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Taylor Meadows in Garibaldi Provincial Park


Taylor Meadows is a Moderately Challenging HikeTaylor Meadows is a beautiful campsite and alternative to the much busier Garibaldi Lake campsite. Located in between Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk itself.  It is reached from the same trailhead to Garibaldi Lake.  There are 40 very nice tent platforms, toilets, a good water source and a food cache,  all in the lush forest of Taylor Meadows with the distant Taylor Meadows Boardwalkview of Black Tusk.  Generally Taylor Meadows is not a destination on its own, but part of a circle route.  For example, trailhead to Taylor Meadows, Taylor Meadows to Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge, then return via Garibaldi Lake.  This makes for a long hike at 30 kilometres(19 miles), which is why tenting at this perfectly beautiful, and perfectly located Taylor Meadows campsite, is a great idea.

The trail to Taylor Meadows from Rubble Creek is well marked, well used and with plenty of signs and mapboards.  Expect to take two hours to reach Taylor Meadows from the trailhead/parking at Rubble Creek.  Below is an aerial video of Panorama Ridge, one of the most popular and amazing destination in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Pay Campsites at Taylor MeadowsTaylor Meadows gets very busy at times as well with 40 campsites with full service (water, security, etc).  There are some small rivers close by but no swimming.  The draw for Taylor Meadows camping is the wonderful location.  It lays in a beautiful forested meadow full of hills and flowers and views of the towering Black Tusk.  It has a less crowded feel than Garibaldi Lake does, though bear in mind that even when crowded these campsites don't feel crowded - they are just that organized and thick with trees and hills.  Also, if you were to feel crowded, you could easily wander in any of several directions and become immersed in the wonderful forest and beautiful desolation in these vast meadows.

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In 2018 a lot of changes with Garibaldi Provincial Park’s campsite reservations. The first big change is that overnight camping fees are required at all campgrounds, year-round. It is still free to day hike in the park, but sleeping in the park requires a reservation and camping fees apply in all areas of Garibaldi Park.  You can’t pay by cash or at the trailheads or at the campgrounds.  Reservations must be made in advance via the BC Parks online reservation service or at the call center.  It is a pretty organized and fair reservation system.  Fairly easy to use online and reasonably priced.  The revenue goes into maintaining trails, access roads, parking lots, park buildings and snow removal.

Taylor Meadows Tent SiteThe second big change this year for Garibaldi Park is that for the first time you can legally register and pay to camp in the backcountry beyond the official campsites.Wilderness camping permits are available to mountaineers, climbers, ski tourers, and other visitors with advanced skills in wilderness travel and camping, within the wilderness camping zone. The areas you can wilderness camp is quite restricted in an effort to not overrun the park and maintain some control over the massive numbers of hikers in the park.  Backcountry Camping Permits for Garibaldi Park cost the same as the campsite fees: $10 per person, per night.  Children 6-16 years old pay $5 per person, per night and kids under 6 years old are free.

There are two ways to book a reservation to camp in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Reserve online 24 hours once the inventory is available for booking.  For mobile devices, scroll to bottom of page and click “Switch to Full Site”.  Or via the Call Centre (an additional $5 surcharge applies): 1-800-689-9025 (toll free Canada) +1-519-826-6850 (International) 7:00 am-7:00 pm seven days a week.  Some of the Garibaldi Park trailheads don’t have reliable cell coverage, so don’t forget to book your reservation  before you start hiking!  When you book online or by phone you will need the following information.  Your arrival date, your desired campground, your group size.  Then you have to pick the number of tent pads your party requires.  At tent pad is 10 feet by 10 feet and usually accommodates one tent.  Each tent pad can fit a maximum of 4 people.   For Elfin Shelter choose one “tent pad” per party (up to 4 people).  Choose your itinerary for each night.  Click “reserve”  Fill in the permit holder and camping party information.   Pay for your reservation with your credit card.

 

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The Helm Creek campground across the valley from Taylor Meadows is smaller at 30 tent pads, however it is in a beautiful setting on the quiet side of Black Tusk, though 1.5 hours away from the approaches to Black Tusk.  Helm Creek is another beautiful campground.  Most of the 30 tent pads are next to the beautiful Helm Creek.  The main draw of this campsite is that it is on the quieter side of this area and can be approached from Cheakamus Lake.

Bivouacking in Garibaldi Provincial ParkThe trails through Garibaldi Provincial Park are in such a vast area that suitable places far into the wilderness away from anyone, to put up a tent are limitless.  People occasionally bivouac on top of Black Tusk(prohibited in Garibaldi Park), put up a tent on the far slopes of Panorama Ridge(prohibited in Garibaldi Park), or tent in any number of other places.  Being located in British Columbia means that you are never far from a creek, river or lake wherever you hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park. With the new backcountry camping option, you can now legally camp in the vast wilderness in much of Garibaldi Park, though still not on Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge.

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Taylor Meadows Hiking Trail MapCell coverage is reliable on all of the trail to Garibaldi Lake so you will be able to access the internet if you have a data plan, however saving this map may be a good idea. From Village Gate Boulevard, drive south, toward Vancouver. The well marked turn off to Black Tusk(Garibaldi) trailhead is 25km south of Whistler on your left. From the trailhead to Garibaldi Lake is 9km of consistently upward trails. As with all Garibaldi Park trails, dogs are not welcome. Neither are bikes (Cheakamus Lake is bike friendly).

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Taylor Meadows Parking Trailhead & Camping Info


Free Parking for Taylor MeadowsFrom Village Gate Blvd, drive south toward Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway.  The well marked turnoff to Black Tusk(Garibaldi) is 25 kilometres south of Village Gate Blvd, on your left.  Follow the signs to Rubble Creek trailhead just 2 kilometres up a paved road.  This is the trailhead for Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, Panorama Ridge as well as Taylor Meadows.  This trailhead parking area had a rash of vehicle thefts in 2014 and 2015 so be sure to keep any valuable out of sight and don't be obvious about hiding valuables in your trunk before setting off in case someone is watching you.  A common problem in Squamish trailheads, this depressing phenomenon is moving north toward Whistler.  The RCMP is taking this problem very seriously and making some effort to curb this recent increase, however taking your own precautions is your most reliable line of defense.  Most hotels are happy to keep your luggage for you before or after your stay with them. Don't let this deter you from hiking in Whistler.  Of the hundreds(or is it thousands?) of hikes we have done in and around Whistler, we have never had a problem with crime.  A little prevention makes a world of difference!

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Outhouses Around Taylor MeadowsPit toilets are located at the Rubble Creek trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park.  Taylor Meadows just an hour and a half from the Rubble Creek trailhead has several outhouses.  Garibaldi Lake has several outhouses as well about an hour and a half from Rubble Creek.  There is also an outhouse along the trail past both Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake located just before the Black Tusk trail turnoff.  Beyond that you will next come to pit toilets at the Helm Creek campsite.

Taylor Meadows is Not Dog FriendlyUnfortunately dogs are not permitted in Garibaldi Provincial Park due to potential conflicts with the park's wildlife.  All of the other Squamish hiking trails outside of Garibaldi Park are dog friendly however, including Cirque Lake, Stawamus Chief, High Falls CreekUpper Shannon Falls and Ring and Conflict Lakes.  For a list of the best, dog friendly hiking trails around Whistler try here. And the best easy, dog friendly trails here.

Campsites for Taylor MeadowsGaribaldi Lake Campsites: The most busy camping option in the area is at Garibaldi Lake with 50 campsites with full service (water, security, etc).  The campsites are well laid out and disappear into the forest.  All are very close to outhouses, food storage and preparing huts and from the amazing shore of Garibaldi Lake which has great, though Taylor Meadows Tent Sitevery cold swimming.  There is good fishing here for rainbow trout, which were introduced back in the 1920's. Taylor Meadows Campsite: gets very busy at times as well with 40 campsites with full service (water, security, etc).  There are some small rivers close by but no swimming.  The draw for Taylor Meadows camping is the wonderful location.  It lays in a beautiful forested meadow full of hills and flowers and views of the towering Black Tusk.  It has a less crowded feel than Garibaldi Lake does, though bear in mind that even when crowded these campsites don't feel crowded - they are just that organized and thick with trees and hills.  Also, if you were to feel crowded, you could easily wander in any of several directions and become immersed in the wonderful forest and beautiful desolation in these vast meadows.  Helm Creek campground is smaller than Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake at just 9 official tent sites, however it is in a beautiful setting on the quiet side of Black Tusk.  Most of the 9 tent sites are next to the wonderfully idyllic Helm Creek.  The main draw of this campsite is that it is on the quieter side of this section of Garibaldi Park and can be approached from Cheakamus Lake.

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Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial ParkMore Hiking Trails Around Taylor MeadowsGaribaldi Lake is the centre and base for much of the hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park.  The Garibaldi Lake campsite is located on the amazing, turquoise shores of this massive and mostly undisturbed mountain lake.  There are no trails around the perimeter of the lake with the exception of the small section leading to the campsite, so your view of the lake is a sea of unnaturally coloured water ringed by swaths of forest and a magnificent glacier towering in the distance.  The water is painfully cold, though plenty of brave hikers swim here as well as camp.  The camping area is well laid out and stretches deep into the forest with 50 tent clearings.  You can, Black Tusk - Garibaldi Provincial Parkexcept for the busiest of days, put your tent out of earshot and sight of others. Black Tusk is the extraordinarily iconic and appropriately named mountain that can be seen from almost everywhere in Whistler.  The massive black spire of crumbling rock juts out of the earth in an incredibly distinct way that appears like an enormous black tusk plunging out of the ground.  Whether you spot it in the distance from the top of Whistler Mountain or from dozens of vantage points along the Sea to Sky Highway, its unmistakable appearance is breathtaking. Panorama Ridge is certainly one of thePanorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park most amazing hikes in Garibaldi Park.  Usually accessed by the Rubble Creek (Garibaldi Lake) trailhead, just off the Sea to Sky Highway 30 minutes south of Whistler.  The hike to Panorama Ridge is comparatively long at 15k trailhead to ridge, but there is plenty to marvel at along the way. Helm Creek is a cute, meandering creek that winds its way from beyond Black Tusk, down the valley to Helm Creek hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park Whistler BCthe wonderful campground that takes its name. From the Helm Creek Campground it descends further along the Helm Creek Trail, until it joins the Cheakamus River not far from where it leaves Cheakamus Lake.  The location of Helm Creek Campground is pretty amazing for a variety of reasons.  First it is just a great location. About halfway between Cheakamus Lake and Black Tusk it lays in some amazingly scenic areas. Beautiful, climbable mountains all around. Amazing fields of snow that run all the way to the base of Black Tusk well into July.  Rivers, creeks and waterfalls everywhere you look from the idyllic campground. A large, grassy field ringed by trees and Helm Creek.  What you always want from a campground is a convenient and clean water source and of course Helm Creek is both.

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