Now that summer is here it’s time to get out those hiking boots and make a list of hikes. This hike is one I’ve only done once, but is one I would love to do again! This hike is close enough to Vancouver to make an easy day of it. The start of the trail is at Rubble Creek, which is 37 km past Squamish on the Sea to Sky Hwy. It’s definitely a good idea to get here early as it fills up quickly, especially on the weekends. This hike is about 9 km each way with the first 6 km a fairly significant uphill climb.
After the uphill part of the hike, the trail levels out, and around the 6 km mark you will find a junction where you can go left to Taylor Meadows. This route will add a couple of kilometers to your hike, but the views of Black Tusk are worth it.
You’ll pass a few creeks along the way…
and then finally be rewarded with the view of Garibaldi Lake along a boardwalk.
The turquoise colour of the lake is caused by sediment from the glacier that feeds the lake. On a gorgeous sunny day this sediment reflects the blue of the sky and rewards the hiker with a spectacular sight. There are campsites along the lake and lots of places to stop, have some lunch, and take in the view. On the way back down take your time and check out the peek-a-boo views of Lesser Garibaldi Lake which also shares the same pretty turquoise colour as its larger namesake.
This hike is best from July to September. Remember if you do this hike that you are in bear country and it is always best to hike in groups! Make sure you carry a first aid kit, some extra water and snacks, wear hiking boots, and dress for changing weather. Also be mindful, especially if you do the Taylor Meadows loop, that there are fragile plants and flowers that grow along the side of the trail. Get out and enjoy!
Update….as part of new COVID hiking protocols that have been put in place you will need a day pass to hike this trail. For more information click here.