Helm Creek Trail
Accessible: July - October
Distance: 20km (12.4 miles)
Elevation Gain: 920 meters (3018 feet)
Estimated Time: 8.5 hours
The hike to Helm Creek begins from the Cheakamus Lake parking lot. At the end of the gravel road, you will follow the trail towards Cheakamus Lake until you meet a junction, at which point, you go right and down towards the bridge. Cross the bridge over the Cheakamus River and from there, a strenuous uphill climb begins the trail follows Helm Creek up towards the meadows.
The route is very scenic and, once up in the alpine meadow area, gives you a different view of Black Tusk and Cinder Flats. The landscape is unique in that it has been formed from volcanic activity that occurred millions of years before.
Day hikers will hike up into the meadows and then return via the same route back to the Cheakamus Lake parking lot. Tenters will be able to camp at the Helm Creek campsite and then plan day hikes to Panorama Ridge, Black Tusk, or Garibaldi Lake the following day(s). Alternatively, overnight campers can plan a multi-day camping trip where they stay over night at the Garibaldi Lake or Taylor Meadows campsites.