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Hikes

Petgill Lake | Vancouver Trails

Petgill Lake is a quiet, calm lake located in the mountains alongside the Sea To Sky Highway near Murrin Provincial Park just south of Squamish.

Region: Howe Sound
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 6 hours
Distance: 11.5km
Elevation Gain: 650 meters
Season: March - October
Approx. 1 hour from Vancouver

Cheakamus Lake | Vancouver Trails

Cheakamus Lake is located near Whistler, BC, and is a short hike through Garibaldi Provincial Park to the Singing Pass campsite.

Nick Notes:
Very Casual. Cool lake

Region: Whistler
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 16km
Elevation Gain: minimal
Season: May - November
Approx. 2 hours 15 minutes from Vancouver

High Falls Creek | Vancouver Trails

With a stunning waterfall and several gorgeous views of the Squamish Valley and Tantalus Range, High Falls Creek is one of the most scenic hikes in the area.

Nick Notes:
Full-loop trail. Waterfall

Region: Howe Sound
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 12 km
Elevation Gain: 650 meters
Season: May - October
Approx. 2 hours from Vancouver

Hanes Valley Trail | Vancouver Trails

The Hanes Valley Trail is a difficult hiking route in North Vancouver that begins at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, passes Norvan Falls, climbs a steep boulder field, and ends at Grouse Mountain.

Nick Notes:
Overnighter. Cool valley route up back of Grouse. Pub at end

Region: The North Shore
Difficulty: Difficult
Time: 8.5hours
Distance: 16km
Elevation Gain: 1320 meters
Season: July - September
Approx. 40 minutes from Vancouver

Wedgemount Lake | Vancouver Trails

The hike to Wedgemount Lake is one of the most difficult in Garibaldi Provincial Park, with an elevation gain of more than 1100 meters in just 7km. However, the spectacular alpine scenery makes the grueling trek well worth it. Before leaving, make sure you've packed plenty of water as well as a jacket.

Nick Notes:
Overnighter. Glacial Lake

Region: Whistler
Difficulty: Difficult
Time: 7 hours
Distance: 14km
Elevation Gain: 1160 meters
Season: July - September
Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes from Vancouver

Elfin Lakes | Vancouver Trails

Elfin Lakes are two small lakes located in the scenic alpine setting of Garibaldi Provincial Park near Squamish, British Columbia. From the parking lot, pass the yellow gate and begin heading uphill along the wide gravel road. Originally, this was the main road to access the old Diamond Head Lodge at Elfin Lakes.

Nick Notes:
Overnighter. Swimming

Region: Howe Sound
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 6 hours
Distance: 22km
Elevation Gain: 600 meters
Season: July - October
Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes from Vancouver

Black Tusk | Vancouver Trails

The dark, jagged edges of Black Tusk make it the most spectacular of the mountains in Garibaldi Provincial park.

Nick Notes:
Volcano

Region: Whistler
Difficulty: Difficult
Time: 11 hours (overnighter)
Distance: 29km
Elevation Gain: 1740 meters
Season: July - October
Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes from Vancouver

High Note Trail | Vancouver Trails

The High Note Trail offers the most scenic view of Cheakamus Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The trail starts from the top of Whistler Mountain and wraps around the backside, offering dozens of incredible, mountaintop views before descending through the alpine area back to the Whistler Gondola.

Region: Whistler
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 4 hours
Distance: 9.5km
Elevation Gain: 300 meters
Season: July - October
Approx. 2 hours from Vancouver

Panorama Ridge | Vancouver Trails

The views from Panorama Ridge are some of the most scenic views in the Garibaldi Provincial Park area. Located on the opposite end of the campsite, high above Garibaldi Lake, Panorama Ridge offers a full panoramic view of Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, and the Helm Lake area.

Nick Notes:
Alternate to Black Tusk hike. Great view of Black Tusk. Volcanos

Region: Whistler
Difficulty: Difficult
Time: 11 hours (overnighter)
Distance: 30km
Elevation Gain: 1520 meters
Season: July - October
Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes from Vancouver

Joffre Lakes | Vancouver Trails

Joffre Lakes consists of a hike to 3 lakes and is located north of Pemberton up the Duffey Lake Road.

Region: Pemberton
Difficulty: Intermediate
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 11km
Elevation Gain: 400 meters
Season: June - September
Approx. 3 hours from Vancouver