Joffre Lakes

Mount Currie, British Columbia

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With three beautiful lakes en route, each lovelier than the last, and with a spectacular glacier for your destination, this hike has something for almost everyone. It is not surprising that this area has been protected as a provincial park. There is paved road access to the trailhead. This, and the easy altitude gain on the road, make the Duffey Lake area especially attractive to hikers in summer and backcountry skiers in winter. It is also why developers would love to make this area into a winter Disneyland. Experience it for yourself and decide what you think is right. A large-scale map at the trailhead provides information about the trail, which heads off into the trees, forking right just before the first lake on the Joffre Alpine Trail. Almost right away you have a spectacular view of the glacier from across the beautiful lake as you follow the trail over the marshy ground. Next comes the crossing of the outlet, Joffre Creek, after which you start to rise, following the west side of the lake and then the creek, the sound of rushing water in your ears. Next you drop a little to a rock slide, followed by a steep stretch before you cross the creek once more just before the second lovely body of water, Middle Joffre Lake, at elevation 1540 m (5050 ft).

Joffre Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"With three beautiful lakes en route, each lovelier than the last, and with a spectacular glacier for your destination, this hike has something for almost everyone. It is not surprising that this area has been protected as a provincial park. There is paved road access to the trailhead. This, and the easy altitude gain on the road, make the Duffey Lake area especially attractive to hikers in summer and backcountry skiers in winter. It is also why developers would love to make this area into a winter Disneyland. Experience it for yourself and decide what you think is right.

A large-scale map at the trailhead provides information about the trail, which heads off into the trees, forking right just before the first lake on the Joffre Alpine Trail. Almost right away you have a spectacular view of the glacier from across the beautiful lake as you follow the trail over the marshy ground. Next comes the crossing of the outlet, Joffre Creek, after which you start to rise, following the west side of the lake and then the creek, the sound of rushing water in your ears. Next you drop a little to a rock slide, followed by a steep stretch before you cross the creek once more just before the second lovely body of water, Middle Joffre Lake, at elevation 1540 m (5050 ft)."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Currie
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best July to October
Local Contacts: Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Local Maps: 92J/08 Duffey Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Joffre Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

8/22/2006
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Took three 12 year olds up for a couple of night August 18, 2006. Trail head very easy to get to and well marked. Trail was the toughest I have brought them on but they did't complain at all. (the fact that 40 other people ranging from 8-80yrs might have played a factor). Took us three hours to get up which included a stop at middle lake for a swim (very cold). Trip down took 1hr45min. Scenes were breathtaking with crystal clear waters, high mountain peaks, bright white glacier, waterfalls and flowers. We stayed two nights which gave the boys a full day to explore, climb up to the waterfalls, and jump off the cliffs into the galcier waters (the first thing they mention when asked how was the weekend). Friday night only 4 tents, Saturday night was packed. Never felt too crowded. We will be back and next time will take the trail around the back to the glaciers.


8/1/2006
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Very good hike. Trail is well marked. The upper lake and the view of the Glaciers is well worth the effort beyond the middle lake



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