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Panorama Ridge Hike in British Columbia

The perfect outlook on amazing Garibaldi Provincial Park

Best time: July–October

Panorama Ridge Hike
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Panorama Ridge, located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, is one of the most scenic hiking destinations around Vancouver. Starting near the towns of Squamish and Whistler, British Columbia, Panorama Ridge Trail features lush red cedar and Douglas fir forests, Alpine meadows covered with blooming wildflower, incredible glaciers, and mountain peaks. The best time for this hike is between July and October when the trail is clear of snow.

With the elevation of 2,133 m (6,998 ft), the summit of Panorama Ridge offers an outlook of Mt. Garibaldi, Mt. Price, Black Tusk, The Table and other wonders. A 12-km (7.5 mi) hike can be completed in five-six hours or in two days. The area has several beautiful campgrounds, like the one at Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows.

The first part of the hike lies in the forest. After passing the Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake campgrounds, you'll get to an excellent outlook on Black Tusk Peak and Helm Lake. After marveling, the wildflowers at the meadows turn right up to Panorama Ridge. Enjoy the views of Garibaldi Lake and numerous mountains all around you.

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When should one hike to Panorama Ride?

Hikers can enjoy Panorama Ridge between July and October, which is when the weather is mild and the trail is free of snow. Hikers can witness wildflowers, mountain peaks, and glaciers from the trail. The hike offers panoramic views and a chance to witness the stunning natural beauty of the area. Show more

Where is Garibaldi Provincial Park and what are some of its features?

Garibaldi Provincial Park is located in the southwestern region of British Columbia and houses Panorama Ridge. The trail consists of Douglas fir and red cedar forests, mountain peaks, glaciers, and alpine meadows covered with wildflowers. The park is known for its outstanding natural beauty and a plethora of outdoor activities. Show more

Which are some of the popular campgrounds near Panorama Ridge?

Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows are two of the most popular camping sites near Panorama Ridge. These campsites have picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and are located near the start of the trail. These campsites offer around 50 and 40 campsites, respectively, on a first-come, first-served basis, along with pit toilets, food storage lockers, and a fee. Show more

How long does it take to finish hiking to Panorama Ridge summit?

The hike to Panorama Ridge takes around five to six hours, covering 12 km and starting from Taylor Meadows or Garibaldi Lake campgrounds. The hike's duration may vary depending on the hiker's fitness level and the stops made to witness the serene views of the surrounding mountains. Some hikers usually camp overnight at the trail. Show more

What natural sceneries can one witness from Panorama Ridge?

Panorama Ridge offers a picturesque view of the surrounding mountain peaks, such as Mount Garibaldi, Mount Price, and Black Tusk Peak, along with multiple glaciers. Additionally, hikers can also adore the natural beauty of blooming wildflowers, turquoise blue glacial lakes, and snow-capped peaks. On a clear day, one can witness the Pacific Ocean and the city of Vancouver in the distance. Show more

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