We went on a three day camping trip to Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, Mount Price and Table Meadows this long weekend with kids. We had a reservation at Garibaldi Lake campsite for July 30, 2016 and did Black Tusk scrambles summit on the same day.
On the second day we scrambled up Mount Price summit. There are large patches of snow on Mount Price, but they are easy to bypass and do not require crampons to walk on. We decided to descend from Mount Price summit down a gully into Table Meadows. While this is clearly not the optimal route to Table Meadows, we managed to scramble down the first steep gully without incident and then tried to glide on the soft scree taking short turns.
The worst thing that happened to us past Mount Price summit was a massive attack of mosquitoes all the way into Table Meadows and back. Mount Price appears to be a mysterious entry point into the mosquito kingdom. We applied repellent cream all the time, but the vicious critters continued their relentless kamikaze assault regardless. We had to wear wind breakers, hats and helmets to keep them off despite the hot weather.
We did some bushwhacking and a couple of extra ups and downs trying to find a path to Table Meadows, as there is no marked trail. At one point though we did see a lone orange mark at the end of the boulder field, but there were no other marks. It took us almost 4 hours to approach Table mountain, as the blood sucking critters did not allow us to think straight.
We scrambled up to touch the Table and camped in Table Meadows for the night.
On the third day we had better luck finding an easier ascending route to Mount Price via a dried creek green gully leading to Mount Price col. We could clearly see a trail with tracers of other hikers on it. It ended in a steep scree section, but it was relatively short, and we managed to scramble up using veggie belay in half an hour. It took us only 2.5 hours to cross Table Meadows and ascend Mount Price col, where we stopped for a lunch. We made another break at Garibaldi Lake for a snack and a refreshing swim. By 7 p.m. we were at the Rubble Creek parking lot.
We hiked ~ 55 km in three days and touched the vertical wall of the Table. Surprisingly, it felt like solid rock pretty much like Black Tusk wall, except for the Handle which was all rotten rock. Unfortunately, we only had 2-2.5 hours of day light time left to explore Table Mountain this time, as the descent into Table Meadows took us much longer than expected. Also, we were not sure we would venture into Table Meadows with kids. We decided to keep all options open and made a final decision on the summit of Mount Price. Maybe next time without kids we will get more quality time exploring the Table. (But first mosquitoes in the Table Meadows must die! Last summer there were not as many critters there, so there is a hope that this is a passing thing).