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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
The Train Wreck in the woods outside of Whistler is a recently famous oddity, though the unfortunate cars have been derailed for more than 60 years.
For a long time, the wreck site was rife with mystery and access was sketchy, but it’s now a legitimate attraction with official trails that lead to it.
Seven gnarled boxcars sit in the forest, inexplicably scattered among intact old growth trees as if they were somehow dropped straight from the sky. The weird distribution of train cars is actually the result of a wreck on the nearby railroad in the 1950s, where derailed cars blocked the tracks and had to be dragged away by heavy-duty logging equipment.
They were deposited where they now lie, left to reclamation by the rainforest.
All trace of the mechanized extraction has since grown over. Today, a network of trails run through the area, including the Sea to Sky Trail and a mountain bike park, so watch out for bikers when hiking.
You’ll notice many berms and jumps built throughout the area, including some on the train cars themselves.
On the way, you will cross a newly-constructed suspension bridge over the turbulent Cheakamus River in a tight gorge.
The route mapped here takes the Sea To Sky Trail to connect with this bridge and reach the Train Wreck on the other side. The cars have become something of an urban art installation as well, with the addition of graffiti by both professional and amateur painters.
The wreck now remains as an eerie yet artful juxtaposition of the industrial and the natural in this proud rainforest. Avoid any trails that cross the railroad tracks, because doing so is trespassing.
Trails that begin near the Interpretive Forest or Cheakamus Crossing and reach the Train Wreck via the suspension bridge are the legal means of access. Sources: https://www.whistler.com/blog/post/2016/07/27/boxcars-bridges-new-access-to-iconic-whistler-train-wreck-hike/ https://globalnews.ca/news/2634433/a-twisted-mystery-whistlers-train-wreck-mixes-the-old-with-the-urban/