Steven Song's Peak-bagging Journey

Home > No-Summit Trips > Coast Mountains > Base of The Black Tusk (2009.9.27)

Base of The Black Tusk (2009.9.27)

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.

Slideshow
Lesser Garibaldi Lake
1
Lesser Garibaldi Lake
60 views
 
Garibaldi Lake
2
Garibaldi Lake
56 views
 
Garibaldi Lake
3
Garibaldi Lake
67 views
 
Garibaldi Lake
4
Garibaldi Lake
75 views
 
Garibaidi Lake
5
Garibaidi Lake
57 views
 
Long shot of Garibaldi Lake
6
Long shot of Garibaldi Lake
53 views
 
Garibaldi Lake
7
Garibaldi Lake
53 views
 
Typical fall color
8
Typical fall color
47 views
 
Battleship Islands
9
Battleship Islands
52 views
 
Taylor Meadows
10
Taylor Meadows
72 views
 
DSCN4679
11
DSCN4679
71 views
 
The Black Tusk
12
The Black Tusk
68 views
 
The Black Tusk
13
The Black Tusk
66 views
 
Me with Garibaldi in the background
14
Me with Garibaldi in the background
51 views
 
Tiny glacier on north side of the ridge
15
Tiny glacier on north side of the ri…
59 views
 
Me with Black Tusk in the background
16
Me with Black Tusk in the background
44 views
 
Looking down to Helm Pass Area
17
Looking down to Helm Pass Area
47 views
 
DSCN4737
18
DSCN4737
116 views
 
Me on the ridge
19
Me on the ridge
66 views
 
An optional ridgewalk
20
An optional ridgewalk
64 views
 
Panorama Ridge in foreground
21
Panorama Ridge in foreground
63 views
 
The Black Tusk
22
The Black Tusk
59 views
 
DSCN4760
23
DSCN4760
56 views
 
DSCN4768
24
DSCN4768
75 views
 
DSCN4763-66
25
DSCN4763-66
56 views
 
DSCN4773
26
DSCN4773
74 views
 
DSCN4767
27
DSCN4767
73 views
 
DSCN4777
28
DSCN4777
69 views
 
The Tusk's shade
29
The Tusk's shade
59 views
 
Garibaldi
30
Garibaldi
88 views
 
Tiny glaciers in sea of basalt
31
Tiny glaciers in sea of basalt
71 views
 
Too many names again
32
Too many names again
66 views
 
DSCN4780
33
DSCN4780
72 views
 
Impressive wall
34
Impressive wall
53 views
 
Impressive wall
35
Impressive wall
41 views
 
Looking back at the Tusk
36
Looking back at the Tusk
66 views
 
Garibaldi again
37
Garibaldi again
52 views
 
Squamish-Whistler Valley
38
Squamish-Whistler Valley
64 views
 
DSCN4795
39
DSCN4795
67 views
 
DSCN4796
40
DSCN4796
66 views
 
DSCN4797
41
DSCN4797
51 views
 
DSCN4798
42
DSCN4798
65 views
 
DSCN4799-01
43
DSCN4799-01
76 views
 
Looking back at my descent route
44
Looking back at my descent route
55 views
 
My descent route, the diagonal line
45
My descent route, the diagonal line
46 views
 
The Black Tusk
46
The Black Tusk
128 views
 
DSCN4806
47
DSCN4806
56 views
 
Photos taken by Steven