One of my favorite places to visit is Garibaldi Provincial Park in British Columbia. There are kilometers and kilometers, or, if you prefer, miles and miles, of hiking trails, ranging from fairly easy to difficult. From each summit of the numerous mountain peaks, there are panoramic views of lakes, mountains, and alpine meadows. As you’ll see, it’s truly a beautiful area.
Now, I’ll look back at my time in the park and focus on the area above Garibaldi Lake, from Taylor Meadows, through Black Tusk Meadows, to Helm Junction. Access to these meadows is from the Black Tusk (formally Rubble Creek) parking lot, which is about 100 kilometers north of Vancouver, or 19 kilometers south of Whistler. For more information on Garibaldi Park, please check the B.C. Parks official website.
After 7.5 kilometers of climbing over 900 meters on a fairly steep, but well-groomed trail, you arrive at Taylor campground. The formation known as the Black Tusk is in the distance. Normally, the snow would have disappeared by early August, but last year had a very late melt.
As the snow melts, one of the first flowers to emerge is the glacier lily. This was taken past Black Tusk Meadows.
The Black Tusk from Taylor Meadows, in late August. The late melt last year resulted in a poor show of flowers in the lower meadows.
Not the best year for heather either in the lower meadows. The colors vary from shades of purple, pink, and white.
Lupins and asters in Taylor Meadows.
Each meadow had its own beauty. Here, the dominant flowers were lupin and sitka valerian.
Speaking of sitka valerian, I was lucky to capture this butterfly on one.
This was taken a few years ago during an August that had an abundance of flowers in the lower meadows. The Indian paintbrush has always been one of my favorite mountain flowers. Due to the late snow melt during the past year, this meadow had few flowers.
From Black Tusk Meadows, toward the Tantalus Mountain Range.
Columbine normally grows in small patches amongst the lupin and other flowers.
Here, a species of thistle is scattered with the columbine, lupin, and sitka valerian.
An early view of Garibaldi Lake from Black Tusk Meadows. If you missed my post featuring Garibaldi Lake, please read GARIBALDI LAKE THROUGH THE SEASONS.
In some years, this mountain stream has flowers on both sides of the banks.
Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk Lake. If you’re hiking to the top of Panorama Ridge, the trail goes along the ridge on the left.
The view from Helm Junction toward Helm Lake. On a future blog post, I’ll focus on Helm Meadows.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I look forward to return to Garibaldi Provincial Park soon, both in person, and here, on my blog.
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