Elfin Lakes

4 reviews #3 hike out of 53 in
12.2 mi
Distance
6 hrs 31 min
Time
terrain
2,028 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate out and back trail to Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Once you've made it up and out of woods and gained the ridge you'll have wonderful uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains. If going in the summer be prepared for full sun exposure for a few hours, ie, bring a couple of liters of water at least. This is also an area with considerable bear activity, so plan accordingly. The trail itself is very moderate, this is strictly hiking, with no scrambles or climbing to speak of.

This trail goes by Brandvold Falls, Red Heather Shelter, Elfin Lakes, Elfin Lakes Shelter, and Elfin Lakes Camp Site.

Getting Started

Parking is good, and the trailhead is obvious.

Taking Children

For a long hike this is unusually good for children 9 out of 10, as the difficulty is quite low, it's simply a function of distance. If you have kids that can handle the kilometers, then there is no reason to not bring them along.



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e.skierszkan 1 year, 2 months ago
Winter
Elfin Hut Winter Route. (Winter) 2018: Marked in winter with orange plastic wands The ski trip into Elfin Shelter is probably the most frequent day trip in the Vancouver day trip area. The winter route is different than the summer route to avoid theoretical avalanche danger. The main difference is that the winter route goes along the crest of the ridge and on the south side of Round Mountain, whereas the road is on the north. The reason they do this is to avoid having to cross theoretical avalanche slopes on the north side of Round Mountain. I have never seen an avalanche on these slopes in 30 years, and in fact they are the destination for most yo-yo skiers. The winter route is marked by vertical plastic wands about 4 meters high that are stuck in the snow. There are also a few large orange reflective markers on trees. The winter route is more time consuming than the summer route because it goes higher, and does more up and down. So in early snow season (Oct-Nov) many people still use the quicker road route. But once the snow gets deep, the winter route is usually the only broken trail, and so is the most practical even if there was zero avalanche danger. The distance of the winter route one way is 10.1 km in winter.
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e.skierszkan 1 year, 2 months ago
Summer
Elfin Lakes Trail. (Summer) 2015: Excellent trail. In summer, can be ridden on mountain bike for 11km. In winter, orange wands mark the whole route, usually the trail is broken. Gentle skiing. There are 3 few variations on this trail. Which one you take will depend on your mode of transportation. The mountain bike trail follows an old jeep road as far as the Elfin Lakes Shelter (Bikes are not allowed beyond this point) The hiking trail goes through the forest, generally parallel to the mountain bike route. Finally, a ski trail follows the first part of the old jeep road (shared with mountain bike trail), but then goes along the ridge crest to avoid avalanche terrain. The ski trail is marked with orange wands in winter that are maintained by the park rangers. The current track follows the old road. See also Elfin Hut Winter route.
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e.skierszkan 1 year, 2 months ago
Summer
Elfin Lakes Trail. (Summer) 2015: Excellent trail. In summer, can be ridden on mountain bike for 11km. In winter, orange wands mark the whole route, usually the trail is broken. Gentle skiing. There are 3 few variations on this trail. Which one you take will depend on your mode of transportation. The mountain bike trail follows an old jeep road as far as the Elfin Lakes Shelter (Bikes are not allowed beyond this point) The hiking trail goes through the forest, generally parallel to the mountain bike route. Finally, a ski trail follows the first part of the old jeep road (shared with mountain bike trail), but then goes along the ridge crest to avoid avalanche terrain. The ski trail is marked with orange wands in winter that are maintained by the park rangers. The current track follows the old road. See also Elfin Hut Winter route.
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