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Garibaldi Lake Trail Guide

 

Location: Squamish, BC

Distance: 18 KM

Time:  5-7 hrs 

Difficulty:  Intermediate 

Elevation: 820 metres 

Highlights: Alpine meadows, glaciers, and turquoise blue water. 

Trailhead: Drive north of Squamish and turn right onto Daisy Lake Rd just after Rubble Creek. Drive until you reach the parking lot, from there you will find the trailhead near the wooden steps along the top section of the lot. 

Tips: After about 6 KM you will come to junction, one taking you directly to Garibaldi Lake and one that reads Taylor Meadows. While both options will bring you to the lake take the Taylor Meadows route as it brings you through a beautiful alpine meadow. One you reach the lake be sure to make your way down to the picnic/camping area to fully take in the view and maybe even take a dip. Camping is available at both Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows for those who'd like to stay longer. 

Rattlesnake Ledge

Location: North Bend, WA

Distance: 6.4 km

Time:  2 hrs

Difficulty:  Moderate

Elevation: 354 m

Highlights: View of Rattlesnake Lake and surrounding mountains

Trailhead: From the parking lot follow the service road towards the lake, look out for the area with porta potties and map kiosks, there will be a sign indicating trailhead.

 

From the trailhead the trail is pretty straightforward with trail markers and a clear path leading the way. Rattlesnake Ledge is actually made up of three different rock points along the side of the mountain referred to lower, middle, and upper Ledge. The lower ledge is where most people hang out and where most photos you've seen floating around are taken from, this ledge can also get very busy and crowded due to it's popularity, views, and short hiking distance. If you venture a little bit further up the trail you'll make your way to the middle and upper ledges; both giving views of the ledges below them as well amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges, all while avoiding crowds. If you're not a fan of crowds then avoid hiking this trail on a warm Saturday afternoon and opt for an early morning hike or weekday hike. Either way this place is beautiful and worth the hype!