Hiking Garibaldi Lake? Here’s What You Need to Know

July 4, 2017

A popular hiking and camping destination, Garibaldi Lake is a must during the summer in BC.

Here is my guide for a safe and successful day hike. 

This website: Vancouver Trails is a great resource for any hike in BC.

How to get there

The driving directions are nicely outlined in Vancouver Trails website tells you how to get there from Vancouver.
You can also google map Rubble Creek Trailhead which will take you to the parking lot of the trail.
On your way up I would suggest stopping by the Nester’s Market in Squamish if you did not pack a lunch, need more water etc.

What to bring

  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Bug repellent
  • Bear bell
  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks (bars, trail mix)
  • Swimsuit

I haven’t hiked all the hikes in BC but I have done a fair bit and I always come back to this one.
The season for this trail is from July – October.
I would normally hike this trail around the end of August because the snow would have melted by then.

Feeling adventurous on Canada Day, I decided to dust off my hiking shoes and be on my way.

The first 6 km was completely dry and the incline is gradual all the way up.

There are several waterfalls that you will pass, enjoy the cool air and the creek view.

Once you are past the switchbacks the patches of melting snow and mud are there with you the rest of the way.
At every junction there are signs that will direct you where you need to go.

I did see people attempt this hike in running shoes and would advise against it.
It is easy to lose traction as the snow is melting.

For general safety and overall comfort, I would recommend investing in a pair of hiking shoes.

Lake Garibaldi

There is nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in the lake after finishing the hike! When the snow melts of course.
Have lunch at the lake, enjoy the view and it’s a day well spent!

Would love to hear what your favourite trails are!

Thanks for reading,


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