Squamish Hiking Trail RatingTaylor Meadows is a beautiful campsite and alternative to the much busier and more well known, Garibaldi Lake campsite. Located in between Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk itself. It is reached from the same trailhead to Garibaldi Lake. There are 40 very nice tent platforms, toilets, a good water source and a food cache, all in the lush forest of Taylor Meadows with the distant view of Black Tusk. 

  • Idyllic, flower filled valley below Black Tusk
  • Well organized campground in deep wilderness
  • Multiple hikes can be done from the meadows
  • Deluxe tent pads & frequent maintenance
  • Elevation gain flattens at the meadows
  • Black Tusk looms beautifully very near
  • More of a crossroads than a destination
  • No glacier views like you get at Garibaldi Lake
  • No convenient lake to swim in
  • Crowded campsite, fills up quickly

Reservations are required for camping at Garibaldi Lake campground and Taylor Meadows campground from June 29th-September 30th. Camping fees must be paid before entering the park. Before June 22nd pre-pay via before your trip. There are no cash payment options. You can pay online here.  Generally Taylor Meadows is not a destination on its own, but part of a circle route.  For example, trailhead to Taylor Meadows, Taylor Meadows to Black Tusk or Panorama Ridge, then return via Garibaldi Lake.

This makes for a long hike at 30 kilometres(19 miles), which is why tenting at this perfectly beautiful, and perfectly located Taylor Meadows campsite, is a great idea.  The trail to Taylor Meadows from Rubble Creek is well marked, well used and with plenty of signs and mapboards.  Expect to take two hours to reach Taylor Meadows from the trailhead/parking at Rubble Creek.  Below is an aerial video of Panorama Ridge, one of the most popular and amazing destination in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Taylor Meadows gets very busy at times as well with 40 campsites with full service (water, security, etc) and fees (May 1 - Nov 15). There are some small rivers close by but no swimming. The draw for Taylor Meadows camping is the wonderful location. It lays in a beautiful forested meadow full of hills and flowers and views of the towering Black Tusk. It has a less crowded feel than Garibaldi Lake does, though bear in mind that even when crowded these campsites don't feel crowded - they are just that organized and thick with trees and hills.

Also, if you were to feel crowded, you could easily wander in any of several directions and become immersed in the wonderful forest and beautiful desolation in these vast meadows. As mentioned above, as of June 22nd 2016 reservations are required for camping at Garibaldi Lake campground and Taylor Meadows campground from June 29th-September 30th. Camping fees must be paid before entering the park. Before June 22nd pre-pay via before your trip. There are no cash payment options. You can pay online here.  The Helm Creek campground across the valley from Taylor Meadows is smaller at 9 campsites, however it is in a beautiful setting on the quiet side of Black Tusk, though 1.5 hours away from the approaches to Black Tusk. Helm Creek is another beautiful campground. Most of the 9 campsites are next to the idyllic and cute Helm Creek. The main draw of this campsite is that it is on the quieter side of this area and can be approached from Cheakamus Lake.  The trails through Garibaldi Provincial Park are in such a vast area that suitable places far into the wilderness away from anyone, to put up a tent are limitless. People bivouac on top of Black Tusk, put up a tent on the far slopes of Panorama Ridge, or tent in any number of other places. Being located in British Columbia means that you are never far from a creek, river or lake wherever you hike in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

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Taylor Meadows Trail Map

Trail Map - Squamish Hiking TrailsCell coverage is reliable on all of the trail to Garibaldi Lake so you will be able to access the internet if you have a data plan, however saving this map may be a good idea. From Village Gate Boulevard, drive south, toward Vancouver. The well marked turn off to Black Tusk(Garibaldi) trailhead is 25 kilometres south of Whistler on your left. From the trailhead to Garibaldi Lake is 9 kilometres of consistently upward trails. As with all Garibaldi Park trails, dogs are not welcome. Neither are bikes (Cheakamus Lake is bike friendly).

History of Taylor Meadows

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Geology of Taylor Meadows

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Camping & Bivouacking at Taylor Meadows

Pay Use Campsites - Squamish Hiking TrailsGaribaldi Lake Campsites: The most busy camping option in the area is at Garibaldi Lake with 50 campsites with full service (water, security, etc) and fees (May 1 - Nov 15).  The campsites are well laid out and disappear into the forest.  All are very close to outhouses, food storage and preparing huts and from the amazing shore of Garibaldi Lake which has great, though very cold swimming. There is good fishing here for rainbow trout, which were introduced back in the 1920's. Taylor Meadows Campsite: gets very busy at times as well with 40 campsites with full service (water, security, etc) and fees (May 1 - Nov 15).  There are some small rivers close by but no swimming.  The draw for Taylor Meadows camping is the wonderful location.  It lays in a beautiful forested meadow full of hills and flowers and views of the towering Black Tusk.  It has a less crowded feel than Garibaldi Lake does, though bear in mind that even when crowded these campsites don't feel crowded - they are just that organized and thick with trees and hills.  Also, if you were to feel crowded, you could easily wander in any of several directions and become immersed in the wonderful forest and beautiful desolation in these vast meadows.  Helm Creek campground is smaller than Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake at just 9 official tent sites, however it is in a beautiful setting on the quiet side of Black Tusk.  Most of the 9 tent sites are next to the wonderfully idyllic Helm Creek.  The main draw of this campsite is that it is on the quieter side of this section of Garibaldi Park and can be approached from Cheakamus Lake.

Facilities at Taylor Meadows

Toilets - Squamish Hiking TrailsPit toilets are located at the Rubble Creek trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park.  Taylor Meadows just an hour and a half from the Rubble Creek trailhead has several outhouses. Garibaldi Lake has several outhouses as well about an hour and a half from Rubble Creek.  There is also an outhouse along the trail past both Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake located just before the Black Tusk trail turnoff.  Beyond that you will next come to pit toilets at the Helm Creek campsite.

Restrictions at Taylor Meadows

No Fires Allowed - Squamish Hiking TrailsDogs Not Welcome - Squamish Hiking TrailsNo Bikes Allowed - Squamish Hiking TrailsNo Motorized Vehicles - Squamish Hiking TrailsUnfortunately dogs are not permitted in Garibaldi Provincial Park due to potential conflicts with the park's wildlife.  All of the other Squamish hiking trails outside of Garibaldi Park are dog friendly however, including Cirque Lake, Stawamus Chief, High Falls Creek, Upper Shannon Falls and Ring & Conflict Lake.  For a list of the best, dog friendly hiking trails around Whistler try here. And the best easy, dog friendly trails here.

Driving Directions to the Rubble Creek Trailhead

From Garibaldi Way(the last intersection before leaving Squamish, near Canadian Tire), heading North on Highway 99, toward Whistler. The well marked turnoff to Black Tusk(Garibaldi) trailhead is 32 kilometres on your right.  150 metres up this road it will fork.  Take the right fork and continue up the paved road for 2 kilometres to Garibaldi Provincial Park, Rubble Creek trailhead. This is also the most direct trailhead for Taylor Meadows, Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge. This trailhead parking area had a rash of vehicle thefts in recent years, so be sure to keep any valuable out of sight and don't be obvious about hiding valuables in your trunk before setting off in case someone is watching you. A common problem in Squamish trailheads, this depressing phenomenon is moving north toward Whistler. The RCMP is taking this problem very seriously and making some effort to curb this recent increase, however taking your own precautions is your most reliable line of defense. Most hotels are happy to keep your luggage for you before or after your stay with them. Don't let this deter you from hiking in Whistler. Of the hundreds(or is it thousands?) of hikes we have done in and around Whistler, we have never had a problem with crime. A little prevention makes a world of difference!

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