Classic coast mountain country. A stunning vista of barren volcanic rock formations and snow-capped mountain peaks, with visuals extending across an infinite field of glacier-fed crater lakes, ice fields and dense rainforests in Garibaldi Provincial Park and the Pacific coastal mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
A gradual uphill 9 km (5.5 miles) hike through dense forests of Douglas Fir and volcanic lava formations to the deep subapline basin that contains the glacial waters of Garibaldi Lake at 1,500 m (4,900 ft).
Another day or two to explore some of the lush alpine meadows, streams, waterfalls, glaciers, icefields and other peaks in the larger volcanic field, including BlackTusk at 2319 m (7608 ft).
Black Tusk is the oldest of nine small andesitic stratovolcanos formed more than a million years ago with numerous basaltic andesite vents in the volcanic field, part of a larger chain of volcanic peaks that runs through Northern California to southwestern British Columbia.
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