Black Tusk

Whistler, British Columbia

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Black Tusk is such a visible and identifiable summit from so many locations in southwestern British Columbia that it is on the tick list of a large percentage of the area’s hikers. The view from the top spreads the park before you: with Helm Lake and the Cinder Flats almost at your feet and the glistening summits of the Fitzsimmons Range farther off beyond Cheakamus Lake, with the matchless Garibaldi Lake and its ring of peaks and glaciers to the south, and with the mountains of the Tantalus Range away beyond the Squamish Valley in the southwest. This is a trip that may be done in one long day from the Rubble Creek parking lot but is much more enjoyable if undertaken from the campgrounds at Taylor Meadows or Garibaldi Lake. The description here is from Taylor Meadows. The main test of the outing comes at the end, since the only way up the last stretch to the crown of the Tusk is by a narrow chimney involving a climb of about 100 m (330 ft). Thus, only properly equipped and experienced parties should attempt it.

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"Black Tusk is such a visible and identifiable summit from so many locations in southwestern British Columbia that it is on the tick list of a large percentage of the area’s hikers. The view from the top spreads the park before you: with Helm Lake and the Cinder Flats almost at your feet and the glistening summits of the Fitzsimmons Range farther off beyond Cheakamus Lake, with the matchless Garibaldi Lake and its ring of peaks and glaciers to the south, and with the mountains of the Tantalus Range away beyond the Squamish Valley in the southwest.

This is a trip that may be done in one long day from the Rubble Creek parking lot but is much more enjoyable if undertaken from the campgrounds at Taylor Meadows or Garibaldi Lake. The description here is from Taylor Meadows. The main test of the outing comes at the end, since the only way up the last stretch to the crown of the Tusk is by a narrow chimney involving a climb of about 100 m (330 ft). Thus, only properly equipped and experienced parties should attempt it."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Whistler
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 5,700 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best July to October
Local Contacts: Garibaldi Provincial Park
Local Maps: 92G/14 Cheakamus River
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Tusk

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May 2018