Mount Garibaldi

Squamish, British Columbia

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The northernmost volcano included in this guide is British Columbia's Mount Garibaldi. Strictly speaking, Garibaldi is not part of the Cascade Range proper, but instead is part of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, as it lies well north of the Fraser River, the customary dividing line between the two ranges. However, in Fire and Ice, Stephen Harris noted that "Garibaldi and other volcanoes in the Coast Mountains may be structurally related (to the Cascade volcanoes) and represent a northern extension of the same geologic system." Garibaldi has three distinct summits: Garibaldi, the true summit, Dalton Dome (8,638 ft./2633m), a dome-like shoulder to the west, and Atwell Peak (8,596 ft./2620m), a pointed summit on the southwest (also known as Diamond Head). Its eastern flank is smothered by the Garibaldi Neve, a broad glacial sheet containing at least ten individually-named glaciers. The neve is a popular ski destination, particularly in spring, and provides open access to many climbing routes until late summer. Winter ski camping on the neve is common, but high winds are not uncommon, so most winter skiers and climbers wisely protect campsites by digging into the snow or constructing snow walls or igloos for shelter.
Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes

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Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

The northernmost volcano included in this guide is British Columbia's Mount Garibaldi. Strictly speaking, Garibaldi is not part of the Cascade Range proper, but instead is part of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, as it lies well north of the Fraser River, the customary dividing line between the two ranges. However, in Fire and Ice, Stephen Harris noted that "Garibaldi and other volcanoes in the Coast Mountains may be structurally related (to the Cascade volcanoes) and represent a northern extension of the same geologic system."

Garibaldi has three distinct summits: Garibaldi, the true summit, Dalton Dome (8,638 ft./2633m), a dome-like shoulder to the west, and Atwell Peak (8,596 ft./2620m), a pointed summit on the southwest (also known as Diamond Head). Its eastern flank is smothered by the Garibaldi Neve, a broad glacial sheet containing at least ten individually-named glaciers. The neve is a popular ski destination, particularly in spring, and provides open access to many climbing routes until late summer. Winter ski camping on the neve is common, but high winds are not uncommon, so most winter skiers and climbers wisely protect campsites by digging into the snow or constructing snow walls or igloos for shelter.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Squamish
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Times vary by chosen route
Local Contacts: BC Forest Service, Squamish Forest District and Garibaldi / Sunshine Coast District
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Garibaldi

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