The Black Tusk is an unmistakable pinnacle of volcanic rock that you can’t miss if you ski off of the highest chairlift at Whistler or drive the Sea to Sky Highway.
The hike to the Black Tusk is long and hard.
- Distance from the Rubble Creek parking lot – 29 kms (18 miles)
- Total vertical – 1,740 metres (5700 feet)
- Last 300 feet to the summit has exposure plus there’s a scree field to navigate
- Camping possibilities – Taylor Meadows or Garibaldi Lake ($10 per person per night)
- Time needed (return trip) – 8 hours to the base of the Black Tusk (about 300 feet below the summit), 10 hours to summit
- No dogs permitted
- Lots of snow still on the approach at the end of July (makes for easy climbing)
- No interesting views until you reach Taylor Meadows – 7.5 kms into the hike
- Parking at Rubble Creek is $3 per day with exact change or a credit card