Elfin Lakes Digital
Before and After, 4 years apart
Garibaldi Provincial Park is one huge park. The
two most popular hikes are Garibaldi
and Elfin Lakes
While both of these are excelent day hikes, they also can be the first
day of a longer stay in the park
The trail to Elfin Lakes (actually a 4x4 road that is gated closed) is
the easier hike (less elevation gain) and closer to Vancouver.
The hike is particularly rewarding because a good portion of the hike
is along a ridge giving you great views both into the park and of the
All well and good - what makes this day special? Some 4 years ago
I did this hike for the first time. It turned out to be one of
the last hikes I ever did with a
and I figured it might be a neat before/after for
hike up to Red Heather (roughly the half way point) is in the
trees. After Red Heather you open up into long views and scree
slopes. The lack of trees changes the plant life but you often
don't notice because the views take your breath away.
One of the things I've learned over the year is
to be careful how you frame your pictures of mountains. Any idiot
can point their camera at a mountain and go click. Assuming the
view isn't a keyhole view, your challenge as a photographer is to find
a way to make that mountain shot yours. If you have forever you
can wait for sunset, or a bear to walk in front of it, or an
eclipse. Assuming you have friends that aren't thrilled with the
prospect of a multi hour wait in the hot sun, perhaps you need a plan B.
The obvious plan B is a near-far shot - put something in the foreground
and then the mountain in the background so your eye has somewhere to go
other than into the mountain searching for more depth it can't really
achive on a monitor.
The day we picked was a scorcher, but given the choice
between that and rain, I'll take sun. We eventually made it down
to the lodges and stopped for food.
While the picnick tables have some of the best views
you will ever see from a man made structure, it's exposed to the sun
and we desperatly needed shade for a break. After lunch we found
a good spot in the trees with a view of the people swimming in the
lake. I really wished I brought a bathing suit and towel.
Truth in advertising time. Last time I went up to Elfin lakes, I
saw a bear at about 25 feet. This trip I was bummed out that I
didn't see another one. We shouldn't have expected to see one
because the fruit plants (blueberry is common) weren't yet rip so there
wasn't much to attract a bear here. Walking down we ran into what
turned out to be a blue grouse family and as a consolation wildlife
prize, I was quite happy with the results.
Give that is was such a hot day, I was quite glad when
this hike was done. (I was even more glad when we got to the
7-11). Even though it was super hot, we still had a great time
and if a friend ever asks for company going up to Elfin lakes, I'm game.
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