Guidebook

10 Unmissable Whistler Hiking Trails

The area surrounding Whistler is brimming with trails for all hiking levels.

Description

While Whistler may be known as a winter wonderland for skiers and snowboarders, it also features all kinds of trails in the summer for hiking, biking, and more. Whistler acts as a solid home base for accessing all kinds of hikes in and around the area.

Head over to Garibaldi Park for some beautiful lake views or westward to Cheakamus Lake or Brandywine Falls. You can also head just east of Whistler to Wedgemount Lake for a steep slog, but with worthwhile views. These trails will help you really explore the area around Whistler.

The trails in this guidebook are roughly arranged by level of difficulty, with Train Wreck being the most accessible and Black Tusk being the most extreme.

Sources:
https://www.whistler.com/blog/post/2017/07/19/9-whistler-walks-hikes-try-summer/
https://www.explore-mag.com/10-of-the-Best-Hiking-Trails-Near-Whistler-British-Columbia
http://whistlerhiatus.com/top-10/top-10-hiking-trails.html

Train Wreck
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Train Wreck

0 - 1 hrs
2.8 km
82 m
82 m
A mysterious scattering of crashed train cars and urban artwork in the forest.
Easy
Private
Brandywine Falls and Swim Lake
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Brandywine Falls and Swim Lake

0 - 1 hrs
1.9 km
49 m
49 m
Short walk to a viewing platform over a picture-perfect, 70-meter waterfall.
Easy
Private
Cheakamus Lake
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Cheakamus Lake

Whistler
3 - 4 hrs
14.3 km
351 m
353 m
Walk among huge trees to a milky blue lake with swim spots and campsites in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Moderate
Private
Rainbow Lake Trail
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Rainbow Lake Trail

4 - 5 hrs
18.5 km
907 m
907 m
Gradual uphill hike through diverse forest, past a waterfall, to an alpine lake just outside Whistler.
Moderate
Private
Joffre Lakes
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Joffre Lakes

Duffy Lake
2 - 3 hrs
9.1 km
442 m
442 m
A popular hike to three turquoise-blue alpine lakes
Difficult
Private
Garibaldi Lake
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Garibaldi Lake

5 - 6 hrs
18.4 km
1,092 m
1,092 m
One of the most scenic destinations in British Columbia
Difficult
Private
Russet Lake via Musical Bumps Trail
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Russet Lake via Musical Bumps Trail

Whistler
6 - 7 hrs
23.3 km
1,432 m
1,432 m
Hike from Whistler Resort through mountain meadows along an eye-popping ridgeline, to a small lake tucked high in the alpine.
Difficult
Private
Panorama Ridge
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Panorama Ridge

7 - 8 hrs
29.5 km
1,714 m
1,714 m
Continue on from Garabaldi Lake to one of the best vistas in the area
Severe
Private
Wedgemount Lake
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Wedgemount Lake

4 - 5 hrs
10.6 km
1,224 m
1,224 m
A stunning glacial lake rewards after a tough, steep hike
Severe
Private
Black Tusk
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Black Tusk

7 - 8 hrs
26.4 km
1,817 m
1,817 m
Climb to one of the most striking features in the Sea to Sky mountains
Extreme
Private