Whistler Hiking Trails
Known as one of the best ski resorts in the world, Whistler has no shortage of outdoor activities. During the summer months, the snow melts away to reveal an outdoor playground for mountain bikers, hikers, and other adventure seekers.
The town of Whistler is located along the Sea to Sky Highway, less than 2 hours north of Vancouver. Some of the most beautiful hiking trails are located in the area near Garibaldi Lake. Formed by lava flows from volcanic activity, this area of Garibaldi Provincial Park is host to glaciers, meadows of wild flowers, as well as the impressive peak of Black Tusk.
The Whistler area is very mountainous and the terrain rugged and difficult. The rewards of reaching some of the alpine viewpoints can be second to none as this region has some of the best scenery in Southwestern British Columbia.
Trails located in the Whistler region:
The Ancient Cedars Trail follows a scenic, forested route that ends in a grove of massive old-growth cedar trees.
The Ascent Trail is a steep hiking trail that starts from the base of Blackcomb Mountain and ends at the top next to the Rendezvous Lodge, offering a good workout yet beautiful scenery of the surrounding Whistler area.
The dark, jagged edges of Black Tusk make it the most spectacular of the mountains in Garibaldi Provincial park.
Alpine hiking trails that pass Blackcomb Lake and continue up onto a ridge with viewpoints of the Overlord Glacier and Fitzsimmons Valley.
A short walk brings you to this spectacular waterfall that drops 70 meters into the cavern below.
Located south of Whistler, Brandywine Meadows is a scenic meadow full of wildflowers and surrounded by picturesque mountains and glaciers.
Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Cheakamus Lake offers an easy hike to a turquoise lake surrounded by lush forests.
Located in Callaghan Valley area west of Whistler, the hike to Conflict Lake offers scenic views of Powder Mountain, passes open meadows, and the Journeyman Lodge.
The Crater Rim Trail is located in the Whistler Interpretive Forest and loops around Loggers Lake on a higher ridge that is part of an extinct volcano.
With turquoise-coloured water nestled between alpine mountains and a spectacular glacier as the backdrop, Garibaldi Lake is one of the most scenic destinations in British Columbia.
Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park, the hike to Helm Lake begins from the Cheakamus Lake parking lot, climbs steeply through the forest before passing the Helm Creek campsite and the scenic alpine area.
The High Note Trail begins from the top of Whistler Mountain and offers scenic views of Cheakamus Lake, Black Tusk, and alpine areas through Garibaldi Provincial Park.
The hiking trail to Iceberg Lake follows the 19 Mile Creek route, taking you into Whistler's alpine with incredible views of Rainbow Glacier and the surrounding meadows.
A short hiking trail to Lost Lake that is accessible from Whistler Village.
Overlooking Garibaldi Lake and providing stunning views of Black Tusk and Helm Lake, Panorama Ridge has some of the most spectacular scenery in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
One of Whistler's most scenic and prestine lakes, the hike to Rainbow Lake passes waterfalls and bridges before reaching the alpine lake.
The Skywalk North Loop is located in Whistler and is a challenging hike that takes you high into the alpine, passing Rainbow Glacier, Iceberg Lake, Screaming Cat Lake, and offering many scenic views.
A glacier lake nestled between alpine mountains located high above Whistler, Wedgemount Lake is one of the most difficult but scenic areas in Garibaldi Provincial Park.
The Whistler Train Wreck is an important part of Whistler's historical and cultural identity and has become a popular attraction over the years.