For this day we planned Joffre lakes, a provincial park between Whistler and Salmon Arm. This hike included three lakes, a lower, middle, and upper lake. It was also only about half the distance and a third of the elevation gain of our first and previous hike at Garbaldi Lake. Three different lakes makes for three different resting points and half the distance and decreased elevation gain makes for a less challenging hike. This wasn’t sounding bad at all.
Ready or not here comes us, Joffre Lakes!
This hike was enjoyable. Despite our muscle soreness from the Garbaldi lake hike, we didn’t seem to struggle much on this one. We were stunned with the beautiful blue color of these lakes. We almost felt like we were standing in front of a backdrop for photography. We had no idea that lakes this beautiful were in existence. This lake provided many photo-ops and we just couldn’t get enough.
The hike to the middle lake is the most strenuous part of the hike. For a good portion you are in direct sunlight and after that there is a steep staircase that needs climbed. Just be sure to carry plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Once you reach the middle lake this portion of the hike is totally worth it.
Between the middle and upper lake there is a large waterfall to break up the hiking. To reach the upper lake the trail because large rocks that you need to be able to maneuver over and climb. We wouldn’t recommend this for people who aren’t comfortable climbing up and over large rocks. This lake is where we rested the longest, and ate our snacks.
The hike down was a bit of a challenge as well, stairs are always a bit harder going down and being in direct sunlight tires anyone out.
With rest stops included, this hike took us between 3-4 hours round trip allowing us plenty of time to hit the road and make our way toward Salmon Arm.
- 4.8 miles
- 1,610 ft gain
- Restrooms in Parking Lot
- Free Parking