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- All transport from pick up at your hotel to drop off at the end of your tour
- 3 nights camping accommodation
- All camping equipment (tent, sleeping mat,sleeping bag, headlamp, eating utensils, etc.,
- All meals when on trail i.e. 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners - see a sample menu
- Trail snacks
- All park permits and fees
- The services of one of our guides for the duration of your trip
What's Not Included
- Breakfast on day one
- Lunch and dinner on day four
- Appropriate clothing and hiking boots
Garibaldi Park Traverse
Garibaldi Provincial Park is a scenic gem that lies between Squamish and Whistler. It's our back yard and we truly believe it has some of the best hiking in Canada, if not the world, and our guests agree with us.This is probably our most popular trip and makes a great introduction to backcountry hiking. However, please be aware that this is also the most developed place we visit. Campsites have food storage facilities, pit toilets and even cooking shelters. There are also a greater number of visitors from nearby Vancouver so, if it is a true wilderness experience you are after you may be better off on the Stein Circuit trip.
The trip takes us through the main artery of the park in a one-way traverse from the Cheakamus trailhead to Rubble Creek past 50 km of scenic wonders including Cheakamus Lake, the Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake. If you want to try out a multi day backcountry experience near Whistler then this really is the trip to do, there's nothing finer in the Sea to Sky region in terms of scenery.
Please bear in mind that this is a wilderness hike and the itinerary is only a suggestion and not set in stone.
DAY ONE - We depart from Whistler at 9am to drive to the trailhead at Cheakamus Lake. We will explore the incredible old growth forest here, one of the best preserved areas in the region before crossing the Cheakamus River and beginning our ascent to Black Tusk meadows. After a couple of hours of climbing through the trees we will suddenly break out into the open below the local landmark known as Black Tusk. This toothlike feature is actually an extinct volcano and features heavily in local First Nations' mythology. We make our camp in the meadows alongside Helm Creek. (Distance 8-10km, 600m elevation gain, 3.5-4.5 hours)
DAY TWO - After breaking camp we continue further into the park to the scenic lookout over Garibaldi Lake known as Panorama Ridge. The views form here will simply take your breath away, they are the best in the entire Sea to Sky Region. On return from Panorama Ridge we will head down to the lakeside where we will camp for the next two nights. (Distance 16km, 670m elevation gain, 560m elevation loss, 8 hours)
DAY THREE - From Garibaldi Lake our objective will be to hike to the base of Black Tusk. According to Squamish First Nation legend Black Tusk was the landing place of the supernatural Thunderbird (the servant of the Great Spirit) and it's shape and colour are due either to the scraping of its talons or the lightning it summoned. For those who are brave enough we can continue up to the summit for fine views over Garibaldi Lake and the park. (Distance 15km, 530m elevation gain, 530m elevation loss, 8 hours).
DAY FOUR - After a leisurely breakfast we will pack up camp for the last time and descend the 9km (5.5miles) down to the Rubble Creek trail where our vehicle will have been moved so we can pick it up. (Distance 9km, 900m elevation loss, 3 hours)
Chances of seeing:
- Black Bears - possible
- Wolves - less likely
- Cougars - less likely
- Marmots - probable
Please see our FAQs page for an explanation of these ratings.