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Joffre Lakes Hike near PEMBERTON, BC

Three pristine alpine lakes and a glacier. Enough said.

Distance: 9.4 km (return)

The  entire Joffre Lakes Trail is 4.7 km one way. Doing some high level math leaves you with a 9.4 km round trip.

  • Lower Lake is 50m and is an easy trail
  • The Middle Lake is 3km and is a moderate trail
  • The Upper Lake is 4km and is a more difficult trail
  • The Campground at the end of the Upper Lake is 4.7 km and is a more difficult trail

Difficulty: Moderate

Overall, this is an moderate trail.

There are some highly-groomed, easier sections at that will fast track you to the Lower Lake lake.

Most of the trail could be considered of moderate difficulty, but there are some steeper more strenuous sections as well.

Be prepared to navigate slippery rocks and boulders between the Middle and Upper Lakes.

 

Time: 4-6 hrs return

If you plan to go all the way to the far end of Upper Joffre Lake, give yourself a solid 4-6 hours for a return trip. Tack on some more time if you plan to hang out and soak up the views.

Elevation Change: 370 m

The overall elevation change (from lowest point to highest point) is 370 m

The elevation gain (the cumulative ups and downs over the course of the trail) is 490m

The maximum slope you will encounter is approximately 53%.

The average slope is about 15%.

High Point: 1600 m

The high point is 1600 m.

The highest point is at Upper Joffre Lake.

Season: June - September

This trail is typically accessible from June to September.

Other notes

Dogs

  • are not permitted in the park.

Backcountry camping

  • is permitted at Upper Joffre Lake (4.7 km) in designated areas only (4.7 km) - A valid backcountry camping permit is required between June 1 and September 30th. Camping space is limited to 26 sites. These sites fill quickly.

Expect Crowds

  • This trail is extremely popular and can be insanely busy. Expect crowds. It is busy all the time but particularly so on the weekends

Topographical Map

  • Duffey Lake 92J/8

Joffre Lakes Trail on Google Maps

Cllick map below to see trail on Google Maps

Joffre Lakes Trail

Joffre Lakes Trail, located in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is about a half hour drive from Pemberton, BC along the Duffey Lake road. Find directions to the trail head here.

Joffre Lakes Park, established in 1988, is a BC Provincial Park and boasts some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in the area. The highlight of the Park is a series of three stunningly blue, glacier-fed lakes.

Middle Joffre LakeWhat you can expect on the trail

Expect Crowds - This highly trafficked trail is extremely popular, and you can expect it to be busy seven days a week. It is insanely busy on weekends - avoid them if you can.

Expect to encounter rooty, steep, rocky, bouldery, slippery and wet terrain

Expect some highly-groomed trail sections and steps.

Highlights you’ll remember

The spectacular sights of the turquoise blue Lower, Middle, and Upper Joffre Lakes.

Subalpine forest

Waterfall off Joffre Creek

The Matier Glacier which cascades between Joffre Peak and Slalok Mountain

Camping

Camping is permitted in the park, but only in designated areas at Upper Joffre Lake.

You will need a valid backcountry camping permit to camp at the side.

There are 26 camping sites, pit toilets and food cache facilities.

Campfires are not permitted in the park.

Backcountry permits can be obtained through BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service.

Directions to Joffre Lakes trail head

Click map below to see directions to trail head on Google Maps

Directions to Joffre Lakes

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