In early June you will encounter some snow and a blanket of snow at the third Joffre Lakes campsite. In late June, however, the snow should be above the campsite leaving only the lake bitterly cold. There is an outhouse near the campsite and excellent water flowing through the area. The ground is very rocky though, so pack an extra sleeping pad if you intend on camping. The area, despite its remoteness gets busy most summer nights and certainly summer weekends. But in June stays fairly quiet, and most weeknights in June you will have Joffre Lakes to yourself under the stars.
Green Lake in June
As a destination in Whistler for hiking, Green Lake goes almost entirely unnoticed. A remarkable fact considering the extraordinary array of both established and unestablished trails running, seemingly endlessly throughout the edges of this massive lake. Any trails you do find are only ever used by bikes or the occasional fisherman. There are three reasons for the huge number of trails running around the lake. First, the lake and its surrounds are beautiful, sensationally beautiful. Second, there once was a small town that existed on the far side of Green Lake for decades called Parkhurst.
Now a ghost town consisting of just a few crumbling structures and ancient curiosities. The third reason is the nature of the forest around the lake. It is incredibly dry. The trees, the ground. Much of the surrounding forest is comprised of scattered, large trees over beautiful hillsides with a dry feeling carpet of what looks like moss, and possibly is. This allows for hiking in almost any direction and a wonderful surface to put up a tent.
The well used biking and hiking trail, the Wedgemount Lake and hike to Green Lake along the 6k trail that runs near the train tracks and eventually leads to Parkhurst.runs in a wide arch from Lost Lake in Whistler to the far end of Green Lake all the way to the Highway 99 turnoff to Wedgemount Lake. This trail, if you were to do it in its entirety is 15k one way, and not terribly exciting, which, evidently why it is generally considered a bike trail. A more interesting and beautiful way to get into the trails of Green Lake is to park near the bridge at Green River near the Highway turnoff to
Exploring the hiking trails around Green Lake is possibly best done by canoe or kayak. There is a convenient boat launch and dock just off Highway 99 at Summer Lane opposite the entrance to the neighbourhood of Emerald (about 8 minutes north of Whistler - look for the "boat launch" sign on your right on Highway 99). Once on the lake paddling you can easily park up at numerous exit points on both sides of the lake near this boat launch and disappear into the vast wilderness around Green Lake. For more info and directions to the Green lake trails by canoe or by foot look here..