Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
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.