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Russet Lake via Singing Pass



Whistler Blackcomb

A popular backpacking route with options to form a loop and camping options along Russet Lake.

Hiking Difficult

30 km
1.5 km
1.5 km
1 day +
Low Point
688 m
High Point
2 km
Russet Lake via Singing Pass Map

Russet Lake via Singing Pass is a popular, rugged and challenging backpacking route that starts and ends in Whistler Village. During the summer, it is a great way to spend the weekend in the backcountry enjoying views of surrounding peaks and possibly Cheakamus Lake. You'll pass along numerous waterfalls, through lush forests, then enjoy spectacular panoramas from the trail's end.


For those planning an overnight trip, your best options are to sleep at either Himmelsbach Hut or Kees and Claire Hut. Tent camping is also an option as long as you adhere to any posted regulations.

The route begins in in dense evergreen forests that transition to open meadows and alpine terrain as you near the lake. Water is available along the trail, but plan to bring as much as possible, especially if camping. Unlike other hikes that begin in Whistler, this hike is free to enjoy for anyone willing to attempt it.

While it can be done in winter, is extremely difficult and only recommended for experienced mountaineers.

Sources: Sebastian Patterson https://www.awalkandalark.com/russet-lake-via-singing-pass/



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between May and November


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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