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.
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. 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.