The Tamarack Ridge Walk is a special guided day trip from the summit of Panorama Mountain that occurs in September, as the soft green needles of the Alpine Larch turn golden and fall. Alpine Larches grow at high altitudes - 1800m to 2400m - and are native to the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, which is why you find stands of the trees throughout the Pine forests stretching out from Panorama's summit.
The excursion starts at 9AM where you are ushered to the summit via three chairlifts. The 45 minute trip is worth it just for the endless Rocky Mountain views. Once at the summit, you have the opportunity to pick from one of three guided walks.
Much of the area is untouched wilderness that is accessible by foot or mountain bike in the summer and snowshoes or touring skis in the winter. The area closest to Panorama’s summit and along Taynton Ridge is open to the public for skiing and snowboarding throughout the winter.
Types of Experiences and Trips Provided
Offered September 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2016
For four days each autumn, when the Alpine Larches change colour, chaperones lead a group of people up to the summit via three chairlifts and then host lunch at the Summit Hut with three guided walks from the top. A special Autumn flavours long table dinner and pig roast will also be happening on August 24 after the summit excursion, in Panorama village.
Group one destination: Goldie Plateau - 2451 m
Located between MT. Goldie and Taynton Bowl. Enjoy stunning views into Taynton Bowl as you walk among the Alpine Larches. See Panorama's most epic ski trails in the Taynton Bowl as you never have before.
Elevation above the Summit 85 m
Distance from Summit 2.2 km (one way)
Group two destination: Goldie Lake - 2339 m
While group one veers left to the plateau you can continue your walk further toward Mt Goldie veering off to the right as you make your way down to a tarn (a mountain lake or pool) surrounded by Tamaracks. Take in the views up to Mt. Goldie, over to the Cannery Chutes and down to Hopeful Creek. This trip is a little longer and involves more ups and downs.
Elevation loss from the Summit 27 m
Distance from Summit 2.8 km (one way)
Group three destination: Mt. Goldie - 2633 m (Mt. Goldie summit is 2653 m)
Getting a bump up the mountain on the chairlifts is awesome, but to ascend Mt. Goldie you will be required to work a little. Be prepared for the furthest walk and scramble up a shale field to the ridge of Mt Goldie and you will be rewarded with the best views of all. Look down towards Lake Windermere, East Fork valley, the tarn and Mt. Brewer.
Elevation gain from the Summit 267 m
Distance from Summit 3.3 km (one way)
- Tour host
- Packed gourmet style lunch
- A beverage ticket for the T-Bar & Grill
- Lift ticket to ride up all three chairlifts
- Hot chocolate when you arrive at the summit
Guest to Guest Ratio: 1 guide to approximately 12 guests
*Maximum numbers for each trip will be capped at around 120 people.
Local Knowledge & Certifications/Training
Guides are avid hikers and know the area. Both trained hiking staff, from Panorama's regular Saturday hikes activity program and volunteers guide the groups.