7 miles
Distance
2,338 ft
Climb
-708 ft
Descent
02:14:04
Avg time

Elfin Lakes Details

  • Riding Area
    Diamond Head
    Squamish, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Diamond Head
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jun-Nov
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    Garibaldi Provincial Park

This is the Elfin Lakes trail that is used by hikers and bikers. It starts at approx 3,200' elevationand climbs to the ridge high point at 5,236' and then down to Elfin Lakes at 4,832'. The trail is 21km return. However, due to the rocky surface, this ride feels like a solid 30km. Bring the fattest tires you have and run them at low PSI for maximum enjoyment!

There is a waterfall partway up and a few other sources of water as long as it has not been dry for too long.

Oh, and in the fall there are tons of Blue Berries!

Access Info

Go up to Diamond Head parking lot.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Elfin Lakes bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,630 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,201 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,233 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,201 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,831 ft
  • Grade
    4.661%
  • Grade max
    -19.295%
  • Grade min
    33.752%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,258 ft
  • Avg time
    02:14:04
  • Avg reverse time
    00:51:26
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Status:
on Nov 10, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 3.5 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 80%
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to elfin-lakes trailhead (49.750160, -123.053020)
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Elfin Lakes Trail Reports

datedescription
Nov 10, 2018 @ 6:33pm
Nov 10, 2018
Oct 19, 2018 @ 11:12am
Oct 19, 2018
Excellent condition.
Oct 16, 2018 @ 11:32am
Oct 16, 2018
Perfect. Does not require fat tires with low pressures as advertised. It’s just a dirt road.
May 29, 2018 @ 2:12pm
May 29, 2018
Lots of snow from about 1km up, very soft and mostly unrideable
Oct 3, 2017 @ 11:46am
Oct 3, 2017
Awesome condition... for now... get up there before the snow flies.
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag Bolly (Oct 27, 2017 at 1:39)
 Can I do this on a fully rigid 26" mountain bike with semi slicks?
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  • + 1
flag bmccurdy75 (Sep 29, 2018 at 9:29)
 i know this comment was some time ago but for future readers...I wouldn't recommend it. There is very little hardpacked single track on this route.
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flag kevinkennett (Apr 23, 2018 at 11:39)
 Thinking of a bike/backpack trip. Once you get up to elfin lakes can you bike up to the gargoyles or mamquam?
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