Panorama Ridge, Garibaldi Park Whistler Hiking Trails
Panorama Ridge is remarkable in its grandeur. It lies so wonderfully close to the massive Garibaldi Lake far below. With its unbelievable blue colour filling your view and the endless snowy mountains, the reasons for this destinations popularity are obvious. Despite the long distance, 30k round trip, which is exhausting, the views are magical. Often cited as the one hike to do, if you can only do one in Whistler.
The trail is not so much difficult, except for the last 3k, as it is long. 30k makes for a long 8-10 hour hike. Staying overnight, therefore is a great idea. There are several options for this. The beautiful though always crowded Garibaldi Lake campsite, the less crowded and also beautiful Taylor Meadows campsite, the seldom crowded and serene Helm Creek campsite (located on the side of Black Tusk).
The more adventurous drop their tents on the ridge itself, though officially prohibited. At the far end of Panorama Ridge there is quite a large, flat and level grassy area with (obviously) breathtaking views.
Panorama Ridge stretches for 1.5k, then drops into an expansive meadow down to Garibaldi Lake and access to the Burton Hut at the far end of the lake. The hut is little used in the summer due to its remoteness. This route, via Panorama Ridge, is the best way to reach this difficult to reach hut in the summer.
Camping Options in the Vicinity of Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Park