- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1 hour
- Round-Trip 2km
- Elevation Gain 30 meters
- Season May - November
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 1 hour, 30 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly On-Leash
A part of Whistler's historical and cultural identity, the Train Wreck site is a popular attraction and is located near the Cheakamus River just south of Whistler. The short hiking trail follows the Sea To Sky Trail and crosses a suspension bridge, offering scenic views of the Cheakakmus River rushing below before arriving at the colourfully painted box cars, which have sat in the forest since 1956.
To get to the Whistler Train Wreck, follow the trail at the side of Jane Lakes Road past the Sea To Sky Trail sign and into the forest. The majority of the trail to the Whistler Train Wreck site is easy, with a very short steep downhill near the suspension bridge but easy enough for all ages. The trail meanders along the gravel path through the lush forest.
At a junction, go right following the signs to the Train Wreck and passing the skis on the tree. This section of trail has a lot of tree roots along the path, so be careful to watch your step. As the trail begins to slowly descend, the Cheakamus River comes into view between the trees. Continue down a short steep section before the trail veers right to the suspension bridge crossing the Cheakamus River.
Enjoy the view of the rushing water in the canyon below as you cross the bridge. The suspension bridge was built in the summer of 2016 in response to people hiking to the train wreck along active train tracks by illegally trespassing on the railroad's property. The suspension bridge connects trails on the east and west side of the Cheakamus River.
After crossing the suspension bridge, walk the short distance up the hill and you're in the middle of the train wreck site, with box cars on both sides of you. Take your time walking around and checking out the wreck and the ramps that have been built for mountain bikers.
There are 2 additional box cars that many hikers miss that are a few minutes further south (downstream direction) from the group of box cars. The entire Train Wreck site consists of 7 box cars, all of which have been painted over the years and have become a popular tourist attraction.
After enjoying the area, cross back over the suspension bridge and go right, following the trail up the steep section and back to the junction. Go left at the junction and walk the short distance back to the road where you parked.