Parks grade trail, beaten path in woods, raised roadbed in meadows. It is mostly flat, with one steep section at the far north end of the trail. The old cable car across the Cheakamus river has been replaced with a footbridge.
This trail traverses the subalpine meadows around Black Tusk from near Garibaldi Lake right down into the old growth forest in Helm Creek, linking up with the Cheakamus Lake Trail.
Short Description: From the north, go along the Cheakamus trail till you see a turnoff to the right. Go down to the metal footbridge, cross it and follow the trail steeply up through the trees. Eventually you'll get above tree line and go past Black Tusk on the east. You are supposed to camp in designated spots (visible in picture, Helm Creek Meadows Campground).
If instead, you start from the south end, get to the start of the trail by hiking the first 6km of the Garibaldi Lake trail, and bear left at the first major junction to Taylor Meadows Campground.
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14.3 km, n/a