Garibaldi Lake: http://www.vancouvertrails.com/blog/camping-near-garibaldi-lake/ Joffre Lakes: http://www.vancouvertrails.com/blog/camping-at-joffre-lakes-near-pemberton-bc/ What to Pack for an Overnight in the Backcountry: http://www.vancouvertrails.com/blog/hiking-in-the-backcountry-and-camping-overnight/ Tent Photo Credit: Lori Pederson Me Backpacking at Garibaldi Lake Photo: Susan Ottewell
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Garibaldi Lake Back pack: You need to have your back pack weigh no more than 1/4 of your body weight. It should be a proper pack that will rest on your hip bones. Buying a sleeping bag that is down and in a pack sack is best. They are easy to pack small and are light weight. A tent should also be lightweight and easy to put together. A Pocket Rocket is amazing to cook with ($39.00 at MEC), pot set with fork & bowl ($41.00 at MEC) and gas starts at about $3.00. I spent $5.50 which was good enough for two for a night. You can buy more sets of dished which are great & lightweight. If you make hamburger patties and freeze it & you could bring it in a small cooler or bag that keep your things cold for a few hours. Another great idea is to make rice, chicken, veggies and freeze that with the same idea. For the morning rice milk in a cardboard container and mix in Qia or Holy Crap cereal or make pancakes with all your ingredients mixed in. Hamburgers for dinner and pancakes for breaky. Energy bars, coconut water, fruit and veggies are all great. I brought baby wipes for keeping myself clean and washing my hands a camel pack for getting water and tablets to purify (lots of people were drinking from the rushing rivers and lakes and were fine but I prefer to just add the tablet for safety). Layer your clothes and dollar store items are great for these kind of trips.
Directions to Garibaldi Lake: You will pass Squamish and will see a mall on your right with Starbucks, Subway etc. and sign saying 16 km and then your next sign will say 2 km and the after that will say 2 km again and there will be a road, turn right. If you go up and you see a dam you have passed the road and gone too far. We have figured that 2nd sign means 2 km up the road. Travel up the road to the top. If cars are parked along the side of the road you might want to find parking as it is not a turn around lot, you will have to back out. There are forms at the enter to the trail to fill out for over night stays. You don't pay for parking for the day. Fill out the forms and put the money inside and leave it in the lock box. Part of the form goes on your dash and part stays with you for your back country pass. There are pit toilets in the parking lot and the next time you will see pit toilets are at Taylor Meadows campground (8.5 km in) or at the lake (9 km in). If you choose to use the land as your washroom please take a minute to read my 'Trail Etiquette' under...more.
The Route You will start your hike at Rubble Creek/Black Tusk parking lot. Up, up you go with lots of & long short switchbacks. The trails are wide, dusty and boring for the first 6.5 Km's. I enjoy the walk in nature in my own comfortable thoughts. As you come to 6.5 km you are at a junction. Going left takes you through Taylor Meadows (I recommend it either on the way in or out...it's beautiful with views of The Black Tusk, 360 degree mountain views and be inlate August beautiful flowers everywhere. It only adds an extra km to yor hike) If you go straight you will start your decent with some rolling hills to the Lesser Lake. Shortly after the junction, you will come to view point. Make sure you walk right down the skinny path as it takes you to a rocky outcrop with valley views and little Chipmunks who eat from your hands. You will then come to two lakes that are quite blue and soon after to another junction. Going right takes you to the lake and campground, going left takes you up to Taylor Meadows. Head down to the lake, across the bridge and around to the picnic table and first of three huts. You can camp here or keep walking along the path. If you go closer to the ranger station it's quieter, the toilets smell nicer, there's a wharf to lie on and jump off to swim. It is best to plan for several nights and do a day hike to Helm Creek, Panorama Ridge or the lookout &/or The Black Tusk. You must store your food hanging up in the huts. It seems everyone is very respectful with not taking things that don't belong to them. When you are ready to leave don't forget to take your garbage back out with you. I love it here. It's great. Expect to have blistered feet and lots of mosquito bites, amazing pictures, meet really cool people & grow as a human beng. Have a great time. Happy & safe trails.