Trail Key: S~2~RT~ST~RH~V~R~PT Length: 30 Km’s Elevation: 1520 meters Pit Toilets: Yes-4 along trail Dogs: No
This hike is best done as an overnighter, starting fresh in the morning. However, we did it in one day.
Start your hike at the Rubble Creek Parking lot and start going up the steep switchbacks. This is the worst part of the hike however; I do enjoy it in here. After 6.5 Km's you'll arrive at a junction, go left and through Taylor Meadows.
After 3 Km's and a little more elevation you'll arrive at The Black Tusk junction. You are now in The Black Tusk Meadows. It’s even prettier than Taylor Meadows. Especially if you are there in late July or beginning August as the flowers are in full bloom.
As you carry along this rocky trail it continues to rise. The Black Tusk and a turquoise blue Garibaldi Lake peeking through the trees are there to greet you. Soon you'll come to a lake with Panorama Ridge as the backdrop. Stop for a foot soak and a snack, the hardest part is coming. When you're rested up carry on the trail...it winds up on a rocky & rooty trail. Some is open (but not scary) and some is tree covered. The views of The Black Tusk and the lake you were just at start to look prettier. After about 30 minutes you come out into the open and the dirt trail starts to disappear and now you are walking on rocks.There is a path and it's fine to the top. You can stop at the top or go up one more sketchy hill to see more of Garibaldi Lake.
Once you are satisfied start heading down. Watch your footing as it's loose scree in a couple of spots and you don't want want to fall as you still have 15 Km's to get back to the parking lot. Follow your footsteps the way you came to Rubble Creek/Black Tusk parking lot. You can add 2.5 more km's to the hike by going down to Garibaldi Lake or save that hike for another day. Happy & safe trails.