Start / End location:
Downtown Vancouver, BC
Day 1 at 8:00am
Drop off Time:
Day 6 – End of Day
Stawamus Chief Trail, 8km round-trip
Cheakamus Lake to Garibaldi Lake Traverse, 53km linear trail
Stawamus Chief Trail, 600m
Cheakamus Lake to Garibaldi Lake Traverse, 890m
Although we cater to all fitness levels, this specific tour is for moderate-high fit people due to terrain conditions. All adventurers will carry their own backpack including; clothing, food, water, camping- and cooking equipment.
There will be steep climbs, hiking on boulders as well as loose rock. We always offer options, but to get the most out of your adventure and for the most rewarding views, reaching the top’s of ridges and dormant volcano’s is recommended.
Food: All meals will be included for the duration of the adventure, except breakfast on Day 1. It is recommended to eat breakfast before pick-up on Day 1. All meals for the duration of the trip will be distributed at the trailhead.
Accommodation: We will be sleeping in tents along the trail in a comfortable group-camping setting. We will teach you how to use our camping equipment like a pro.
Day 1: Stawamus Chief, 8km round-trip
Pick-Up Day! We will meet and greet each other in the morning at our meeting spot, downtown Vancouver and drive along the picturesque Sea-To-Sky highway to the famous Stawamus Chief, the 2nd largest freestanding rock in the world. Before we make our way up to the top of the Stawamus Chief we will stop for lunch and admire Shannon Falls in all its glory – Canada’s third highest waterfall! After eating a comforting meal around a warm fire we will close our eyes with the soothing tranquil sounds of a 50m wide creek at a lovely local campsite.
Day 2: Cheakamus Lake (Singing Pass Creek), 7km
Wake up slowly as the smell of coffee lingers above the campsite. Load up on fresh, healthy breakfast options before departing to the long anticipated Garibaldi Provincial Park.
We will set off on a minimal grade hike through lush old growth forests until we reach Cheakamus Lake, arriving just in time to enjoy a swim with stunning views of glaciers at the far side of the lake. Set up camp for the night and relax as the first stars begin to shine like diamonds in the sky.
Day 3: Helm Creek, 12km
Take one last memorable picture of the morning hue that illuminates the Cheakamus Lake area for it is time to saddle up today, as we will travel steadily uphill through a forest on an unexpected historical lava flow. While the track is properly maintained, the uphill section will take us most of the day so be prepared to take on the challenge. The trail becomes within earshot of Helm Creek, with glimpses of the creek from time to time as the grade of the trail eases into a wide upper valley where the forest begins to thin out to reveal Helm Creek Campground. Take your time to rest up or explore the area further to sneak a peak of the Black Tusk beaconing from across the meadow. Watch out for bears in this area particularly!
Day 4: Panorama Ridge & Garibaldi Lake, 14km
You know when they say, “what happens in Garibaldi stays in Garibaldi?” Well, this part of your story you can tell everyone. We give you the option today to wake up in the middle of the night and hike in the dark for three hours, with your headlamps on, to the top of Panorama Ridge to watch Mother Earth give birth to a new sun. Panorama Ridge is aptly named, for your views in all directions make the early morning trek a worthy effort. If you are looking to stand on top of the world, then this is your sublime moment. Once we have had our moment, we will make our way down the ridge and meet up with the rest of the group at Garibaldi Lake Campground. We encourage everyone to go for a Glacier Water Dip. Ever heard of the Glacial Facial? Your skin will feel incredibly soft after jumping in this ice-cold water due to the high content of rock flour in the water. Now, Let’s set up camp, eat a hearty meal and get chillin’! Man, what a day!
Day 5: Black Tusk, 11km
Time to tighten up your boots, because we are going to summit a volcano today!
To guarantee our batteries are fully recharged for the trail to come, we will enjoy the cosiness of our tents a little longer today, and when you’re ready, we’ll eat a warm breakfast together. We will leave our camp gear set up at Garibaldi Lake Campground as this trail is better accomplished equipped with a light backpack. The route follows alongside small valleys and meadows full of wildflowers radiating all colours of the rainbow, and eventually leading you out of the lush forest as you approach the talus that surrounds the awesome black pinnacle above. The real test to reach the crown of the tusk comes near the end of the linier path, as the only way up is a narrow chimney on loose volcanic rock. You will be given the option here to take on this challenge or to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery and watch the others struggling to get up 😉 Once we reach the tusk it’s finally time to; bask above the infinite colossal jagged mountain views that landscape our special coastal mountain region. Wherever you decide to have your moment, we will all nurture our bodies with wholesome food and savour the glory of our accomplishment.
Day 6: Return to Vancouver, 9km
Here you end your adventure…. After spending the last night at Garibaldi Lake we will wake up to enjoy a delicious meal before we pack up camp and start making our way down to get back to Vancouver. We will drop off everyone back in downtown Vancouver.