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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-15-2002, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've heard that since the trail from the parking lot to Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi is wide, more like a logging road, bikes are allowed to go up until the campground at the lakes. Has anyone ever done that?

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I just did the trail to Elfin this Sunday and saw quite a few bikers going up and down. Looks like a lot of fun, I think I'll give that a shot sometime next summer.

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Yeah, me too! How was the weather?

Also, how is the trail? I haven't even hiked it yet...

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The weather couldn't have been better <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

It rained from the minute we pulled off the 99 'till the minute we got back on it 6 hour later! Visibility was poor throughout and we swear we saw snow falling at times, but that's all part of the fun.

The trail is very nice, well marked and almost impossible to get lost unless you close your eyes and jump off one of the many cliffside passes. I'll definitely be hiking it again.

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Too bad about the weather<img src=icon_smile_sad.gif border=0 align=middle>.

I've heard that the trail is really visible at all times, and the hike to the lakes isn't too hard, which is good. Thanks for the info!

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I got a chance to do the Elfin Lakes trail on my bike in September.It's really nice scenery,and if you get an early start you can avoid the crowds in the parking lot.I shot off a couple of rolls of film and met some interesting people as well.The climb in is a pretty good hammer,so
don't do it if you haven't done your hillwork!!!!There are also a lot of other good rides in the area(ie Powersmart,Ring Creek,etc).One other thing,you should take it easy on the descent as I noticed many of the hikers coming up were inexperienced and thusly not paying attention to the trail .The ride is well worth it,though!!
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I've never been to Elfin Lakes. How long does it take to drive there from Vancouver? Can it be a day trip, or does it need to be an overnighter?

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First you drive to Squamish,and you then follow the signs to Diamond Head(Garibaldi Provincial park).I live in North Van,so it takes me about an hour or so to get to the trailhead.The ride is 23 kms return and it took me from 815-noon or so to complete it.It is a very easy day trip,but you can also stay in the hut,or choose to camp as well.If you do camp remember not to ride beyond the hut area as the parks people will not approve.I guess from Vancouver it would take another 30-45 mins to get there.The book I have says that the ride is best July-Sept but I know people who've done it in October(colder,of course).
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Has anyone done Elfin Lakes by bike a little more recently? How is it?

Thx,

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Has anyone done Elfin Lakes by bike a little more recently? How is it?
I did it last year at this time by bike on a day trip up Opal Cone. That's a little more recently, but maybe someone else has done it this year?

A couple of notes on the trail. The ride up to Red Heather is an easy logging road, but a good workout. Some riders might have to push sections of it, but it is all rideable. Above the Red Heather hut, the bike route splits from the hiking trail. At this point, the biking route is quite bouldery, and I had to push the bike here on the way up. A little higher up, though, it gets easier and it's a nice ride around Round Mountain and down to Elfin.

I really, really recommend this ride on a sunny day. The views are fantastic, and having a mountain bike almost feels like you're cheating!

Hope this helps!

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I did it last year: Sep 8, 2007 trip report

I complained a lot because sections of it are quite rough. But, if I had a bike with disc brakes and some sort of suspension, I might say something different.

Regardless though, it saves a whole ton of time!
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Thank you for the recent responses and link to the guntis trip report. My bike is "all mountain" with nice suspension, so from what has been said it should be fun to try this trip by bike! We plan to go one day next week so I'll post a trip report after we've finished.

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