Trekked up this one today. Perfect hike on a rainy Friday fall day! It was such a mystical day, walking through the clouds practically the entire journey...lol But, I didn't mind. Barely anyone on the trail. A couple school groups coming down from an overnight field trip and a few people heading up towards the end of the day but all and all it was pretty quiet. Lucky us! I can see that in the summer it would definitely be packed with people as I have read in the reviews.
I would say 90% of the trail is more like a path. It doesn't start to look "trail" like until nearing the lake. In areas its been so compressed its almost cement like...lol You can definitely gain elevation with ease though. Its mostly tree covered and the forest is very beautiful with old growth. The outhouses were clean unlike Joffre Lakes and I thought the Lake itself was more impressive. It was so beautiful, such a brilliant blue which I'm told is created by a mineral called, Rock Flour.
We decided to take a left and walk through Taylor Meadows before going to the lake. Unfortunately, we had missed the flowers blooming but the leaves on the trees have turned color and were extremely beautiful. I'm not sure what but there was an amazing scent in the air as well near the top, a sweet smell I can't describe which would come and go. I tried to pin it down to one plant but was unsuccessful. Perhaps due to the rain. The temp did drop a lot once at the lake so ensure you prepare. We lucked out and were able to eat lunch at the ranger's station just on the other side of Taylor Meadows. It had a covered picnic table where we were able to change and dry off. We had thought about continuing on towards Black Tusk however the cloud cover was so thick we thought there would be no point and left this for another day. We will definitely be back to complete Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk! :)
While at Garibaldi lake we met a few chipmunks and took in some beautiful views before heading back. I have to say, after my poor experience with Joffre Lakes, today was a wonderful surprise in Garibaldi Park. We may not have had the beautiful sunny views but we enjoyed ourselves just the same!
Beware of wasps/hornets as I was surprised to still see the buggers buzzing around. We were told a hornets nest existed just past the bridge once you reach the lake and we did see lots of them flying around in this area. I'm allergic and so this can be very serious to ones health...so be prepared. I always carry my epipen!
Lost a star only because the trail itself....I enjoy the more rugged type trails off the beaten path. I also prefer more of a variety of terrian which I feel this trek doesn't offer. Still a beautiful spot...off season that :)