Hike to Paradise: Hiking Joffre Lake
One of the most popular hikes around the Pemberton area is the hike to Joffre Lake. Looking for something to do this Canada Day long weekend, why not check out Joffre Lake?
The Joffre Lake Hike Details
Once you arrive at the Joffre Lake parking lot, follow the signs to the Joffre Lake hiking trail. In just a few minutes you will reach the first of three glacier fed lakes along the trail. The view is spectacular and offers amazing views of the glacier sitting high up in the mountains. You can choose to take a trail right down to the first lake or remain on the upper trail that continues on.
Once back on the main trail you will continue for another 5 minutes until you reach an uphill forested area. This will continue for about 20 minutes until you reach a large boulder field. At this point you will have to cross the boulder field. Make sure to be careful and take as much time as you need to get across.
After crossing the boulder field you will begin to hear a creek in the distance. This is Joffre Creek and it flows into the Middle Joffre Lake which is approximately 20 minutes down the trail from the boulder field.
Follow the trail to Middle Joffre Lake where the trail will continue to weave along the shoreline until you begin to reach a steep rocky area. From here you must navigate a number of switchbacks climbing back into a forested area for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you should begin to see the Upper Joffre Lakes emerge. These lakes fall in front of an amazing glacier backdrop offering spectacular views and great photo opps.
Once you see the lake continue along the trail until you reach a small bridge. After crossing the bridge the trees will begin to open up to another large rockslide area. This is the best area to stop for a rest and break out the lunches. From here you can also begin to trek around. Check out the Upper Joffre Lake further or follow the Joffre River that feeds up the mountain towards the glacier. Just remember this is the furthest point away from your car and civilization. Always travel with a buddy and remember to use common sense with the time of day and hiking points.
How Long Does the Hike Take?
The hike takes about 5 hours. That's 2.5 hours to get there and 2.5 hours to get back. Of course this is an average time and doesn't include extra time sightseeing time or slower hikers.
How do I Get There?
Driving from Pemberton to the Joffre Lake parking lot takes about 30 to 35 minutes. Leave the Pemberton Village towards Mount Currie. Once you arrive in Mount Currie drive until you see a white church on your right hand side. There will be a T in the road with a sign for the Lillooet turn off. Take a right at the sign and head towards Lillooet. From here stay on the road for about 18 minutes. You will need to start looking for the Joffre Lake turn-off when you begin to climb up the mountain. Eventually you will see a turn off for Joffre Lake Provincial Park on your right hand sign.
Camping | Camping is available at Joffre Lake Provincial Park. There are 24 campsite available on a first come first serve basis at Upper Joffre Lake (the last lake on the trail). Remember to follow pack in pack out rules. Campfires unfortunately are banned year round.
Dogs at Joffre | Dogs are allowed at Joffre Lake. Please keep dogs on a leash however and remember to pick up after them.
Fishing | Joffre lake provides great lake fishing. Several species of trout can be found in the lakes. If you are planning to fish in Joffre remember to bring your fishing license with you.
Photo Credit: elehmden
Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014