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“Do the hike!”
Review of Black Tusk Trail

Black Tusk Trail
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Owner description: Ski or snowshoe your way down this trail to Black Tusk Meadows, where you'll find some of the most beautiful scenery around.
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Do the hike!”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

Such a scenic hike, I recommend you camp and split the hike over 2 days. Garibaldi lake is also beautiful, go for a swim to cool off. The hike to the very top of Black tusk gets quite steep and rocky but the trails leading to there are well marked and maintained.

Visited September 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“fascinating view”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

if you go to Whistler during summer, you can climb up to 2000 m and watch this great black tusk view or you can swim in the lakes while watching the magnificent mountains.

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wow! Stunning! And a tough hike!”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Hiked to top of Black Tusk and back on Aug 10 with a bunch of great friends from Adventure Five-0 (http://adventurefive-0.com). 10.5 hours round trip. Perfect blue sky day, just awe inspiring. I was spent (hey I'm 62!) by the time I got to the final ascent to the Tusk, but once I saw it, I had to do it. It is an incredible site...dramatic and inspiring. Then once you are at the top, it is even better. It was the best, and hardest, one day hike I've ever taken, including ones on the Continental Divide in Colorado. Younger folks had a much easier time on the hike than me. Keep hydrated, it is a long day. And keep moving..the flies are relentless. The trails were incredibly dry and dusty. I've never seen BC mountain trails that dry. Would I do it again? Nope! Am I glad I did it? Absolutely!

Visited August 2013
8 Thank steve w
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Black Tusk & Garibaldi”
Reviewed 30 July 2013 via mobile

Walked this trail and around Garibaldi lake with friends and family in late July. Views breath taking, trail great and the lake was cool and clear

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Hike in B.C.”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

I hiked this trail with friends on September 3rd. It turned out to be an amazing time of year to try it. We have hiked to Garibaldi Lake before along the same trail in July and have found it completely covered in snow. There was no snow this time though, the hike up to Black Tusk was perfect, clear blue skies, amazing views and enough variety to keep everyone interested. The trail starts out on switchbacks through a dense forest but opens up into a spectacular alpine meadow covered in wildflowers and criss-crossed with glacier streams. When you begin to hike above the treeline you get an incredible view of Garibaldi Lake.

The final climb to Black Tusk is quite challenging, you end up scrambling up piles of loose volcanic rock to a ridge. We stopped on the ridge and ate lunch with one of the best views in B.C. in the foreground. Our group decided against climbing the actual volcanic core though. It looked pretty dangerous but we did witness at least 15 people making the climb with no ropes or climbing gear! Risky....This 30km round trip hike is not easy, pack lots of food and water and come well prepared!

Visited September 2012
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