Spent a night at Elfin Lakes and decided to make the most of being in Garibaldi Provincial Park by scrambling up Opal Cone – an extinct volcano. A four-hour round trip from Elfin Lakes, it’s a great day hike and would even make for a fantastic big trail-run in one-day if you were to go from the main trailhead.
After a very wet and soggy hike in on the Saturday, there was a lot of hope for better weather on the Sunday. Waking up Sunday morning, the rain had gone and a few clouds were just lingering in the valley, hanging around some of the higher peaks. As the day went on, the sun came out making for clear views from the summit of Opal Cone.
After setting off from the camping area at Elfin Lakes, the trail soon starts to descend down to a river that runs straight off the back of Garibaldi and out of the park. Once out of the trees and greenery the valley really opens up and you can see the trail wind through the boulders.
The trail cuts back on itself, climbing and heading up to the south face of Opal Cone. It then heads east towards Mamquam lake. This is the point at which we turned off the trail, heading north along a narrow glacial ridge that reaches up to the south west corner of Opal Cone. From this point we circled further around to the west of the cone before we found a very easy route up to the top.
Lovely pics and scenery. What camera?