incredibly scenic area surrounding Garibaldi Lake is the heart of Garibaldi
Provincial Park. Within a small radius are such outstanding natural
attractions as the Black Tusk, Panorama Ridge, Helm Glacier, the Sphinx,
Guard Mountain, the Barrier, Garibaldi Lake, the Table, Sentinel Glacier,
Sphinx Glacier and Castle Towers. Alpine meadows come alive with wild
flowers of every imaginable description. Mountaineers will find challenging
peaks to climb. Hikers may choose from trails that are easy to difficult.
(Topographical map 92.G.14 and 92.G.15 1:50,000)
Turn right off Hwy
99 just after you cross the Rubble Creek bridge, 37 km north of Squamish
or 19 km south of Whistler onto a paved road that leads 2.5 km to the
Rubble Creek parking lot.
There are five main
trails in this area of Garibaldi Park:
Creek parking lot to Garibaldi Lake - Length, 9 km; suggested
time, 3 to 4 hours one way; elevation change, 810 metres. This well
graded trail climbs and switchbacks through stands of giant Douglas-fir
and western red cedar before leveling out at the top of the Barrier.
Creek parking lot to Taylor Meadows - Length, 7.5 km;
suggested time 3 to 4 hours one way; elevation change, 915 metres. This
trail follows the same route as the Garibaldi Lake trail for 6 km where
it divides and heads up to the meadows. It is possible, with an early
start, to hike from the Rubble Creek parking lot to the meadows, down
to Garibaldi Lake and back out the same day. Length, 22 km round trip.
Lake to Panorama Ridge - Length, 5 km; suggested time,
2 hours one way; elevation change, 630 metres. This moderately strenuous
hike provides views of Garibaldi Lake, Sphinx and Sentinel Glaciers,
Table Mountain and much of the rest of the park. Panorama Ridge can
also be reached from Taylor Meadows.
Meadows or Garibaldi Lake to the Black Tusk - Length,
7 km; suggested time, 2 to 3 hours one way; elevation change, 850 metres.
The trail ends on the shoulder below the Black Tusk. Only those who
are properly equipped and experienced should attempt climbing the Tusk.
The ascent of the last 100 metres is by a rock "chimney",
and must be negotiated very carefully. Beware of falling rocks.
View from Black
Meadows to Upper Lakes - Length, 4 km; suggested time,
2 hours one way; elevation change, minimal. This easy hike leads through
beautiful alpine meadows past Mimulus and Black Tusk Lakes to Helm Lake.
Helm Glacier, the Cinder Cone and the bizarre cinder flats may also
be seen. This is the same trail that will take you to Panorama Ridge.