3.24 out of 5 - 17 reviews

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Joy from Minnesota, USA writes:

Trail itself was lovely and well-maintained. Nice interpretive information at the ancient cedar loop itself. As others have noted the road was rough: we had a rental car with slightly higher road clearance and took it very slowly. Wouldn’t want to do it after a lot of rain.
Also there IS a pit toilet (BYOTP) at the end of the parking area near the trailhead.

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    Posted: June 13, 2023 06:37:25 PM PST

    Keely from Surrey writes:

    The hike itself was lovely: nice views and big trees. BUT ... the road is terrible! We drove up with a VW station wagon that sits low due to a trailer hitch. We made it to the trailhead, but it took at minimum 30 minutes each way and we nearly got stuck at one point. As someone else said to us on the road: you have to pick your route (basically deciding between potholes half the size of the car or giant rocks ... or a sheer cliff drop). It is not a drive for the faint of heart or for anything other than at least an SUV. I'm glad we did it but I would never drive up there again in the car we have. Also, do not pay attention to Google, the trailhead is 4-5km beyond where Google says it starts.

      Posted: October 2, 2021 02:34:39 PM PST

      Ian from Vancouver writes:

      Forest access road is bumpy and has potholes - cell service wasn't existent with telus/bell for access road. If it is only 6km I guess driving carefully you'll look at more the 30m of driving to get to the trail head not a lot of signs just have to keep faith you'll get there. Drove a subaru outback. Did it the July 1 weekend. Were not a lot of people maybe 3 other groups. Clouds of mosquitos, felt hunted at least half the time even with bug spray. Nice hike though, good views.

        Posted: September 21, 2021 05:30:42 PM PST

        T.P. from SQUAMISH writes:

        This is NOT a road you should be driving with a low-riding car. Pot holes and rocks will rip the bottom off your car. Take a little SUV at bare minimum. Never did find the trail head either. Wound up going back down to Whistler for a different hike entirely. :)

          Posted: May 22, 2021 03:31:59 PM PST

          Collin R Neal from Vancouver writes:

          Fantastic hike, be prepared for the bumpy road in & super bad bugs.

            Posted: July 31, 2020 03:22:56 PM PST

            John from Anacortes,, WA writes:

            Great trai. Second time on it. Road much worse than 3 years ago. However a woman in an older Ford Focus made it through the giant potholes and to the parking area. Much easier but still slow going with a truck.

              Posted: November 20, 2018 11:29:07 AM PST

              James from Vancouver writes:

              Just did this trail on October 13th as our original plan was Rainbow Lake or Iceburg lake but both closed as per Grizzlies in area. Having only a small car read the comments about how bad the road is but risked trying it. Made trailhead with no issues at all. As long as you go slow and take your time in spots most cars can make it. At trail head was 3 other cars and a low Acura R8!

              Highly recommend the hike with amazing views at the view point, gorgeous small falls and the massive cedars. Take other trail on way back past the lakes!

                Posted: October 15, 2018 06:59:10 PM PST

                Lee from Vancouver writes:

                Not recommend for sedan. The coming way to parking area is really tough.

                  Posted: September 5, 2018 07:22:06 PM PST

                  Don Lipmanson from Sebastopol, California writes:

                  Access road becomes awful not far beyond the Zipline: huge and deep potholes plus lots of kids on ATV’s, but improved somewhat in last km. before trailhead. Utmost care is needed to avoid bottoming out in a (Prius) sedan.

                  The trail, by contrast, is sweet, with ever larger trees as one approaches a delightful grove of ancient cedars that bring to mind the remaining stands of old growth Redwoods and Sequoias in California. Lots of people and quite a few kids and dogs on Labour Day weekend, yet still very enjoyable. Not sure there are any other moderate trails allowing dogs in the immediate vicinity of Whistler.

                    Posted: September 2, 2018 07:55:26 PM PST

                    Charlotte from Vancouver writes:

                    The forest road is in a really bad condition- 4x4 needed with lots of clearance to get to the trailhead!!

                      Posted: July 15, 2018 10:23:50 AM PST

                      Rochelle from Winnipeg writes:

                      Nice little hike near Whistler with some great interpretive signs. The road does not require 4WD, but a higher clearance vehicle would be preferable. Make sure you bring bug spray.

                        Posted: June 17, 2018 02:03:01 PM PST

                        Kristina from Vancouver writes:

                        We attempted to do this hike June 2, 2018. From the previous comments here I thought my car would be okay. The logging road is not graded and has tons of potholes and large rocks. It gets quite steep about 2kms in and that's when we decided to turn back. We would recommend having 4 wheel drive and lots of clearance.

                          Posted: June 9, 2018 10:17:35 AM PST

                          Jacob McConnar from Vancouver writes:

                          Good hike but super super busy. Over 50 cars parked for the hike on the weekend. Kind of ruined it when you see someone every 50 feet.

                            Posted: July 18, 2017 03:46:03 PM PST

                            Mike from Edmonton writes:

                            The drive up was enjoyable in our Jeep, and definitely doable with a regular sedan despite fairly large potholes. If you have a lowered sedan or a vehicle with low ground clearance I would not recommend this hike.

                            The first part of the trail was rocky and the majority of the climb was in the first kilometer.

                            The loop around the Ancient Cedars was nice. Expected more ancient Cedars, but still worth the hike.

                              Posted: September 30, 2016 02:47:55 PM PST

                              Penelope from Richmond, BC writes:

                              The 4.5 km drive up to the parking lot is quite narrow but manageable. Sedans should have no problem going up. The trail is quite nice and easy with the incline mostly contained in the first 10-15 minutes of the hike. Lots of kids when we went on Sunday - definitely a family friendly hike with lots of information about the old cedars. Finished the trail in 1.5 hours

                                Posted: May 26, 2015 11:48:31 AM PST

                                Will from Burnaby writes:

                                This is a beautifully maintained trail with a lengthy but easy ascent. There is a rewarding view and the loop around the giant trees is awesome. I drove up in my VW Jetta in late October. The forest service road is a rough 6 km ride. Made it in and out without problems but I'd take a different vehicle next time. (If you're using Dawn Hanna's "Best Hikes and Walks of Southwestern BC," this is the hike titled Cougar Mountain in that book.)

                                  Posted: October 25, 2014 05:24:42 PM PST

                                  Rob from Montenegro writes:

                                  Has anybody hiked this trail yet? Is it open May 21????

                                    Posted: May 22, 2014 06:12:17 PM PST

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