August Trails Guide - Squamish & Garibaldi Park
August hiking in Squamish definitely has the most consistently great, hot weather. You can feel the rare pleasure of walking across a glacier shirtless and still hot. Even in the high elevations and on glaciers the temperatures are often a beautifully hot 20c plus. Garibaldi Lake is beautiful in August, the campground is in a fantastic, wilderness at the edge of the amazing lake. Upper Shannon Falls is a great trail to do in August as the always busy Stawamus Chief trail next door takes all the hiking traffic. So on an average summer day, the Upper Shannon Falls trail will be almost deserted! There are numerous glaciers that are readily accessible via Whistler area hiking trails. The Wedgemount Lake trail leads to the beautiful which is fed by the massive glacier of the same name. The glacier is easily hiked to and very safe to clamour over its lower reaches. This glacier disappears into the sun as it stretches up the the magnificent Wedge Mountain and no fewer than 12 named glaciers beyond. This is a wondrous hiking paradise with branching hikes that stretch away from the hut like a giant spiders arms. The hikes from Wedgemount Lake range from easy to difficult to extremely dangerous. And you will likely see a good mix of day hikers at one end to the ice axe, rope and harness types at the other. All dispersing into this fantastically huge expanse of mountains, glaciers and perfect lakes. Garibaldi Park is incredible in August. From in the Diamond Head region here in . To the spider web of trails in the middle leading to , , , , Mount Garibaldi, Cheakamus Lake and many more all the way up to Wedgemount Lake in Whistler. If you start on the trail to Garibaldi Lake on a beautiful day in August, you may find quite a few cars at the trailhead, and a fair number of people on the trail. When you reach the fork in the trail between Taylor Meadows Campsite and Garibaldi Lake Campsite, you may see, "campsites full". This leads you to believe that this place is overrun with hikers, but that's only partly true. The reason is that this incredibly vast wilderness, with many hiking trails and countless alpine routes, is only accessed by a few trailheads, which is a great thing. This ensures that the vast, though very accessible wilderness beyond the popular, named hiking trails remain impossibly quiet. A look at a map of and you can see this pretty clearly. There will be concentrations of people at Elfin Lakes, Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, and Taylor Meadows and some way over at Wedgemount Lake, but everything in between will be empty. Even on a seemingly chaotic August weekend. For a unforgettable hiking experience, is a great choice. The trailhead is only reachable by canoe and the hike looks impossibly steep from far off. But it's not terribly difficult, and fairly short. So if you have a canoe it's amazing, especially in August. For and good idea where to hike in Squamish in August take a look at the Or for easier and shorter hikes take a Remember though that in Garibaldi Park, which most of the best Squamish hikes are located, dogs are not allowed. So if you have a dog, take a look here at the and the If your interested in quick and beautiful, short hikes take a look at the If you just want to relax in a natural hot spring, , though a bit of a drive from Squamish. If you have not been to or heard of or , take a look, they make for an amazing day trip or an even better two or three day trip.
Sea to Sky Waterfalls - Squamish & Garibaldi Park
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is a beautiful stop in between Squamish and Whistler. It's about 25 minutes north of Squamish, 11k south of Whistler. The hike from the parking lot to the falls is less than a kilometre and on a wide and flat trail. Most people miss the other viewpoint from above the falls, from the train tracks bridge. To find it is easy. As you walk toward the falls from the parking lot you will have to cross train tracks. Standing at the train tracks look to your right and you will see a bridge that the train tracks cross. Walk over to that to see the falls from above. Amazing! Brandywine Falls drop an amazing 66 metres (216 feet) into the chasm far below that the viewing platform extends over. Another trail extends past this viewing area leading to another, quieter area overlooking Daisy Lake. The snowplows make room for cars at the edge of the highway making Brandywine Falls open year round. Alexander Falls is a relatively unknown waterfall less than an hours drive north of Squamish. The falls are very beautiful, impressively huge, and very easily viewable. In fact, you can drive right the nice viewing platform built just before the 2010 Olympics . The falls are just before Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, halfway to Whistler from Squamish. The large parking area and viewing platform are located on the edge of a cliff across the gorge from the falls. Just before the turnoff to Callaghan Lake you will see a sign for Alexander Falls. The Callaghan Valley is a very nice detour on the way to or from Whistler. High Falls Creek is a great hike not only for the beautiful scenery in and around the trail, but the drive to it as well. The often passed by Squamish Valley Road, just of the Sea to Sky Highway, opposite the Alice Lake Provincial Park access road, is wonderful. This glacier carved valley stretches on and on, along the majestic Squamish River as you follow forest service roads 26 kilometres to the trailhead. The High Falls trail is well marked and difficult to moderately challenging. There are some short chain assisted areas to climb and overall the trail is fairly steep. You gain a gruelling 622 metres in less than 4 kilometres. Past the beautiful falls viewpoints the trail leads to a few more cliff viewpoints before ending at the Branch 200 FSR. You can either turn back and retrace the steep trail you came back to your car (8 kilometres roundtrip). Most prefer to walk the forest service road back to the trailhead instead. It is much longer (almost 2 kilometres longer), but it is easy and relaxing and there are some stunning views of the river valley below.
St Mark's Summit - Squamish Trails Guide August
is a relatively easy way to get hiking deep into the North Shore mountains of Vancouver. Starting this hike at Cypress Mountain Resort means you drive most of the elevation and only have a moderately ascending hike ahead of you. Having said that, you still have another challenging 460 metres in 5.5k to hike, the beautiful forest and frequent Howe Sound views make it seem comparatively quick and easy.
It takes under two hours for the average hiker to reachand the views are fantastic. Not only because of the incredible vantage point over Howe Sound, but the abruptness of . The cliffs below you are frighteningly vertical, making the views fantastically majestic. Also the sheer drop off makes Howe Sound and the speck sized boats seem so surreal. The third and possibly the best feature of the hike is the intricately huge and varied terrain on the summit. You stand and marvel at one viewpoint, then moments later your friend appears at an extraordinarily improbable, and worryingly dangerous rock outcrop a few dozen metres away.