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)."