Joffre Lakes

Pemberton, British Columbia

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If you are staying at Whistler during the summer, assign a clear day to the hike to Upper Joffre Lake at the foot of the Matier glacier. The 5-km (3-mile) trail is more challenging than the statistics suggest, with much talus to negotiate and repeated crossings of Joffre Creek in its tempestuous fall from the icefields, but three turquoise lakes and a close-up view of the glacier more than make up for the hazards of getting there. Boots are essential and a walking stick is a help. You will appreciate binoculars, too, for examining the ice formations. The first of the three lakes on your route is reached in a few minutes. Follow the Joffre Alpine Trail through the woods to the marshy outlet of Lower Joffre Lake. As you tread the boardwalks, look up to the left for a sight of the glacier, backed by Mount Matier and Joffre Peak. After crossing the creek, the trail climbs gently on the west side of the lake. Glimpses of the sparkling green water are left behind as you veer away from the creek and rise higher up the side of the valley on a rocky, rooty path.

Joffre Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"If you are staying at Whistler during the summer, assign a clear day to the hike to Upper Joffre Lake at the foot of the Matier glacier. The 5-km (3-mile) trail is more challenging than the statistics suggest, with much talus to negotiate and repeated crossings of Joffre Creek in its tempestuous fall from the icefields, but three turquoise lakes and a close-up view of the glacier more than make up for the hazards of getting there. Boots are essential and a walking stick is a help. You will appreciate binoculars, too, for examining the ice formations.

The first of the three lakes on your route is reached in a few minutes. Follow the Joffre Alpine Trail through the woods to the marshy outlet of Lower Joffre Lake. As you tread the boardwalks, look up to the left for a sight of the glacier, backed by Mount Matier and Joffre Peak. After crossing the creek, the trail climbs gently on the west side of the lake. Glimpses of the sparkling green water are left behind as you veer away from the creek and rise higher up the side of the valley on a rocky, rooty path."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pemberton
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Allow 6 hours
Season: Best July to October
Driving Directions: Directions to Joffre Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/2010
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This hike deserves 5 stars for beauty with the 3 lakes and the glacier hanging over the upper lake. It also deserves 5 stars for boulders, roots and rocks. Don't expect to make good time. It is tough going but well worth it at the top. Excellent camping sites at the upper lake.


9/8/2008
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Did this on a warm clear day in September. The view up from each of the lakes was stunning and drew us up to the top. It is not as easy as it sounds but worth every step to get to the top.


8/13/2008
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Did this trail in May 2007. There was More snow than I had anticipated but after trudging through 3Ft. snow in a Rain/Sleet/Snowstorm the upper lake and the Matier Glacier were spectacular! Definitely worth the Hike. One word of caution, The trail to the upper lake is not well travelled that time of year and is difficult to see the markings.



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