on Sunday the 21st. The hike itself was not that difficult, although in some areas you are required to walk over boulders. There is no snow at all around the lake, however if you do continue past the lake near the side of the glacier you will be required to hike through some snow to get to the top. All in all it was an amazing hike and definitely worth the views! The only thing I recommend is a lot of bug spray for those million misquotes and black flies. If you're planning on staying the night make sure that you leave early in the morning as this is a hot spot for backpackers staying the night!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 22, 2011 11:13:49 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeffman from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hiked this trail last week and there was no snow. It was quite easy aside from navigating some rockfall. I would recommend this hike to anyone in good shape. It was huge payoff at the end. Amazing lakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 17, 2011 09:29:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beatriz from Montreal writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We are planning to Hike Joffre Lake around the 22th August. I'm a bit worried with the hiking level of the trail. We are young people but not experienced hikers, however, we usually ride on our bikes to move around the city. Do you recommend us to do this hiking?? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 14, 2011 09:27:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked Joffre on August 11th. The trail is in good condition. A little bit of mud here and there but nothing a good pair of hiking boots can't get through. The car was fine in the parking lot. There were lots of other people around so as long as you don't leave anything valuable in your car you should be fine. Awesome day hike. And its the perfect time of year to hike Joffre. You won't run into any snow on the trail. There's still a bit of snow left near the upper lake, but nothing on the trail. Best hike of the year so far!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 12, 2011 09:38:29 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              donbet from north vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we are planning to hike Joffre lake on Aug 20, just want to have an idea how's the safety of the car in the parking lot???

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 10, 2011 08:34:24 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Len from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                We were there last weekend. Aside from the mud the trail was pretty good. Wear good soles so you won't slip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Campsite was insanely packed, so much that 3 other groups had to camp at the top bank of the waterfalls and 1 on the snow up there itself. It's understandable since quite a few other backcountry areas like Garibaldi are still under snow. So if you're doing Joffre in the near future, I'd suggest a very early start.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Night wasn't too cold - 0 degree bag and some thermals should suffice. A lot of condensation on the tents and anything else left outside though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 27, 2011 02:56:53 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marnie from C writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Went up there last weekend, trails were mostly snow free but muddy. Be wary, I'd put off camping until it gets a bit warmer (hopefully Mid august).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 22, 2011 08:57:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DR from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone know what the current conditions are? Can we hike until the camp (3rd lake) avoiding walking in the snow? Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 13, 2011 09:29:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MJ from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am hoping to head up to Joffre Lakes this weekend... does anyone know what the current snow status is?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 12, 2011 09:19:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Benn Besharah from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was up camping overnight on Canada Day weekend and there was some snow in the trees but the camping areas were dry by the water. If you wanted to hike up the Glacier, you need snow shoes! It was hot up there but started to rain overnight. Be prepared and enjoy!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 6, 2011 07:19:30 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cesc from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          check this out: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/joffre_lks/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          doesn't seem to be good for all lakes hike..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 22, 2011 07:36:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jodie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any updates on the hiking conditions? Thinking about going up this coming weekend (June 25/26). Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 22, 2011 01:05:08 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Julie from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We hiked Joffre on October 30, 2010. There were no problems with ice or snow. There was a little snow at the middle and upper lakes but it didn't effect our hike at all. It was one of my favorite hikes. All three lakes are amazing. Challenging but not difficult. The view of the Glacier at the last lake is breathtaking! Well worth the effort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: November 16, 2010 10:44:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vania from Aldergrove writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hiked Joffres Lake last Sunday (Oct 17th) and it was quite a challenge crossing the boulder field. Rocks were very icy, so we had to be extremely careful. It was totaly worth tho! It was a gorgeous day and the views of lakes and glacier are stunning!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 19, 2010 07:34:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Randy from Squamish writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Went the Joffre yesterday. As a relatively new hiker, I found the trail to be the most tacticaly challenging I`ve ever experienced. Rooty, rocky, and 4X4 (all four limbs working) in some steep spots. You`re always thinking about where your foot is landing. Lot`s of places to turn an ankle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And final sour note here, Friends & Neighbours . . . The black flies and the horse flies were licking the Deep Woods OFF from my skin like it was honey. If you hike Joffre, try to pick a breezy day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The trail itself was clear, with phases of mentaly challenging spots (The Boulder Field) and stunningly wonderful vistas (too many to list, here). There was no snow at all, and the water from the numerous creeks was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upper Joffre Lake is a wonder to behold. I was lucky to be there during a chrystal clear day, and the twin glaciers pouring over the ridges were indescribable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now . . . I`m a fat man with a bad haircut, but I want to go back up there and camp for a pair of nights, but to be honest, I worry about the balance factor with a full pack on. The kids do it easy enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friends and Neighbours . . . she`s a tough trail . . . but the paycheque is worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Just try to find a better bug repellant. Wow, those pests are rediculous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 15, 2010 11:14:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was up there today and there was a bit of snow on the ground in places, but it's mostly clear. Almost all the camping spots are clear of snow, and I saw some people camping up there. It was a bit chilly though so be prepared as it might be pretty cold at night!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No problems finding the trail at any point, and no snow on the way up either. No trees blocking the trail either that I noticed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 30, 2010 10:45:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      james from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      what are the camping conditions like at the third lake? I would like to go hiking/camping for Canada Day...but wonder if there will be snow on the ground. thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 28, 2010 02:42:18 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jill from Nelson writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked up to 3rd lake - June 5th, spent the night. Snow covered and difficult to find trail between 2nd and 3rd lake. A lot of blow down as well and had to climb over huge trees. Took 3 hours up, and 1.5 hours out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 25, 2010 09:48:10 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Marissa from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone hiked Joffre Yet this year June 2010?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 25, 2010 09:03:33 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hiked to the Upper Lake on June 7th to 8th. Significant amount of snow still covered upper portions of route. Many portions of the Trails/Bridges are blocked or damaged due to fallen trees. Although we reached the shore of the Upper Lake we had lost the trail and were forced turn back and camp near the middle lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Probably another 3 weeks before conditions inprove such that hiking to the upper lake would be a good idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 9, 2010 11:05:04 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jeffrey Ai from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked Joffre lake on June 28, 2009. The 3 lakes are absolutely beautiful, so are the snow mountains. One annoying thing is mosquito, they are everywhere, so bring your insect repellent spray.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 29, 2009 10:18:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Doug MacKinnon from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Went to Joffre last weekend, it was extremely warm (hot actually) but a few slivers of ice still floating on the top lake. It was a spectacular day and I really can't describe how beautiful it was - better than any postcard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I saw a couple groups of 4 campers who had been there a week at the top campsite. They were all heading down which only left a guy and girl camping overnight. I guess they would have the place to themselves Sunday evening. :) On my way down I passed a handful of other day hikers going up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The trail up was in good condition, just one or two sloppy puddles at the very bottom. I also hiked up Tzil glacier - the lower part after the boulder field was tough slogging. Also hard to know where to step because I could hear running water below the snowpack. But once you got on the glacier it was simple to the top ridge (just longer and steeper than it looks) and very easy coming back down. Sliding down the glacier on my ass. Woo hoo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 10, 2009 07:38:29 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sam Lew from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We went to Joffre Lakes last weekend and did the hike to the 3 lakes. First lake was only 2 minutes from the parking lot. The 2nd lake was up some rocks and was much more difficult then the first one. Then uphill some more to the third lake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All 3 lakes were equally as beautiful as the glacier stood as a backdrop of each of them in anticipation of getting to the top. The drive from Vancouver was really long and I was surprised that so many people were hiking on the trail. But the drive is nice and I had never been to Pemberton before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 26, 2008 04:24:54 PM PST

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