Joffre Lakes is a beautiful picturesque hike. Consequently, it is a must if you find yourself in British Columbia’s Coast Mountains.
Not only does the walk by Joffre Lakes include;
- Beautiful trees
- Three alpine lakes, each more stunning than the last
- Canadian views and scenery in all directions
- Epic glaciers and snow capped mountains
- A manicured path
- Occasional wildlife
It also has a steep, dramatic waterfall situated between the second and third lakes. The stream from the upper lake to the middle lake crashes down violently as soon as it begins its descent. In this particular spot the water thunders over a tiered set of steps creating a frenetic scene. The water races down to the middle lake where it finally rests, if only for a moment, once it hits the lake.
There is hope at the bottom of the biggest waterfall – Patrick Ness
In my opinion the hike is worth it just for this image. However, I’ll be honest, I am utterly addicted to waterfalls.
Details on Joffre Lakes
Drive along highway 99, through Pemberton and Mount Currie, following signs for Lillooet. After driving through Mount Currie and over the rive next to some amazing views of Lillooet Lake, you’ll start climbing a steep road with many switchbacks. Joffre Lakes parking lot is hard to miss. If it is full, there is over flow parking downhill of the main lot.
The hike is roughly 11km, allow 3-4 hours for the round trip. It is a maintained path however it is steep in parts. Joffre Lakes is actually one of the few hikes in this area that is dog friendly, they must be kept on a leash.
The first lake is a very short walk from the parking lot. If a hike isn’t on the cards, stop in and check this lake out at the very least.