Distance From Vancouver: 98 km via Highway 1 West and Highway 99
Turn to the right 33 km past the Squamish Welcome Centre. Then drive 3 km to the parking lots and the Black Tusk
/ Panorama Ridge / Garibaldi Lake
trailhead near Rubble Creek.
Great views and a fairly easy trail (aside from the last approach to
Of note: The trail is very popular and
is likely packed on Summer weekends. You can get away without wearing
hiking boots, unless you plan on getting to the base of Black Tusk,
which is about 40 minutes away from the last information stand. Also,
have a windbreaker and gloves, as the final approach to Black Task from
the last information stand is wide-open to the wind, and it can be very
cold. Hiking poles are highly recommended. Due to an increased
altitude, expect a minor oxygen
starvation past Taylor Meadows (you would be very tired and would be
forced to slow down). The first 6 km of the trail is through a rather
boring forest. If you plan on
and leave your vehicle at the parking lot, the fee is $10 per day,
including parking. Don't know if you need to pay for
camping, if you
don't bring a vehicle. UPDATE: Day parking is now free in
Garibaldi Provincial Park has several
entrances, and we used the entrance located on
Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky),
33 km North of Squamish Adventure Centre. That trailhead leads to
several destination, including Black Tusk,
Panorama Ridge, and Garibaldi
Lake. If you are in good shape and start early enough, it is possible to
hit all three destinations in one day, especially because there is a
loop trail available (see the map below). We visited Black Tusk today,
and the views were simply grand. There were a lot of people on the
trail, and we have seen around seventy hikers in total
during our trip, including several groups of 20+ high school students
and their teachers. How many people go there on a warm Summer weekend one
can only imagine. But, then again, help would likely be quite close, if you
would ever need it.
1. We are Northbound on Highway 99
(Sea-to-Sky), driving past Squamish Adventure Centre. Turn right 33.4 km later
to get to the Black Tusk trailhead.
BC Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) in Squamish
2. Note your odometer at the Squamish Adventure
Centre, and also watch the signs on the road. Two kilometers before the
turnoff, a small blue sign would advise "Garibaldi Lake. Black Tusk
Trailhead -->" If you drive past the turn, the U-Turn is 4 km further.
Once you turn right, drive straight for 3-4 km, and arrive to the
parking lot. There appears to be only two parking lots in the area, with
a capacity for about a hundred vehicles in total. Parking along the access road
is prohibited due to an unstable shoulder. If the parking lots are full, your
only choice would be to park along Highway 99, and walk those 3-4 km to the trailhead. At the parking
lot, we have met a chipmunk who was training to be a dog. Sit! Good
Photo of a chipmunk on a parking lot of Garibaldi Provincial Park -
Black Tusk Trailhead
3. Before you play, you
have to pay. Three dollars buys you a day worth of parking. If you want
to camp, that's $10 per night, parking included.
UPDATE: Day parking is now free in
Garibaldi Provincial Park Pay Stations for Parking and
4. The trailhead is just behind the pay stations.
The sign by the trailhead indicates: Garibaldi Lake - 9 km, Black Tusk
Viewpoint - 14 km, Elevation Gain - 800 metres. And
then you walk through a mostly featureless forest for 6 km. That's what
it looks like pretty much all the way to Taylor Meadows.
Garibaldi Provincial Park Black Tusk Trail British Columbia Canada
5. These roots is one of the few interesting sights
along the way.
Garibaldi Provincial Park Black Tusk Trail near Highway 99 BC Canada
6. After 6 km, you come to a junction with a map.
There will be four or five more junctions, so follow the signs to Black
Tusk, and you won't miss your turn. Here is a map. Our parking lot (P)
is on the left middle side (not the top P, which is for Chekamus Lake
Garibaldi Provincial Park Map - near Squamish British Columbia Canada
7. A close-up of our hiking trail. As you can see, you
need to stay left all the time to get to the Black Tusk. The Ranger
Station (shown by letter R) is located by Garibaldi Lake. If you have time
and desire, you can then proceed to
Panorama Ridge, and walk by
Garibaldi Lakes on the way back (we did neither).
Map of Garibaldi Provincial Park Black Task Trail, Panorama Ridge Trail,
Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows Campground
8. The forest behind us, we then walked for a while
through Taylor Meadows, which also has a campground somewhere out there.
That's the first time we saw the Black Tusk (the small peak in the
Taylor Meadows Garibaldi Provincial Park Black Tusk Trail British
9. Zooming in, we see the Black Tusk in more detail. We
would be approaching this mountain from the right side, and it would
look quite different by the time we get very close.
Black Tusk Mountain - Squamish Hiking
10. Once you start walking through Taylor Meadows, the
mountain views get better and better.
Mountain Seen from Taylor Meadows Garibaldi Provincial Park Black Tusk
Trail BC Canada
11. There are many interesting mountains in that
Garibaldi Provincial Park Black Tusk Trail - Hike in Squamish Area of British Columbia Canada
12. In the meanwhile,
the Black Tusk is getting closer. And we were getting quite tired due to oxygen deprivation related
to the increased altitude.
Black Tusk Mountain Garibaldi Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
13. At this last
information stand, you have a decision to make. The final approach to
the Black Tusk (about 40-45 minutes) is very challenging, and it is much
colder there too due to blistering wind. So, if you feel well and have a
windbreaker, gloves, hiking boots and poles, you may want to proceed. Lacking one or
more of the above would make the trip to the base of the Black Tusk
quite unpleasant, if not dangerous. Sunglasses would be very helpful too, as
you are above the tree line at this point. The information stand talks
about the history of the area. If you decide to stop here, the views of
Garibaldi Lake and the surrounding mountains are very fine from this
Information Stand Garibaldi Provincial Park Black Tusk Trail British
14. The Black Tusk in full glory. For size comparison,
take a look at the hikers on the right side of the photo.
Squamish Hiking -
The Black Tusk Mountain Trail in Garibaldi Provincial Park
15. And this is what makes the final approach so
difficult - the terrain is dirt/sand mixed with rock, and is steep too.
Final Approach to The Black Tusk Garibaldi Provincial Park Province of
16. The views of Garibaldi Lake and the mountains
from the base of Black Tusk speak for themselves, and they say: "we
Garibaldi Lake seen from the Base of The Black Tusk
17. Just a bit to the left there was a bowl of
Snow Bowl seen from the Base of The Black Tusk Garibaldi Provincial Park
Black Tusk Trail British Columbia Canada
18. And, more to the left, right
by the Black Tusk, wonderful rock formations.
Rock Views from the Base of The Black Tusk - Hiking in Squamish area of BC Canada
Here is our video of the views from near the base of Black Tusk: