Every so often I find myself driving along the Sea to Sky Highway towards Whistler and every time I do, there is always one particular mountain which catches my eye in the distance. It’s called Black Tusk and it’s a beast I never thought I had the physical capacity to take on.
Although I consider myself a pretty adventurous person, I’m still quite an amateur when it comes to backpacking mountains and enduring long days with lots of weight on my back. But if there’s anything I love, it’s a challenge and that’s exactly what I knew Black Tusk would offer me.
Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park just outside of Whistler, Black Tusk is one of the most spectacular mountains in the area. But the catch is, it’s a difficult trek to get to. In order to get there, you need to first climb 9km uphill to Garibaldi Lake, and then hike another 10km to reach the peak of Black Tusk.
I wouldn’t recommend doing this in one day as there is so much to see and experience in this part of BC. Most people hike to Garibaldi Lake and then set up camp for a day or two so they can enjoy doing either Black Tusk, or Panorama Ridge (or both). Both hikes are rated difficult, but the views you are rewarded with make the uphill battle completely worth it.
If you ever find yourself in BC and are up for a fun challenge, make sure you add this one to your list. Pack light, and consider using my mantra ‘JFW’ (Just Fucking Walk) to help you get through it. If at any point, you are doubting yourself or ability to complete it, this mantra will remind you to take it step by step.