Part I of II
To get to the trailhead, I followed Highway 99 and on Squamish I followed the signs marking the turnoff to Garibaldi Park-Diamond Head . I avoided this place for many years because this is a notorious place for break-ins. As an additional caution, I left nothing inside the "Juanmobile IV". The fact that now you have to pay for the parking means a lower incidence of break-ins.
Then I passed the yellow gate and I started to follow an old access road as it gradually gains elevation.
The road was built in the mid-1940s to shuttle guests to the old Diamond Head Lodge at Elfin Lakes. Now, it is used by hikers, mountain bikers and the once-in-a-while BC Parks truck bringing in supplies.
The cloudy day denied my request to have views of the Tantalus Range and the Squamish River. However, I stopped for a couple of minutes to admire a nameless waterfall that I assume is an excellent water break during the hot summer.
Very soon I reached Red Heather Meadows, here there is a campground that now is permanently closed to protect bear habitat. Here I had views of meadowy vegetation, such as blueberry bush, Labrador tea and, red heather.
This is one of those places that in autumn offer a stunning sight of scarlet, ochre and gold alpine meadows in the foreground. This area attracts about 22,000 day-trippers and today was not the exception to the rule.
On Red Heather Meadows, I went left for a scenic ramble through lush alpine meadow. Cyclists go right for a wider, rockier ascent. Soon after, the trail rejoins the road.