Because I live in Vancouver, I have to visit Garibaldi Lake, the most popular and famous day hiking destination. Apart, this was my first time driving over 100km, so I got great views + exercise + driving experience on one trip. I took a break at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, which gives very good views of Howe Sound’s fiord coastal lanscape.
The trail head is located 37km north of Squamish. We hiked 9km directly to Garibaldi Lake passing The Barrier Lookout, Barrier Lake and Lesser Garribaldi Lake. Just like Wedgemount Lake in Whistler, Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake in Banff, Garibaldi Lake definitely qualifies one of my favourites. We took a lunch break on the lakeshore, then headed towards The Black Tusk. My dad was exhausted and stopped at Black Tusk Meadows, and I continued. Since I had little experience on scrambling, I decided only to get to the base of the Tusk. The final part of summit block requires difficult scrambling, well, more difficult than Mt. Temple’s crux for sure. So, in 2009, I had no chance to make to the actual summit. But by reaching the base of the Tusk, I already got most of the views I could. The best view is towards southeast, where Mt. Garibaldi rises behind Garibaldi Lake. The Table can be seen in front of Mt. Garibaldi. To east, the most prominant peak is Castle Towers, looming beside Sphinx Glacier. To north, the highest peak in the park, Wedge Mountain, is visible too. The downside was the smoke from BC forest fire, which obscured the views. Sea to Sky Highway was not visible and Tantalus Ridge was merely seen. I took an alternate descend route to the Black Tusk Viewpoint. Without hiking poles, I had a very hard time to get down the steep scree slope. By the time we hiked back to our vehicle, it was already dark.