Garibaldi Lake, Panorama Ridge
Camping gets you further range
I've been up
three times before this hike including last year
where I met Helen. The last three times I've completed the hike,
we hiked up to the lake, (9km), around to taylor meadows (~5km) and
back down again (23km for the day). This makes for a long day and
sore muscels the next day but it does get you access to some amazing
terrain. Helen's job gave her a Friday off, I took one off and we
decided to camp two nights at Garibaldi Lake and on our day up there,
go climb Panorama ridge.
The hike up is on a good trail - it could
road. The trail itself is pretty relentless - from the
parking lot until you get to Barrier lake it's pretty much constantly
up. On previous hikes I've had a camera bag and a tripod
(and perhaps a liter of water) - on this hike I carried 3 liters of
water in a 63 pound bag. (Canadians are crazy when it comes to
Finding a camp site was almost funny.
Arriving fairly early, we
had our choice of all but the best sites. We went through and
evalutated sites the same way people evaluate condo's - nice view but
bad smells from the out house, or small site and not flat, but nice
kitchen. We ultimatly got a nice view spot but the privacy
On Saturday morning we had breakfast (eggs and
sausage with fresh
blueberries - we were the envy of the breakfast table) and got a
reasonably late start to our hike - Panorama Ridge. The ridge is
on the far side of Garibaldi lake - perhaps 15km return and involved a
fair ammount of vertical.
We had heard from other hikers the night
the meadows were in full bloom, but I wasn't really prepared for how
lush the meadows were. Anywhere there was water there were
flowers. It quickly turned into a who's who of flowers - every
alpine species I know is up here as well as a few that are new to me.
Full sun light (we had amazing weather all
weekend) makes for great
hiking but a bit of a tough time for flower photography. I often
would seek out plants in the shade (constrast is reasonable) or just
had to reject the photos in post. On my last trip up to Joffre Lakes
, Helen actually
pointed out a flower I missed - I
took a summary photo of it
, but I didn't find out until I got home
that this is an orchid and potentially quite nice at that. This
trip up I was quite happy to see that these flowers (which like very
wet stream sides) were common in the meadow and it was easy to get a
As we passed the divide between the two valleys Helm
Lake (which drains into the Cheakamus river rather than Garibaldi Lake)
camer into view. Helm lake is a grey mud colour because (I
believe) it is much shallower than Minulus and Black Task lakes.
On the shore of Helm lake you can see a straight line trail across what
was once lake bottom. As we got higher, views of black tusk
started to come into view. The
two small lakes (Mimulus on the left, Black Tusk on the right) were
layed out at our feet. We continued to climb.
All plant life seems to thin out as we entered the moonscape typical of
higher elevation but from time to time high elevation plants would
occupy a sheltered place.
A little late for lunch, we eventually gained
the ridge and the amazing
views. Panorama ridge obviously deserves it name - with great
views of Garibaldi lake, the Tantulus range, Black Tusk and Whistler,
this view gives you a great sense of place.
We had lunch at the top, took in the views and then started back down
to camp. The whole day was about 15km and back at camp we could
feel it. The next morning we had a leisurly breakfast (my stove
was having trouble so the water took forever to boil) and then headed
down. The complete weekend was >33km and the slurpie in
Squamish sure tasted great!
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Hi, i was wondering what time of the year did you guys did this?
I would like to go with a group of friends early this May, do u think its too early of the season?
Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 19:20:46
My friend is coming from Korea to hike Garibaldi Lake in May 28.
Is it too early to hike? Do I expect a lot of snow on the trail?
Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 21:14:02
I would expect a lot of snow in May (some years there is a lot of snow in July). You can find current conditions at the BC parks web site.
You have terrific photo's. I was at Panorama Ridge yesterday and took some photo's of my own that I just put up. I came across your trip report through Google. Really good!
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