Glacier-carved valleys, soaring peaks, ancient volcanoes and ice fields. Just a taste of what I encountered following the Opal Cone trail beyond Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
A lot of trails near Vancouver are very popular. A lot of them are Instagram famous. Some of these trails are good to do once. Experience it, enjoy it, and then find the less beaten path. Elfin Lakes is worthy of the hype and fame. However those who only visit for a day are missing out on the real wonder of this place.
The Elfin Lakes hike has been on my bucket list for a few years. It is a well-known and very popular overnight trip near Vancouver. The winter has been a long one in Vancouver but I finally bit the bullet and reserved a Friday night at the shelter, with the forecast promising a mix of sun and clouds. It would do.