A Smokey Hike To Wedgemount Lake

In the midst of all the forest fire smoke a few weeks ago my friend and I took a Tuesday off work to hike to Wedgemount Lake. 

Vancouver Trails describes it as "the most difficult hike in Garibaldi" and a "gruelling trek" with "spectacular scenery." 

I was into it. 

 A lot of the hike was like this, but steeper: classic BC landscape. 

A lot of the hike was like this, but steeper: classic BC landscape. 

 After a few hours of hiking, the trail flattened out a bit. You can see the haze in the air here from the smoke. 

After a few hours of hiking, the trail flattened out a bit. You can see the haze in the air here from the smoke. 

 A few more steps and we saw the lake - the light quality was surreal, and really made it feel like a different planet. You can see the glacier in the background of this photo. 

A few more steps and we saw the lake - the light quality was surreal, and really made it feel like a different planet. You can see the glacier in the background of this photo. 

 We hiked out to the other side of the lake to get a different view. Once again, you see the smoke in the air. 

We hiked out to the other side of the lake to get a different view. Once again, you see the smoke in the air. 

 We worked up a thirst on the way up. 

We worked up a thirst on the way up. 

 We hiked all the way to the glacier - maybe one of the last times to be up close to one with the way the world is going. 

We hiked all the way to the glacier - maybe one of the last times to be up close to one with the way the world is going. 

 Some beautiful mountain flowers. 

Some beautiful mountain flowers. 

All in, it took us about five hours round trip (though that was with lots of stops for photos and lunch). 

I'd really recommend this hike - it's probably even more beautiful on a clear day.