Helm Glacier

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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1.5-2h
Distance
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4.8 km
Elevation
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153 m
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Helm Glacier

Hiking the Helm Glacier trail is a scenic experience that will allow hikers to view a number of beautiful peaks within Garibaldi Provincial Park and visit a viewpoint overlooking the glacier. This 2.4 km hike follows along some easy terrain and is connected to other popular routes in the region, making it suitable for both casual and experienced hikers alike. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to camp overnight at the Helm Creek Campground and experience this awesome trail.

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Route Description for Helm Glacier

The hike to Helm Glacier is a short 2.4 km out-and back route that can be completed as a quick excursion from Helm Creek Campground in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Hikers looking to utilize this trail will first need to make the trek to the backcountry campground in order to access the trailhead. This is a scenic route through a beautiful meadow that offers spectacular views of nearby mountains including Cinder Cone, Helm Peak, and the iconic Black Tusk. At the end of the trail, hikers will have views overlooking the frigid expanse of the Helm Glacier nestled amongst the peaks. Hiking on or around glaciers requires a lot of experience, so practice caution while in this area and do not get too close unless you are familiar with the terrain. This hike is a fantastic route if you are camping in the area and looking for a quick excursion away from camp.

Getting to the Helm Glacier Trailhead

To get to the Helm Glacier trailhead from Whistler, head west on BC-99 S and turn left onto Cheakamus Lake Rd. Turn left to stay on Cheakamus Lake Road after 450 m and follow it for another 7.0 km to reach the parking area. From here, you will need to hike out to the Helm Creek Campground in order to access the trailhead.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Helm Creek Campground

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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