Happy September! If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I was out hiking this past weekend. Summer isn’t over yet! Today’s post is an updated hiking guide to one of the best hikes around Vancouver, Joffre Lakes! This hike is a fairly short one for the stunning views at the top. If you haven’t already checked this off your hiking list, it’s definitely a must do!
Joffre Lakes Quick Hiking Guide
How to Get There
The hike to Joffre Lakes is located just outside of Pemberton, BC and it’s roughly a 3 hour drive from Vancouver (one way). It’s a perfect hike to do if you’re wanting to make a day or weekend trip to Whistler.
When to Go
The best time hike is in July or August when the chances of a clear view of the mountains are best. Important to note – this hike is extremely popular! When I was there last weekend, the parking lot was half full at 8:30am. Be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds. Joffre becomes especially busy around lunch time.
Difficulty and Details
Joffre Lakes is a moderate 3 hour round-trip hike and most of the steep incline is within the first hour. There are three lakes total to see on the hike and the first one is at the very beginning of the trailhead and not far from the parking lot. The second (middle) lake is where the best views are (in my opinion!) and it’s about 1 hour into the hike. Middle Joffre Lake is where you’ll find the Instagram famous log that everyone stands on for a picture. The third lake, or Upper Joffre Lake requires some bouldering to get to but the view is worth it and you’ll get to see the glacier up close. Camping is available at the third lake.
What to Bring
Be sure to pack plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. Hiking boots aren’t really necessary for this hike, though they are always nice to have. On a scorching summer day, bring a bathing suit and go for a swim! Last thing, the mosquitoes can be annoying, so it’s a good idea to bring a small container of bug spray with you. You can read my full list of essential items to take on a day hike here.
Thanks so much for reading! Have you hiked Joffre Lakes yet? What are some good fall hikes that you love? Let me know what you think in the comments!