July Hiking Guide - Vancouver Hiking Trails
July in Vancouver is an absolute paradise for hiking. Every trail is beautiful and snow free. Even the trails in Garibaldi Park will have very little snow except of course at the higher elevations. Panorama Ridge, for example will have snow on the final ascent well into July, but you won't need snowshoes as it will be hard packed and easy to hike on. Panorama Ridge is arguably the most amazing hike in Garibaldi Park. It certainly is in the top 5 of the best hikes in Whistler. Usually accessed by the Rubble Creek (Garibaldi Lake) trailhead, just off the Sea to Sky Highway 30 minutes south of Whistler. The hike to Panorama Ridge is comparatively long at 15k trailhead to ridge, but there is plenty to marvel at along the way. In the summer the valley on the way to Panorama Ridge is flower-filled and beautiful in every direction. In and around Vancouver you have plenty of fantastic, summertime hiking options. From the easier hikes like Lighthouse Park and Dog Mountain. To more strenuous hikes like Hollyburn Mountain, Black Mountain, St Mark's Summit and The Lions. The Lions in July will be snow free which finally allows for the difficult ascent of the West Lion, which is borderline suicidal during the snowy months of winter and spring when hand and footholds are wet and slippery. St Mark's Summit is one of the most beautiful hikes in Vancouver in the summer. The multiple summit viewpoints reveal one breathtaking vantage point after another, until you are exhausted more with the views than the hike that got you there. When you estimate your hiking time for St Mark's Summit, but sure to include an hour at least at the top. And before you begin your hike back to Cypress, take a moment to glance back at the distant Lions. This incredible trail continues to them and beyond, you've just done 5.5k of the 29k, phenomenal Howe Sound Crest Trail. St Mark's Summit is part of the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Provincial Park and is one of the many beautiful peaks to be climbed if desired on the 29k trail. Black Mountain can be reached from two different trailheads. The trailhead from Cypress Resort and the original trail off Marine Drive halfway between Horseshoe Bay and Lighthouse Park. The Cypress Mountain Resort is the newer, shorter and easier way to access Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs. Located just a short and very nice, 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, the Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs trail begins next to the Cypress Mountain Resort chairlifts. The well marked trail branches away from the chairlift to the left and quickly ascends into the deep and beautiful forest. Follow the clear signs to Eagle Bluffs. The route can be done in a circle route, so try to take the other route on the way back for variety. Black Mountain is a short side trail off this circle route. Allow yourself 3-4 hours for the 8k return trip. Mount Hanover is another amazing and accessible peak in the North Shore mountains. Located in the beautiful Cypress Provincial Park, Mount Hanover is among several other prominent summits on the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail. You can reach Mount Hanover from the Howe Sound Crest Trail if you begin your hike from the Cypress Mountain Resort, however reaching it from the trailhead in Lions Bay is much shorter. This trailhead is also used to reach The Lions, Mount Harvey and Brunswick Mountain. ail is easy to follow. Mount Elsay is a tough 16k roundtrip hike that takes you beyond Mount Seymour and the crowds into the desolate backcountry of Mount Seymour Provincial Park. To get to the marked Mount Elsay trail you have to follow the trail to Mount Seymour. Mount Elsay is a difficult and dangerous trail to hike if you are unprepared or poorly equipped. The trail is often very difficult and losing the trail is very possible even in good weather. The trailhead for Mount Seymour (which leads to the Mount Elsay trail) is easy to find once you have reached the main parking lot to . July in Garibaldi Park is when the snow on the higher elevations finally melt enough to hike all the trails without worrying about snowshoes. Take a look at this summary list of the These include for a good idea of where to go.. Black Tusk, one of the most incredible hikes in Whistler, and a local icon. Though a long hike, 15k roundtrip, the breathtaking and scary final ascent, makes the summit view even more memorable. You will see Black Tusk while driving as you approach Whistler, about 10 minutes north of Squamish. Hard to believe, but you can actually get to the summit, and without special equipment. is a hiking marvel. Just 7k to the unbelievable Wedgemount Lake which leads to easy access to the impressive Wedgemount Glacier, and several amazing mountain hikes beyond. Wedgemount Lake has a beautiful, and free to use little hut if you don't want to tent or sleep under the stars as many do on perfect July nights. is another beautiful hike ending at a beautiful lake and free mountain hut. This hike can be done, starting at the Whistler Gondola, then the Peak Chair, then 14k alone the amazing Musical Bumps trail via the High Note Trail. There is a charge of course to ride the gondola, but it can be done for free via the Singing Pass trail and returning for free on the Whistler Gondola, but not nearly as fun. (1 hour north of Squamish), finally becomes hike-able in July, though via a canoe trip across the in the Callaghan Valley . And of course , an unbelievable 29k roundtrip hike that passes the flower filled , and beautifully turquoise and of course best done via these other sights over 2-4 days. Take a look at the the best hiking trails in Vancouver here..
Wedgemount Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park
If you were to search your whole life for an absolutely amazing, astoundingly perfect, alpine hiking paradise, you'd have trouble finding a place as great as Wedgemount Lake in Whistler, just 1.5 hours from Vancouver. To start with, the lake is breathtaking. Every angle you look at it and every hour of the day it alters its appearance dramatically. From its wonderful turquoise, marble-like appearance reflecting bronze mountains at sunrise and sunset. To its startlingly vivid appearance in the darkness of night. Reflecting stars are as clear looking down on the lake as they are looking up at the sky.
The massive valley that contains Wedgemount Lake is ringed by impressive mountains and the ever-present Wedgemount Glacier that continuously pulls your attention to it. The trail that leads around the lake to the glacier takes only 20-30 minutes and is quite amazing to explore.
Wedgemount Glacier, at its edge, has what is called a glacier window. A huge ice cave, created out of the melting underneath this huge, crushing mass of ice. You can get right up close to this impressive ice cave and have a drink of what was just moments before ice left thousands of years ago before Wedgemount Lake was called Wedgemount Lake.