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!
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