Panorama Ridge

Continue on from Garabaldi Lake to one of the best vistas in the area

Hiking Severe

Distance
29 km
Ascent
1.7 km
Descent
1.7 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
568 m
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
13˚
Panorama Ridge Map

Panorama Ridge is a very popular extension of the Garabaldi Lake hike and, being less of a technical scramble than the Black Tusk, makes it a perfect objective for the intermediate hiker.

Description

Choosing to hike to Garibaldi Lake on day 1, spending the night camped beside the lake, and then tackling Panorama Ridge the next day is a good idea. But for the ambitious, Panorama Ridge can be hiked in a single day.

Alternatively, you can choose to camp at the trail junction in Taylor Meadows.

From Taylor Meadows below Garibaldi Lake, the route meanders at a more gentle gradient up to the Black Tusk junction. Continue heading straight and after about 2km you will gain views of Mimulus Lake and Black Tusk Lake below.

The trail becomes steeper and less obvious the further you go—look for rock cairns and boot marks to guide the way. Eventually the route levels out and you will see how the ridge got its name. Your view includes a number of volcanoes: Mt Price, Clinker Peak, Cinder Cone, Black Tusk and Mt Garibaldi, to name a few. Return the same way.

Difficulty

Severe

Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Water features

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