The Diamond Head area in the southwestern portion of the park includes Mount Garibaldi, 2,678 metres, Atwell Peak (a volcanic pinnacle), Opal Cone, Garibaldi Neve, and Mamquam Lake. The area abounds with heather. In summer, its dainty white and pink bell shaped flowers flourish everywhere.
Before every park visit, check the main Garibaldi park page for up-to-date alerts and advisories.
Trail report [PDF] (March 16, 2023)
In September and October there is high black bear activity in the Diamond Head area, especially around Red Heather. Use caution while travelling and respect their environment. Stay on the trail and never approach or feed the wildlife. Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear.
To learn more about bear safety, visit our wildlife safety page
Chains are mandatory October through May
If the road is bare, you are still required to have appropriate and properly fitting chains available in your vehicle.
Snow removal is periodic and conditions may change during your visit. Use the parking lot or pull out areas. Parking on the road edges blocks the snow clearing equipment, causing hazardous conditions.
Be prepared for winter and avalanche conditions
Be well prepared, equipped and informed before entering the backcountry. The winter climate can be severe and unforgiving and weather conditions can change quickly. Expect heavy snow and poor weather.
You should be able to navigate through varying terrain using competent map and compass skills. Be prepared to camp overnight in case of injury, accident or extreme weather.
Anyone venturing into a backcountry ski area does so at their own risk. Visitors must be familiar with recognition and avoidance of avalanche terrain and conditions. Visitors should be appropriately equipped with avalanche transceivers, probes, snow shovels, first-aid kits and have adequate knowledge of avalanche assessment skills and avalanche rescue procedures.
If you need assistance while in the area and the park rangers are unavailable, the nearest emergency help is the R.C.M.P. in Squamish (call 911). Cell phone coverage is available from most west facing locations along Paul Ridge to Elfin Lakes.