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Wedgemount Lake

A turquoise alpine lake in British Columbia, surrounded by Wedge Mountains


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Wedgemount Lake, located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, boasts wonderful alpine scenery. The hike to the lake with an elevation gain of more than 1,100 m (3,609 ft) is one of the most strenuous and challenging in the park. A 7-km (4.3-mi) one-way trail to Wedgemount Lake starts near Whistler, British Columbia. Its first part goes through the forest with a small incline. The trail goes through two bridges over Wedge Creek and starts climbing through a series of switchbacks and a rockslide. After about 55 km (34 mi) of walking, hikers get to the beautiful Wedgemount Waterfall, 300 m (984 ft) in height. The last kilometre of the hike from the waterfall to the lake is the steepest one.

Dozens of magnificent peaks can be seen from the Wedgemount Lake. While many hikers complete this trail as a one-day trip, others prefer to stay overnight and continue to Wedge Mountain, Mount Cook, Mount Weart, Mount Moe, Mount James Turner, Wedge Glacier, Weart Glacier, Armchair Glacier, and Mystery Glacier. Wedgemount Lake campground offers comfortable wooden tent platforms overlooking the water. A deep-blue lake nestled among massive glaciers and jagged mountains is a marvellous sight, especially on the sunset!

Wedgemount Lake has a hut built by the BC Mountaineering Club in the 1970s, that is free for anyone. The park charges a camping fee of $10 per person, per night. The best season lasts from July to September.

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