Little Diamond Head Hiking Trail
Gain alpine flower meadows and the best views of Squamish Valley and Garibaldi
- Destination: Southwest British Columbia
- Season: April-November
- Difficulty: Demanding
- Distance: 9.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 740 meters
- Duration: 4-7 hours
About Little Diamond Head
Diamond Head is the diamond shaped bump you can see from Squamish in the ridge line that climbs steadily up towards Garibaldi Mountain. In a past life it was also home to a ski lodge and rope tow. Now, it's the highest you can go without scrambling or climbing into the alpine around Garibaldi mountain.
Additionally, hikers gain unparalleled panoramic views of the valley and surrounding mountains.
From Elfin Lakes, follow the signs for the Gargoyles (the two monolithic towers of ancient lava northwest of the Elfin Lakes campsite). Upon gaining the alpine ridge, follow the saddle up until you reach Little Diamond Head, the most obvious and last prominent rise amidst wild flowers before the saddle turns into a knife edge ridge that continues upwards towards Atwell Peak.
- Last water source is Elfin Lakes (unless snow).
- Do not get caught up here in a lightning storm.
- Great winter skiing, follow backcountry protocol.
- The edge of the ridge is loose rock that plunges away precipitously, exercise caution.
- Mamquam FSR ices up in winter, chains mandatory.
Cabin, tent platforms and potable water down below at Elfin Lakes.
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By Keegan Pearson
Keegan is a photographer and storyteller who was born and raised on Salt Spring Island. He now lives in Squamish, BC.