Garibaldi Lake Hike near WHISTLER, BC
Garibaldi Lake hike is an outstanding day hike to a breathtaking turquoise lake ringed by showy glaciers, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains. It is hard to beat this all-star line up of natural wonders.
The Classic hike into Garibaldi Lake is 9 km one way, so higher math gets you to 18 km return.
If you want to switch it up a bit, a scenic detour through Taylor Meadows (either on the way up or down) will set you up with a return trip of 9.6 km (worth it in my opinion...)
It is an approximately 5-6 hour round trip from Rubble Creek Parking lot to Garibaldi Lake campground.
If you decide to take a detour through Taylor Meadows as part of your routing, you're only adding about 600 m extra distance, so you're still looking at 5-6 hours.
It is stunning by the Lake, so you might want to plan a bit of extra time to soak up the views.
The overall elevation change (from lowest point to highest point) is approximately 900 m
The elevation gain (one way) (the cumulative ups and downs over the course of the trail) is approximately 1025 m
The maximum slope you will encounter is approximately 55%.
The average slope is about 12%.
The high point of 1496 m is just before you reach the lake. You drop down slightly to the Lake at 1470 m.
If you just decide to do a detour through Taylor Meadows, you gain a tiny bit of elevation with a high point of 1536 m.
This trail is typically accessible from July - October.
- are not permitted in Garibaldi Park.
- Cheakamus River 92-G-14 & 15
Trail Head Coordinates
- UTM NAD 83 Z10 491349E 5533903N
- Lat: 49.957 Long: -123.121
Garibaldi Lake Hike
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Garibaldi Lake Hike
near Whislter, BC
What you can expect on the trail
Highlights you’ll remember
are not permitted in Garibaldi Park.
Camping is permitted in designated areas with valid permits.
Directions to Garibaldi Lake Trailhead
(Rubble Creek Parking Lot)
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Rubble Creek Trailhead
Parkbus also offers scheduled bus service from Vancouver to Rubble Creek trailhead.
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