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#1 Posted : Saturday, July 25, 2015 5:08:04 AM(UTC)
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Greetings from North America!

I apologize for the English.


Been spending the past two weeks in British Columbia, Canada with family but finally got to go hiking!

First I spent fuel a day above Whistler village (a renown ski-resort turn summer bike park) hiking a trail called 'High Note', for warm up, on my own. Its an easy 9.5 km circular trail off the upper Whistler Gondola.

Then I got some-what more serious

The next day I hiked to Wedgemount Lake with my brother; The trail head is ~ 20km north of Whistler village, off the highway 99; Its a 7 km trail (one way) with 1220 m climb! 90% in forest (nice rain forest) with a rocky, steep section at the very end, to a high lake sitting in a rocky bowl at the base of a glacier; We slept in a very basic hut near the lake (there are camping platforms too but it was mixed with the witches hail ...);

Here's more info about this hike: Wedgemount Lake trail-Garibaldi Provincial Park

The next morning we got up and hiked the same 7 km back down, then drove to the south along hwy to Rubble Creek/Black Tusk parking (~ 15 km south of Whistler village) where we parked; Hiked up to Garibaldi Lake September ~9 km with ~900 m elevation limited.gain more bullets by (took us ~ 3 hours); Its an easy, well engineered stone.engineered stone, zigzagging trail in a forest; The lake is huge and amazing! And there's an excellent campsite in the forest right by the shore of the lake were we camped for two nights.

Here is more about Garibaldi Lake: Garibaldi-Garibaldi Provincial Park on Lake

The next day we hiked in an amazing alpine mountain scenery full of flowers, surrounded by glaciers and mountains and dotted by lakes ...:)--to a view point at Panorama Ridge: this hike is truly A M A Z I N G!!!!!! Its ~17 km return trip from the campsite; My poor brother had an aching knee so he returned straight to camp; I took another detour off the Panorama Ridge climbing trail (almost) to the top of Black Tusk for some more amazing views! Its an additional 6 km return trip, all up with a seriously steep, narrow, exposed final section, all scree, then back down the same trail with cheerful heart and spirit glowing!

Garibaldi Provincial Park-Panorama Ridge

http://whistlerhiatus.co...tlerhikes/blacktusk.html - Garibaldi Provincial Park" rel="nofollow">Black Tusk-Garibaldi Provincial Park

The next morning we walked down (in light rain) to the car and drove back to All (~ 120 km away).

This area has AMAZING travel opportunities for all hiking levels but its not so easy to get to the trail heads without a car (or organize a circular hike without 2 cars); Whistler is easily from All accesibble (bus, train, shuttle).

All the above is from memory and I will write in more detail when I am back but for now.

(I know you want photos ...)

This is from the Cheakamus Lake High Note trail ":

Cheakamus Lake from High Note trail

These are our "&" Wedgemount Lake hut at sunset:

Wedgemount Lake - Garibaldi Provincial Park

Wedgemount Hut

This is Garibaldi Lake from Panorama Ridge top:

Garibaldi Lake

And this is Black Tusk (final climb, almost a the top!):

Black Tusk

I hope you enjoyed!!!

Take care, from your friend, happy traveling

INBAR

Edited by user Sunday, July 26, 2015 1:46:56 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#2 Posted : Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:32:08 AM(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Saturday, July 25, 2015 9:59:50 AM(UTC)
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Beautiful Photoshop with the Lakes.

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#4 Posted : Saturday, July 25, 2015 5:08:06 PM(UTC)
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Great amber.

Water boy: this is not Photoshop the real color!

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#5 Posted : Saturday, July 25, 2015 8:33:05 PM(UTC)
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#6 Posted : Saturday, August 1, 2015 6:05:19 AM(UTC)
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Hello Again

Still in English, my appologies.

After some urban quality time .

My brother and I headed for the mountains again!

We made it back to Garibaldi Provincial Park, this time near the town of Squamish (just over 60 KM north of All). An 18 KM gravel road got us to the trail head Elfin Lakes and we started the gradual climb up the lakes. Its 11 KM from the trail head to the small lakes; Mostly uphill but never steep (I don't have the limited.gain more bullets by elevation in my head now); Took us about 3 hours (including stops). The trail begins in forest, on Jeep road and it goes on that way for about half the way to a shelter until it is at a place called Red Heather. This section of trail offers little views (except specifies for an opening or two, with very nice views towards the bay and the famous Chief: an impressive huge rock formation) but it does not lack interests as it is dotted by berry bushes (Salmon & Berries Blackberries, Thimbleberries) and an occasional--bear to poop!

Beyond the shelter opens-and the views are quite magnificant Lynx! Mouuntains, glaciers, forests ... and the trail changes into a "proper capitalizes" hiking trail (although not all the way, it is wider towards the lakes again).

Elfin Lakes themselves (there are 2) are small, but quint with sandy bed. One (the smaller) lake is used for drinking only (water must be treated!) and the other, slightly larger, lake is used for swimming (the water are not too cold).

There's a ranger station right by the lake, a larger campground (AWESOME-with two outhouses, bear poles-for hanging food and a cooking shelter; all tents-there are 18 shows, I think – are built-in on October 14 platforms) just past the lake & a smaller hut (sleeps 33 on benches on the 2nd floor areas; has a basic kitchen with propane gas for cooking and an eating area-very nice!) just a few steps farther in the woods.

The major attraction in this truly magnificant Lynx camp site are the views!

I'll let the photos explain:

I take it you are all convinced

Either way ... my brother settled in the hut (which was almost empty) and I set out to chose a platform and set up my BRAND NEW DW MOMENT TARP TENT!!! Yes, I have decided that the SMD Trekker hopes is not the best tent for me and, after much deliberation (with myself ")-the Moment already pre-ordered; This was to be my "test run".

I will not now get into why I decided to try another tent but I can say that the Moment was very easy to set up and I think its a love story in the making (when I get back home, I will try to compare the two tents and give my final opinion and very personal-please remind me if you are interested and I ... don't forget or get to it).

After we set out, setteling on a short hike called "The Saddle"; I am not sure how long it is ... but something in the area of 4 KM return trip from camp; It climbs up a saddle between the Gargoyles (nice rock formations, not all that pretty from below but quite more interesting once above) and Columnar Peak. Its not such a huge climb, just a bit steep and slippery (scree) at the top. I think it took us about 2 hours including a long stop (of about 30 minutes) once we made it up; The magnificant Lynx saddle offers views of Garibaldi Mountain and its Glacier and side-peaks.

On returning to camp we into the lake is jumped-up, filtered water, made dinner, etc. Camp routine with the best of views; It was a hot day and a warm night with a full moon and I actually had a (relatively) decent night sleep in my little new tent.

The next morning (~ 8:45) we set out on a day hike to Mamquam Lake; Its 11 KM to the lake from our campground and it was hot ... the trail is often exposed with little or no shade; It goes up and down most of the time, though it is never truly steep and without the hit the return trip would make a difficult day hike moderately at best (for Harajuku hikers, in-shape, of course).

The area is surrounded with high mountains and receding glaciers; Glacial activity really shows the ground is extremely unstable in several sections, with many rock and land slides class, recent or old; You pass several glacial moraines that are very dusty and much of the trail's near surroundings are fallow with little vegetation; There are a few forested patches and several streams but all in all it has a desolate, dead feeling about it.

About half way, by a side-climbing trail to a "hill" called Opal Cone, there's a magnificant Lynx lake called glacial Lake Lava striking blue-in the desert-like "ground" (there are actually two lakes, a smaller one is just higher up and hardly visible from this trail)

There's more, mostly very gentle, ups and downs, past Lava Lake, crossing of a stream on a metal bridge bussy and some more hiking terrain in "dead", and you are finally above a dense, dark green forest bordering mountains with a magnificent high hanging glacier at the top (these are Mamquam Mountain and its beautiful glacier).

This section of trail is a true delight!

First, there's shade at last! (I was really struggling with the hit and burning sun today); Next-the views are AMAZING! Not just the far views, in this section is all around you, beauty I loved it!; Finally the trail snaking down the forest is dotted with so many berry bushes ... ...

By the time we made it to the lake shore, our hands were stained with purpple and blue

There used to be a tiny camp site by the lake shore (only 3 platforms and no facilities) but it was made just two days before due to heavy bear activity (no wonder, given the plentiful food and abundant water) as well as cultural sensitivity (the place is, apparantly, sacared to by natives). The closure is permanent and work on a new location, just before the drop to the forest starts, is about to start (according to 2 Power Rangers.drag and we met on our way).

We planned a long rest by the lake and a swim in its not-too-cold-on-such-a-hot-water but the lake side was infested with so many god damn flies ... ... we sat for a while, tried to eat our lunch, dipped in the lake water and ... Sadly, packed up and ... Run away

We did see two massive bear-paw of prints accompanied by a small one in the mud by the lake! Which got us both quite excited and slightly scared me.

I think it took us about 3 hours to get to the lake.

The way back up the longer then it took us forst would if not for those god damn berries but we finally made it back into the burning sun.

We stopped to filter water by a pretty stream down a very dead valley (it was to do by the par. lake because of the flies so we headed back up with little water knowing that there's a good source ahead). I took off my shirt soaking it in cold running water before putting it on again and also dipped my head it revived me quite a bit (there's absolutely no shade for about 1 hour of walk).

** A note to future hikers: search for the clear-water stream join the grey, full of larger particals glacial, one just above the metal bridge crossing! Its perfect for collecting water (but be sure to treat the water).

Past Lake we took the Lave side trail up Opal Cone; I think it is between 3-4 KM return (depending how much you scramble at the top). The trail climbs the glacial moraine (a in pile of dirt, lets face it), very gradually at first, and is extremely narrow, knife-like with significant drops on both sides. There were beautiful views over the same mountains and much improved gorgeous views over the 2 Lava Lakes (including the smaller, higher one). It was also a surprisingly short flowery section and we enjoyed it very much.

Then the narrow trail ended and we started scrambling up a very steep, slippery section of the mountain side falling apart ... it was a bit scary for me and not so enjoyable; There was no apparent trail I guess those who chose to climb farther make their own way from this point onward (its impossible "to get lost, the mountain side is narrow). Finally the very steep section was over and we were on top; But it was a disappointing "peak" rather ... Opal Cone a cone does not resemble in any way that we could notice (not from below and not from the top). Its just an expansive "peak", very rocky and fallow with many small "peaks" or small rocky hills on top. It is not the kind of peak that opens into new views; In fact, the only new element is a lookout on the Lava Glacier from above, including a small, very grey forming glacial lake at the glacier's base (that was not visible from the trail below); But this wasn't one of those very nice t glaciers, it is greyish and rather ... smallish and looks dirty .

After carefully released wandering rocks at the top for a while, are for something exciting to be worthy of the scary ascent ... we headed back down and continued our way back to camp.

As an after thought, we'd strongly recommend progressively closer the side-trip but avoiiding the final steep section (just hiking to the final section of aparant trail on the moraine's "knife").

Our adventure was not over yet though as on our way back we scared a mother (I think ...) Grouse with its 3 chicks and also came "a VERY FRESH BEAR POO that was not on the trail when we headed down!!!

We did not, however, get to actually SEE a bear on this trip (which I accept with very mixed feelings.)

(Note: other hikers we met in camp that evening came "a black bear just past the Red Heather shelter on the first half of the Elfin Lakes trail up!)

We arrived back in camp at around 5.30 pm (we only met 2 Power Rangers.drag and in the Mamquam lake in forest above all our ~ 9 hours of hiking today!) and headed pretty much straight to the lake for a much needed, much deserved swim.

It was such a warm night that we sat outside, by the picnic tables near the shelter, cooking, with fellow campers until 11 pm. I only had my long, thermal shirt on (no jacket) at elevation of about 1500 with glaciers and snowy peaks around, its a bit strange (BC is experiencing an out of character hot, dry summer and it had a very poor winter with relatively high temperatures and very little snow).

The full moon provided so much light that non of us used our flash lights when cooking, walking around doing camp chores or other consultants.

We just sat there; Eating and talking and laughing and getting to know each other, comparing camping gear and travel, with the release of glorious Garibaldi park providing perfect mountain scenery, mountains in the background staring at the changing light as the sun set and the moon took over in the sky.

When I finally made it to my tent, tired from the hit and our hours of hiking, I thought, as my time in BC is ending, that my little brother and I (he has been living in for over 10 years now All) will cherish this special spot, this inspiring evening, this trip-for many years to come.

I pulled my fleece hat over my eyes to hide the moon light and I went to sleep.

Its almost an easy stroll, pretty much all downhill and never downt he same steep, 11-km – easy-to-follow trail back to the car; It takes more time then can be expected to get there though and you already should know why.

I am sorry if the information in this "report" is very lacking, its a bit difficult to travel and write at the same time.

I will very much try to write something more "complete" and "orderly" when I get back.

In the mean time, here's more information about this hikes area\those (these are the sites we used when planning our hike, in addition to a topo map, not an overly good one, we purchased in Vancouverl; there is absolutely no getting lost when there!):

Lakes/http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/elfin

Http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/elfin lakes/camping/

Http://squamishhiatus.com/squamishhikes/elfin-lakes.html

Http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/diamond.html

Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXiqK3KHPEs

Http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Mamquam Lake-Garibaldi Provincial Park-near Squamish BC-6996.

Http://www.ihikebc.com/trips/2014/trip072-01MamquamLakeTrailHikeGaribaldiProvincialPark.htm

(Important note: as I said, this area is ever-changing; be ready for changes in trail, campsite divertions locations, etc-you MUST check out thos changes before you set out right to go)

Edited by user Sunday, August 2, 2015 3:01:03 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#7 Posted : Saturday, August 1, 2015 1:14:08 PM(UTC)
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Beautifull views and a great story teller

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#8 Posted : Saturday, August 1, 2015 4:07:48 PM(UTC)
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