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Best Places to Hike In Whistler: Ultimate Guide

Best Places to Hike In Whistler: Ultimate Guide

Our top spots for hiking near Whistler are:

Easy Walks

  • Lost lake
  • Cheakamus Lake
  • Whistler Train Wreck

Moderate Hikes

  • Riverside Trail
  • Ancient Ceders Trail
  • Crater Rim Trail

Challenging Hikes

  • Wedgemount Lake
  • Skywalk trail

 


 

LOST LAKE 

 

Direction: The trailhead is located beside the PassivHaus, near the intersection of Lorimer Road and Blackcomb Way. The trailhead is a 10-minute walk from the village.

The Lost Lake Trail is excellent hiking from Whistler Village. The valley trail from Whistler village takes you straight to the lake. Look out for sign posts along the way. The valley trail takes you through a forest to a beautiful lost lake. The trail is quite flat and smooth enough for all abilities. After hiking from Whistler village, follow the trail around the lake, then retrace your steps on the main trail back to the trailhead. If you are feeling adventurous you can leave the main trail and follow one of the many biking trails. However, just keep your eyes and ears open for bikers coming down the single track trails.

During our warm summer days, take a break at the lake for an enjoyable dip. Due to Lost Lake being such easy hiking from Whistler Village, you could rent one of our paddle boards for the day and paddle around the lake. 

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Cheakamus Lake

 

Directions: From Whistler Village, head south on Highway 99 and turn onto Cheakamus Lake Road at Function Junction. You will then take the first left onto a gravel road, named Eastside Main (before the bridge) for 7.5km, until it ends at the trailhead. The road is appropriate for all for all vehicles.

Cheakamus provides fantastic hiking near whistler with a huge payout. You hike through old-growth forest to the shores of Cheakamus Lake. The lake has beautiful turquoise water and you can make it either a short 7km round trip to the west end of the lake, or a 14k round trip to the Singing Creek, ¾’s of the way down the lake shore.

Note: A BC Parks Day-Use Pass is required to park at the Cheakamus Lake Trail. Please go to Discovercamping.ca

 

Whistler Train Wreck

 

Directions: From Whistler Village, headsouth on Highway 99, then turn left onto Cheakamus Lake Road. Turn right off Legacy Way onto Jane Lake Road. The trailhead is on your right 500m later. You can also take the bus to the stop on Legacy Way and walk Jane Lakes Road to the trailhead.

This trail is certainly one of the most unique trails for hiking around Whistler. The Whistler train wreck history is that in 1956, a train derailed and the railway cars still lay in the forest. Now covered in artistic graffiti, this is an easy and flat hike to the wreck, of which you walk across a suspension bridge over the Cheakamus River to access.

 

Riverside Trail

 

Directions: From Whistler Village, head south on Highway 99. Turn left when you reach Function Junction onto Cheakamus Lake Road. Immediately, take another left into the parking lot, the trailhead starts here. You can also take the bus to Function Junction.

This easy hike follows the Riverside Trails loop that climbs and descends along the banks of the Cheakamus River as it winds through the Whistler Interpretive Forest. This hiking trail is located just south of Whistler via the Function Junction neighbourhood. As you climb up the Riverside trail you will come to a suspension bridge over the Cheakamus River. After crossing the river, you then follow the opposite trail, named Farside back down to the trailhead.

 

Ancient Ceders Trail

 

Directions: Go north on Highway 99,approx. 8.5km from Whistler Village. Just past Green Lake, turn left onto the gravel Cougar Mountain Road. The road can be rough so AWD or 4WD is recommended, but most cars should be fine if you go slow. The trailhead is 4.5km up the road from the highway, past the ziplines and ATV rentals.

This great trail provides stunning hiking near Whistler. It takes you into groves of huge old-growth cedar trees. These massive trees are part of a small area that was never logged, with many of the trees over 900 years old! This hiking trail is well sign posted and easy to find.

Crater Rim Trail

 

Directions: From Whistler Village, go south on Highway 99 and turn left at Function Junction. Less than 1km later, go left on a gravel road, then make your first right and follow the road across a bridge. Park at the Logger’s Lake trailhead on the side of the road about 2km after you left the pavement. Bus route: take bus #10 or #20 to Cheakamus Lake Road.

This scenic hiking trail makes a great loop above and around a very distinct volcanic crater near Whistler. As the trail passes above the lake, it provides you with several great viewpoints where you would want to use your camera. There are even several rope swings around the lake, from small to massive rope swings. Some even have purpose built launch pads. Jump at your own risk!

 

Wedgemount Lake 

 

Direction: Head north from Whistler Village on Highway 99 for 11.5km. Turn right across the train tracks onto Wedge Forest Service Road and cross a bridge. On the other side, go left at the junction and follow signs for another 2km to the trailhead.

This hike is the steepest and most challenging of the hiking near Whistler, but one that is very much worth your effort. The hiking trail starts out moderately but soon turns into a steep unrelenting climb to the top, where you will be rewarded with a beautiful glacier lake, surrounded by snow covered mountains. If you are feeling up to it, follow the trail to the far end of the lake, where you will come to the toe of a glacier. 

When you reach the lake, there are many purpose built camping pads that you can book for the night. If you need camping gear visit our rental store to get everything you need.

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Skywalk Trail

 

Directions: From Whistler Village, drive north on Highway 99 and turn left on Meadow Lane into Alpine Meadows. Immediately turn right onto Parkwood Drive, then go left on Mountain View Drive and follow it up the hill to its end.

This hiking trail is a fairly new addition to the alpine trail network on the northeast face of Rainbow Mountain. With excellent choices to go hiking near Whistler, there are actually three trails: Skywalk South, 19 Mile Creek, and Skywalk North that connect to make one long loop that incorporates Screaming Cat lake and the aptly named Iceberg Lake. The views are stunning and very unique, certainly a must hike for those up to it.

The hike goes straight up from the beginning  so hiking poles is advised, if you need to rent these check out our online store.

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