hike: panorama ridge & garibaldi lake

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This breathtaking hike winds up through Taylor Meadows to the top of Panorama Ridge, and then back down via Garibaldi Lake, and offers some of the most incredible views I’ve ever taken in.

The entire 30km hike took Sam and I 9.5 hours, of which 8 was straight hiking. One would need to be relatively fit to complete this steep, challenging hikes, but they are by no means the hardest hikes I’ve done.

The trail is very well marked from the beginning, and even if you ever did stray from the path, the many other hikers making the trek will keep you on track!

From Rubble Creek Parking Lot, we took the switchback path up through the forest to the first intersection. We took the left trail towards Taylor Meadows Campground and wandered through some of the most stunning alpine meadows I’ve ever seen, surrounded on all sides by mountain ranges.

At the four-way intersection near the start of the Black Tusk hike, we continued straight on and up towards Panorama Ridge. At the very top of the Ridge, an additional side trail up to the left climbed steeply to the best view – definitely the coolest place I’ve eaten my lunch!

On the way back down from the viewpoint (a 1520m elevation), we carefully picked our way among the rocks and slid down through the snowbanks until we returned to the same Black Tusk intersection, where we took the turn to the left to Garibaldi Lake – an oasis of turquoise, icy, clear water perfect for a quick dip after a hot hike.

For those who don’t want to make the trek in one day, or want to spend more time exploring the park, camping is available by reservation at various spots throughout the park. For your hike, I strongly recommend hiking boots to tackle the loose, rocky ground and snowy conditions as well as sunscreen, sunglasses and bug spray to keep the sun and pests off your skin.

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*Including photos by Sam

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