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“Best Hike in B.C.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Black Tusk Trail

Black Tusk Trail
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
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Ranked #12 of 35 Attractions in Whistler
Type: Cross-country Ski Areas
Activities: Cross-country skiing, Snow-shoeing
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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.
Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Best Hike in B.C.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 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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Surrey, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
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“Inspiring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Every avid hiker needs to hike this inactive volcanic core. Amazing view from the top.

Visited June 2012
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“some variety with a rewarding goal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Although the beginning is long/boring through the woods, then in the meadows the beauty reveals, and either at the top of the tusk or by the lakes...The magic is there

Visited February 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Absolute stunner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

If you have the time and the stamina, this is the most spectacular hike in BC, as far as I know. Being a geologist, reaching the raw, fresh volcanic peak was a particularly exciting goal, but to stand atop this unique formation and gaze at the view is unmatched!

Visited August 2011
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“Oh my Goodness! Almost died there - I am a beginner ;)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

Hi everyone,

This is a very beautiful trail and absolutely a must if you are intermediate and up + healthy individual.

Me and my classmate had knee problem and therefore suffered a real pain when were on our way down. Otherwise, it is a really good trail, beautiful scenery, lot's of other hikers, there are also areas to camp, maps on the roads etc.

Pretty convenient - but again - this is not for absolute beginners like myself.

Enjoy!

Visited October 2011
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