- Difficulty Intermediate
- Time 3 hours
- Round-Trip 8km
- Elevation Gain 200 meters
- Season July - October
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 2 hours
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly No
Before the chairlifts were opened for the summer and the Peak-to-Peak gondola was built, the hiking trails on Blackcomb were difficult to access. The beautiful, alpine area is now accessible and hikers can easily reach the scenic Blackcomb Lake and viewpoints from a ridge looking towards Overlord Glacier.
From the area around Rendezvous, at the top of the Solar Coaster Chairlift and next to the Peak-to-Peak Gondola, hike up the gravel hill and follow the start of the well defined trail. The first section of trail is an easy trail known on the Blackcomb maps as Alpine Walk. After the short initial hill, the trail levels and you enjoy views of the Fitzsimmons Valley. The trail reaches a rocky area with a clear viewpoint across the valley to Whistler.
A few steps up the rocky section, there is a junction. Go right and take the Overlord Trail as it makes its way through the alpine before descending a steep hill. Just after the steep hill and under the 7th Heaven Chairlift, there is a major 5-way junction. Take the Lakeside Loop Trail on the left (note: the trail on your "hard" left is called the Marmot Trail. This is a steep side-route that climbs and offers additional views of Fitzsimmons Valley, however most will find it more work than it's worth). Follow the Lakeside Loop Trail through the sub-alpine trees a short distance and the trail opens up into a large clearing. Only a few more minutes up the trail and Blackcomb Lake appears with an incredible, scenic backdrop from the surrounding mountains.
After enjoying the views at the lake, continue along the trail as it passes the lake and descends downhill, passed through the meadows and over small streams. The trail eventually meets the Overlord Trail. Go left and follow the trail as it climbs slightly. A short 10 minutes later, go left at the junction and follow the Decker Loop Trail as it begins to climb quickly. This section of trail is fairly steep as it follows a ridge up to the viewpoint that looks towards the Overlord Glacier.
After enjoying the view, continue following the Decker Loop Trail as it descends quickly and joins the Overlord Trail near a lake. Continue hiking around the lake as the difficult sections are behind you and the trail becomes much easier. After 15 minutes or so, pass the junction with the Decker Trail, continuing on the Overlord Trail, and begin your hike back towards the chairlifts at Roundezvous. At the junction with the Lakeside Loop Trail, this time go left and continue along the Overlord Trail as you take the bottom section of the loop back.
Not long after, you reach the major junction under the 7th Heaven Chair. Follow the trail you took earlier, continuing along the Overlord Trail, as you now have to head up the steep hill before passes through the alpine area and reaching the junction with the Alpine Walk. Go right at the junction and follow the easy trail as a short time later, it opens up to where the Gondola and chairlifts are. A short walk down the ski hill and the last section of trail returns you to the Rendezvous chalet.
How to get to Blackcomb Meadows
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
Blackcomb Meadows is located at the top of the Solar Coast Chairlift on Blackcomb Mountain near Whistler, BC. The trail is best accessed by driving to Whistler, taking the Whistler Gondola up the mountain, walking a short distance to the chairlift, and then taking the Peak Chair to the top of the mountain.
From downtown Vancouver, drive to Georgia Street and head westbound until it turns into the Stanley Park causeway and crosses the Lions Gate Bridge. As you exit the bridge, stay in the left lane and follow the road into West Vancouver. Turn right onto Taylor Way and drive up the hill, looking for signs to Highway #1 Westbound. Drive onto the Highway heading west towards Horseshoe Bay.
As you approach Horseshoe Bay, merge onto the Sea To Sky Highway (Highway #99) and drive north as the scenic route passes through small towns before reaching Squamish. Continue driving north until you reach Whistler. Turn right onto Village Gate Blvd and drive two blocks and make a left onto Blackcomb Way. On your right is a day-use parking lot with some free areas and some pay areas.
To get to the top of Blackcomb, you will need to take the Wizard Express chairlift from the Upper Village, followed by the Solar Coast Express. From the south end of the parking lot, walk up the paved trail (or you can walk up the road) to the upper village. You can purchase a ticket at a kiosk near the chairlift. Take the Wizard chairlift and at the top, transfer to the Solar Coaster chairlift which will take you to Rendezvous, where the trail begins.
View a map of Driving directions to Blackcomb Meadows.
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