- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1.5 hours
- Round-Trip 5km
- Elevation Gain 50 meters
- Season March -October
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 1 hour 45 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
Lost Lake is a small lake within walking distance of Whistler Village and is a popular attraction with a beach area and surrounding trails for hiking and biking. The Lost Lake Nature Trail is a less traveled hiking path from the Cross Country Connection ski rental shop, on the other side of the creek from Lorimer Road near Blackcomb Way.
The Lost Lake Nature Trail starts to the right of the gravel road to Lost Lake and is easily missed if you're not looking for it. Look for a small, narrow trail that heads towards the creek and follow it. The Nature Trail stays close to the creek and is easy to follow once on it as the bushes only allow you to walk forward or back.
Not too far into your hike, the trail approaches the gravel road and continues on the other side. The next section consists of a gentle uphill climb as the trail weaves through the forest. Crossing another gravel bike path, the trail continues where it approaches another bike path before veering off into the forest again.
Eventually, the Nature Trail descends and exits onto the gravel road at a junction with Lost Lake in view. Walk a few steps down towards the wooden bridge but watch for a sign on your left that marks the Nature Trail. The route continues along the west side of the lake, offering a few scenic viewpoints and away from the often crowded beach area.
The trail meets up with the gravel road, marking the end of the Nature Trail. However, continue your hike by going right and following the gravel road around Lost Lake. At a junction, go right as you make your way down the east side of the lake back towards the beach area. Enjoy some time at the beach before heading west, crossing over two wooden bridges and reaching the junction with the gravel road. You can either return via the Nature Trail route you took earlier or follow the gravel road to the left which also takes you back to where you began your hike.
How to get to Lost Lake Nature Trail
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
1 hour 45 minutes
The Lost Lake trail is located near Whistler Village and just a short walk to the start of the trail from the gravel parking lots. From Vancouver, make your way to Georgia Street and head westbound as Georgia becomes the Stanley Park Causeway. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge and follow the signs to West Vancouver. After crossing the bridge over the Capilano River, turn right at the lights onto Taylor Way and drive up the steep hill. Where the hill levels out, look for an entrance for Highway #1 Westbound and turn left, entering the Highway.
Continue driving along the Highway until, just before Horseshoe Bay, follow the signs for Highway #99 The Sea To Sky Highway. After joining Highway #99, continue driving northbound through Squamish and towards Whistler.
At the lights to Whistler Village, turn right onto Village Gate Blvd. and then make a left onto Blackcomb Way. Once on Blackcomb Way, the gravel parking lots to your right is where you will park.
After parking your car, it's a short 10-minute walk to the trailhead. Walk to the east side of the parking lot and look for a trail that enters the forest. There is a paved trail that follows alongside the parking lot. When you reach this paved trail, go left and follow it as it passes under an overpass (Lorimer Road). After walking under the bridge and up a short hill, cross the bridge over the creek and look for the information hut on the other side. It is behind this hut that the hiking trail starts.
Note: The hiking route is easy to miss as it's a narrow trail right behind the hut that follows a route close to the stream. It's not the wide gravel road that most people walk or bike to Lost Lake, it's to the right of this.
View a map of Driving directions to Lost Lake Nature Trail.
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