Under A Supermoon, Garibaldi Park at Sunset

October 8, 2014 — 10 Comments

There is a large, flat rock on the first bump of Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park, north of Vancouver, Canada. It provides a seat to rest and enjoy one of the best panoramic vistas that I have ever seen — mountains including Mount Garibaldi, Mount Price, and Black Tusk, glaciers including Sphinx and Sentinel, and, of course, the turquoise waters of Garibaldi Lake.

I had always thought about watching the sunset from this very rock. Years went by and it was still one of my top hiking experiences to fulfill. Then again, to watch the sunrise over Garibaldi Lake from the same spot must also be an amazing experience. But wait! When I saw the harvest moon rise over Panorama Ridge while I was hiking late in the Black Tusk meadows two years previously, I was awestruck and decided one day, I would watch the full moon rise over Garibaldi Lake. As this past Spring turned into Summer, and with the then approaching July full moon, I had an idea to experience all three on one visit.

With hot weather and clear skies forecasted, my mind was made up and I looked forward to a brand new adventure. My plan was not to pitch a tent or bring a sleeping bag, but to sit on that very rock for the night and watch the sunset over the Tantalus mountains to the West, the full moon rise and slowly make it’s way over Garibaldi Lake, and then the sunrise to the East. It would also be an experience that I wasn’t accustomed to. It could be a little eerie on the ridge alone and I was concerned about the night temperature that high up. On a beautiful Summer afternoon, I packed the best I saw fit and set off for the Black Tusk parking area, just south of Whistler.

After about five hours of hiking, I arrived in late evening to this beautiful vista from Panorama Ridge.

Garibaldi Lake Park Panorama Ridge evening


A short hike away to the second bump or main ridge of Panorama Ridge provides a slightly different perspective.

Garibaldi Lake Park Panorama Ridge shark fin evening


Looking toward The Sphinx, Deception Peak, and Guard Mountain (from left to right).

Garibaldi Lake Park Panorama Ridge Castle Towers evening


Looking back to the first bump, my home for the night, with the Black Tusk on the right.

Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge Black Tusk


I love it here! For more of my photos from Panorama Ridge, please read Views From Panorama Ridge On A Clear Summer’s Day.

evening Garibaldi Park Lake Mount table


Between the two bumps with Castle Towers ahead.

Garibaldi Castle towers Panorama Ridge


Brilliant colours with the setting sun!

Sunset Mount Garibaldi Park Lake price


Looking across the Helm Glacier to Gentian Ridge on the right. The mountains above Whistler would be about center left.

Sunset Gentian Ridge Garibaldi Park Whistler


I had waited many years to see this… I was so excited as the sun set behind the Black Tusk and the Tantalus Mountain Range.

Sunset Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge black tusk


The setting sun splashing the last of it’s rays on Mount Garibaldi.

Sunset Garibaldi Lake mount table price


Black tusk Sunset Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge


 The blue hour is brilliant in the mountains.

Sunset Garibaldi Park lake mount price


No haze and glowing clouds provided for beautiful skies as the sun disappeared!

black tusk Sunset Garibaldi Park tantalus mountains


A zoom to the Tantalus Mountain Range…

Sunset tantalus mountains


 Back to Garibaldi Lake

Garibaldi Lake Panorama Ridge mount price sunset


The Garibaldi Lake campground is center left. From the shore, I saw headlamps late into the morning. I wasn’t the only one enjoying this beautiful night!

Sunset Garibaldi Lake tantalus mountains


Just after the sun set over the Tantalus Mountains….

Sunset black tusk Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge


What’s this?

july super moon Garibaldi Panorama


The rise of the July full moon or buck moon.

super moon Garibaldi Panorama castle towers


full moon Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge


This was deemed to be a Supermoon, although I didn’t think it was that large or super in this part of the world. It was bright, however, and I could walk along the ridge in the middle of the night without the need of a headlamp.

super moon Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge


One last look as the skies along the horizon provided brilliant colours for much longer than I had expected.

Black Tusk Garibaldi Park Panorama Ridge sunset

I was a little surprised that I wasn’t alone on Panorama Ridge. Four hikers arrived late and spread out their sleeping bags to sleep under the stars. As for me, I sat on that aforementioned rock and watched the moon slowly make it’s way over Garibaldi Lake as long as I could before tiredness and the chill from the North made me seek a comfortable spot for a little sleep. The night provided a lot of time to reflect and I realized how lucky I was to be able to witness this beautiful sight. Please join me on my next post for an amazing Garibaldi Provincial Park sunrise.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


10 responses to Under A Supermoon, Garibaldi Park at Sunset

  1. Randall, excellent post. I also like your music; best of luck.

    • Thanks Marie. This was a special hike. Although there were no flowers in this post, the meadows below had many. You would have loved it. I’ll write another flower post one day. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Great pictures! Reminded me of my own little adventure in Garibaldi Park last year. My personal favorite was hiking and climbing black tusk – quite the view!

    • Thanks Irene. I was thinking of staying on the Black Tusk for the Supermoon but decided against it. I was concerned that if something happened, I could descend Panorama Ridge in the dark but may have trouble off the Tusk. Glad my post brings back fond memories for you. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Mother Nature painted the sky over the mountains in such a way that takes my breath away…
    what a spectacular canvas…thanks for capturing it as you have in this post. We have so much to be thankful for, here in Canada! Happy Thanksgiving mon ami. 🙂

  4. What a beautiful spot! I often wonder what difference living with a great view might have made in my life. I had a friend born in a Chicago slum who decided early to live only in beautiful places–she lived in Hawaii, in Santa Fe, in a tepee in Colorado, on an island in Denmark. Your photographs are beautiful. Liked you songs, too. I have a new book on Amazon, “Dead Rock Singer.” Scary.
    Enjoyed visiting your Web site.

    • Yes this area is very beautiful.It would be a challenge to live there, though. Your friend is very lucky and wise. Glad you enjoy my songs and photos. You must be excited about your book. All the best of success 🙂

  5. Elena Generalova May 22, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Randall, Thanks for the great story and stunning photos! They are awesome! I hope you will make some close up photos of Table Mountains this summer. We also plan Table Mountain hike/climb.

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