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Joffre Lakes

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Length


5.9 Miles 9.4 Kilometers


1,492' 455 m

Ascent

-1,492' -455 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

5,159' 1,573 m

High

3,986' 1,215 m

Low

Shared By Brian Smith

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Hike to all three Joffre Lakes, each one more incredible than the last.

Brian Smith

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

About an hour north of Whistler, along the Sea to Sky Highway, Joffre Lakes is a magnificent area of jagged peaks, ice fields, cold rushing streams, and turquoise blue lakes.

Description

From the parking lot, the trail leads through some dense coastal rainforest that's typical for this area. Within minutes, you'll reach lower Joffre Lake. Take in the views before continuing up the trail. Eventually, further up the valley, the trail begins climbing more steeply through boulder fields, crossing the creek multiple times on small bridges.

After about 1.7 miles, the trail descends slightly to middle Joffre Lake before climbing steeply to the final–and most stunning–lake.

Upper Joffre Lake proves to be a great place to enjoy a bite to eat before retreating with its emerald blue water and epic views of the Matier Glacier nestled into the peaks above.

As you hike back down the trail, be ready for a completely different experience. The view of glaciers and peaks across the valley is absolutely stunning.

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Oct 26, 2018
Kevin Bales
Cool day and cold at the upper lake where we ate lunch. A bit of snow in the air before we started back down. 5.6mi
Aug 13, 2018
marcelo garrone
w/Raoel
Jun 3, 2018
Lily Yang
5.9mi
Oct 9, 2017
Gilbert Ho
Oct 1, 2017
Kate T
So good
Jul 12, 2017
Adam Newsome
Parking difficult. Incredible trail. Long and difficult but worth going to the end. 5.9mi
Jun 16, 2017
Ben Oleschuk
Sep 7, 2014
Rhett Hurlston
Amazing hike to some spectacular lakes. Be warned that it can be a real "gong show" on weekends, particularly long weekends. 5.9mi

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  4.9 from 10 votes

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