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The Garibaldi Ranges are the next-to-southwesternmost subdivision of the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountainsmarker; only the North Shore Mountains are farther south. They lie between the valley formed by the pass between the Cheakamus River and Green River on the west and the valley of the Lillooet River on the east, and extend south into the eastern suburbs of Vancouvermarker. To their south are the North Shore Mountains overlooking Vancouvermarker while to their southeast are the Douglas Ranges.

They take their name indirectly from Mount Garibaldimarker on the western side of the range, which is the namesake of Garibaldi Provincial Parkmarker. Their southern end between the upper Stave River and Pitt Lakemarker is north of the municipality of Maple Ridgemarker, and forms Golden Ears Provincial Parkmarker (which was originally part of Garibaldi Parkmarker).

Their most famous mountain, the Black Tuskmarker is not among the highest in the range; it is a volcanic plug on the meadow-ridge between Garibaldi and Cheakamus Lakes, just south of the resort of Whistler, British Columbiamarker. The highest peak in the range is just north of the resort, Wedge Mountainmarker 2892 m (9488 ft) aka Wedgemont and "The Wedge".

The northern part of the range, consisting mostly of Garibaldi Provincial Parkmarker, is extremely alpine in character, with large icefields and a sea of high peaks. The southern part of the range, north of Stave Lakemarker and between the upper Pitt River and the lower Lillooet River, has no major icefields because of the precipitous character of the network of plunging U-shaped valleys - many well over 5000' deep, with individual peaks with near-vertical flanks up to 7000'. At the core of this set of ridges decorated with sharp, spiny peaks, is the highest - Mount Judge Howaymarker 2262 m (7421 ft). The southernmost major peaks of the Garibaldi Ranges are in Golden Ears Provincial Parkmarker just north of Haney (downtown Maple Ridgemarker), whose cluster of sugarloafs resemble a donkey's ears and, on the day of naming, were gleaming in the sunset; the highest of these is Golden Ears at 1716 m (5630 ft).

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