Joffre Lakes Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."