7 miles
Distance
2,338 ft
Climb
-708 ft
Descent
02:23:36
Avg time

Elfin Lakes Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
  • Riding Area
    Diamond Head
    Squamish, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Diamond Head
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jun-Nov
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 100 in Skiing
  • 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.

Please note, cycling is prohibited around the lakes. Cycling is only permitted on the trail to the campground.

Access Info

Go up to Diamond Head parking lot.

Disclaimer

Warning: It's prohibited under the Parks Act to harvest anything in the park, including blueberries. Blueberries are an important food source for bear leading into hibernation.

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
    02:23:36
  • Avg reverse time
    00:51:26
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Status:
on Sep 25, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.65 (12 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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 Groomed
  • 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
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to elfin-lakes trailhead (49.750160, -123.053020)
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      Elfin Lakes Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 25, 2019 @ 8:05pm
      Sep 25, 2019
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 10:11pm
      Sep 22, 2019
      Sep 5, 2019 @ 10:49am
      Sep 5, 2019
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 3:53pm
      Jun 15, 2019
      Snow just after red heather hut, may be 800 m up the bike route, will be a few weeks b4 its clear 2-3 half way to elfin
      Jun 15, 2019 @ 3:53pm
      Jun 15, 2019
      1k past red heather snow gets deep, 2-3 feet half way, another few weeks before its rideable
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 72 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
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      • 209 rides
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      7 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?
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      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?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag amygalina (Jul 1, 2019 at 14:25)
       Don’t eat the blueberries! The bears need them, and it’s against the Park Act.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag amygalina (Jul 1, 2019 at 14:28)
       Don’t eat the blueberries! The bears need them, and it’s against the Park Act to harvest berries in a provincial park.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag bc-low (Sep 22, 2019 at 22:11)
       Nice climb, great views, bad description though. Low PSI and fat tires are in no way needed, and probably account for why description says 21km ride feels like 30km..

      Climb grade is gentle and never sustained. One or two loose short climbs some may choose to walk to mitigate frustration, but very quick and casual ride.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Eli-Krause (Sep 26, 2019 at 22:06)
       how long of a decent back down from the hut is it?
      [Reply]

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