Helm Creek is a cute, meandering creek that winds its way from beyond Black Tusk, down the valley to the wonderful campground that takes its name. From the Helm Creek campground, Helm Creek descends further along the Helm Creek trail, until it joins Cheakamus River, not far from where it leaves Cheakamus Lake. The location of Helm Creek campground is pretty amazing for a variety of reasons.

  • Spread out and serene campsite setting
  • Well organized campground in deep wilderness
  • Connects to Black Tusk via gorgeous ridge route
  • Very serene setting next to idyllic creek
  • Endless unmarked routes to amazing sights
  • 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
  • Fills up fast with just a few tent pads

Hike in Whistler

Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerAlexander Falls Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyAncient Cedars Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerBlack Tusk Pay Use Hiking Trail WhistlerBlackcomb Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerBrandywine Falls Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyBrandywine Meadows Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyBrew Lake Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerCallaghan Lake Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerCheakamus Lake Whistler Hiking Trail EasyCheakamus River Whistler Hiking Trail HardCirque Lake Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerGaribaldi Lake Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerHelm Creek Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyJoffre Lakes Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyKeyhole Hiking Trail Hard Dog FriendlyLogger’s Whistler Hiking Trail EasyMadeley Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyMeager Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerNairn Falls Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerPanorama Ridge Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerParkhurst Hiking Trail ModerateRainbow Falls Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerRainbow Lake Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyRing Lake Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerRussett Lake Whistler Hiking Trail EasySea to Sky Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerSkookumchuck Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerSloquet Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlySproatt Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerTaylor Meadows Whistler Hiking Trail EasyTrain Wreck Hiking Trail Hard - Whistler TrailsWedge Pay Use Hiking Trail WhistlerWhistler

First it is just a great location. About halfway between Cheakamus Lake and Black Tusk it lays in some amazingly scenic areas. Beautiful, climbable mountains all around. Amazing fields of snow that run all the way to the base of Black Tusk well into July. Rivers, creeks and waterfalls everywhere you look from the idyllic campground. A large, grassy field ringed by trees and Helm Creek.

What you always want from a campground is a convenient and clean water source and of course Helm Creek is both.  Another aspect of a great campground is a variety of beautiful views and a serene setting and again Helm Creek has both of these.  The campground is so widespread that even if the area becomes busy, you can still manage to not hear your neighbours.

The area really has no defined trails except the Helm Creek trail that runs past the campsite, but there are infinitely numerous directions you can wander.  Exploring in any direction takes you to more and more pristine, green fields, streams, pocket lakes and mountain views.  Though most just use it as a base to extend onto Black Tusk, it is a great base for so much more. Helm Peak, Corrie Peak, Cinder Cone, Empetrum Peak as well as the more frequented Panorama Ridge, Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake.

Possibly the nicest aspect of Helm Creek as a campground is that it is quiet and serene when compared with the other two area campgrounds. Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows are very busy all summer long. In fact there is a posting part way up the trail to Garibaldi Lake indicating how crowded it is and if it is full. At Helm Creek you find yourself in a remote and quiet valley in the midst of paradise. From the trail junction in the campground you see the enticing sign indicating what is around you. The nice, well marked trail continues to Panorama Ridge in 7 kilometres.  Black Tusk in 9.5 kilometres or Garibaldi Lake in 9 kilometres.  All of these destinations branch off the main trail that ascends away from Helm Creek.

Another popular, yet unmarked destination from Helm Creek is Helm Glacier.  Though unmarked, it is very easy to find on the trail from Helm Creek that leads to Black Tusk, Panorama Ridge and Garibaldi Lake. Just keep your eyes out for the fantastic erratic(see a picture of the erratic here), with the tree growing out of it along the trail.  It is obvious when you spot it(about 20 minutes from the Helm Creek campground).  At this marvellous display of glacier power and a hardy krummholz breaking apart this huge glacier deposited boulder, turn left and walk up the open valley and you will arrive at the amazing Helm Glacier in just 45 minutes.  In the opposite direction from Helm Creek from where you just came the sign shows Cheakamus Lake to be 8.5 kilometres away and the Cheakamus Lake trailhead and parking lot to be 8.5 kilometres away.  This trail slowly descends the valley for a couple kilometres before more steeply zig-zagging down to the Cheakamus River crossing.

Squamish Hiking Trails

The Chief is the mammoth rock face that towers over Squamish. Though hardly believable from looking at, the summit is an easy two hour hike. In fact there ...
Read more
Panorama Ridge is easily one of the most amazing hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park.  The 15 kilometre hike from the trailhead at Rubble Creek to Panorama Ridge ...
Read more
The Lions or Twin Sisters lie in North Vancouver, south of Squamish.  The two distinct, rocky peaks are visible from downtown Vancouver.  The one on the ...
Read more
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is a beautiful stop in between Squamish and Whistler.  It's about 25 minutes north of Squamish, 11k south of Whistler.  The ...
Read more
Ring Lake is a fantastically beautiful and wonderfully remote lake similar to Cirque Lake but considerably farther to hike to reach it. The 10 kilometre ...
Read more

Vancouver Hiking Trails

Mount Hanover is another amazing and accessible peak in the North Shore mountains. Located in the beautiful Cypress Provincial Park, Mount Hanover is ...
Read more
Deer Lake is a relaxing 5 kilometre walk around a cute urban lake just 30 minutes from Vancouver.  The route around the lake is good any time of year and ...
Read more
Unnecessary Mountain gets its peculiar name from the fact it once was part of the route to reach The Lions whereas now the route avoids it.  This now, ...
Read more
Mystery Lake is an easy, well marked trail that leads to a cute mountain lake that is perfect for relaxing, swimming or having a picnic.  It is just 1.5k ...
Read more
Rice Lake is a relaxing walk around a cute lake in Lynn Valley.  It is a family friendly hike although dogs are not welcome.  Roundtrip from your car the ...
Read more

Whistler Hiking Trails

Brandywine Meadows is a nice, relatively short hike to a massive flower filled valley high up in Callaghan Valley. Located 40 minutes south of Whistler, this ...
Read more
Whistler has an absurd number of wonderful and free hiking trails and Parkhurst Ghost Town certainly ranks as one of the most unusual, exotic and ...
Read more
Russet Lake is a surreal little paradise that lays at the base of the Fissile. The Fissile is the strikingly bronze mountain visible from Whistler ...
Read more
Madeley Lake, wrongly named "Powell Lake" on some maps, is a well hidden, though easily drivable lake in beautiful Callaghan Valley. Unlike the terrible ...
Read more
Wedgemount Lake itself is a magnificent destination for a day hike or spectacular overnight beneath the dazzling mountain peaks and stars. Many sleep ...
Read more