Distance From Vancouver: 83 kilometers.
Drive for 65 kilometers on Highway 99 North (Sea-to-Sky) to Squamish.
Follow signs to Garibaldi – Diamond Head by turning right from Highway
99 onto Mamquam Rd 3.5 km after Squamish Adventure Centre (which itself
is located on the right side of the road several hundred meters past the
intersection of Highway 99 with Cleveland Avenue), then left on
Highlands Way South 1 km later. Take first right onto University Blvd at
a roundabout 700 meters later. 1.7 km after that make first right at yet
another roundabout, and 100 meters later (7.0 km after Squamish
Adventure Centre) turn left onto Mamquam Road (again). 500 meters later
paved road would end and gravel road would begin. You would drive on
that fairly smooth road (aside from the last 1.5 fairly rough
kilometers) for 10.8 kilometers and would reach the parking lot for
Garibaldi – Diamond Head, 18.3 km after passing by Squamish Adventure
Centre. If this sounds complicated, there are signs to the park before
every turn, so the parking lot is easy to find.
great mountain and nature views, mostly gentle grades, easy to follow
trail, bicycles permitted up to Elfin Lakes.
Of note: Remote wilderness
area. No cell phone signal. This is a bear country. No tree cover beyond
Red Heather shelter – sun protection essential on sunny days. Cloudy
weather (like today) may obscure (most of) the views. Hiking poles and
boots are recommended to Elfin Lakes, and are highly recommended beyond
that area. There is a small but very treacherous trail washout between
Opal Cone turnoff and Mamquam Lake – check out the photo in the trip
Camping fees are required for anyone staying in the park
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook
(2010 edition) Trailhead
Coordinates: Page 22 (Squamish) E5.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available
for purchase at
103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia
(2008 edition): hikes #22 (Elfin Lakes) and
#23 (Mamquam Lake).
Garibaldi Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Site.
Other Trips in Squamish Area:
Squamish River Forest
Service Road Washout, Squamish River
FSR Ashlu Main Hike (second trip),
Second Trip to Crooked
Falls / Sigurd Creek Trail Hike,
Squamish River FSR
A-Main Branch (first trip),
Provincial Park, The Squamish Spit,
Black Tusk Trail (Garibaldi
Provincial Park), Squamish River Forest
Service Road E-Main Branch, Shannon Falls,
Squamish River Forest Service
Road, Squamish Valley
Road, Railway Heritage
Park, Downtown Squamish BC,
Stawamus Chief Trail Hike.
36. This is one of the main reasons that we would
highly recommend hiking boots and poles beyond Elfin Lakes - the
trail is washed out in this area and there is no easy way around due to
the steepness of the terrain. You have to get creative or turn back, if
this looks like too dangerous of a crossing.
Dangerous Spot on Mamquam Lake Trail BC Canada
37. If you succeed in crossing the danger zone, Zig
Zag Creek would soon appear on the path.
Hiking Trail Garibaldi Provincial Park - Diamond Head BC Canada
38. The bridge across the creek.
Bridge Across Zig Zag Creek Garibaldi Provincial Park BC Canada
39. Zig Zag Creek itself. Very muddy.
Photo of Zig Zag Creek Garibaldi Provincial Park
40. Looking the other way. Still very muddy.
Zig Zak Creek Garibaldi Provincial Park
41. The trail continues.
Mamquam Lake Trail Garibaldi Provincial Park BC Canada
42. Approaching that tree we saw from far away.
Mamquam Lake Trail Garibaldi Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
43. Here it is.
Garibaldi - Diamond Head Provincial Park
44. The clouds parted just enough to give a glimpse of
the beauty one would see on a sunny day.
Picture of a View From Mamquam Lake Trail Garibaldi Provincial Park BC
45. A closer look.
Glacier Seen From Mamquam Lake Trail Garibaldi Provincial Park BC Canada
46. Meanwhile, the descent to Mamquam Lake begins.
Descending Trail to Mamquam Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park BC Canada
47. This descending trail weaves all the way to
Mamquam Lake Trail Garibaldi Provincial Park Province of BC Canada
48. You would pass by a rock field.
Rock Field by Mamquam Lake Trail Garibaldi Provincial Park BC Canada
49. It takes half an hour to reach Mamquam Lake once
you start your descent. The grade is fairly gentle, but you would still
need to hike it up on your way back, so plan accordingly. Mamquam Lake
starts appearing about half way down.
Mamquam Lake Garibaldi Provincial Park
50. Mamquam Lake, our final destination. Pyramid
Mountain on the background. There are three tent pads by the lake (one
of them is damaged), as well as a toilet sitting wide-open, since the
toilet cabin fell to the side. Time from the start of the hike: 6 hours
20 minutes. We spent 25 minutes at the lake and went back, in order to
beat the darkness.
Mamquam Lake BC Canada
Here is our video of Mamquam Lake:
51. On our climb back up, the clouds somewhat
disappeared and allowed good shots of Pyramid Mountain...
Pyramid Mountain British Columbia Canada
52. As well as the mountain to the right.
Mountains by Mamquam Lake BC Canada
Here is our video of these mountains:
It took us just over five hours to get back to the
parking lot, with about two hours (in total) saved by using a bicycle to
and from Elfin Lakes, especially since the trail from the Red Heather
shelter is all down. If you have no bicycle, to get to Mamquam Lake and
back would be quite a monumental one day hike, of about 14-15 hours in
Even with a bicycle it was an exhausting trip, but the great views were
certainly worth it. This is
one of the most spectacular hikes near Metro Vancouver, and, as such,
comes greatly recommended.
072 Mamquam Lake Trail Hike
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