A dramatic, extinct volcano located north of the northwest end of Garibaldi Lake. Generally a "black" tusk, but occasionally a "white" tusk in winter, this peak catches one's eye from many different angles. The peak is a remnant of a much larger volcano that has mostly eroded away. The ascent of the true peak - the north peak - requires the use of stone bollards to protect the belay. As this peak is in the process of quickly falling down, the ascentionist would be wise to choose a time when others are not on the route.
The actual highest point on Black tusk is the Bishop's Mitre which is just north of the peak. It is separated by a 15m gap. Scramble up the lower south summit and the rappel down to the notch with the main summit. Perform an exposed and very loose traverse along the west side of the main summit to reach the base of The Bishop's Mitre. It is unclimbed.
Name Notes: To the native people of the Sea to Sky Corridor this mountain was Nq'il'qtens Ku Skenknap, "seat of thunder", the mountain on which the legendary Thunder Bird lived. The rock was said to have been burnt black by lightning.