Elfin Lakes

Squamish, British Columbia

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The trip to Elfin Lakes and Diamond Head Lodge is probably Garibaldi Provincial Park’s second most popular hike, after Garibaldi Lake. There are beautiful summer meadows with flowers galore, contrasting with the wild glaciers spilling off the east side of Mount Garibaldi. The volcanic landscape flowing east leads to Mamquam Mountain, another riotously glaciated peak. Although the lodge has not provided accommodation for many years, you may still stay overnight in the Elfin Lakes Shelter or in the campground if you wish to spend more than one day in this scenic area. There are then easy trips for those who wish to explore farther: a track continues to The Saddle, lying between The Gargoyles and Columnar Peak, or still farther to Little Diamond Head at the end of Alice Ridge.

Elfin Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"The trip to Elfin Lakes and Diamond Head Lodge is probably Garibaldi Provincial Park’s second most popular hike, after Garibaldi Lake. There are beautiful summer meadows with flowers galore, contrasting with the wild glaciers spilling off the east side of Mount Garibaldi. The volcanic landscape flowing east leads to Mamquam Mountain, another riotously glaciated peak.

Although the lodge has not provided accommodation for many years, you may still stay overnight in the Elfin Lakes Shelter or in the campground if you wish to spend more than one day in this scenic area. There are then easy trips for those who wish to explore farther: a track continues to The Saddle, lying between The Gargoyles and Columnar Peak, or still farther to Little Diamond Head at the end of Alice Ridge."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Squamish
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 2,030 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6.5 hours
Season: Best July to October
Local Contacts: Garibaldi Provincial Park
Local Maps: 92G/14 Cheakamus River; 92G/15 Mamquam Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Elfin Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

8/11/2009
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This hike lives up to it's reputation as a must-do hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The trail is well maintained and affords even the casual hiker an opportunity to experience pristine flowered meadows and the surrounding glaciated peaks. Once you reach Paul Ridge, the trail levels and affords sweeping views of the Mount Garibaldi massif and Mt. Mamquam. The two small alpine lakes against the backdrop of Mt Garibaldi, and it's satellites of Columnar Peak, The Gargoyles, Diamond Head, Atwell Peak and Opal Cone made for an idyllic spot for lunch. Unfortunately, the weather started to close in soon after lunch and we headed back sooner than we had hoped.


11/13/2007
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It's a very nice trail once when you arrive the elfin lakes and hike up to Gargoyles Does any body know the detail route to little diamond head during the summer as well the winter time. It will be highly appreciated. Mike Huang



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May 2018