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The Diamond Head
area in the southwestern portion of the park includes Mount Garibaldi,
2,678 metres, Atwell Peak (a volcanic pinnacle), the Opal Cone, Garibaldi
Neve and Mamquam Lake. The area abounds with heather. In summer its
dainty, white and pink bell shaped flowers flourish everywhere.
(Topographical map 92.G.15 1:50,000)
Turn right off Hwy
99 onto Mamquam Road four km north of Squamish. Follow the paved road
past the Squamish Golf and Country Club and then take the logging road
just past the Mashiter Creek bridge. It is 16 km from the highway to
a parking lot located at the 914 metre level. There is a lookout 1 km
before the parking lot that provides a sweeping, panoramic view of the
Squamish River Valley and Howe Sound.
There are four major
trails in this area of Garibaldi Park:
Lot to Elfin Lakes - Length, 11 km; suggested time, 3
to 5 hours one way; elevation change, 600 metres. The trail follows
Paul Ridge with each step of the way revealing beautiful vistas. At
Elfin Lakes, Columnar Peak, the Gargoyles, Opal Cone and Mamquam Icefield
come into view.
The high alpine
Elfin lakes trail is one the most stunningly beautiful alpine hikes
in Canada .... offering towering craggy snow-capped mountain peaks -
lakes - glaciers and serenity. The
trailhead is a 15 minute drive from Nu-Salya.
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Lakes to Little Diamond Head - Length, 7 km; suggested
time, 2 to 3 hours one way; elevation change, 625 metres. This is a
fairly arduous hike past the Gargoyles, strange visages sculptured by
nature in lava, to 2,100 metre Little Diamond Head.
Lakes to the Opal Cone - Length, 6.5 km; suggested time,
2 to 3hours one way; elevation change, 250 metres.Trail leads down to
Ring Creekthen climbs the Opal Cone, an extinct volcano with a crater.
Garibaldi Neve and Mamquam Lake can be seen from the top.
Lakes to Mamquam Lake - Length, 11 km; suggested time,
4 to 5 hrs one way; elevation change, 570 metres. A strenuous hike that
follows the route to the Opal Cone and then continues eastward to the
Rampart Ponds. Descend to the lake from here. Overnight camping is permitted