Helm Creek Trail

Less frequented than Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park


Total Distance: 20.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 8.5 hours
Average Grade: 9.2%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 920 m
Start Elevation: 820 m
Max Elevation: 1740 m


Same as Cheakamus Lake trail.

Drive North on Highway 99 from Squamish towards Whistler. Watch for the signage about 2.5 km South of Function Junction, turn right onto Cheakamus Lake Road. Take the left fork and drive 8.5 km to the trailhead.


Start on the same trail to Cheakamus Lake. When you get to a fork at about 1 km, take the right fork that goes right toward the river, and follow it over the bridge and then up the other side for about 8 km. Here you will reach Helm Creek campground, where there are about 9 tent sites, pit toilets and food caches. This is a good camp to access various other hikes in the area. For the ambitious, this is the preferred approach to Gentian Ridge, Gentian Pass, Polemonium Ridge and Castle Towers.

Travel another 2 km to Helm Lake. Stunning views of Black Tusk.

This trail can be done as a 25 km traverse to Rubble Creek Parking Lot. Travel past Helm Lake to Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake and out Rubble Creek.


GPS Waypoints

Cheakamus Lake trailhead N50.04191 W122.98957 10U 500747 5543291
Helm Creek Trail junction N50.03466 W122.96999 10U 502149 5542485
Bridge over Cheakamus Creek N50.03398 W122.97156 10U 502037 5542409
Helm Creek campsite N49.99622 W122.99729 10U 500194 5538210
Cinder Flats N49.97551 W123.01541 10U 498895 5535908
Helm Creek crossing N49.96824 W123.01934 10U 498613 5535100
Panorama Ridge junction N49.96454 W123.02808 10U 497986 5534688
Black Tusk Lake viewpoint N49.96434 W123.03080 10U 497791 5534666