Elfin Lakes is AmazingElfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park is an absolutely phenomenal, though long, hiking, biking, snowshoeing and skiing trail that begins at the Diamond Head area in Squamish.  From Whistler Village, the trailhead is just over an hours drive away, located near the south end of Garibaldi ParkGaribaldi Provincial Park is the massive wilderness park of nearly two thousand square kilometres that stretches from Squamish to Pemberton.

  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProTrail has almost constant views
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProDeep, mostly untouched wilderness
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProSunsets are spectacular
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProThe hut is amazing, heated & huge
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProImpossibly idyllic, snowy forest
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProLots of terrain beyond the lakes
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProWarming hut with fireplace at 5k!
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProThe hut is a warm oasis in paradise
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ProHard to beat winter wonderland!
  • Squamish Hiking Trails ConGaribaldi Park is not dog friendly

Whistler Snowshoeing

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If you are driving the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, Garibaldi Park will be the vast wilderness of snow-capped mountains on your right.  The Elfin Lakes trail is very well marked and maintained and leads to the wonderful, Elfin Lakes hut.  This amazing hut sleeps 33 and is solar powered and propane heated.  There is a charge of $15/person(payable online) to stay the night there which is a small price to pay for the beautiful comfort after the long, 11 kilometre snowshoe or hike to get there.  This area is very popular with skiers as well as snowshoers in the winter and deep snow covers the trail usually from November to June.  The trail to Elfin Lakes starts out ascending through deep forest, reaching the Red Heather hut after 5 kilometres.  This is a small warming hut equipped with a wood stove complete with a stack of wood free to use, though sleeping here is for emergencies only.  The final 6k from this hut to Elfin Lakes takes you along a beautiful ridge with amazing views of snowy mountains all around.  The sheer distance of this snowshoeing trail ranks it as difficult, though overall you will just be doing a moderately steady ascending trail. Expect to take four hours to reach the Elfin Lakes hut as you are almost constantly ascending a gradual, though consistently uphill trail.

Leaving Elfin Lakes at Sunset

Expect to take four hours to reach the Elfin Lakes Hut as you are almost constantly ascending a gradual, though consistently uphill trail.  There are several jaw-dropping views along this final 6k stretch.  This trail is so well marked with orange poles and tree markers that you can reliably find your way after dark or before sunrise with good lights to assist you.  You often see, with some shock, skiers trudging up the trail, not far from the trailhead after the sun has set.  Making their way to the Elfin Lakes hut in the dead of night seems to be a pastime of quite a few local skiers and boarders.  As this trail is within Garibaldi Park, dogs are not allowed.  This is a courtesy to all the animals that inhabit the park and the potential disturbance that dogs my introduce to their environment.  BC Parks staff can issue fines for dogs in the park.  Though it is rare, it does happen as Elfin Lakes is regularly staffed with rangers and even has a separate ranger station near the Elfin Lakes hut.  Getting to the trailhead can be difficult during periods of heavy snow.  The gravel road runs deep and high into the mountains to the trailhead parking lot.  You should be prepared with tire chains and may have to walk from the lower parking lot below the main, usually deep with snow trailhead parking lot.

The Elfin Lakes Trail

Elfin Lakes Trail is Moderately ChallengingDriving to the Elfin Lakes trailhead is quite fun as you emerge from the tacky strip mall along the Sea to Sky Highway and quickly ascend into the wilderness.  If you are driving south from Whistler you turn left after Canadian Tire onto Mamquam Road and continue past the golf course on your right and then through Quest University.  Not long after you pass the university the road narrows and turns from pavement to gravel.  In the winter months you have to be prepared for snow on the road and several signs will indicate chains must be carried.  You may be able to drive to the trailhead, then return from your hike a day or two later to a metre of snow on the access road.  You will get little sympathy from road crews if you find yourself stranded due to poor planning.  There is another parking lot before the main parking lot at the trailhead.  It is located before the last steep and if snow covered, potentially dangerous final section of road.  If you are worried about driving on steep, snowy sections of road, be sure to park at this lower area.

The Elfin Lakes Trailhead and Parking

Mamquam Road becomes Garibaldi Park Road as you continue ascending ever steeper to the trailhead parking area.  At the parking area you will find a nice information board and an outhouse.  Parking is free at all BC Parks, however there is a charge for overnight parking in Garibaldi Provincial Park.  Fees Per Night: $10 Adult - $5 Kids(6-15)  Campsite fees must be paid online in advance at the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park reservations page. The 11 kilometre(7 mile) hike to Eflin Lakes is a constant and steady ascent that begins with several switchbacks.  The sign at the trailhead shows the distances to the Red Heather Shelter(5k), Elfin Lakes(11k) and Mamquam Lake(22k).  The trail to Elfin Lakes is only moderately challenging, however the long distance makes it quite challenging if you are carrying a heavy pack or bringing kids along.  The fact that there is a shelter after only 5 kilometres indicates that the 11k distance to the lakes is a bit of a journey.

 

Elfin Lakes Trail View of Squamish

Elfin Lakes Trail Relentless Ascent

The Red Heather Hut at 5kThe Red Heather Shelter at 5k is for some, a destination on its own.  An unexpectedly idyllic little hut that for much of the year is consumed by snow.  The roof is often a metre deep with snow and unable to slide off, builds up around the edges, making the hut often invisible from the side.  Getting in the front entrance usually requires an abruptly steep slope down to the door.  The back door has an adjacent window that glows a beautiful blue from the wall of icy snow that often buries the back door.  The Red Heather hut is a survival shelter/warming hut, that is not to be used as an overnight shelter, except of course when absolutely necessary.  On snow camping is allowed in the vicinity of the Red Heather hut in the winter months.  On first glance this may seem like a poor substitute to Eflin Lakes, however, the short hike is quick and easy.  And you will be under a magnificent starry sky surrounded by idyllic mountains.  If the weather is particularly bad, camping here may be a nice idea.  Most push on to the ever more scenic trail that quickly ascends to Paul Ridge.  On cold and snowy days, the wonderful wood stove and stack of wood outside makes it a very enticing pit-stop on the way to Elfin Lakes.  Two sturdy picnic tables and a sink, propane stove top burner and large pot make the shelter an effective place to picnic and warm up.  The walls are lined with clothing hooks indicating that this shelter sees a lot of traffic.  For the most part however, you will find the hut deserted.  Occasionally in the evening you will find a couple drinking wine by the fire, enjoying this rustic paradise.  If you are lucky enough to be here on a clear night, the stars will shine like diamonds this far from the bright lights of civilisation.

The Elfin Lakes Red Heather Warming Hut

The Elfin Lakes Red Heather Warming Hut

The Elfin Lakes Red Heather Warming Hut

If you can pull yourself away from the luxurious warmth of the Red Heather Hut you will find the trail quickly becomes more challenging.  Increasingly steep sections lead to some downhill parts.  All the while following the easily visible orange poles that mark the winter snowshoe route.  The poles are frequent and have reflectors on them making them visible at night if you have a light.  If you are motivating and competent hiking after dark, the Elfin Lakes trail is pretty easy to follow.  If you are not well prepared, however, you may easily stray from the trail and get dangerously lost.  From the trailhead to the Red Heather hut is hard to stray from, even after dark, however, the Red Heather hut to the Elfin Lakes hut is well marked, but tricky to follow at night.  If you don't know what you are doing, you can easily lose the trail and get into big trouble.

Leaving the Red Heather Hut

The Elfin Lakes Trail

The section of trail from the Red Heather hut to Elfin Lakes is considerably more scenic than the first 5 kilometres of the trail.  Much of the route is along Paul Ridge which gives you sweeping views both left and right of endless snowy mountains.  If you hike it during a full moon, the mountains light up all around you in a surreal world trapped between day and night.  The serenity and vastness of this part of the world are magnificent.  Eventually after a long and sensationally beautiful 11 kilometres, the Elfin Lakes hut comes into view.  Just like the Red Heather hut, almost entirely buried in snow much of the year, you have to slide down an icy slope to reach the front door.  Once inside the warmth hits you.  A large furnace blasts out heat and after your eyes adjust to the inky darkness, you can't help but be surprised how huge the hut is inside.  From the outside, buried in snow it looks tiny.  On the inside you find two floors complete with kitchen, lots of seating areas and tables... and bunk beds to accommodate 33 people!

The Elfin Lakes Trail

The Elfin Lakes Trail

The Elfin Lakes Trail

The Elfin Lakes Hut

History of Elfin Lakes

History of Elfin Lakes

Elfin Lakes has been a popular destination for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing for almost a century.  In the 1930's Ottar and Emil Brandvold immigrated to Canada from Norway.  Hearing of the wilderness paradise in the Garibaldi region they combed the area for a suitable location to build an alpine lodge.  Joined by Ottar's future wife, Joan Mathews of West Vancouver, they decided on Diamond Head, next to the two small lakes to build their dream lodge.  Emil, Ottar and Joan built Diamond Head Lodge by hand using the forest surrounding what would become known as Elfin Lakes.  The name Elfin Lakes is suspected to have come much later.  One record indicates the lakes were once called Crystal Lakes.  The earliest indication they were named Elfin Lakes comes from the pamphlet from the Diamond Head Lodge in 1978.  Since 1978 the lakes have been known as Elfin Lakes.  For thirty years, beginning in the late 1940's the Diamond Head Lodge hosted visitors from around the world.  Year-round visitors enjoyed the breathtaking scenery and rugged hospitality.  In 1958 the Diamond Head Lodge was bought by the Provincial Government and leased back to the Brandvold's.  The Brandvold's continued to operate the lodge until their retirement in 1972.  In 1973 the lodge was permanently closed and in 1974 the Elfin Lakes Hut was built to replace the deteriorating lodge.  In 2009 the crumbling remains of the Diamond Head Lodge were removed.  One corner of this beautiful and cherished building still remain as a tribute to the Brandvold's contribution to the history of this wonderful place.

Elfin Lake Hut History

Elfin Lake Hut History

The Elfin Lakes Hut

The Elfin Lakes HutThe Elfin Lakes campground is located in an incredibly beautiful area of distant, enormous, jagged mountains and beautiful rolling hills and valleys.  The two cute little lakes lay next to the amazing Elfin Lakes hut.  To snowshoe to this hut is quite something.  As you approach it in winter it looks quite small, buried as it invariably is in metres of snow.  The entrance is reached by descending a snow staircase.  Upon entering you feel an unexpected wave of heat as you realize the hut is heated.  There are also propane stoves and very unexpectedly, working lights.  The Elfin Lakes hut is solar powered.  Amazing.  Stairs lead up to a impressively large sleeping area which can accommodate 33 people.  A fact you would have never believed from your approach view outside.  Not only can it sleep 33, but it does so in style.  Beautifully organized, solid looking, wooden bunk beds built right into the structure make the hut look like some characteristically beautiful, European ski lodge.  What an great place Elfin Lakes is!  There are several outhouses next to the Elfin Lakes hut and plenty of beautiful spots in the area to put up a tent.  Even in the bitter cold of winter you will see a few tents a few hundred metres from the hut.  There is an amazing plateau near the hut that edges onto a sweeping view of the valley below.  This is just one of many million dollar view tent sites to be found in this year-round, mountain paradise.  Fees Per Night: $10 Adult - $5 Kids(6-15)  Campsite fees must be paid online in advance at the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park reservations page.

Elfin Lakes Hut Buried in Snow

Elfin Lakes Hut Buried in Snow

The Elfin Lakes Hut

The Elfin Lakes Hut

Elfin Lakes Hut Snow Buried Entrance

The Elfin Lakes Hut Upper Floor

The Elfin Lakes Hut Lower Floor

The Elfin Lakes Hut Lower Floor

Trailhead & Parking Directions

Uphill Gravel FSR Road - Whistler Hiking TrailsThe Diamond Head/Elfin Lakes trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park is located in Squamish near the southern end of the park.  Like the Cheakamus Lake trail, the Diamond Head/Elfin Lakes trail is bike friendly.  Considerably steeper and longer than the trail to Cheakamus Lake, however.  This trailhead is fairly popular year-round.  The well laid out 11 kilometre route to Elfin Lakes is well marked in the winter and popular with skiers and snowshoers.  The wonderful Elfin Lakes hut is a huge draw to this hike in the winter as it is heated and has solar power as well as room for 33 people!  Anytime of the year the alpine around Elfin Lakes is stunning.  You get amazingly dramatic mountain views in all directions and on a sunny day in the summer it is paradise.  The trailhead parking lot is high above Squamish up a long, rapidly ascending road.  So getting up there in the winter usually requires tire chains.  You may not need them, but you must have them to get to the trailhead.  You may get turned away if you don’t have chains with you.  Or worse, you may get up to the parking lot without chains, then get snowed in and unable to drive out.  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.

Camping & Bivouacking at Elfin Lakes

The Elfin Lakes Hut in Garibaldi Provincial ParkReservations for Camping BC Parks Garibaldi ParkDay hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park is free and parking at all the trailheads is free as well.  If you are camping overnight in Garibaldi Park you will have to pay a campsite fee.  There are ten official BC Parks campsites in Garibaldi Park with dedicated and very well designed tent pads, platforms or clearings at each.  They are all now reservable year-round, with the exception of the Red Heather campsite near Elfin Lakes which is only open for winter camping.  In 2018, for the first time you can legally register and pay to camp in the backcountry beyond the official campsites.  The areas you can wilderness camp is quite restricted in an effort to not overrun the park and maintain some control over the massive numbers of hikers in the park.  Backcountry Camping Permits for Garibaldi Park cost $10 per person, per night.  Children 6-16 years old pay $5 per person, per night and kids under 6 years old are free.  Staying at the Elfin Lakes hut costs a bit more at $15 per adult, per night and kids 6-15 pay $10 per person, per night.  Kids under 6 are free.  The Elfin Lakes hut fee includes your backcountry camping permit, so one adult staying in the Hut pays a total of $15.  Campsite fees must be paid online in advance at the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park reservations page.

Camping at Elfin Lakes is an amazingly beautiful experience.  The valley is huge with stunning mountain peaks all around.  The hiking/snowshoeing possibilities seem endless.  Year-round the Elfin Lakes hut has bunk beds for 33 people(11 double bunks and 12 single bunks).  The hut also has 4 huge picnic tables inside as well as 2 propane stove-top burners, a washing sink as well as a giant propane stove and solar powered lights.  Adjacent to the hut is a row of outhouses.  The campsite area at Elfin Lakes is quite large and well organized.  35 tent platforms dot the landscape and on a typical summer weekend, you will find most of them occupied!  In the winter months, these tent platforms with be hidden under metres of snow and you can put up a tent nearly anywhere you want.  There are various excellent spots overlooking the vast valley just a few dozen metres from the hut.  For those seeking solitude, there are endless tent site possibilities further away.  Hardcore winter campers often shovel out snow caves to sleep in.  Often you will find them in the slopes adjacent to the hut.  Pretty amazing and surprisingly comfortable.  In 2015, the new campsite at Rampart Ponds was completed.  Just 1.5 kilometres before Mamquam Lake, this new campground replaces the old one at Mamquam Lake that was closed recently.  It is located 10 kilometres from Elfin Lakes on the trail to Mamquam Lake.  The new campground has 12 tent platforms, an outhouse and food storage facilities.

A Quinzee(snow cave shelter) Outside the Hut

A Quinzee(snow cave shelter) Outside the Hut

Elfin Lakes Tent

Elfin Lakes Tent

Elfin Lakes Tent

Wilderness Camping Guidelines for Garibaldi Park

Wilderness Camping & Bivouacking in Garibaldi Provincial ParkAll overnight visits to Garibaldi Park require reservations beforehand.  In the past camping was allowed only in the designated BC Parks campsites.  New in 2018, for the first time you can camp in the vast wilderness beyond the campgrounds.  There are several eligibility requirements you must adhere to.  Your camp must be at least 2 kilometres from any established trail or campground and your group size must be 10 or less.  Your camp must be at least 30 metres from water sources such as a lake, stream or wetland.  You and your companions must be experienced wilderness hikers proficient in route finding and preparation.  It is stated on the Garibaldi Provincial Park BC Parks site that you should be an experienced mountaineer, climber, ski tourer or possess advanced wilderness skills.  You must be committed to the “Leave No Trace” ethos of camping and hiking.  In addition to this there is an overall wilderness camping zone that denotes permissible zones that you can camp in the wilderness.  Consult the Wilderness Camping Map which denotes prohibited camping zones such as the Diamond Head area and approach, Columnar Peak, the Gargoyles, Opal Cone, and Mamquam Lake.  Much of the area around Garibaldi LakeBlack TuskPanorama Ridge and Mount Price.  Cheakamus Lake has a sensitive wetland habitat at the east end of the lake where Cheakamus River flows into the lake.  There is a wonderful and very inviting plateau of land above Wedgemount Lake close to the end of the lake where the pours out via Wedgemount Falls.  Near Russet Lake where the north-south running UTM 511E forms the boundary for both the south and north sections of the Spearhead Traverse. Wilderness camping is prohibited west of this line. In the south, this line roughly dissects The Fissile and Overlord Glacier east of Russet Lake campground.  In the North, UTM 511E dissects the Decker glacier. Wilderness camping reservations/fees cost the same as for the campgrounds.  Fees Per Night: $10 Adult - $5 Kids(6-15).  Campsite fees must be paid online in advance at the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park reservations page.

Facilities at Elfin Lakes

The Elfin Lakes hut has bunk beds for 33 people(11 double bunks and 12 single bunks).  The hut also has 4 huge picnic tables inside as well as 2 propane stove-top burners, a washing sink as well as a giant propane stove and solar powered lights.  Adjacent to the hut is a row of outhouses.  The campsite area at Elfin Lakes is quite large and well organized.  35 tent platforms dot the landscape and on a typical summer weekend, you will find most of them occupied!  In the winter months, these tent platforms with be hidden under metres of snow and you can put up a tent nearly anywhere you want.  There are various excellent spots overlooking the vast valley just a few dozen metres from the hut.  For those seeking solitude, there are endless tent site possibilities further away. Fees Per Night: $10 Adult - $5 Kids(6-15)  Campsite fees must be paid online in advance at the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park reservations page.  Day hiking is free and there is no charge for parking.  There are several outhouses(pit toilets) at Elfin Lakes as well as at the Red Heather hut 5k into the trail.  There are plenty of fresh water sources on the trail as well as at Elfin Lakes.  The lower lake is reserved for drinking water and the upper lake is for swimming.  Cell phone reception is usually good along the trail and at Elfin Lakes.

Leaving the Elfin Lakes Hut

Restrictions at Elfin Lakes

Fires Prohibited - Whistler Hiking TrailsNo Motorized VehiclesGaribaldi Provincial Park is not dog friendly.  This is mainly out of respect for the wildlife that frequent the area.  There are several great place to hike with your dog in and around Whistler.  Parkhurst Ghost Town, Whistler Train Wreck, the Sea to Sky Trail, Cheakamus River, Logger’s Lake, Ring and Conflict Lake, Mount Sproatt, Brandywine Meadows and Brew Lake are all dog friendly hiking trails.  Bikes are allowed on the main trail from the parking lot to Elfin Lakes only.  There are no garbage facilities at Elfin Lake and you must pack out what you pack in.  Open fires are prohibited in the park and camp stoves should be used for all cooking.  All motorized vehicles are not permitted in the park, including motorcycles, ATV's and snowmobiles.

Snowshoeing From Elfin Lakes at Sunset

Wildlife at Elfin Lakes

WildlifeThere are frequent animal sightings on the trail and beyond Elfin Lakes.  Black bears, marmots, mountain goats and deer roam Garibaldi Park, though only occasionally seen.  Bald eagles and ptarmigans are sometimes spotted on the trail to Elfin Lakes.  Of the many animals you will encounter in the park, black bears are the ones you must be most aware of.  Fortunately there are food storage facilities at Elfin Lakes as well as at Rampart Ponds.  Always remember when encountering bears, calmly back away and wait for them to leave the trail.  Don't approach bears and do your best to not surprise them.  Though black bears are potentially dangerous, there has never been an unprovoked bear attack in Garibaldi Provincial Park or Whistler.

Snowshoeing From Elfin Lakes at Sunset

More Whistler Area Snowshoe Trails

There are several more excellent snowshoe trails a few minutes up the Sea to Sky Highway towards Whistler.  At the lights to Function Junction, the southern end of Whistler you have two of the best easy to moderate snowshoe trails Whistler has to offer.  If you turn right at the lights, drive a couple hundred metres and look for the area on your left cleared of snow for parking you will see a street sign for Cheakamus Lake Road.  During normal winter months you will find this road buried in snow from December to April.  This is the place to park to snowshoe Cheakamus River along one side, then across a suspension bridge and back along the other side of this beautiful river.  As will the other snowshoe trails in Whistler, if it hasn't snowed in the last few days, you will probably manage without snowshoes.  Take a look here for more info, directions and a trail map for the Cheakamus River, 4 kilometre roundrip snowshoe trail.  Just across the neighbourhood of Cheakamus Crossing you will find the Sea to Sky Trail and the trail to Whistler Train Wreck.  This is definitely one of the most scenic, amazing and unusual snowshoe or hiking trails you will find in Whistler. There are 7, surreal train wrecks painted in wonderful graffiti that stretch for about 2 kilometres here, and each one a beautiful little world to explore.  More information, details, directions and maps for Whistler Train Wreck hiking/snowshoeing trail click here.

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