Garibaldi Lake hardly needs conditions update, never mind full report, but I don't get to post TRs on BC side much anymore, so bear with me.
Plan was to hike Price; I prefer views of Garibaldi basin from Price much more than from Pano Ridge. But seeing fairly thick layer (and smell) of smoke arriving @ Rubble I decided to hike just to the lake & put light day-hikers instead of boots. What a gong-show this trail has become in the meantime! Parking lots full, cars down the road and at least 1km "No Parking" signs on north side of the road. And then trail; if you think Lake Louise is busy in summer, maybe you should come to Garibaldi. Flip-flops, radios blasting, people asking you to take photos of them, discarded socks, underwear, towels, women bras and who knows what else. Cigarette buts and plastic bags. Human feces turd right in the middle of trail think as hiker boot (with toilet paper nevertheless). List goes on. I swear it deteriorated triple since I was here last time in 2014. Yet... it somehow did not bother me too much. Garibaldi is special and so beautiful and I find ways to disconnect and enjoy the beauty that is still there.
Upon arriving to the lake, went towards south end a bit, then bushwhacked for some solitude and different perspective I never had before. Smoke was there and Bookworms and Sphinx could barely be seen. It is a shame, but I enjoyed still because this was new experience. Couple of photos:
View towards Black Tusk -- clearest shot I got all day
Classic view from west end -- I edited this in Photoshop quite a bit, yet note how hazy it is
But not to end report on such poor visuals, here is trip down the memory lane and cross-section from my Garibaldi collection since 2008:
September 2008 -- I was on business trip to Van and during the weekend hiked Black Tusk. This trip triggered desire to explore Coast Mountains and made me move to BC 1 month later
August 2009 -- Top of Mt. Price looking towards Garibaldi and Table
October 2010 -- Castle Towers summit
February 2011 -- Snowshoe across frozen Garibaldi Lake to Sphinx Bay and Burton Hut
March 2012 -- Snowshoe across frozen Garibaldi Lake to Glaciology Hut in Sentinel Bay
August 2012 -- Table Meadows and single best day trip I've done on BC Coast
October 2013 -- Classic view from Pano Ridge
November 2014 -- Classic view from end of Rubble trail
End of story ... for now?