A Forest Trail In BC Will Take You To An Emerald Glacier Lake Surrounded By 4 Mountains
It's tough but rewarding!
Get ready to be stunned by yet another phenomenal oasis hiding in the mountains. This secret glacial lake near Whistler, B.C. is a must-see for all nature lovers. If you're ready to get outside and check someof your summer bucket list, you're going to absolutely love this.
Wedgemount Lake is in the heart of the Garibaldi Provincial Park. The drive from downtown Vancouver to the trailhead parking lot will be just under two hours.
If you've set up shop in Whistler for the weekend, then you're just a mere twenty minutes away from the trailhead.*
You can access the trailhead at the Wedgemount Lake parking lot. There are clear signs directing you to the trail.
The trail itself is about 12-kilometres and will take around seven hours, according to Vancouver Trails. There's also an elevation gain about 1160 meters within seven kilometres so it's quite the climb. As you can tell, this is no walk in the park.
Outdoor Vancouver says that this climb is "one of the most difficult" trails in Southwest B.C.
The trail is not recommended for beginner hikers. This adventure is geared towards more experienced hikers, so be sure to do your research before you embark upon your journey. It's also important to educate yourself on the proper gear for your overnight or day trip.*
In fact, Outdoor Vancouver has an entire checklist just for that reason.
You're advised to carry both warm layers and hiking poles for the journey.
The trail will be taking you alongside serene creeks andthe whole way through. It'll definitely be a trail to remember and not just for the epic sights that await you at the end.
You only have to check out the photos to fall in love with this beauty.
Wedgemount Lake is absolutely spectacular. It's surrounded by Wedge Mountain, Parkhurst Mountain, Rethel Mountain, and Mount Weart.
Beyond the lake, you'll also be able to admire the Wedgemount Glacier. If you want to see it up close, you can trek for another 15 to 20 minutes and soak in the views.
The lakeside has a composting outhouse, a food cache, and ten wooden tent pads scattered around the hut.
If you want to stay, be sure to plan ahead. Camping reservations are required. Once you get that done, nothing can stop you from taking in the views to your heart's content.*
Just imaging setting up camp and waking up in the morning to this place. The crystal-clearalone make this trip so rewarding.
Plus, the imposing mountains make this surreal place look like something out of a travel magazine.
B.C. has no shortage of otherworldlybut this one will undoubtedly claim its place as one of your favourites.
So pack your bags and get ready for a hike of a lifetime.
Address: Garibaldi Provincial Park, BC
Why You Need To Go: Feast your eyes on one of the most stunning glacier-fed lakes in B.C.
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