4.14 out of 5 - 7 reviews

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Alex from Vancouver writes:

Had an excellent time doing this hike on June 24, 2017. Snow started slightly before the suspension bridge. Was a little hard to stay on the trail in the snow, but we managed as the trail is well marked. We were surprised that the suspension bridge has still not been pulled across the river for the summer. We had to go directly through the river at the calmest point instead. There's also a bridge past the suspension bridge that's been twisted sideways by all the snow that's been on it. We had to crawl across the bridge. Other than that it'a a great hike if you're up for an adventure.

    Posted: June 24, 2017 11:46:45 PM PST

    Darryl from Vancouver writes:

    Explored this hike solo 4 Jun 2017. Did not reach Rainbow Lake. I encountered more snow than expected a little ways before second outhouse and eventually turned around. I did not see a single other person on this hiking route - despite it being a nice Sunday... I guess no one attempts this hike till July. Nice and peaceful and not particularly physically demanding.

      Posted: June 4, 2017 02:15:03 PM PST

      Avi from Vancouver writes:

      Question: Is there likely to be snow on the trail at the end of October?

        Posted: October 18, 2016 02:47:27 PM PST

        Mike Chou from Vancouver writes:

        This is my favourite trail in Whistler area. I went there on September 28th. There is no snow left, but the temperature is a little bit low when walking in the shadow. I like it more than Joffre Lake. The lake is extremely beautiful and trail is so much fun. Wild flowers everywhere.

          Posted: September 21, 2016 04:40:14 PM PST

          Alexandra from Vancouver writes:

          I've done the hike today July 1 (Happy Canada's Day!) and it took us about 4-5h with a 30 min break at the top. There area a few patches of snow on the last part of the trail but they can be crosses with any type of shoes. The lake still has a lot of snow on it and all around it. Also the temperature up there is pretty low (single digits). The trail has some nice bridges, is very well marked and there are some pretty waterfalls. The last third of the trail is very muddy so good hiking shoes would be recommended.

          I gave the hike 3 stars because it wasn't one of my favorites.

            Posted: July 2, 2016 12:14:23 AM PST

            Vania from Vancouver writes:

            My friends and I went to Rainbow Lake this past weekend. We started late and heat was killer. Other than that, pleasant trail, lots of locals hiking or trail running, very easy to follow. Wildflowers were in bloom, it was beautiful! We stopped at Rainbow Lake to eat our lunch and we continued on to Hanging Lake, where we camped. Even getting there late, it was easy to find a spot. I would def. hike this trail again!

              Posted: July 6, 2015 10:44:57 PM PST

              Tak McT. from Vancouver writes:

              I hiked this trail solo on 04/14/15. 3hrs up, 2hrs down.

              Not quite as challenging as the Garibaldi Lake hike despite the same elevation ascent. What differs Rainbow Trail from Garibaldi Lake is the immense forest that you hike through that is laden with fresh powder.

              I admit, I did not know that the 2nd bridge (cable bridge) was not in order during the winter, so I had to turn around and come back. I was really hoping that there was going to be an alternate route marked around the same area, but with all the fresh snow that had fallen over the past few days, I couldn't easily see any markers.

              The snow paths were somewhat visible around the bog, but I did get lost a few times and had to back trail a bit.

              Although I couldn't get to Rainbow Lake, I do recommend this hike to anyone who likes wandering through a white forest full of fresh powder (as I was so lucky). Runners would not be a good idea. Once you start nearing the cable bridge, the snow was up to my knees, and I did have to scramble a lot on the path to proceed, so gaiters would be suggested with your boots.

              I was looking forward to the end point on this hike, but I guess I'll have to come back in the warmer months! It was a great winter hike though.

                Posted: April 14, 2015 07:09:58 PM PST

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