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11.4 mile 18.3 kilometer out and back
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,444' 1,050 m
Descent: -3,444' -1,050 m
High: 4,932' 1,503 m
Low: 1,951' 595 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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Trail shared by Vikram Sahney

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A shady trail through Garibaldi Provincial Park leads up to a stunning alpine lake with glacier and summit views!

Vikram Sahney

Features Lake · Swimming · Commonly Backpacked

As of 7/31/2018, a portion of the Garibaldi Lake Trail is closed, and signs route you via Taylor Meadows (the GPS track shown here).

Overview

A well-shaded trail through the forest of Garibaldi Provincial Park climbs steadily over a well-maintained trail up to Garibaldi Lake. Take a swim to cool off before returning home or camping at one of the many permitted campsites.

Description

This is a popular hike and parking can fill up. It also has good elevation gain, so go early to avoid the summer heat and get a parking spot. No parking permit is required. There are pit toilets and an information kiosk with map at the trailhead. The trail is obvious, and all junctions are well signed with destinations and distances (in kilometers).

The trail climbs steadily up the canyon but all in the shade. You encounter your first switchback at about mile 1.5. You progress through many more as you gain over 3,000 ft. up towards Taylor Meadows. Note that as of 7/31/2018, the Taylor Bridge is under construction and all hikers are routed to Taylor Meadows.

At Taylor Meadows, follow the signs to Garibaldi Lake (~2km). Views of the lake appear just before the trail descends to the shore. At the lake there are stunning views of the mountains and glaciers. Go for a swim... you earned it!

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Aug 4, 2018
Ellen Brynn
Jul 31, 2018
Vikram Sahney
Great trail conditions for a run and a great swim up at the lake!
Jul 4, 2018
Jesse Klug
30mi
Aug 12, 2016
Ethan A
The lake was great, but beware of bear activity. If you aren't prepared for switchbacks, the trail can take a toll. 11mi

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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