Mamquam Lake and the Gargoyles
ElevationAscent: 7,074' 2,156 m
Descent: -7,073' -2,156 m
High: 5,868' 1,789 m
Low: 3,211' 979 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)
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“A run through rainforest, alpine meadows, and glacier moonscapes.”— Ryan J
Without the addition of the Gargoyles, this trail is 42km and can be considered intermediate.
From the base of this defunct volcano, you climb 400m to a junction where you can decide to summit the volcano or continue toward Rampart Ponds through a glacier moonscape.
Time will fly (and so will you), on these relatively smooth trails broken up by two climbs of note before descending switchbacks to Mamquam Lake. Eat a snack, thank the mountain gods and trail builders for access to this beautiful place, then turn around and go back the way you came.
On your way back, the second opportunity to peak bag comes near Elfin Lake hut toward the Gargoyles. At ~1km before the hut, take a right at the trail junction and follow the steep trail to the summit.
After enjoying the views from the Gargoyles, retraces your steps back the Mamquam Lake Trail and head back to the trailhead to finish out your run.
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Land Manager: BC Parks