Valley Glacier Glossary of Hiking Terms
Valley Glacier: A glacier that resides and flows in a valley. Many glaciers around Whistler and in Garibaldi Provincial Park are valley glaciers. The Wedge Glacier above Wedgemount Lake flows down the valley from Wedge Mountain. When you reach Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park, valley glaciers dominate the view along with the unnaturally brilliant Garibaldi Lake below.
Panorama Ridge, pictured above and below gives you a remarkable view of glaciers in nearly all directions. The massive, Mount Garibaldi(above) has an impressively enormous glacier stretching down to Garibaldi Lake. Click the image below to see an aerial video of Panorama Ridge and the surrounding glaciers.
Click the image below for and aerial video of the Wedge Glacier, another valley glacier in Whistler. Wedgemount Lake is one of the most spectacular hikes in Garibaldi Park. Though it is a relentlessly exhausting, steep hike, it is mercifully short at only 7 kilometres (one way).
The elevation gain in that short distance is over 1200 metres which makes it a much steeper hike than most other Whistler hiking trails. Compared with other Whistler hikes, Wedgemount Lake is half the roundtrip distance of either Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge, for example, at 13.5k and 15k respectively (one way).
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