Views From Panorama Ridge On A Clear Summer’s Day

November 12, 2012 — 13 Comments

Originally, I was going to call this post Views From Panorama Ridge On The Clearest Day Ever. However, that may not be historically accurate — and a title best left for someone younger — so I chose this one instead. Without a doubt though, on this late August day, the views from Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park, north of Vancouver Canada, were the clearest I had ever seen.

Panorama Ridge is one of my top hikes in the Vancouver area. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to visit this spot, and marvel at the views, on many occasions. After hiking 15 kilometers with about 1600 meters of elevation gain, you arrive on Panorama Ridge. The shadows of the clouds on the turquoise waters of Garibaldi Lake were alone worth the effort.

Garibaldi Lake, Mount Garibaldi, The Table from Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada
The formation known as the Black Tusk is not only popular for photos, it’s also a popular hike, which requires a difficult climb or scramble through chimneys to reach the summit.

Black Tusk from Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada


Hikers on the first bump or peak of Panorama Ridge with the Tantalus Mountain Range in the background.

Hikers on first peak of Panorama Ridge, Tantalus Range, Garibaldi Park Canada


Mount Garibaldi with the formation known as The Table. They are not as close to each other as they may look.

Garibaldi Lake, The Table, Mount Garibaldi, from Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada


The beautiful colours of the Helm Valley with Empetrum Peak on the right.

Black Tusk, Empetrum Peak, Helm Valley, Garibaldi Park Canada


To the right of the previous photo, looking toward Whistler in the distance. An offshoot of the Helm Glacier is in the foreground and the Cinder Cone is in the center.

Toward Helm and Whister from Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada


The hikers below seem so small. The Garibaldi Lake campground is center-right, at the end of the lake.

Hikers, Garibaldi Lake, Tantalus Range from Garibaldi Park Canada


The beautiful Sphinx Glacier is also a popular focal point from the shores of Garibaldi Lake. If you haven’t seen it, please read my post, Garibaldi Lake Through The Seasons.

Sphinx Glacier from Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada


From the hike up to Panorama Ridge, these are Black Tusk Lake, Mimulus Lake, and the Tantulus Range. Just beyond Mimulus Lake are Black Tusk Meadow and Taylor Meadows. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s my post: Flowers And Meadows Of Garibaldi Park.

Black Tusk Lake, Mimulus Lake, Tantulus Range from Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada


Gentian Peak is in the foreground with the magnificent Castle Towers behind. The grueling day hike to Castle Towers is on my hiking bucket list.

Castle Towers, Gentian Peak, from Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada


Another favourte photo. The hikers below are getting ready to do something thrilling…

Frst peak and Helm Glacier from Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada


I joined them on a slide down the Helm Glacier. That will be on an upcoming post. Please don’t try this at home.

Helm Glacier, last look to Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada


Oh yeah, there’s me. One day, hopefully not too soon, I will have some of my ashes spread from this very spot. I can’t think of a better place for part of me to rest.

Randall St. Germain and The Lake, Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Canada

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please visit my Facebook page for larger photos. In the months to come, I will have more from my visits to Garibaldi Park, and the mountains around Vancouver. Please join me.

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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.


13 responses to Views From Panorama Ridge On A Clear Summer’s Day

  1. Very nice!! Near Magical pictures.

  2. Fantabulous! I particularily liked Panarama Ridge. And please don’t hurry to spread your ashes; you have more hiking to do and picture tasking. Lovely post.

    • Thanks Marie. I don’t intend to spread my ashes at all. I know what you mean, I hope I have a few years left. I know there weren’t any flowers on this post, but I’ll soon make up for it.

  3. Perfection! Thanks for the invite on book blogs.

  4. Nice photos and what a great spot….must have felt like you were on top of the world! 🙂

    • Thanks, Pamela. It’s a great spot and I recommend everyone who has a chance to hike to Panorama Ridge. Yes, it almost feels like the top of the world there, although one day I hope to make it to the higher nearby peak, Castle Towers 🙂

  5. Theresa Bierek July 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for posting! I have only a few days to do some hiking around the area and could use some of your advice! Garibaldi lake backcountry camping only had one night available to reserve so I was planning on doing Wedgemount Saturday, spending the night, then hiking to our Garibaldi lake camp spot on Sunday and spending one night.

    Have you ever done Wedgemount? If so, would you recommend doing Wedgemount one day, and Garibaldi the next? I figured that would be a lot to cram in, but it seems Garibaldi has no “first come first serve” campsites, nor free camp spots to hike to so wasn’t sure where we’d be able to rest our heads out there the first night.

    Thank you and hope all is well this season!

    • I still have to hike Wedgemont but hope to get there this year. I have done the nearby Musical Bumps but understand Wedgemont is worth the effort, especially if you can scramble one of the peaks overlooking the lake. It will be tough for you to do both in three days but it depends on what you’re hiking. If it is just to Wedgemont and Garibaldi Lake, it should not be a problem. If you are exploring more in Garibaldi, your time is more of an issue. I always recommend hiking at least Panorama Ridge or Black Tusk but each is about 4 to 5 hours round trip from the Garibaldi Lake campground. Try and check out Taylor and especially Black Tusk Meadows to Helm Junction if you like flowers. I’m not sure of the timing this year though as we have had a cooler June and early July. I hope the weather is good for you, as we have a bad stretch right now. I know campsite availability is an issue in Garibaldi in Summer so I wish you the best. Take care and happy hiking. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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