Wedgemount Lake

A stunning glacial lake rewards after a tough, steep hike

Hiking Severe

Distance
11 km
Ascent
1.2 km
Descent
1.2 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
751 m
High Point
1.9 km
Gradient
27˚
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Description

If you've already ticked off the Garibaldi and Joffre Lakes hikes and are looking for a more challenging adventure in the Whistler area (or just want to avoid the crowds), then Wedgemount Lake might be just what you're looking for. You can complete it in a day, or choose to camp overnight (reservations required).

This tough ascent (gaining over 1100m) starts gently enough, crossing Wedge Creek with two bridges. It soon kicks up a gear, though, as the trail climbs through the forest. This continues until a rockslide area at approximately the halfway point. Keep an eye out for Wedgemount Waterfall on your right as you re-enter the forest and continue higher up. The final section before the trail crests over to Wedgemount Lake is particularly steep and may involve some scrambling on all fours.

Above the lake is a small (but dark) cabin and toilet. There are also 20 very scenic campsites beside the lake. Reservations are required, see: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/garibaldi/wedgemt.html . Depending on the weather conditions and how brave you're feeling, a dip in the beautiful lake might prove refreshing!

For experienced scrambles and mountaineers, numerous options exist beyond Wedgemount Lake. The North Arete of Wedge Mountain is a classic route.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

July, August, September, October

Features

  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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