Follow 5.5 km of uphill switchbacks through the woods. The switchbacks end at the intersection between the Garibaldi Lake Trail and the trail to Taylor Meadows. There is a map of the park as well as an outhouse at this intersection. Stay to the right to head to Garibaldi lake. Check out the Barrier view point, marked on the right just after the junction. Pass Barrier Lake, and then continue to follow the trail around Lesser Garibaldi lake. From here the trail is still uphill over all, but is rolling and flowy until you reach Garibaldi Lake. Just before reaching the lake, there is another trail to Taylor Meadows on the left. Descend to the lake. Be sure to follow the shoreline around the point around to the right a short way to see the entire view. There is a shelter and an outhouse, as well as a backcountry campground. In winter, the lake is usually frozen and can sometimes be travelled across safely. Permits are required for hiking and camping in the summer. Day use permits are free and can be obtained at bcparks.ca.
The trail is very popular for hiking in the summer, and is well used for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. In some conditions, this trail can be hiked in the winter with only microspikes.