Joffre Lakes

Nice subalpine lakes in a rugged setting


Total Distance: 11.0 km (return)
Estimated Time: 5.5 hours
Average Grade: 6.1%
Structure: Linear - Return
Elevation Gain: 370 m
Start Elevation: 1250 m
Min Elevation: 1215 m
Max Elevation: 1585 m


Follow Route 99 north through Pemberton towards the Duffy. As you pass through Mount Currie, follow the signs toward Lillooet.

Once you reach Lillooet lake, the road turns uphill and winds steeply for the first few km's and continues to gain over 1000m elev.

Joffre Lake is well signed on the highway, and you will reach the trialhead about 20 minutes after driving on the Duffy proper.


The trail itself is a moderate hiking trail, passing by a few lakes on the way to an upper lake in a superb setting below a glacier and some magnificent peaks. Once at the upper lake, there is ample opportunity for more exploring, or just hanging out at the lake itself. Pretty good chance it will be crowded on a nice summer weekend, so go early. Upper campsite is outfitted with an outhouse and plastic pails to store your food.

History - This magnificent area of jagged peaks, icefields, cold rushing streams and turquoise blue lakes was established as a recreation area in 1988 and became a class A park in 1996.


GPS Waypoints

Trailhead N50.36942 W122.49862 10U 535656 5579826
Lower Lake Viewpoint N50.36765 W122.49803 10U 535700 5579629
Middle Lake Viewpoint N50.35247 W122.48225 10U 536834 5577949
Tszil Glacier Route Junction N50.34449 W122.48023 10U 536983 5577063
Upper Lake Campsite N50.34393 W122.47724 10U 537197 5577002