On a sunny, early September day, a group of friends and I ventured off the beaten path to a location in Garibaldi Provincial Park, near Whistler Canada, that gets far fewer visits than nearby popular hikes such as Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge. While those trails would have likely had well over 100 hikers, our group only saw five on the trail to the summit of Mount Price. Actually, Mount Price is accessible enough but the trail is not on the park map, nor is the trailhead marked. This results in far fewer visits, but if you’re able, a hike to the summit of Mount Price is sure worth your time and energy.
If you plan to hike from the Black Tusk parking lot (19 km south of Whistler), it could result in a long and strenuous day, depending on your fitness ability. The elevation gain is 1,475 meters over 26 kilometers return. I would guess though, the accumulated gain is closer to 1,600 due to some ups and downs. If hiking from the Garibaldi Lake campsite, the elevation gain is 600 meters over 7.5 kilometers return. To find the Mount Price “trailhead,” walk to the end of the Garibaldi Lake campground trail near the boat dock. Look for some flagging tape on the shrubs to your right. The early part of the trail is the most difficult to follow. Although I mentioned it’s “off the beaten path,” there is a the trail for the most part. Be careful with your footing in the boulder field and always check to make sure that you’re on the trail.
This was taken from the Garibaldi Lake campsite. Mount Price is at the center-left but our hike will first take us up Clinker Peak in the center. Mount Price has had a few names over the years. Originally, It was called Red Mountain due to its appearance. Not to be confused with another Red Mountain near Whistler, the name was changed to Clinker Mountain, and finally to Mount Price after mountaineer Thomas E. Price, who also worked as an engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway.