Hiking on Whistler Mountain
Whistler, located in British Columbia, Canada, is known for its ski resorts and stunning natural beauty and offers mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding, and various excellent hiking trails. With so many popular hiking trails in Whistler, choosing can be hard!
Before you go
Remember to check trail conditions, bring appropriate gear and clothing, and be prepared for changing weather conditions before embarking on any hike. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to let someone know your hiking plans and carry essentials like water, food, and a map.
Whistler hiking trails you should know about
From serene lakes and cascading waterfalls to rugged peaks and ancient forests, Whistler’s wide range of hiking trails cater to all experience levels and provide unforgettable adventures. Strap on your hiking boots, and get ready to step on a hiking trail and go on an adventure.
If you are looking for a short hike
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Brandywine Falls is a great option if you’re looking for a shorter hike. The trail is approximately 1.5 kilometres round trip and leads to a magnificent 70-meter waterfall, which is especially impressive during the spring melt.
If you are looking for easy hikes
Valley Trail is open year-round, a car-free, paved trail and boardwalk that connects Whistler’s neighbourhoods, lakes, viewpoints, and picnic spots. The total length of the Whistler Valley Trail is 46 km of walking, running, cycling, rollerblading or skating trails and paths. You can select sections of the trail to do and visit plenty of beautiful spots on the way! Check out the official Valley Trail trail map to plan your route.
Lost Lake Park
Easily reachable from Whistler Village, Whistler’s most accessible hiking trail network is a mellow walk that is stroller friendly.
This scenic hike follows the Cheakamus River before reaching the tranquil Cheakamus Lake. The trail is approximately 14 kilometres round trip and offers beautiful forest views and opportunities for wildlife spotting.
Train wreck trail
Now a community art installation, Train Wreck Hike is easily accessible thanks to a suspension bridge. The bridge is an easy 1 KM hike from the Sea to Sky Trailhead in Cheakamus Crossing/Function Junction. The wrecked boxcars that give Train Wreck trail its name have been there since 1956 when a freighter heading south from Lillooet derailed. The cars were dragged up the train tracks and rolled over into the forest, where they remain.
If you are looking for moderate hikes
Ancient Cedars Trail
The Ancient Cedars Trail is a must-visit if you’re interested in ancient trees. The trail is approximately 2.5 km one way and has an elevation gain of 150 m. This scenic trail leads to a grove of old-growth cedar trees, some of which are over 900 years old.
Located just outside of Whistler, Joffre Lakes is a series of three stunning turquoise-coloured lakes and hiking trails. The hiking trail is approximately 10 kilometres round trip and provides picturesque views of glaciers, waterfalls, and surrounding mountains.
If you are looking for difficult hikes
Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park
This popular hike takes you to the turquoise-blue Garibaldi Lake, nestled amidst the mountains. The trail is about 18 kilometres round trip and offers breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding peaks. This classic Whistler hike is full of jaw-dropping views.
This challenging hike rewards you with panoramic views of Wedgemount Glacier and the surrounding alpine scenery. The trail is approximately 14 kilometres round trip and involves steep ascents, making it suitable for experienced hikers.
Blackcomb Ascent Trail
Blackcomb Mountain is home to many amazing trail passes and hikes. The Blackcomb Ascent Hiking trail connects the Upper Village base area to The Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain for those who want to get sweaty. Divided into three sections: Little Burn, Big Burn and Heart Burn, choose your preferred uphill hiking experience.
The drive from Vancouver to Whistler Village
With Ascent Car Rental, you can easily rent a car and explore Whistler Mountain and all it offers. With countless trails, lakes, hikes, and beautiful scenery, you can easily spend several days exploring.
Alternatively, check out our guided tours to Whistler, which start in Downtown Vancouver and include a scenic drive on the sea-to-sky highway and a visit to Shannon Falls on the way.