Distance From Vancouver: 98 km via Highway 1 West and Highway 99 North.
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.
of Black Tusk, Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk Lake. Creek views with
wildflowers. Virtually no bugs.
The trail is very popular, and is likely packed on Summer
weekends. Parking could be an issue when it's busy, forcing one to park
far away along the access road and extend the hike accordingly. Some
dust on the trail from the parking lot to the main split (about 6 km in
total). A few muddy sections. Some snow still on the ground (including
the trail) late in the season. Hiking boots and poles are highly
recommended (the last stretch of the trail is steep, with loose stones).
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 22 (Squamish) C1-D1-E1.
The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for
103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia
(2008 edition): hike #21.
Panorama Ridge Trail is popular for a good reason - relatively close to
Metro Vancouver, easy access off Highway 99,
(for the most part) moderately challenging trail, and simply grand views of lakes and
mountains. This trail is about 15 km one way, and follows the same route as Black Tusk trail until a
split, where one turns to the left to visit Black Tusk, and goes
straight to Panorama Ridge. We visited Black Tusk in 2010, and were very
impressed. This time, while there was no "is this for real?" factor from
the first visit almost seven years ago, the views were still absolutely
amazing. For more photos of this Park and more complete
directions, please visit our
Black Tusk Trail trip
1. To get to Panorama Ridge trailhead (the same trailhead is shared by
Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake trails) from Vancouver, take Highway 1
West, which would turn into Highway 99 Sea-to-Sky North by Horseshoe
Bay, and drive towards Whistler. 33 km past Squamish Adventure Centre (a
large building on the right side just past Cleveland Avenue
intersection), there would be a turnoff to Garibaldi Provincial Park -
Black Tusk. Here we are Northbound on Highway 99, with a sign on the
right side indicating 2 km before the turnoff.
BC Highway 99 Sea-to-Sky near Garibaldi Provincial Park (Black Tusk)
2. Once you turn, there would be a 2.7 km-long paved access road to the
parking lots. You would have to park along that road, if the lots would
be full. Make sure to observe no parking signs on one side of the road.
Here is one of the parking lots. Both lots combined would hold about 100
vehicles. Elevation is 555 meters.
Panorama Ridge - Black Tusk - Garibaldi Lake parking lot
3. The first six kilometers from the parking lot to the main split were
not much fun. Faster people behind you, slower people ahead of you,
a steady stream of people returning from camping trips and going in the
opposite direction - all of that reminded of the overcrowded
Some of the hikers were chatting, a
few had music playing, and many raised at least a bit of dust. And this
was a Wednesday. Weekends are going to be even busier. There is
absolutely nothing to see until the main split, which we reached in 1
hour and 45 minutes of very brisk uphill hiking. This map is located at
the split, and the numbers and arrows we put on it are as follows:
1 - Parking lot, 2 - Main split (to the left are Panorama Ridge and
Black Tusk trails, as well as Taylor Meadows campground. To the right is
Garibaldi Lake trail and campground). 3 - Black Tusk / Panorama Ridge
trail split. 4 - The end of Panorama Ridge trail.
Garibaldi Provincial Park map
4. After the main split things got much more quiet, as the majority of
people were going to and from Garibaldi Lake. Here we are en route to
Garibaldi Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
5. Now around the Taylor Meadows area.
Taylor Meadows Area Garibaldi Provincial Park British Columbia Canada