Elfin Lakes Bike-Packing

Elfin lakes is a popular overnight backpacking trip in the Garibaldi park region, generally accessed from the diamond head trail network in Squamish. 95% of people we saw on the trail were hiking. This was our first overnight backpacking trip of any kind, so we learned a couple lessons..

  1. Freeze dried food packs are the way to go. We brought a whole bunch of pre-cooked stuff and a bottle of wine. Next time we’ll leave the bottle at home and empty the wine into an easier to carry container.
  2. Packing in water sucks – everyone there had water filters. We carried in 10L of water for the two of us. This was a lot of extra weight and we would’ve been much better off picking up a filtration system and packing only what we needed to get ourselves to the water source.
  3. Compression sacks are key. Our two sleeping bags took up almost my entire pack. That could’ve been avoided with a couple good compression sacks.
  4. Doing tables with a full pack is actually more fun.

The descent the next morning was a good time, and we were thankful we put in the extra effort to ride up rather than hike.

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