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The Black Tusk

The Black Tusk

The Black Tusk

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: British Columbia, Canada, North America

Lat/Lon: 49.97521°N / 123.04281°W

Object Title: The Black Tusk

Elevation: 7595 ft / 2315 m


Page By: EasyPeaks

Created/Edited: Apr 13, 2002 / Nov 23, 2015

Object ID: 150945

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Page Score: 75.75%  - 12 Votes 

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The Black Tusk is a stark tower of crumbling volcanic rock rising above and north of Garibaldi Lake and surrounding meadows. It is an eroded remant of an extinct volcano. The peak's isolation from surrounding mountains, and it's striking appearance make it a prominant landmark in Garabaldi Park and the southern Coast Mountains. A trail and scramble route make the ascent simple and very popular. One local quoted me the statistic that it is the most climbed mountain in B.C. The summit view of Garbaldi Lake and surrounding glaciated peaks is spectacular!

Getting There

Drive Hwy. 99 north from Vancouver . 20 mi. north of the town of Squamish take a right at the B.C. Parks sign for the Rubble Creek trailhead. Drive the paved road 1.9 mi. to the trailhead parking lot ( elevation 1,900 ft.). Hike the trail 3.7 mi. to a junction (el. 4438') The right fork leads to Garbaldi Lake campground. The left to Taylor Meadows camp.(where I camped.) in 1.2 mi. From Taylor Meadows follow maintained trail staying left at all junctions, following signs to Black Tusk.
The trail travels across expansive meadows gradually ascending the scree slopes on the south side of the Tusk. The route, beaten into the scree, ascends on the left (East) then traverses across beneath the S. face to the base of the W. ridge. A 30ft. nearly vertical chimney (class 3) must be climbed to reach easier scrambling and scree hiking along the ridge to the summit.

Red Tape

The Garibaldi Provincial Park trail, campground system is heavily built to withstand overuse. Camping is allowed only at designated campgrounds. Campgrounds have cooking shelters, tent pads and outhouses. A per night camping fee is charged at Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake campgrounds. Bring Cash. Go midweek to avoid crowds.

When To Climb

July to October is best. The Black Tusk is considerd a mountaineering objective in winter and spring.


See "Red Tape" above

Mountain Conditions

Garabaldi Provincial Park: 604-898-3678

Miscellaneous Info

Maps: Cheakamus River 92 G/14, ITMB Whistler and Region

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ClimberMan420high camp


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There is reasonable places to camp on the summit. If you have really good weather and dont mind a little pack for your scramble then I highly recomend it, its amazing. Although unless early season dont expect any water or snow on the peak.
Posted Oct 11, 2007 11:49 pm
gimpilatorPlease Adopt


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The owner of this page is inactive and the information contained herein is outdated and incorrect. If you have climbed this peak, please consider adopting the page to make corrections and updates.

The page should state the fact that 99% of hikers who scramble up the peak do not reach the true summit. The top of the chimney scramble takes you to a false summit. To reach the true summit is a technical climb with serious exposure and requires rope(s).

Only one person who has signed the climbers log actually went to the summit, Alpine72: "In order to really claim you have climbed this peak a rappel into a notch between the main summit and outers spire is necessary. I then solo climbed the rotting spire to the top shaking in my boots. I then rapped down and used ascenders to regain the main peak. All the while masive pieces of the mountain were crashing down and playing doctor dodge ball was the theme of the day."

Also, the location indicated by the current coordinates is off by many kilometers. The correct coordinates are as follows, (49.975211, -123.042808).
Posted Nov 22, 2015 1:42 pm

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