Location: Garibaldi Provincial Park, BC, Canada
Hike Quality (1-5): 5
Hike Difficulty (1-5): 4
Round Trip Distance: 22 km
Max Elevation: 1590 m
Elevation Gain: 600 m
There are excellent signs directing you to the Elfin Lakes/Diamond Head trailhead parking. From the Sea to Sky Highway follow the signs to "Garibaldi Park Diamond Head." You will want to turn onto Mamquam Road at the Canadian Tire store in Squamish(left if coming from Whistler, right if coming from Vancouver). Continue following the signs for 16k as they go up a gravel road ending at the parking lot at the trailhead. This road is potentially dangerous to drive in the winter months if you don't have proper tire chains. Even though the road is plowed occasionally it is usually hard packed with snow.
Follow the wide road like trail from the parking lot until you reach the Red Heather hut at the 5km mark. From there you will follow the orange pole markers that indicate the winter route. This trail slowly climbs until you reach the top of the ridge, where you may even be able to see the hut at the high point. Then you slowly descend a little as you make your way to the hut.
Date: June 2, 2017
Start Time: 5:00pm
Total Time: 48 hours
Participants: Patrick Latter, Paige Sorger
Elfin Lakes trail is an incredibly beautiful moderate hike that includes the option of staying overnight in a heated hut.