Garibaldi / Black Tusk

Garibaldi / Black Tusk near Squamish, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
10 kms
7hours
moderate
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Back Country Skiing
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Squamish, BC
User kkoetter
Reach this popular trail by driving North on Hwy 99 from Vancouver. Drive north approximately 30km past the last set of traffic lights on Hwy 99 north of Squamish (lights at Garibaldi Road). Turn right at the well marked, paved road - look for the BC parks sign, signalling the turn-off to Garibaldi Park. Drive 2.7km on the paved road, until you reach the trail head parking lot. The trail head is near the entrance to the upper parking lot (again well marked). Leave no valuables in your car, local dysfunctional sometimes run rampant through the Sea-to Sky corridor.

The hike to Garibaldi Lake is made up of 9.5km of easily navigated switch-backs, lots of elevation gain (800+metres)here. Good hiking footwear is recommended ( especially for the trip down as you will encounter tree roots, rocks, and possible muddy areas. Most of the trek is under the cover of mountain hemlock and other evergreens. At about the 7km mark, you will come to a rest area where you will have the choice of going left towards Taylor Flats alpine area and the Black Tusk, or right towards Garibaldi Lake. Not to worry... if you have the time, you can do both. If camping is your thing, there are camp grounds at both Taylor Flats and the Lake. There are even bear caches to store food.

Speaking of bears, they are a concern in this area. Note also that dogs are not allowed on the trail. Dogs love chasing bears and bears love chasing dogs who love running back to their owners who hate to climb trees to get away from dog addled bears. Whether you are doing a day hike or an over-nighter, make sure you bring plenty of food and snacks... you will need them. Although there is generally plenty of water on the trail, it is always a good practice to carry your own fresh water.The hike to completion is a gradual but steady climb for most of the 9km one-way hike. Elevation gain is 800m+.

Map of Garibaldi and Black Tusk: NTS Map 92G14

NOTE: This is also a popular back-country ski route. Park near the Highway as the road may not be ploughed. As a ski-route, this is usually an overnight trip as you will spend most of the day reaching Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows. Strong parties can ski the alpine around black tusk as a long day trip from Rubble Creek.

Switch-backs may be icy on the way down, you may have to take skis off. You will be overnighting in your tent - so be prepared. If not an experienced back-country skier stick to the flat areas and meadows.




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By theoneandonlychevyPosted By: theoneandonlychevy  - Sun Nov 13 20:15:58 UTC 2011 Not Rated Upside amazing views of the lake from the mountainside. We went in the middle of the week so it wasn't busy at all....we were able to get campsites right next to the lake :) Downside unfortunately it was really windy, clowdy, slippery and it even started hailing when we reached the tusk....so the views of the lake below were hidden. Had planned on doing panorama ridge too but again, the weather wasn't the best. Gives me an excuse to do it again i suppose... Comment Definitely worth a 2-day trip. Theres too much to see in just one day. Definitely will do it again when the weather is nicer :)
By lchappoPosted By: lchappo  - Wed Jun 08 00:05:09 UTC 2011 Not Rated Question 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.

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By The GirlfriendPosted By: The Girlfriend  - Thu Jul 15 21:02:24 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Great views, scenic landscapes while giving you the opportunity to catch up with friends. Not difficult for the average/active person. Downside It's a shopping mall; many people. Comment The perfect day hike for those who want a bit of a climb, be in the woods, have a nice drive to and from the trailhead, finish the trail but be able to do a little more if time/energy requires.
I was able to keep up with 'the boys' until we got to where the scrambling began. I waited for them to get out their giggles/testosterone by staying put as they hiked higher. Just goes to show that some people need to keep the plan, I was under prepared. But everyone got out what they wanted.
By jearsyPosted By: jearsy  - Sun Jun 06 02:23:47 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Very well marked trial and fantastic views Downside There isn't enough hours in the day to fully enjoy it Comment When I did it we weren't able to reach the summit because the weather had turned very fast. It was at the end of july and within not even an hour it was snowing on us. We had reached the chimey itself but then had to turn back. It was one of those moments where you just have to listen to what your gut was saying and that time it was get down now.

There is also a sign about 2/3 the way up that says that past this point the trial is no longer being maintained and so I highly recommend that everyone brings a togue and other warm clothes with them... just in case.
By lwolfePosted By: lwolfe  - Sat May 29 01:20:38 UTC 2010 Not Rated Question Just wondering what the conditions will be like up at Black Tusk right now- can I expect a lot of snow still?

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By carmesanPosted By: carmesan  - Sun Sep 13 17:44:17 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Comment This was the best kept trail I have ever hiked on! So easy to find, and you can never get lost. And there are so many people on this trail in the summer. We did this trail yesterday (Saturday Sept 13, 2009) and it was a gorgeous day. So boy was it busy! We got to the parking lot at 7:30am and the first parking lot was just filling up. When we left, there were cars parked all along the road.

We took the trail up to Black Tusk, then down back through Garibaldi Lake. We thought going to the lake after Black Tusk made for an easier hike, as going down to detour to the lake was better than climbing up to it in the beginning. All in all, the hike took us 10 hours, and that was at a fairly easy pace with lots of stops, lunch at the top of Black Tusk, and relaxing at Garibaldi Lake.

The trail is fairly easy through the treeline and then Taylor Meadows. I think we started the trail around 7:30am and we were at the shelter in taylor Meadows past the campsites at 9am. The trail to the top of Black Tusk is steep. By the time we got to the top of Black Tusk and finished our lunch break, it was noon. We didn't climb up to the summit of Black Tusk, although we watched lots of groups doing it. We opted out of it because when we first got there, we saw loose rocks and shale flying off the summit and landing over the path that you were supposed to use to get to the summit. Other groups did not seem to care and went ahead anyways without helmets.....I suggest bringing a helmet if you have one. Better safe than sorry!

Garibaldi Lake was an absolute zoo. It reminded me of Lake Louise. THe place is beautiful, but there is definitely no peace and quiet. It also looks like it is difficult to get a camp spot here in the summer. There were so many campers set up already, and we saw many more groups coming in as we were heading down the trail. However, the campgrounds in Taylor Meadows was completely empty when we passed it. But after seeing both campsites, I would definitely rather stay at the lake!

All in all, it was an incredible hike, and the well used and maintained trails made the hike easier than we thought it would be.
By loribryanPosted By: loribryan  - Tue Jul 21 22:13:03 UTC 2009 Not Rated Comment Sorry. New here. Perhaps the moderator could delete the last 2 posts! Thx.
By loribryanPosted By: loribryan  - Tue Jul 21 22:10:11 UTC 2009 Not Rated Comment I posted this in the questions section, but I see that's not a very active part of the site? I'm wondering if one can hike from the Parking Lot to the Peak in a day? I've heard 2 answers to this question when asking friends and reading hiking guide books ... yes and no. So I thought I'd better find a forum. Can this be done in say a 10 hour round trip? We are planning on going this Thurs and only have one day. We are both experienced, fit hikers. Can anyone shed some light? I read that one person ran to the lake and back in about 2 hours. We would likely hike up to the top and do a light jog much of the way down. Any advice is welcome! Also, how about foot wear this time of year. Gortex Solomon high ankle hikers or low top day hikers? Thanks!
By loribryanPosted By: loribryan  - Tue Jul 21 22:08:28 UTC 2009 Not Rated Question Hi there, I've heard 2 answers to this question when asking friends and reading hiking guide books ... yes and no. So I thought I'd better find a forum. Can this be done in say a 10 hour round trip? We are planning on going this Thurs and only have one day. We are both experienced, fit hikers. Can anyone shed some light? I read that one person ran to the lake and back in about 2 hours. We would likely hike up to the top and do a light jog much of the way down. Any advice is welcome! Also, how about foot wear this time of year. Gortex Solomon high ankle hikers or low top day hikers? Thanks!

ANSWERS are in this forum:  Black Tusk - Parking Lot to Peak (and up a chimney) and back in a day??
By loribryanPosted By: loribryan  - Tue Jul 21 22:07:36 UTC 2009 Not Rated Question Hi there, I've heard 2 answers to this question when asking friends and reading hiking guide books ... yes and no. So I thought I'd better find a forum. Can this be done in say a 10 hour round trip? We are planning on going this Thurs and only have one day. We are both experienced, fit hikers. Can anyone shed some light? I read that one person ran to the lake and back in about 2 hours. We would likely hike up to the top and do a light jog much of the way down. Any advice is welcome! Also, how about foot wear this time of year. Gortex Solomon high ankle hikers or low top day hikers? Thanks!

ANSWERS are in this forum:  Black Tusk - Parking Lot to Peak (and up a chimney) and back in a day??
By PsilocinPosted By: Psilocin  - Sat Jun 20 00:41:04 UTC 2009 Not Rated Upside Best hike in the Vancouver/Whistler area that I've done. Incredible views, scenery, and flowers. Downside Nothing. Comment This should definately be rated as difficult. Many much easier hikes on this site have that rating. The last part of Black Tusk requires some easy rock climbing, and it's 14.2 kms I believe from the parking lot to the peak, 29km round trip.
By granolapherPosted By: granolapher  - Thu Oct 23 16:26:06 UTC 2008 Not Rated Upside Beautiful scenery, with very clear trail marking. A moderately challenging hike, suitable for all ages. Downside The upper part of the trail, and meadows where snow covered and quite wet (21-oct-08). Comment A good hike with excellent views. I would recommend it to anyone.
By CenturionPosted By: Centurion  - Mon Sep 15 21:15:34 UTC 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Truly spectacular views. Gorgeous wild flowers. Garibaldi Lake (on the way up to the tusk) is phenomenal. No insects. Downside Crowded! Must have been a hundred people on the trail with us that day. Definitely not the hike for you if you want solitude. (bear in mind we went on a Sunday) Comment The actual hike up to the tusk is very easy. It follows a linear, well plodded path with a steady incline, usually accompanied by switch backs most of the way. Garibaldi Lake was truly beautiful, and it would be a shame not to stop there for lunch before you commence your hike to the tusk.

The trail only gets challenging once you reach the base of the tusk. The trail goes from a well traversed walkway to a rough, loose gravel goattrack. I use that term loosely. The entire side of the mountain is covered in shale, and it's a haul to get to the top. With every steep uphill step you take, you sink back down a foot with the loose rocks. Fear not though, as the battle is worth it. The view is truly spectacular.

We never climbed the tusk itself (as in, to the very top), but we did get up to it. Once you reach it, there are three "chimneys" (or shoots) that require rock climbing abilities and some major balls to ascend the final stretch. Not recommended for anything but experienced climbers imo. It was too sketchy for us to tackle.

However, the views and journey was 100% worth it. This was a wonderful and challenging hike that boasted some of the most scenic and photogenic landscape I have ever hiked! Enjoy it!
By trailrunnerPosted By: trailrunner  - Tue Jul 01 21:33:04 UTC 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside beautiful gentle incline two-pedestrian-lane hwy extending all the way up to Garibaldi lake. What a gorgeous big lake!
Downside it could get very crowded? Comment COMMENTS; The path starts like road width passable by Smart Car, if there is a Smart Jeep, it would have no problem climbing it. The whole path is very gentle incline, and at the whole route you can run with comfortable speed, unlike others no need to slow down to "fast walk" speed as continue running. The path keeps its comfortable width. After couple of km or so, switch back starts, but this is a high quality switch back with wide lanes with not much rocks or roots sticking out. When you start seeing the sort of end of the climb for the first time, actually it is just a cliff before the first lake. It took few more minutes to get to the first lake. It flattens while trail goes north side of the lake, then in 4minutes I was passing second lake. Then you get back into some incline again, and you feel teased with expectation of getting to the Garibaldi lake. When you can vaguely see thru the forest of Garibaldi lake, there is a sign to turn right down to Camping side or Ranger station or gong straight, turning right here to get to the lake bridge. No visible surface water was coming out, it's all under the logs debris and rocks. Run finishes at this lake bridge, looking lake on one side and gulley on the other side. After this with snow coverage trail was not runnable(There was a bit of snow on trail up to this point but it was not enough to slowdown). In few minutes walk you get to the campsite & cabin with gorgeous lake view. But there was plenty of snow coverage at the campsite. Lake water was quite low and rocks showing. Beautiful large lake - incredible considering the fact the actual land contour incline is quite rapid and existence of cliff like valleys down stream. Stayed 64mins at the lake. Time of run from Parking to Lake bridge was 75mins(Parking to first lake 59mins, to second lake 53mins). Lake bridge to Parking was 42mins. No resting between. Total running time was 1hr and 57mins. Down hill is exhilarating and feel like sprinting down with out rest. There were quite few people coming up as I was running down hill. Fast runner might be able to do less than 60mins to the lake from the parking, and should be able to do less than 40mins down hill.
By thomasquincklePosted By: thomasquinckle  - Tue Apr 22 02:01:36 UTC 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside excellent view from atop the cinder cone, plus the lake is very nice after hoofing it up the dang switch backs! Downside to many freaking people!!! Also the ropes along the trail to keep people off the "delicate flora" are somewhat laughable when you see how the plentiful marmots disregard them Comment defintely worth the clambering through throngs to see a most amazing view!
By TrekiePosted By: Trekie  - Fri Dec 23 20:16:56 UTC 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside incredible scenery, well marked trails, good peaks to climb for day trips. (plus they provide bear hangs) Downside gets busy on weekends. Comment Another far less traveled route is to travel another few kms north almost to whistler, then take a logging road to cheakamus lake campground. from there, you take a bridge across cheakamus river and climb steadily on switch backs for about 12kms. it is far less travelled than the garibaldi lake parking lot route. once you get to the top of this trail you arrive at helm meadows campground which holds beautiful views of black tusk and the landscape. (these views are just as good if not better than the ones at garibaldi lake as this campsite is in the alpine). It is also a less busy campsite than taylor meadows and garibaldi lake and is much more open.) day trips to empetrum ridge, the cinder cone and black tusk are excellent from this campground. when i went this was my favourite campground. i definitely recomend this route if you want to avoid crowds and have better scenery and quiet at your campsite. (remember to go during the week)
By adventerorPosted By: adventeror  - Wed Nov 24 04:52:21 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside very nice trail love the scenery Downside to short Comment i liked it cause it was fun to hike and everything its good for beginners or taking you little brother or somebody who doesn't get out much
By dwattsPosted By: dwatts  - Mon Nov 01 03:34:19 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside The campsite at Garibaldi Lake is terrific with cooking shelters that protect you from the elements and the bugs. A swim in the lake after a day on the trail is a must. The scenery is spectacular and ever changing with the weather and the time of day. Downside If you plan on camping at the lake on a weekend, plan to arrive at the lake before 9:00am or you won't get a site! Mid week is best in the summer. Comment When we did the trail this summer we took plenty of water along for the hike up, unfortunately some friends that were meeting us didn't bring water thinking they could get water at creeks along the way. When the weather has been really dry there is no water past about the 4km marker on the trail.

I couldn't believe that we would spend so much time swimming! It was fabulous.
By pkevansPosted By: pkevans  - Tue Jun 08 23:44:35 UTC 2004 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Beautiful view of the glaciers from the lakeside campground. Unbelievable view of alpine meadows as you wind up to the tusk. Both sunset and sunrise can be spectacular Downside Bit of a slog up the initial hill, particularly if carrying camping gear. Bugs can be obnoxious, but only if you stand still. Not much to see until you get to the lake. Comment Its possible to make this a long day hike, but an overnight stay at the lake is worth the trouble. Tends to be busy on the weekends.
By wanderlustPosted By: wanderlust  - Fri Oct 24 01:23:47 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside The lake & panorama ridge & wildflower meadows Downside People, bugs Comment For first-timers with time for only one hike from the lake - do Panorama - the Tusk looks better from a distance, and the lake view from P is much prefered over the Squampton view from the Tusk.
By mountaingirlPosted By: mountaingirl  - Thu May 15 07:51:57 UTC 2003 Not Rated Upside Spectacular scenery Downside boring trail leading up to the lake and can be gridlocked with hikers Comment Don't forget about this trail just because its winter! Makes a great ski/snowshoe trip too. Winter trip report, pics & video on my web site: www.mountaingirl.net
By praxisPosted By: praxis  - Tue May 13 21:40:48 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Lots of variety for one hike. Downside Can be crowded and the hike up and down is monotonous. Comment Very unique and varied geographical features - the Tusk is an ancient caldera, the cinder flats, glaciers,explosion of flowers in the meadows in late June/early July
By wanderlustPosted By: wanderlust  - Mon Sep 02 01:12:38 UTC 2002 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Breath-taking scenery, lots of exploration options from lake campsites or Taylor Meadows. Downside Bit of a dull trudge up the initial switch-backs. A zoo on long weekends. Comment Worth more than one day - with Panorama Ridge and the Tusk one should dedicate an overnight stay. Sunset at the glacier is exquisite - with the quite lake mirroring the stark mountains bordering it you could sit and stare all day. This is what BC's all about.
By domesticPosted By: domestic  - Mon May 06 22:19:27 UTC 2002 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Lots of good views and a fun day trip. Downside Can be fairly busy at times. Comment I would recomend this hike to the average hiker. Here is a picture of us at the lake http://www.geocities.com/vancouverbrad/Pic0612.jpg


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