4.74 out of 5 - 218 reviews

View Panorama Ridge Description | Add Comment

Mel from Vancouver writes:

Did this hike last weekend (June 22, 2024) and there's still snow through sections of the meadows and up to Panorama Ridge. We packed microspikes and had no problems hiking up and back down with them. Definitely an epic hike that you want to do when the view is clear.

    Posted: June 24, 2024 04:32:06 PM PST

    surinder from delta writes:

    hello hikers,i did this hike yesterda august 13 sunday,start at 7 oclock back to car 8.30 pm,our moving time was around 9 hours ,im very slow hiker,i always take it easy take so many photos and videos,and at top i took one hour break,its breathtaking view up there that makes you stay longer,it is paradise, i enjoyed the trail from beggining to the end,and swimming in garibaldi lake is refreshing,everyone is saying that last two km are hard to the summit but its nice path to go up there yes its steep and rocky but i find it easy just take your time when you come down, WEAR HIKKING SHOES AND HIKKING POLES ARE VERY HELPFULL COMING DOWN,WATER;take much water you can because its long hike you need it BUT theres many creeks up there you can refill your water ,JACKET; you dont need jacket righ now its very nice weather up there,its beautifull hike. dont miss it if you can hike, add it into your list,you will feel good and pround of your self,PARTNER; its good to have somrone with you because its long OTHERWISE it is very safe hike,YOU CAN DO IT ALONE,thats all guys i hope this will incourage everyone who reads it,GET READY, MAKE YOUR MIND, AND GO FOR paradise visit ;i mean it, HAPPY HIKING

      Posted: August 14, 2023 09:59:00 AM PST

      Shan from Vancouver writes:

      Great views all around! Although the website says the hike takes 11h round trip to complete, I was able to complete it in 8 hours including 1h breaks at both the lake and on the ridge, and despite waiting for/dragging up my boyfriend.

        Posted: June 29, 2023 09:56:59 PM PST

        Juan Montero from Costa Rica writes:

        Hi! Can anyone please tell me if you can encounter bears in this trail? Me and my girlfriend would love to visit Canada for the first time and do this hike, but honestly the bear thing puts us off (in Costa Rica there are no bears)

        Is it dangerous? We do hike, but not with bear encounters in mind haha.


          Posted: March 30, 2023 05:27:46 PM PST

          Connor from Vancouver writes:

          We did this hike on Sept 10th and did the full hike in one day (parking lot to summit and back). Permits were fully reserved online within 5 minutes of the system releasing tickets.

          The views from the top of Panorama Ridge are probably one of the best I have ever seen (and I hike a lot!). It is a lot of extra distance than just doing the hike to Garibaldi Lake but you really don't appreciate the size of the lake from down below.

          We found the hike surprisingly easy (some mild-moderate switchbacks for the first while) then a fairly gentle slope through the meadows. The last 1.5km summit is where the hike became no longer easy... it's a pretty steep grind upwards that had my legs tired by the top but it was definitely worth it.

          We hike reasonably fast and finished in about 7.5hrs (6:45 moving time, about 45min viewing at Garibaldi Lakes and at the summit). Started at 6:45 and back at the parking lot for 2:20. An early start time is recommended on hot days as trying to summit in the mid day sun would have been extra difficult. Would recommend a minimum of 2L water per person (and more likely 3L on a hot day).

            Posted: September 12, 2022 06:23:10 AM PST

            C from T writes:

            I haven't hiked this trail, but I was just looking for some advice if anyone can provide it as I will be soon! Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows campgrounds are fully booked for my visiting time. Helm Creek campground however is open. If I am planning on doing Panorama Ridge, camping at Helm Creek, doing Black Tusk the next day and then heading home, does this sound doable? Or does it sound particularly ambitious? Thank you for any help provided :)

              Posted: August 25, 2021 08:50:11 AM PST

              Brent from Vancouver writes:

              We did this hike on Saturday, July 31, 2021, with my son and his friend, who are both 12. We started at 7am and got back to the parking lot just before 6pm. It was a long day but we took our time and kept a steady page and we made it. We did not hike down to Garibaldi Lake though because it looked that this would take longer, so we took the more direct route back through Taylor Meadows.

              @Joyce I'd say that if you are good with walking a long distance, most of the day, you should be fine with hiking to Panorama Ridge. Leaving early is definitely important and you can always decide to just go to Garibaldi Lake. Even hiking to the junction with Helm Lake and seeing that view is spectacular, although we felt that once we made it there, we HAD to go to the top of Panorama Ridge!

                Posted: August 3, 2021 02:00:08 PM PST

                Joyce from Vancouver writes:

                Checking to see how hard this will be for an amateur hiker on a day hike? My hiking party can't camp over at Garibaldi Lake so if we do it, it would be a day hike where we would start out at around 6:30AM from Rubble Creek parking lot. For reference, it took us from 4.5 hours to get to Garibaldi Lake.

                Very interested in the hike but unfortunately need to make sure we can do a day trek before heading out!

                  Posted: August 3, 2021 01:00:12 AM PST

                  Amy from Ontario writes:

                  Absolutely stunning view, totally worth the climb. Hiked July 2, 2021. We started at 6:30am and returned around 4:30pm. Total hiking took us 8h 20mins and took some stops at Garibaldi Lake campsite and Panorama Ridge. The trail was very quiet in the morning, but by the time we left Panorama Ridge, it got busier. First 5-6km are not scenic, so it’s easy to power through (both ways). Still a bit of snow once you get past the Taylor Meadows area, and patches of snow to climb in the steep ascent up to Panorama. We definitely took it slow going up the final section and enjoyed sliding (“skiing”) down the snow with our trekking poles on the way down. Trekking poles recommended! Views were spectacular and we had the most incredible weather and views.

                  • Panorama Ridge photo
                  • Panorama Ridge photo
                  • Panorama Ridge photo

                    Posted: July 3, 2021 08:21:37 AM PST

                    Max from Vancouver writes:

                    Hey everyone,

                    I have done that hike twice and it is definitely one of the best I have done!

                    I have never done it at sunrise or sunset though and I was wondering if it was nicer at sunrise or sunset?

                    Thanks !

                      Posted: August 27, 2020 09:29:42 AM PST

                      David from New Westminster writes:

                      I've done the trail 5-6 times over the last decade and I've never seen a sign of a bear. That said, if you're on the trail with another person, it's good to keep talking with him/her throughout. Once you get up to Taylor Meadows, the tree cover opens up and you should be able to see plenty around you.

                      You may see some gophers, blue and grey jays, though!

                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                      • Panorama Ridge photo

                        Posted: August 17, 2020 01:22:05 PM PST

                        Ben from Vancouver writes:

                        How bad are the bears? Anyone been recently? Wanting to do this hike with another buddy as a day hike in the next 2 weeks.

                          Posted: July 31, 2020 08:19:48 PM PST

                          Rakesh from Ottawa writes:

                          Very nice information, thanks for the post. We did this hike last summer and it took almost 12 hrs. The last stretch still had lot of snow even in July, so snow shoes are necessary. I have tried to capture a video of the trail, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUE7sI1VtO8

                            Posted: February 13, 2020 01:15:10 AM PST

                            Ali Ammad from Surrey writes:

                            Did this hike on September 28. Lots of snow on the ground starting from Taylor Meadows onwards. It was not easy to follow the trail at times, but we managed. The views from the Ridge blew my socks off. Absolutely epic. If you plan on going, make sure you take proper shoes and layer up as well.

                            • Panorama Ridge photo

                              Posted: September 29, 2019 06:21:49 PM PST

                              Michelle from Vancouver writes:

                              Went Sept 28, 2019. To our surprise there was snow on the ground, many parts especially Taylor meadows and from Taylor/garibaldi junction to panorama ridge, icy or muddy. Quite an adventure indeed. The view was worth all the struggles. Took a bit longer than anticipated because of the iciness! The scramble part in snow/compact ice with the wind .... ppbly took the longest time

                              A beautiful winter wonderland thou!

                              • Panorama Ridge photo
                              • Panorama Ridge photo

                                Posted: September 29, 2019 01:31:22 PM PST

                                Alex Rybin from Moscow, Russia writes:

                                We did it. Beautiful... The trail itself is nice and not so hard to hike. Not many roots or big stones. Only the top was complicated. But it's worth it. If you can hike 20km, you can do this trail.

                                • Panorama Ridge photo
                                • Panorama Ridge photo
                                • Panorama Ridge photo

                                  Posted: August 18, 2019 10:11:41 PM PST

                                  CT from Vancouver writes:

                                  The top was completely clouded out when we did the hike this weekend, however, it was still worth it as first-timers. There is plenty of beauty along the way with wildflowers and streams galore. I would like to return and do the hike again to have the views of lake garibaldi from the top though.

                                  Eleven hours return trip is SUPER generous. We were by no means rushing and it took us 8.5 hours return trip, which included stopping for pics along the way, and resting at the top to eat for approximately 45 minutes.

                                    Posted: August 11, 2019 11:33:41 AM PST

                                    Derrick from Nashville, TN writes:

                                    Visiting the area and considering a trail run (flats and descents) on Saturday, September 14. Let me know if you're interested in joining!

                                      Posted: July 29, 2019 06:06:30 PM PST

                                      Chelsea Zhang from Burnaby writes:

                                      30 km. 8 and a half hours. July 20, 2019.

                                      Would you give up?

                                      One of the most stunning view in the whole world, Panoroma Ridge has it all. From the contrast in the meadows in Garbaldi Lake to the clouds and blue-green ocean of Panoroma, one can only estimate the beauty of one of the the most picturesque places in the world. But the beauty is fleeting, and does take a struggle. For those starting their journey, it is recommended to choose a July day that is not too hot or cold. For the first 7 km, it is a breeze as you have the the willpower and tenacity to power through a circular loop up meadows and countryside rustic landscape. You envision horses scattering through the meadows as butterflies surround you. After the 7km, as you start nearing the ascending rocks, and you see the 3km sign, you feel relieved. You are almost at the top, and can even see the tiny ant men at the top. In my mind, you mentally prepare for this, however you are not physically prepared. The last 3km challenges you in every way possible , from your willpower to your stamina. You think about giving up and find every excuse possible, but the strong part of you never gives up.

                                      At the end you pull through, and realize it is worth it. The beauty of the mountains, the wind blowing, and even the chill in the air cannot stop you from enjoying the moment. The moment that you have worked for, for yourself, and that no one else can take away from you. 

                                      • Panorama Ridge photo

                                        Posted: July 21, 2019 09:03:32 PM PST

                                        Greg from Vancouver writes:

                                        Worth the effort!

                                        Hiked this yesterday (Canada Day) starting from the Rubble Creek parking lot at 5:30am. Parking lot was half full even this early, but most were probably people who were camping up there for the long weekend. I hike at a brisk pace, and it took me about 1:45 to reach Taylor Meadows campground where I stopped to refill my water, then another 2hrs to the top of the ridge. Amazingly there was only one group of people up there when I arrived who left a few minutes later leaving me the ridge to myself for the entire 45 minutes I was up there. This was probably pure luck, but there is lots of room to spread out across the ridge if you don't like crowds.

                                        There's still snow patches on the final 3km. I had poles and microspikes which were helpful, but it's doable without them. On the way down I stopped again at Taylor Meadows for water and changed my socks as they were a bit damp from wearing trail runners in the snow, luckily no blisters! The last 6km down the switchbacks is boring and painful after a long day on your feet. I probably passed over 100 people as I came down, so if you hate crowds this is not the trail for you, at least not on a long weekend. It took me just under 3hrs to come down, so about 6:30 hiking time return not including stops.

                                        Even though it was crowded and a lot of effort it's totally worth it for the views not just of the lake, but Black Tusk and everything else around you!

                                        • Panorama Ridge photo

                                          Posted: July 2, 2019 03:20:21 PM PST

                                          Lynda E from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                          Thank you for posting info and pics on Panorama Ridge. Great in helping me decide to wait until I do this hike until more snow has melted. I was thinking of hiking it June 21st, I will hold off for a few weeks.

                                            Posted: June 14, 2019 11:39:09 AM PST

                                            Lynn from Vancouver writes:

                                            Here are some recent pictures of the hike to Panorama Ridge on Sunday June 9th, 2019 (some reason my previous post won't allow my pictures to attach). Trail to Panorama Ridge still has tons of snow for the people who are wondering. Taylor Meadows Campground was covered in snow as well when we passed it.

                                            • Panorama Ridge photo
                                            • Panorama Ridge photo
                                            • Panorama Ridge photo

                                              Posted: June 12, 2019 03:54:18 PM PST

                                              Lynn from Vancouver writes:

                                              My friends and I attempted to hike to Panorama Ridge on Sunday June 9th, 2019.

                                              First we hiked from the parking lot to Garibaldi Lake and the trail was good up until the last 500 meters to the lake (there was snow on the trail). Then we decided to hike from the lake to Panorama ridge as it's about 7-8km from the lake. Oh boy, now this was the fun part. There's tons, tons, and tons of snow still on the trail. There's no path/trail out of Taylor Meadows or the other path from Garibaldi Lake as it is covered deeply in the snow, the only thing guiding you is some random foot prints imprinted in the snow from previous hikers in which you hope it'll take you where you want to go which surprisingly, it did. We were lucky that these foot prints lead us to where we wanted to go or we could've been lost in narnia for good.

                                              We were about 2km away from Panorama Ridge and we probably could've made it to top but due to the strong winds + snow + wet rain + fog + clouds coming in covering the summit and ankle deep snow, we decided that it was not worth it so we headed back down. The best part of this failed attempt was that we had some plastic bags on hand and used it as a sled to go down the mountain. Who knew how much fun a little plastic bag would be. The only thing I wish we brought was those big black garbage bags instead. Also to note, when we passed Taylor Meadows campground, the whole campground was covered in snow, except for maybe a few random spots. The whole Taylor Meadows looked like a scene from Frozen.

                                              Overall, it was a good hike besides the moody weather and the snow. I would recommend hikers to go up the end of July when the snow has fully melted.

                                                Posted: June 12, 2019 03:42:11 PM PST

                                                Hayley from Vancouver writes:

                                                Myself and some friends hiked up to Panorama Ridge on June 6, 2019 and the whole thing is still covered with snow. It's possible to do but make sure you bring a warm coat, gaiters, and trekking poles if you have them! (We did not haha) The view from the top was not great because it was in a cloud but if you go on a clear day you should be fine.

                                                  Posted: June 10, 2019 09:42:13 PM PST

                                                  Charlotte Forster from Wales writes:

                                                  Hi there. My sister and I are doing the panorama ridge hike tomorrow - camping overnight at lake garibaldi. Is anyone else doing this? We are kinda nervous about bears and would love to go with some more people so we are a bigger group :)

                                                    Posted: June 8, 2019 07:53:23 PM PST

                                                    Aline from tsawwassen writes:

                                                    does anyone know more about the conditions of the trail?

                                                      Posted: June 8, 2019 11:14:41 AM PST

                                                      Samantha from Oro-Medonte writes:

                                                      Hi there! Wondering if anyone can give us an update about the conditions of the climb! Looking to complete the hike and camp on June 17th! Just need to know how much snow is still hanging around!

                                                      Thank you!!

                                                        Posted: June 3, 2019 12:13:32 PM PST

                                                        KL from Vancouver writes:

                                                        Completed this hike on May 26, 2019. All snow after the 7km mark. Had crampons but never used them. Watch for soft and deep snow along the ridge before the summit especially if the weather is warm. Last section requires a very short, almost vertical climb due to the amount of snow still surrounding the actual summit. Took us just over 5 hours up and 3.5 down. Overall amazing hike.

                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                          Posted: May 27, 2019 01:00:07 PM PST

                                                          Rakib from Vancouver writes:

                                                          Anyone interested to go for a hike on Sunday ? (19th May)

                                                            Posted: May 11, 2019 01:22:40 PM PST

                                                            Rakib from Vancouver writes:

                                                            Anyone interested to go for a hike on Tuesday ? (14th May)

                                                              Posted: May 11, 2019 11:45:02 AM PST

                                                              Naomi Thomas from Vancouver writes:

                                                              Did this hike last year and by far the most breath taking sote ever. I have friends visiting in May, Any idea if this hike is possible in May 2019?

                                                                Posted: April 1, 2019 02:18:40 PM PST

                                                                Joanna from Langley writes:

                                                                Looking to do this hike March 9 and 10.. Anyone have a good idea of weather conditions, etc.

                                                                  Posted: February 23, 2019 11:08:52 PM PST

                                                                  Katie from San Diego writes:

                                                                  One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done. We did the home on October 16th. We started at 7 am and finished at 3 pm. 8 hours total including a 45 minute stop at the summit. Beautiful views throughout. The rock scramble at the end was technically challenging and had a bit of snow and ice. Yak tracks can be useful but weren't required with the conditions we had. Saw three bears in Taylor Meadows. Highly recommend this hike!

                                                                    Posted: October 18, 2018 11:37:03 AM PST

                                                                    Jenna from Vancouver writes:

                                                                    Hiked from Rubble Creek parking lot on 22nd September. Didn't pass many people on the trail (possibly due to the weather forecast - light to heavy rain all day plus snow at the top & low cloud).
                                                                    Went up via Taylor Meadow and back via Garibaldi Lake. Set off at 8am and total hiking time was 8hrs 45 minutes (including stops).
                                                                    First part up from the carpark was the hardest slog. The bit across Taylor Meadow is relatively flat. We saw a brown bear just after the Taylor Meadow campsite - it ran across the boardwalk in front of us and chased a couple of deer.
                                                                    The last part up is also difficult, there was approx 10-15cm of snow covering the trail which made it hard to find the route near the top & we got lost close to the summit. By then the cloud had come in so no views anyway. I used hiking boots and poles only and it seemed fine for now.
                                                                    Trail back down to Garibaldi Lake is a nice, gentle slope. But the last 10km from the lake back to the carpark is quite a grind - seems never ending!

                                                                      Posted: September 27, 2018 09:29:45 AM PST

                                                                      Peter from Port Moody writes:

                                                                      Beautiful hike from Rubble Creek parking to Panorama Ridge on 18Sept2018. Left at 7:45am, via Taylor Meadows and arrived at the Ridge around 11:15. Surprised to see snow leading up to the ridge. Poles and Spikes/yak tracks would be very helpful. Pretty slippers and icy.
                                                                      Trail was in great shape, very clean from what we saw and more people than expected with several school groups on an expedition. I'm sure the bears got scared off by the traffic!
                                                                      Got back to a very full and overflowing parking lot around 3pm.
                                                                      The gradual elevation gain of ~1600m was relatively comfortable but the last 6-7km returning down was a bit annoying!
                                                                      Definitely one of the most scenic hikes-a must do!

                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                        Posted: September 19, 2018 01:26:31 PM PST

                                                                        popopop from Vancouver writes:

                                                                        Friday, 17th Aug - Sunday, 19th Aug

                                                                        After a gruelling (hot and humid) hike up Garibaldi Trail, it was disappointing to see piles of trash at various points (mainly at the bridges and works-in-process check points). Not only is most of it non-bio plastic, it attracts wildlife, such as bears.

                                                                        We left for Panorama Ridge at 4:00am on Saturday morning. We hiked in silence up the switch back path; tired, sore and a little grumpy till we came face to face with a big, beautiful brown bear. Luckily, he was just as freaked out, so he ran away after the group made some loud noises. On we trekked and we were greeted with a glorious sunrise, mountain chipmunks, alpine mice, and marmots of all shapes and sizes. We had gorgeous views up top but then, the thick smoke rolled in, so that was our cue to head back at around 8:00am.

                                                                        On our way back to base camp, we were saddened to hear reports from hikers that a group was cooking outside their tent, completely disregarding the the bear hangs and designated cooking areas. No wonder a bear came into camp on Friday night (Taylor Meadows), tempted by smells of dinner and the prospect of a meal, only to be faced with scared and angry people, fighting for their food bags.

                                                                        Things only got worse when hiker upon hiker warned us about a big brown bear terrorizing people on the trail, who had smartly made the connection between human visitors, backpacks and food. With the growing number of people coming into Garibaldi, not to mention the smoke, we decided to cut our trip short. We were getting pretty disheartened by the lack of human respect for the environment, with people urinating on the trail, leaving trash - including food scraps (don't worry fam, we took it down for you), walking off trail only to tell us, "oh, it's ok for me", and people taking selfies with a very hungry and irritated bear (seriously?????).

                                                                        As we descended the 10km from base camp, we were alarmed to hear a loud gun shot. Moments later we approached a group of rangers, looks of anger, distress and disbelief plastered on their faces. We learned that the beautiful brown bear had to be destroyed, due to human error - had the campers/day hikers simply followed protocol, this would have been easily avoided. Then came the helicopter to remove what was once a magnificent beast in his natural environment.

                                                                        I can’t help but wonder if it was the same beautiful creature we stumbled upon that morning...

                                                                        Incredible hike, surrounded by natural beauty, so much native flora and fauna (bears are out and about, marmots, alpine mice, chipmunks, whistlejacks).

                                                                        Put simply - the people.
                                                                        People ignorant of protocol: a-holes feeding the animals, too much human traffic, humans leaving trash on and around the trails, human urine on the trails.

                                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                          Posted: August 22, 2018 10:45:09 AM PST

                                                                          David from Vancouver writes:

                                                                          Answering to some comments regarding the smoke, we did the panorama this August 18th, we camped friday at garibaldi lake and we hiked to panorama on Saturday, the view from the 3 km post was not really good although we had some so we decided to hike to the Panorama and we slept in there expecting better views Sunday morning (we checked the firesmoke website). We woke up around 6 am and we waited until 7:30 and no views at all, not even the shape of the lake.

                                                                            Posted: August 20, 2018 07:48:42 AM PST

                                                                            BK from Vancouver writes:

                                                                            Has anyone done this hike in the last few days? Planning on doing it thursday but worried about the smoke from all the fires and how it's effecting visibility!

                                                                              Posted: August 14, 2018 11:30:54 AM PST

                                                                              Anonymous from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                              WARNING: DO NOT SLIDE DOWN THE GLACIER
                                                                              Overall amazing and beautiful hike. My group and I were one of those silly people who saw others slide and thought it would be fine. Ended up hitting ice (which you can’t see from the top) and slid out of control. In our case, we ended up bleeding, scratched, and bruised stranded in the middle of the ice. We army crawled our way over to the rock, which was a frightening experience since it was very slippery. Others were not so lucky and slid all the way down. Far too many unnoticed injuries happening because of this!

                                                                                Posted: August 6, 2018 10:01:42 PM PST

                                                                                Patrik from Vancouver, BC writes:

                                                                                Use common sense when thinking about sliding down the glacier. A little too many search and rescue situations over the past two days. Think about it this way...why do you think the sliding will NOT have any consequences when the glacier shapes the surface of the mountain? Do you really think you will not be scratched head to toe after sliding in shorts and tank top? Please. Thank you SAR for the work you do! Although if people would think more there would be no need to deal with preventable injuries.

                                                                                Otherwise amazing view after a long and difficult hike. Really worth it. Good time assessment prior to departure needed.

                                                                                  Posted: August 1, 2018 09:26:37 AM PST

                                                                                  Steff Korbas from Portland writes:

                                                                                  Thinking about going solo hiking here August 5-8 if anyone wants to join!

                                                                                    Posted: July 31, 2018 01:38:55 PM PST

                                                                                    Owen Bennett from Victoria writes:

                                                                                    Due to various delays we were off to a late start and concerned not to make it back in time. So we put on the mule cruise control and and steadily walked our way up. On the way out due to the perfect trail condition we had some light jogs where conditions allowed for it. Overall the trip was around 6.5h including a pic nic on ridge. No good reason to rush through this amazing landscape but if you are in a yay or nay situation go for it. Absolutely doable in 6h if you are somewhat fit.

                                                                                      Posted: July 28, 2018 02:53:01 PM PST

                                                                                      Rena from Aldergrove writes:

                                                                                      There is running water either at Taylor meadows or right after it on the way to Panorama. It’s been a couple years since I’ve hiked it but I do remember streams on the way.

                                                                                        Posted: July 19, 2018 01:31:51 PM PST

                                                                                        Rose from Abbotsford writes:

                                                                                        Anybody know if there is running water source around taylor meadows?

                                                                                          Posted: July 17, 2018 06:45:37 PM PST

                                                                                          Cassandra from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                          Does anyone know how much longer it would be to take Garibaldi Lake trail when descending rather than hike back the way you come up?

                                                                                            Posted: July 12, 2018 09:21:21 AM PST

                                                                                            Santino from Ottawa writes:

                                                                                            Going to be solo hiking this tomorrow (July 11th), starting at 7am. If anyone wants to join, feel free!

                                                                                              Posted: July 10, 2018 09:19:08 AM PST

                                                                                              Nick from Wisconsin writes:

                                                                                              Amazing hike, highly recommend! We completed the hike in just under 10 hours the first week of July. Minimal snow coverage over the Taylor Meadows area and moderate coverage over the last 3km. Good set of waterproof hiking boots is a must, especially for the later parts of the trail (we did not have poles or spikes with us, but they would have come in handy over the last 3km).

                                                                                              Maybe pack an extra pair of socks because ours were pretty damp after getting out of the snow. Also, if you do not have a hat or long sleeves, take some sunscreen. Lot of direct sunlight on a sunny day, especially on the latter half of the trail. I had put on sunscreen before beginning, but still ended up with some mild sunburn over exposed areas.

                                                                                              Overall, trail is beautiful throughout and has a diverse range of scenery. Beginning is your typical picturesque BC forest with lots of running streams, meadow area is open and provides great views of the nearby mountains, and the peak provides a spectacular view of garibaldi lake and black tusk. First ~7km and last 3km are the hardest, but it is worth it in the end.

                                                                                              • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                              • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                Posted: July 8, 2018 11:34:26 AM PST

                                                                                                Adam from Vancouver writes:

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

                                                                                                  Posted: July 5, 2018 11:49:25 PM PST

                                                                                                  Adam from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                  Still quite snowy (even more than black tusk), but doable. If comfortable with micro spikes, they may be worth bringing along. As always, this is a highly (sometimes dangerous) technical trail (espcieally near the top), so be prepared to scramble up some steep scree/talus. Other than that great hike on a dry day.

                                                                                                  • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                  • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                    Posted: July 5, 2018 11:38:07 PM PST

                                                                                                    Samantha from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                    DId this hike on canada day...weather is mixed, was raining, hailing windy and cold. I suggest wearing goretex or something waterproof. I had 5 layers on and 2 arcteryx jackets. Crampons and gaitors are recommended. Lots of muddy areas and makes it easier to hike up the snowy mountain...visibility is here and there but its best on a sunny day to fully enjoy the hike.

                                                                                                      Posted: July 5, 2018 08:55:04 AM PST

                                                                                                      JeremyH from St. Louis,MO writes:

                                                                                                      Heading up on the 8th. I see snow is in the forecast July 6th and July 7th. So I would expect soggy at points.

                                                                                                        Posted: July 4, 2018 06:19:50 PM PST

                                                                                                        Aarron from Kitsilano writes:

                                                                                                        Planning on doing this hike on the 7th of July after the England match and camping out then hiking back on the 8th.. Anyone is welcome to join!! Also does anyone have any updates on the snow/visibility ?

                                                                                                          Posted: July 4, 2018 10:13:39 AM PST

                                                                                                          Zoe from Reno, Nevada writes:

                                                                                                          Planning on doing this for the fourth of July, anyone have any predictions for how visible the trail will be with snow by then??

                                                                                                            Posted: June 20, 2018 10:35:36 PM PST

                                                                                                            Zoe from Reno, Nevada writes:

                                                                                                            Planning on doing this for the fourth of July, anyone have any predictions for how visible the trail will be with snow by then??

                                                                                                              Posted: June 20, 2018 09:14:51 PM PST

                                                                                                              Marina from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                              Anyone has an update on the snow conditions? Planning on going up on July 6th. Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                                Posted: June 19, 2018 10:09:23 PM PST

                                                                                                                Nathan from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                Did the hike May long 2018. Went all the way up to the top. There was snow from the middle of the switchbacks. After Taylor Meadows, we had either snowshoes or crampons, both of which worked perfectly fine. There was a point where it was very foggy at the top, so be careful of cornices.

                                                                                                                • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                  Posted: May 31, 2018 12:32:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Ernest from London writes:

                                                                                                                  Has anyone been on this hike recently? what's the snow like as it was quite mild this year.

                                                                                                                  Thanks in advance


                                                                                                                    Posted: May 13, 2018 10:26:50 AM PST

                                                                                                                    VJ Mei from Alberta writes:

                                                                                                                    We are going to do this hike on the 24th of June but we will do a 2-day trip and planning to camp at Taylor Meadows. Anyone is welcome to join us or if there are people going at this time we can hike as a group if you like.

                                                                                                                      Posted: April 30, 2018 11:24:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                      Doug from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                      in response to Adge and Marellyn:
                                                                                                                      The conditions at the end of May can be quite variable in the Garibaldi Lake area. There is a pretty healthy snowpack up there, as of last weekend, so one can expect the snow to linger on most of the trail to Panorama well into late June. My guess would be that by late May, the snow would start somewhere around the 6km junction (see the map), and be quite consistent and deep at least from Taylor Meadows on.
                                                                                                                      If you are doing this hike that early, you should be experienced with alpine snow travel and be equipped with snowshoes/skis, and appropriate footwear and clothing. It would probably be best to camp at Taylor Meadows and make it a 2-day trip.

                                                                                                                        Posted: March 9, 2018 08:51:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                        Adge from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                        Hi there!
                                                                                                                        I have some friends visiting at the end of May and I was wondering if others have advice. Is the hike doable at the end of May, and if anyone has done it what were conditions like? Thanks so much for your help and insight!

                                                                                                                          Posted: March 6, 2018 01:25:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                          Marellyn liew from Malaysia writes:

                                                                                                                          Need some advice on if it's possible to do the hike up around may? Thank you

                                                                                                                            Posted: January 23, 2018 07:42:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                            Michelle from Toronto writes:

                                                                                                                            My boyfriend and I are visiting Vancouver for the weekend and wanted to go this hike. Unfortunately, we will be there mid-Nov. Anyone know what the conditions will be like at that time? We've done back country hiking before, but wanted to understand what we may be faced with so we can be prepared if we decide to go. We're not sure if we will have a chance to make it out to Vancouver again in the next little while, so are eager to make this work (if possible). Any guidance would be very much appreciated!

                                                                                                                              Posted: October 27, 2017 07:30:09 AM PST

                                                                                                                              Eva from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                              Hi guys! We were planning on doing this hike October 28 or 29 as it will be really sunny then. How are the conditions for the hike? Is it still doable? We will be with 5 people so can help each other out but have no special equipment. Also, how long would it take?

                                                                                                                                Posted: October 26, 2017 12:18:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Cait from Philadelphia writes:

                                                                                                                                Had anyone done this hike very recently (since the rain set in)? I'm only here for one week and it is raining the entire time. Going to hike this on the least rainy day. What is the visibility like? Is it muddy?

                                                                                                                                  Posted: October 20, 2017 08:25:01 AM PST

                                                                                                                                  Mark from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                  Hi Lamar,

                                                                                                                                  We did this hike on October 9, there is already snow and ice on the final 2km. We made it up without microspikes but good footwear and poles are recommended. The fall foliage on the trail is absolutely stunning! Best hike we've ever done!

                                                                                                                                    Posted: October 11, 2017 11:57:43 AM PST

                                                                                                                                    Lamar from Montreal writes:


                                                                                                                                    i would like to do this trail thursday Oct 12.

                                                                                                                                    What are the current conditions? snow?

                                                                                                                                    Is it unsafe to do it alone at this time?

                                                                                                                                    Any other tips and recommendations would be appreciated.

                                                                                                                                      Posted: October 10, 2017 06:31:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Sarah Marzabadi from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                      Advice for doing this hike for the first time? I'm not an experienced hiker but I have a high level of fitness! Thanks

                                                                                                                                        Posted: October 1, 2017 05:11:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        Jesus Briales from Malaga (Spain) writes:

                                                                                                                                        Hi! Not sure how to communicate with Steve from Los Angeles. I would like to join to do this on Sunday on September 24th (originally I was going on 23rd but I lost my flight today!).
                                                                                                                                        So if anyone is doing this on Sunday 24th, I would like to join from Vancouver.

                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 22, 2017 11:54:32 AM PST

                                                                                                                                          Kris K from Walnut Creek, CA writes:

                                                                                                                                          Hiked up to Panorama Ridge on Friday 9/15. The weather was perfect and the views were spectacular! The trails are very smooth and well marked. Made it to the ridge in about 3hrs (I do hike quite quickly) and my Garmin read 14km exactly. I then hiked/ran east to get a view of Black Tusk from Helm Lake below Cinder Cobe and then down to Garibaldi Lake. Ran most of the way down to the trailhead, finishing 35km in about 7hrs. Loved it!! The turnoff to the trailhead is signed, it's a paved, and parking is free. Can't wait to go back and explore more!

                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 19, 2017 11:06:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                            lk10301990 from austin writes:

                                                                                                                                            haven't hiked this yet - looking to in a couple of weekends. are hiking poles necessary? how many spots are there along the way to fill up water?

                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 19, 2017 08:05:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                              lk10301990 from austin writes:

                                                                                                                                              haven't hiked this yet - looking to in a couple of weekends. are hiking poles necessary? how many spots are there along the way to fill up water?

                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 18, 2017 09:23:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                Esther from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                Still my favourite hike in Vancouver, did this for my 2nd time in end of August. 3h50 to the top, 3h20 to get back. The switchbacks in the beginning are steady, not super steep. Pace yourself as there's still about 8km from the end of the switchbacks to the top. The rock scramble to get to the top is always the toughest part for me but the view is more than worth it. Bring warm layers for the top, it gets chilly and windy!

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 17, 2017 04:13:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Steve from Los Angeles writes:

                                                                                                                                                  I'll be doing this hike alone Sunday on September 24th. Anyone interested in joining me?

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 17, 2017 01:37:17 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Di M. L. from New Westminster, BC, Canada writes:

                                                                                                                                                    Me and my friend hiked this trail yesterday (Sept. 15, 2017). We were lucky that the forecast was bright sunny day and not foggy at all. But dont let the sun fool you, it was 2•c at 7am when we arrived there. After two hours of hiking up the trail, we reached the junction that separates the way to Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Campground. There were few bugs and mosquitos in some parts of the trail. The trail was not that bad, and the elevation was manageable. However, the last 3km of the hike to reach the top was pain in the b$++. We took almost 2 hours to climb up the rocky mountain. You need to have a grip and be aware where you step or to hold on to. A hiking stick was helpful, and of course trail shoes. We reached up the top after 6 hours, but we have lots of stop. You just couldnt miss to take pictures of the great views along the way. Panorama Ridge was worth the pain and it was incredibly wonderful. It was jaw dropping. Just be sure to dress appropriately, though it's sunny, it was windy and chilly up the top, and some icy parts too. Overall, this can be a bucketlist for everyone who loves to hike and be closer to nature. Have fun hiking. :)

                                                                                                                                                    • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                    • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                    • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 16, 2017 11:24:47 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                      YEG_Mike from Edmonton writes:

                                                                                                                                                      Absolutely recommend this amazing hike! Did this hike on Sept 11.

                                                                                                                                                      Set out at 745am from the Rubble Creek parking lot. The first few kilometers were steeper than we expected but easily managed. There were no bugs at all, and quite a few other hikers.

                                                                                                                                                      Reached Panorama Ridge at noon (4 hrs 15 minutes) including taking a few breaks along the way for pictures, food, and a bathroom break. There is an outhouse at the 10 km point which is convenient.

                                                                                                                                                      The last 1-2 kilometers was steep, but quite manageable as the pace is obviously slower. There was no snow on the route up and the footing was quite secure. The views from the ridge were amazing. There was no smoke, the sun was shining and the temperature was perfect. There was a high temperature of 22 C that day, and at the top it was around 10 C. The wind wasn't too bad, and with a Gore-tex shell and short pants I was quite comfortable.

                                                                                                                                                      We had sandwiches at the top, and then made our way back down. Made it to the Jeep at 415pm.

                                                                                                                                                      Total time out was 8 hours and 30 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                      We only get out for a few hikes a year, and this was at a pace that was not rushed. You could easily do this in much less time if you are an experienced hiker.

                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 14, 2017 06:30:01 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Angelisa from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        Just finished the hike to the ridge. Took us a little less than 9 hours total. A menacing fog decended upon us just as we began to summit. So thick, we could only see eachother if we were standing close. And talk about freezing!!! Even in sweatshirts and rain jackets. Still it was worth the trek. Only negative was that I dropped my Pure Of water bottle on the trail when I stopped to change my shirt. When I realized it, we were too far. I really believed I would see it on my way down because, well, the hiking rule of thumb is to leave a lost item in a visible location along the trail so the owner can find it. Apparently that only applies to headphones and unwanted hats. Just a note to the lovely new owner, you need to wash it in boiled water. I haven't washed it a couple weeks and I had a nasty cold.

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 9, 2017 05:30:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Kirsten Saguil from Toronto writes:

                                                                                                                                                          My boyfriend and I hiked this on September 5th. Left at 8:45 and got back around 18:30, so just under 10 hours with plenty of stops for snacks/water/picture taking and about 45 min for lunch at the top. Unfortunately it was cloudy when we got to the top but it was still one of the most beautiful hikes we've done. Highly recommended!

                                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: September 6, 2017 11:30:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Marco Antonio C. Viernes from North Van City writes:

                                                                                                                                                            We got there at 1PM and sadly the smoke covered most of the view, but reaching the top feels great! Hopefully, it is better to get there as early as possible?

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 5, 2017 11:51:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Chloe B from Tongariro, NZ writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Did anyone hike the trail today? Tuesday 5th September.
                                                                                                                                                              How was the visibility with the smoke?
                                                                                                                                                              Hoping to hike tomorrow

                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 5, 2017 03:12:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                RonPanda from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                It's absolutely the most beautiful trails in BC or even in Canada! The view on the ridge or on the way is definitely worth the hours of hiking! I hike on last Sunday, Sept.3 very comfortable temperature and almost perfect condition. No ice or snow on top of ridge and only little icy on last 250m approaching to the final summit. Amazing view and unbelievable trip. I start at 6:20 int the morning, reach summit on 11:30am, stayed 30 mins on top and back down to Garibaldi lake then back to parking lot at 3:30pm. total is about 9 hours. And I was average pace, so just pack yourself and go there, you will be rewarded!

                                                                                                                                                                I really recommend this trail!

                                                                                                                                                                • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 5, 2017 09:53:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  Melodey S from CHICAGO writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Planning on doing this hike the 18th/19th of Sept! Would love company if anyone is looking for someone to hike this with!

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 4, 2017 04:14:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Kat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    Sept 1- gradual elevation gain, last portion was steep and rocky but manageable. If you do a day hike please start early so you have enough time to rest and enjoy the view and stop at garibaldi on your way down. Highly recommend!! Amazing views on a clear day :) you pass by Taylor's Meadows and Black tusk lake which are gorgoues

                                                                                                                                                                    • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                    • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 4, 2017 01:23:22 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Albi from Berkeley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      CarolineS -- I'm planning to do it on Monday myself. I'm thinking of also doing Black Tusk, so it's going to be pretty long. I'll start at around 6:30am. I'll be hitch-hiking there from downtown Squamish (I'm a tourist using public transport!).

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: September 3, 2017 08:31:29 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        Albi from Berkeley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        CarolineS -- I'm planning to do it on Monday myself. I'm thinking of also doing Black Tusk, so it's going to be pretty long. I'll start at around 6:30am. I'll be hitch-hiking there from downtown Squamish (I'm a tourist using public transport!).

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: September 2, 2017 10:40:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Sophie M from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          Has anyone hiked this recently? How is the smoke condition up there given the wildfires? Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 31, 2017 11:15:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            mallory from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            Joyce -- Camping is not permitted at the Panorama Ridge and the campgrounds nearest are Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake which are probably booked up for this weekend as they require a reservation.

                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 29, 2017 05:53:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Joyce from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Does anyone know if we can camp at panorama ridge? Planning on staying a night there but not sure if we can camp there.. thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 29, 2017 10:16:41 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                CarolineS from Michigan writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Will be doing this as a day hike on Monday, September 4th- would love company if anyone wanted to group up or doesn't mind me tagging along!

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 29, 2017 07:17:03 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  CarolineS from Michigan writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Will be doing this as a day hike on Monday, September 4th- would love company if anyone wanted to group up or doesn't mind me tagging along!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 28, 2017 01:23:26 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Julia from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Today my BF and I hiked from the Rubble Creek parking lot to Panorama Ridge via Taylor Meadows, and returned to the parking lot via the Garibaldi Lake trail. We started out at 8:00am and finished at 5:00pm, without too much in the way of breaks. According to my Fitbit, the hike was 45,700 steps (I expect I'll be hurting tomorrow!). This was not a particularly difficult hike, but it was certainly a long one. I brought hiking poles and was happy I had them when it came time to descend from the summit. They'd be useful for a more controlled slide down too. The trail was absolutely stunning from Taylor Meadows onward. Amazing hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 27, 2017 10:01:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Grace from Langley writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      No words can express how beautiful, amazing and wonderful the scenery hiking to Panorama Ridge!.. Me and my hubby finally reached Panorama Ridge summit last saturday Aug. 19, 2017. We're surprised of the scenery from Taylor Meadows to Panorama Ridge. The nice and beautiful flowers, mountain alps and lakes along the trail. We had so much fun! This is a perfect hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 21, 2017 09:11:54 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Ron from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow - what an incredible hike and the views are just amazing. Go on a sunny day and savor the splendor of Garibaldi Provincial Park.

                                                                                                                                                                                        A long 30 km hike from the Rubble Creek parking lot to Panorama Ridge and return. At a brisk pace, we started at 9am and finished at 4:30pm (includes a 1-hour break at the top). The trail is well marked and as of August 17, only a very few small sections of snow on the final climb up.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Here is a short video of the hike: https://youtu.be/diON_VnZ7ZM

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 18, 2017 12:26:57 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          Anny from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Did the hike today from rubble creek parking lot to panorama ridge to garibaldi and back in one day. We got to the parking lot at around 7:30am and finished after 12 hours and 11 mins. As not so seasoned hikers in decent shape, this was definitely a big challenge by the time we had gotten to the end of the hike. There was still a bit of snow to hike up when on the mountain going up the ridge but nothing too bad. As long as you have hiking boots on you should be good.

                                                                                                                                                                                          People were not kidding about the bug spray. Please bring a lot of bug spray. Even after being drenched in bug spray I still managed to get bitten a few times and they will irritate you all day long with their buzzing.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The smog yesterday was not too bad. It was barely noticeable at Taylor meadows, but it definitely affected our view up at panorama ridge which was a shame. I'll insert a picture.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Still a great hike nonetheless. But if you aren't in the best shape I probably would recommend doing it in two days rather than one like we did.

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 10, 2017 02:03:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            Alex from Chicago writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Does anyone have a picture of the view with the smoke? Will be hiking it this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 8, 2017 09:21:40 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              Jessica from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              Did the hike today from Garabaldi campground - took us 2 hours to get up from the camp. It. was. amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Views would have been way better without the smoke, but the hike itself was one of the best we've done! If you're doing it, 1000% recommend sliding down (instead of climbing). You'll get soaked, but it's so so so worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 5, 2017 07:02:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Colin Fernandes from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Did the Panarama Ridge August 5, took about 8 hours, but we didn't take breaks. The smoke is worse as you get higher. You won't be able to see the picturesque view like in the 3rd photo but it is still a great hike and from Taylor medow you will still be able to see black tusk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 5, 2017 06:54:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cameo Swanson from Washington state writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am also planning on coming up this weekend 8/4-8/6 and wanted to know what the smoke situation is going up to Panorama Ridge and if it's affecting the view at all at the top. Two of us are doing the hike in a day on Saturday and it's about 18 miles round trip and I'm concerned about the air quality too. If you've gone recently please post pictures. Also is there a camp ground higher up to park at to make the hike shorter?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 2, 2017 05:08:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Billy from Port coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Was planning on doing the hike this weekend, anyone know what the smoke situation is like up at the ridge? Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 2, 2017 09:31:48 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Janette from Toronto writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Did Panorama Ridge through Helm Creek last Monday-Tuesday (Jul 24-25) - one of my all time favourite hikes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Originally planned to park at the Garibaldi Lake lot and hike up through Taylor Meadows to Black Tusk, but last minute decided to drive a bit further north to the Cheakamus Lake lot and hike up through Helm Creek to Panorama Ridge instead. Best decision. FAR less people throughout the two days (on trail, at camp), easier switchbacks at the start, super rewarding ascent/lookout/descent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We got to the lot around 9am, did a quick hike in to Cheakamus Lake, had a snack, then hiked back to the lot to grab our camp packs. Then made our way to Helm Creek in 3-3.5hrs and camped for the night - quiet and free of bugs until you get to camp (two couples and a group of girls scouts). The campground is brutal with the mosquitos all day (especially bad at dusk) - we fell asleep in our tents and couldn't make it through to stargaze after sundown. It was bad enough that we decided to camp out right after Panorama Ridge on day two, as opposed to the original 3-day plan. The creek running through is great - I took a chilly dip a few times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Day 2 hike starts off free of snow until about 15 minutes after Helm Creek - by 30 minutes out of camp, it's full on snow field and the ascent to lookout is a slightly crunchy/slippery climb. Would've been much easier with spikes. Only got a tiny bit of snow into one boot. Coming down is the highlight - jogging start, jump on your butt, and slide all the way down!!! Bring a garbage bag if you don't want wet bottoms - with the scorching sun and snow reflection though, my hiking pants dried off well before I got back to camp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Got back to camp, packed up, and jogged back down to the lot. Total 8 hour day from leaving camp to making it back to the lot (with lunch at lookout and pack up time etc.).

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 1, 2017 09:38:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Amber from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Panorama Ridge was gorgeous this weekend. Hiked up to Taylor Meadows on Saturday. The weather was great so it wasn't super cold at the campsite overnight. There is no snow left at Taylor Meadows. Ditto on bringing lots of bug repellant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hiked to Panorama Ridge on Sunday and then went back down to the parking lot. There are a few muddy sections on the trail, and the snow near the ridge is quite slushy so it is easy to lose your footing. Hiking poles are recommended. Great views!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 1, 2017 04:26:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                          JEFF WONG from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked Panorama Ridge via Taylor Meadows Friday July 28.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Trail is great. Still snow on the last 2 km as you scramble uphill to the peak. It is well worth it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hiked in shorts and a t-shirt. It is a little windy up top but beautiful. Worth every last drop of sweat to get there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The campground was cool at night, went down to 9 degrees celcius. Bring bug repellant lots of mosquitos.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Makes for a long day but you will sleep well at night!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 30, 2017 12:56:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Por from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Does anybody have pictures from Panorama Ridge lately ? Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 29, 2017 11:33:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tanner from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiked it today July 29. Hiked up to Taylor Meadows campground yesterday (difficult with a full pack, steep switchbacks, and more steep switchbacks). Started hiking up to the ridge at 630am this morning, got to the Ridge around 930am. Coming down is easy and fast. View is amazing. A few pointers: Bring bug spray and bug nets for night time and morning. Gets a little chilly at night. Snow at the top, but no need for gators. Tons of fun. Will do it again next year

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 29, 2017 09:49:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rev from Halifax writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anybody hiking on the 3rd of August. Am wondering how easy to do it in a day?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 26, 2017 09:00:09 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lindsey from Charleston, SC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How far is it from Garibaldi Lake camp site to Panorama Ridge? I know it's 9 from parking area to campground, and heard it was another 12 km to the ridge, but that's way more than 30 km round trip...just want to figure out how much I can tackle in one day! Also, does anyone know if we can drop our tent off and set up at our site then continue on to the ridge to lighten the load ? We have a permit for mid August.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 26, 2017 01:49:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pranshu Shelat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This was a part of two-day hiking by my friends and I (a group of 14 people) on July 22-23. We hiked up the Taylor Meadows campground on July 22 and set up tents. Then went to Garibaldi Lake and back. Next day we did the Panorama Ridge and finished the hike. The weather worked perfectly for us since it was overcast and foggy while going up. So we weren't as tired as we'd have in the sun. But skies started becoming clear in the evening which offered a great visit to Garibaldi Lake. Now, since it was a New Moon, we got out of our tents at 12 am to see the perfect starry sky! Next, we when we started, the mist rolled in which stayed until we reached the Ridge when the skies got clear.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. There is a lot of snow at the Ridge so come prepared with waterproof shoes. It's fun sliding back down from the top rather than hiking down. Some of us used our waterproof jackets as slides while some just went on their trousers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The temperatures at night go to -7 so bring a good sleeping bag.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Insect repellent is a must.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 24, 2017 05:03:17 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      patty from coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is very specific but does anyone have suggestions for what time of day the view is best eg morning or afternoon? we will be camping at garibaldi and going up on one of the days so my question is, is the view better if we got up there earlier or later? thanks!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 24, 2017 11:42:58 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Katie from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did this yesterday (July 23). Absolutely breathtaking - we've done the Tusk, but I think views from Panorama are even better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hiked up from Rubble Creek, though Taylor Meadows. Trail was great (just slightly muddy) until the last trail junction (3km left). From there, it's steep packed slush snow/rock scramble to the top. Pretty exhausting and slow (the first 10km took us 2 hours; pretty sure the last 3km took about 90mins), but 100% worth it. Views from the top just incredible. And coming back down was easy - we "snowshoed" (without snowshoes) down the packed slush, and slid on our butts a couple times :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In terms of gear - we both had good hiking boots, gaiters (just put them on for the last 3km), hiking poles (lifesavers going up the slush), and lots of warm clothes as it's quite chilly at the top. Everyone out there yesterday was in similar gear. I had yak tracks on my shoes but I don't think they did much as it wasn't really icy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 24, 2017 08:37:10 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Por from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am planning to do this on Friday 4 th of August only a day !! Don't want to camping at garibaldi lake .. so any updates on the currently snow conditions of trail . Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 23, 2017 11:50:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jennifer Kolbuc from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To everyone asking if you can camp at the top of the ridge - no it is illegal to pitch a tent up there. You must have a reservation to camp at Garibaldi Lake. You can find more information and the links on the Garibaldi trail page. Yes - some people to post photos of tents up there, but it is not meant for camping. There are no facilities and it is both dangerous and leads to environmental damage. Please respect our parks and camp in the designated areas, thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 23, 2017 09:11:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mari from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hello, we're planning on doing this hike next weekend. Wanting to camp up top panorama as I've seen pictures of tents up there. What permit do we need to purchase? Is it just a backcountry permit? Thanks in advance!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 22, 2017 12:45:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ken from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did this July 12th. Trail starts to get muddy after the Taylor Meadows junction from the snow melt. Still some parts on the trail covered in 2-3 inches of slush. The scramble at the end of the hike is still covered in 1-2 feet of snow (packed slush).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Recommend brining extra socks, gaiters, crampons and hiking poles. It was windy and chilly at the top but we saw people going up in shorts and t-shirts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 14, 2017 01:26:51 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alisha from Maple Ridge writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just did Panorama Ridge yesterday/lastnight July 9th. Absolutely beautiful. Still lots of snow on the way up the summit, it starts right at the black tusk junction and continues, I would recommend hiking boots for sure, I did see people in runners though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 10, 2017 01:45:35 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Angela from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the July 2 comments. Can you please advise if the snow is slushy or icy? We would like to try next weekend and would like to know how compact the snow is. If it is still soft/slush we will bring snowshoes, otherwise spikes for icy conditions. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 3, 2017 08:29:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kari Koskela from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Easily the most spectacular hike I have ever done. The view up from the ridge is amazing. Also some nice views of Black Tusk on the way up and back. Hiked July 2, 2017. Still lots of snow after Taylor Meadows campground. Recommend ankle high waterproof hiking boots and hiking poles due to the amount of snow, Crampons would be helpful, but not necessary. The last 2 hrs completely snow covered. Beautiful:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 3, 2017 01:59:04 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Michael Allan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is still lots of snow up in the Black Tusk area. It starts from Taylor Meadows Junction and continues all the way up to Black Tusk and panorama Ridge and beyond. Garibaldi lake still has ice patches on it. At the very least, hiking boots are strongly recommended. If you want to hike Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge, I would suggest snow shoes or crampons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 2, 2017 07:22:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rory Court from Winnipeg writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Did this last weekend, June 17/18, Garibaldi Lake still frozen. Views are still amazing. Snow starts at the Taylor Meadows Junction, if you plan on gaining the ridge, I would recommend snowshoes or ski touring to the top, crampons would be adequate but you will post hole in areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 23, 2017 06:15:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            arcticWolf from Toronto writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Want to go to Panorama Ridge 30 km trek on this coming sunday June 11. was anyone on this trial recently ? i am cruious the ice status in those mountain lakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 9, 2017 09:41:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Paul Nita from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interested in doing this hike this summer and planning on staying overnight. I was wondering if someone could tell me ig you have to stay at one of the campgrounds or if its possible to pitch a tent at the top?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 4, 2017 11:23:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jeffery from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I want to go Panorama ridge this coming Saturday. Does anybody know the trail condition? Thanks a lot!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 18, 2017 06:53:19 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cathy from Seattle writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am hoping to do this hike in a week or so...any updates on the current snow conditions of the trail?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 8, 2017 01:13:50 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Doug from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    @Sean from Boston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There is no vehicle-accessible campground in this area. The Taylor Meadows campground is about 7.5 km up the hiking trail, and the Garibaldi Lake campground is about 9 km in. The parking lot at the start of the trail is free for all to use, although it can get vey busy during summer weekends. Doing Panorama as a day hike is indeed a challenge, requiring an early start, good footwear, and a decent fitness level to handle the 30 km and significant elevation gain.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 19, 2017 06:36:38 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sean from Boston, MA writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am visiting this area in August, but we are not staying at the camp ground. I think my girlfriend and I can do the 12km/5hr hike from The campground, but probably not the 30km version. As visitors, does anyone know if we are able to drive into the camp ground and park for the day? Or is it only for registered campers? I've looked for info on this and can't seem to find this answer and I am afraid our trip to Panorama probably depends on knowing this ahead of time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 15, 2017 06:30:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anthony from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Planning on hiking in about a week's time (early April). Does anyone have experience of what the snow conditions will be like, especially given the heavy winter we've had?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 5, 2017 01:30:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Samantha from Port Moody writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hoping to do this again next weekend, does anyone know if the trailhead is still snow free?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: November 23, 2016 09:09:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Janina from Konstanz, Germany writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            @ Katrin:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I would like to do this hike as well soon, let me know if you are still going ([email protected]).


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: September 25, 2016 05:46:57 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Petroula from Chatham writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd like to this trail on Wednesday or Thursday this week. Anyone else planning so we can do the car swap?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: September 19, 2016 05:08:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Katrin from Geneva writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would like to do this hike in the beginning of october, someone knows if it will be still practicable or if there will be already too much snow?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And is it possible to do it in 1 day or is it better to stay over night on one of the campgrounds?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also feel free to join for the hike if you want...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks in advance for you feedback, greetings from Switzerland!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: September 16, 2016 03:44:21 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  takoyakimonster01 from vancity writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PNWanderer do you mind uploading photos of your hike on friday? I'll be hiking by myself on 23rd of September, I just wanna see what am I putting myself into.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you in advance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: September 14, 2016 04:56:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PNWanderer from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My cousin and I will be doing this hike Friday, wondering if anyone is wanting to group up and hike with us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: September 12, 2016 02:23:29 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Canuck Jay from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Beautiful and breathtaking hike that's easy until the last 2kms where you will be working up a sweat going up steadily through rocks, scree and boulders - oh and did I mention rabid horseflies?!! They are relentless, even with deet! Now unfortunately I have to preach a little for all the newbies or morons that hike this trail - saw a few people going off trail while hiking up switchbacks from main trailhead - come on man, you know better! Also saw tissues, wet wipes strewn on trail up to Panorama from Taylor meadows - I guess this is what happens when too many people know about this shangri la!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Panorama Ridge photo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 25, 2016 09:36:08 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Belinda from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The view is absolutely gorgeous. One of the best trial in BC:) The flower along the Taylor Meadow is beautiful during this season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just want to remind people staying on trail. Off-trail is not safe especially if you want to slide down. There is glacier beneath the snow slope and you won't see it from the top. For your safety, please stay on trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy hiking:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 23, 2016 03:22:57 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          James Robinson from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          @Kristine from North Vancouver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was thinking of doing this something this week too (if I can get there), but wasn't sure about doing it alone. Want to buddy up? [email protected]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          No problem if not!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 22, 2016 07:33:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Great scenic hike once you're passed the initial 6+Km of switchbacks. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and possibly a way to treat water (two of us drank 5L - half of that was from streams mostly around the halfway point @ Taylor Meadows campground and a bit after).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Be careful if you slide down the snow on the way back. Some people were getting hurt - it's pretty hard to stop especially if using a slippery garbage bag. Once you start it is very hard to get back to the trail if you decide it's not for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 22, 2016 01:57:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kristine from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am thinking of hiking this trail by myself on Thursday and was wondering if anyone knows if there are usually quite a few hikers on the trails on weekdays.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 22, 2016 11:20:30 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is most definitely one of the most beautiful hikes I've done so far. The weather changed rapidly on top, rained a little and there was an outcast. It still didn't dull the magnificent view.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The hike itself isn't difficult, however if you're planning on doing this in one day, be prepared for a long strenuous hike. I hiked this in 8 hours in a moderate pace. I am not very fit and would consider myself an average hiker.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The top of the ridge is the hardest part of the hike. Loose rocks and very steep, although manageable if you maintain a slow pace and be careful. No snow of the trail now makes it 10 folds easier. Be sure to hike this while the weather is still gorgeous :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: August 22, 2016 11:03:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Doug from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  @Jay -There's a few streams in the first couple of km's from the parking lot, but it's pretty dry until you get past the junction at 6.5 km, and closer to Taylor Meadows. There's quite a few good streams between there and the Helm Cr. junction, but once past that onto the ridge, there's nothing, except a few patches of snow. It's always recommended to filter/treat the water in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  @Rick - The ascent up the ridge itself is not technical or excessively exposed. The first part climbs thru a forested, dirt trail with some rooty, rocky sections. About a third of the way up, you pass the treeline, and it's just rocky with a few steep sections. The very last bit of to the top is fairly steep and a bit loose, to the point where you may use your hands a little, but it's not a problem for most people at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: August 18, 2016 08:25:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jay from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Doing this hike on Sat (Aug 20). Just wondering if there are many/any streams to top up water along the way?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: August 18, 2016 08:08:11 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rick from England writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi, looks a beautiful hike, and some really helpful comments below. We are looking at a few hike options for an upcoming trip to Whistler so I'm trying to get a sense of how steep or exposed the final rocky sections are on Panorama ridge - can anyone help with a bit more description please? Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: August 13, 2016 12:28:46 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NELSON from Calgary writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        @joyce, snow is very minimal, just two small patches. Did this hike today from Cheakamus parking lot. Some trail construction going on helm creek trail. But trail is still okay. Parking lot access is good even for smal cars. Not too many big potholes and not rutted at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: August 11, 2016 12:44:15 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joyce from Seattle writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone know how the snow is looking on the trail to panorama right now? I'm wondering if its hikable in hiking sandals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 10, 2016 03:11:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AJ from Los Angeles, CA writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's important to note that I just did this hike today (late July 2016) and there were banks of snow where the rock climbing is. It wasn't too bad as I was able to make it to the top in sneakers but everyone should be very careful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 1, 2016 02:04:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ethan from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              via helm lake , the trail is Ok .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Small car can arrive parking lot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 28, 2016 03:23:01 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Danika from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wonder if anyone has done this from the Helm Creek side. I'm interested in trail conditions (snow) and road conditions as well (can we drive Cheakamus Rd with a small city car? how bumpy is the road?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 26, 2016 11:18:26 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CelineC from France writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DIFFICULTY / WEATHER CONDITIONS UPDATE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We hiked from highway 99 parking lot to the top (via beautiful Taylor meadows) in 5 hours with a lot of breaks to take pictures.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In total, a 37kms - 9 hour hike (stops excluded) with a stop at Garibaldi lake in the way down and without running down at the end. I think we kept a good pace, without being well-trained. We were quite surprised at the slope which wasn't as hard as expected (a little bit steep at the beginning but steady, which made things much easier).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Then the slope is easy work though Taylor meadows until the bottom of Panorama ridge. The last climb up to the top is the hardest (1h maximum), only because of snow which was still present. The slope is OK. There wasn't a big amount of snow but it is still necessary to be careful (it was a bit slippy).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We only had runners, which was not the best equipment to hike in the snow but was safe enough thanks to the tracks left by the numerous hikers before us. On our way down we sledded down the "hill" on our shorts (the fastest and safest way thanks to the track).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for the weather conditions, yesterday sunny day was definitely an asset. The snow was only present in the very last part of the climb to Panorama ridge and some had already turned into mud in the beginning of the afternoon when we hiked down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This was clearly one of the five most beautiful views I've seen in my life, and I've travelled quite a lot so far. No one had words to describe their feelings when reaching the top. The hike may be long for untrained hikers but is SO WORTH IT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to all other comments which enabled to us to prepare our hike easily !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: July 25, 2016 01:56:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brian from Edina, MN writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hiked from the parking lot off 99 to the Panorama ridge in 6 hours round trip. I was walking at a brisk pace to do this. I packed about 2L of water and ran out half way down. Fortunately I was in the shade and walking down hill the rest of the hike. It was a fantastic hike!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: July 21, 2016 02:20:31 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lost Hiker from Barrie, Ontario writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      @ Alison and Mal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My friend and I did black tusk hike in 12.5 hours. We are smokers so this included smoke breaks and general enjoyment of nature. We still kept a steady pace. The first section of switchback was quite painful, but it's a great hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We also tried to go up panorama ridge a few months ago, still 7 feet of snowpack. Took us 12.5 hours to snowshoe up to Garibaldi lake - incredible. The trail was totally snowed in from there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Heard at a bar about a week or two ago that the trails are clear now. Don't know how much you want to trust that - We are doing Panorama Ridge this Monday (18th) - I'll give you an update when we get back

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Highly recommend this hike to anyone who is interested. Be prepared - it's a long day. I like bringing several changes of clothes for sweat + temperature changes. Blah blah blah be safe and try to avoid ignorance. We always pack out our butts and make sure we are not starting forest fires.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here is a good resource for up-to-date weather info on mountains in the area:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: July 17, 2016 05:41:27 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lilgreenbird from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        can someone please update what the trail condition is like now (July 15)? is there still lots of snow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: July 15, 2016 07:20:32 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mal from Pickering writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do people hike Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge in one day? We would be starting out from Garibaldi Lake Campground in the morning and were hoping to get to the top of Black Tusk and then do the ridge hike. We're both very avid hikers and spend a lot of time in the mountains of New Hampshire doing 12-14 miles a day.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: July 13, 2016 11:39:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Alison from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi, I am doing this hike on the weekend! Does it really take 11 hours in 1 day? I find these hike times are longer than they actually take. Can anyone tell me?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 8, 2016 12:12:42 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              HEMNATH RAMAKRISHNAN from BURNABY writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We did this hike on July 3rd, Sunday.. As usual, the views from the ridge is out of this world. There is a lot of hard pack snow right from Panorama Ridge junction and all the way up to the Ridge. We don't need crampons as long as you follow the foot prints of hikers who did it previously. Boulders on the sides of the trail will be tempting to hike to avoid walking on the snow, but it's too risky as there are lots of loose rocks and sliding down the snow is better than sliding on the rocks. Walking sticks are of great help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hiking down is so easy because most of the people are taking the advantage of hard pack snow and just sliding down the mountain in less than 10 minutes. But make sure to wear a waterproof pants and rain jackets, if you plan to do so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: July 4, 2016 02:07:58 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Shaun from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi guys! Just did Panorama ridge hike on tuesday (Jun 21). Beautiful hike. LOTS OF SNOW! Manageable without crampons or snow shoes, but, i'd bring em if you got em, or buy em if you can afford them, and hiking poles or ski poles!. Hot when the sun was out, bring sunscreen. Near 0 degrees at night, bring a decent sleeping bag, a couple people froze with their summer sleeping bags. No fires at Taylor Meadow camping so bring a trail stove. Snow at the campground also. Had to shovel out a few sites. We left camp at around 9 and got to the top of Panorama before noon, large group so we kept a slower pace. Pretty much 10 mins out of camp 98% of the hike was through snow. On the way back down from the ridge the sun had turned the snow slushier and it was a lot wetter on the way back. That was my first time up there but I think if the conditions stay the same it will be a lot wetter in the valley and still snowy towards the peak so dress properly to stay dry and comfortable! Water-proof footwear is a MUST and I wish I had brought GAITERS! I wish I had this info before we left so I hope this helps anyone heading up there soon. Totally worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 22, 2016 03:42:13 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carlos from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Re: Paul, Estimate of times from when I attempted it last Easter, when there was snow past 6 km into the hike:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parking lot to Taylor Meadows Campground: 7-8 km, ~2.5 hrs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TM campground is the main one for people heading up to the Ridge/Tusk, but there's also one at Lake Garibaldi (check VT page for hiking details). There's a third campground past Ridge/Tusk at Helm Lake, albeit on a much higher elevation. The campgrounds also have shelters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fees are $10 if I remember correctly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 13, 2016 04:02:18 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paul from Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thinking of doing this hike and camping overnight but never having done this before I have a few questions I hope some more experienced hikers could answer: how long does it take to go from parking lot to campsite, from campsite to peak? Is it possible to camp at the peak or must you camp at designated campsites? What are the fees that must be payed ahead of time? Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 11, 2016 07:31:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jonathan Bergeron from Rouyn-Noranda writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Update on condition for those planning on doing it in june. I did the trail last weekend end (june 4-5), planning a single camping night at Garibaldi. Was also thinking of doing the Black Tusk trails, which I didn't do in the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First 6-7 km (up to the junction between lake and meadows) is clear of any snow. Afterward, there is progressively more snow above 1200 metres. The camp was still covered in packed snow. The temperature was quite hot under de sun, at least 25 degrees, and the night was cool but not cold. If you plan on camping however be well equiped to camp on ground covered snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As for the ridge, it was a tough climb without snowshoe but managable. It's a 7 km round trip, 90% in the snow out in the meadows (After a few easy switchbacks). The last section is an ascension in the snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I set out in the morning just before 9 am, I was at the lake with all my equipement a little after noon. I set out for the ridge aroung 1 pm and returned almost 6 hours laters (After many break).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A LOT of stream, so be sure to have a carbon pump, no need to pack 4 liters of water on tour back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheers! Email me if you have any questions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: June 10, 2016 02:44:47 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jonathan Bergeron from Rouyn-Noranda writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Update on condition for those planning on doing it in june. I did the trail last weekend end (june 4-5), planning a single camping night at Garibaldi. Was also thinking of doing the Black Tusk trails, which I didn't do in the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        First 6-7 km (up to the junction between lake and meadows) is clear of any snow. Afterward, there is progressively more snow above 1200 metres. The camp was still covered in packed snow. The temperature was quite hot under de sun, at least 25 degrees, and the night was cool but not cold. If you plan on camping however be well equiped to camp on ground covered snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for the ridge, it was a tough climb without snowshoe but managable. It's a 7 km round trip, 90% in the snow out in the meadows (After a few easy switchbacks). The last section is an ascension in the snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I set out in the morning just before 9 am, I was at the lake with all my equipement a little after noon. I set out for the ridge aroung 1 pm and returned almost 6 hours laters (After many break).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A LOT of stream, so be sure to have a carbon pump, no need to pack 4 liters of water on tour back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cheers! Email me if you have any questions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: June 10, 2016 01:59:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aslan from Moelln writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          An update on the conditions would be useful for me as well. Planning to do it as a one day trip somwhen in a couple of days. Cynthia have you been up there yet/ are you still planning to do so?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: June 8, 2016 01:24:45 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cynthia from Amsterdam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone been up here recently? I might do the hike somewhere next week dependjng on the conditions. Was wondering when you have to start walking through snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: June 2, 2016 08:29:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vee from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Has anyone been up there recently? What are the conditions? Is the lake frozen/are there lots of snow? Planning on camping out there the first weekend of June. Do you recommend or should we wait until July/Aug?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: May 18, 2016 01:19:43 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rachel from Delta writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hi! Wondering if anyone has been up lately! Are crampons or snowshoes a necessity?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: March 31, 2016 05:58:16 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kendrick Uy from Richmond BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi Chris,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have done both Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk before and here is my advice on what to expect:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It took me 12 hours to hike both starting at the parking lot and back. Keep in mind, I went with some individuals that needed a little more time to rest but even then, it is a very long hike.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since you plan on camping, I suggest doing Black Tusk first, which is the harder hike of the two, then camp at Garibaldi Lake. This should take you about 8-10 hours depending how fast you are and how much traffic jam there is when rock climbing up the actual black tusk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the second day, you can hike up Panorama Ridge and back to the parking lot. This should take you about 8-10 hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Depending on when you go, wearing pants will save time in Panorama Ridge because you can slide down the snow! Check out my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gzfUjiWk-A

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I went in August for both Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge. There was still snow at Panorama Ridge when I went back in 2011 but with global warming, it looks like you'll have to go in July or even June to have the opportunity to slide down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Good luck and have fun. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: March 26, 2016 11:37:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chris from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Im trying to plan a trip in the start of summer (May-July). I wanted to try and do Panorama ridge and Black Tusk all at once. Im sure its possible but I just dont really know the distance from the 2 and how long I should give myself
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I also plan on making this an overnighter, hike one camp out and then hike the other and head home. Any help would be great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: March 8, 2016 12:43:44 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marilyn from Los Angeles writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am planning to hike to Panaroma Ridge in April. Does anyone know how the conditions are typically like around that time?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 7, 2016 05:33:33 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ryan from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No problem. Where did you guys end up going?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 15, 2016 03:25:03 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kristin from Stockton writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you so much for your help. Your advice definitely redirected our route! Glad you were safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: January 10, 2016 10:55:59 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ryan from new westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hello Kristin,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The hike was pretty tough as we have to make our own trail pretty much the whole trip and it was snowing like crazy all day As we reach the 6k junction Taylor Meadows trail is not visible due to thick snow. We broke the trail and its about waist deep during that day. the camping grounds are covered with snow.Bring Shovel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We didn't make it all the way to the top due to fresh avalanches along the way and as we continue the snow gets deeper. We just hiked as far and as safe as we can. Snow Blizzard all day all night and woke up with additional 3 ft of snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The 2km turn off from the hwy to the trail head was not plowed (during that day) and theres a good 2-3ft of snow that we drove into and successfully made it to the trail head. (we don't recommend it) As we descend the next day it was clear sky and we met couple of hikers going up and warned them. And no cars/truck reached the parking lot just us. They all parked closed to the hwy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Good luck with your hike :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We will go back the week after the NewYear and will try to attempt it again .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: December 28, 2015 06:59:56 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kristin from San Jose writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey Ryan!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you mind commenting back with any tips from the trip? or if the avalanche warning is high? Me and two of my friends are doing that hike on the 29th! It would be greatly appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: December 19, 2015 09:32:05 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ryan from New Westminster writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Me and my 2 buddies are doing this tomorrow. We are staying overnight by the lake. Will start the hike around 5am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                set up our gears and off we go to Panorama hopefully we reach the top.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you see us just say hi :) Happy winter hiking/camping everyone!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: December 18, 2015 07:44:18 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Leonie from Burnaby writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy and stay safe.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mark from langley writes:

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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rae Suba from sandy hook writes:

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4)how much water to bring

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        any advice greatly appreciated!! namaste


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Louise from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Georgia Neindorf from Perth, Australia writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ryan from Surrey writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SC from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Javi from North Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nicole from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jennifer from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Analia F. Saenz from Argentina writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lindsay from Surrey writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michael from Chilliwack writes:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Note: Black Dusk completely bare.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Michelle from Vancouver writes:

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Andy from Langley writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tonyf from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Richard Neindorf from Perth, Australia writes:

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeff from Seattle writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kallie from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bre from Chilliwack writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lynda from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lynda from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ruth from Coquitlam writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alisiya from Langley writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hoping to go up again before the end of September.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael from Surrey writes:


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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dungi from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hi folks,

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

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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        J from Vancouver writes:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks! :)

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ron from Vancouver writes:

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Carlie from Port Coquitlam writes:

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mike from maple ridge writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Karl from Vancouver writes:

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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Eric from Midland, MI writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mike from Burnaby writes:


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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ruth from Coquitlam writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ivan from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Where can I find a trial map btw?


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mitch from Whistler writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seth from Fort Collins, CO writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kris from Vancouver writes:

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jonah Fernandez from Burnaby writes:

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christoph from Vienna writes:

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So do it! And have fun!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiked up September 1:

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Barb from Hamilton writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HopperGoLightly from Burnaby writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Alex from Vancouver writes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dave from Burnaby writes:

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Brian from Surrey writes:

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ron Walker from vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hello guys,

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael from Vancouver, BC writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Elaine from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hello M4verick,

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

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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        M4verick from White Rock writes:

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

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nick from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Naresh from vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alexandra Nan from Vancouver writes:


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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Raju from vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paul from Delta writes:

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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nick from Kent, England writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tyler from Portland, Oregon writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tyler Chromicz from Portland, Oregon writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nick from Kent, England writes:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Any thoughts?

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wongfu from Burnaby writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jess from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi Esther,

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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Esther from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jess from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Luke from Vancouver writes:

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

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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Christina from Vancouver writes:

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


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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elaine Long from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Parth from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyone planning for Panorama Ridge ??

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Danker Kolijn from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shaun from Vancouver writes:


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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ken Dresen from Vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tila from vancouver writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chad from Whistler writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the info steve

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nikki from St. Louis, MO writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thank you, Steve!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Steven from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just did this hike yesterday:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have a great trip!

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nikki from St. Louis, MO writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Todd from Burnaby writes:

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Luke Chapman from Brisbane writes:

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

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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Josh from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tough hike but amazing view.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you hiked Panorama Ridge? Share your experience with us:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Name: *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hometown: *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Email Address: *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your email address will NOT be displayed on the site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rating: *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Comment: *

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Share up to 3 photos from your hiking experience:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photos must be smaller than 12MB and must not be of an offensive nature more contain illegal acts. We reserve the right to remove photos or comments we deem unacceptable in our sole discretion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upload Photo:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upload Photo:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upload Photo:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Comments that gratuitously attack or demean individuals or organizations are not acceptable. We reserve the right to remove comments or any other content we deem unacceptable in our sole discretion, including removing user names and profile pictures. For our full website terms and conditions including our legal guidelines for user postings and comments on www.vancouvertrails.com, please see our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.