Whistler Alpine Hiking

  • Experience the natural beauty of the mountains through the seasons, at your own pace
  • Discover old growth forest, glacial lakes, alpine meadows, unique wildlife and endless skies
  • Grab a map and explore the trails on your own or join a hiking tour to meet new friends
  • Ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola for easy access to alpine trails on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

The Whistler Insider - Guide to Hiking Around Whistler

Whistler Hiking Tours

Overnight Backing: from $189 per person

Experience the supernatural, awe-inspiring mountain scenery on this overnight backpacking trip in the Whistler area. Wilderness hiking excursions take you into spectacular regions and remote wilderness areas. This trip will be a guaranteed highlight of your summer! High traverses, sub-alpine lakes, lush meadows and untouched valleys are all part of this wilderness hiking experience, each night you will establish a different camp. Two to five day overnight backpacking trips are available. All overnight equipment provided.

Day Tour in the Whistler Backcountry: from $129 per person

Guided hikes start in the valley and can gain up to 1000 metres (3300 ft) of elevation, leading you to pristine alpine lakes and through meadows surrounded by snow-covered peaks and glaciers. There will be several awesome viewing points along the way for photos and a well-deserved rest! With over a dozen spectacular hiking routes to choose from in the Whistler region you will not be disappointed.

Glacier Hike: from $99 per person

Outfitted with boots, crampons, ice axe, harness and rope, your guide will lead you onto the glacier snow and ice atop Whistler Mountain. One of our most popular tours! Learn about glaciology and how to ascend the glacier around the crevasses like a mountaineer. At the top, enjoy the stunning alpine vistas before descending. It's a must-do day activity for everyone's summer Whistler trip. No experience is necessary - moderate fitness and agility is required. Involves uphill walking for approximately 45 minutes. Suitable for most children ages 12 and up.

Glacier Walk: from $79 per person

This summer, take a walk on the glacier snow and ice atop Whistler Mountain and take in the natural landscape sculpted by ice and volcanoes! Don't miss this unique opportunity while you are in Whistler on a summer visit. Outfitted with boots, crampons and an ice axe you will learn how to walk using glacier equipment and take a tour around the Whistler Glacier. Along the way, you will travel back 10,000 years to learn about the formation of the Coast Mountain's glaciers and have a chance to play on the ice and snow. This popular tour is great for people of all ages and abilities, especially families with younger children 8 years and up. No experience is necessary. For families with older children the glacier hike is recommended.

Scrambling: from $89 per person

Scrambling is adventurous hiking along a mountain ridge combining the use of hand and foot holds to negotiate sections of the trail. Scramble your way to the top of Whistler Mountain on a newly developed scrambling route offering fun, exposure and challenge. Once you reach the top, soak in the spectacular views. This tour is suitable for people of all abilities, ages 10 and up. If you enjoy scrambling, be sure to try the Via Ferrata or the Rock Tour. No experience necessary, All equipment is provided.

Wilderness Tour: from $89 per person

Get a glimpse of the spectacular wilderness the Whistler region has to offer on one of our half-day interpretive hikes. We will guide you through easy to moderate terrain boasting magnificent views of the local mountains, alpine lakes and rugged glaciers that Whistler is famous for. An excellent activity for a nice summer day in Whistler.

Alpine Hiking on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains boast hiking trails with incredible views. Choose from short, family friendly strolls on wide paths to more advanced hikes to lakes, glaciers and alpine meadows. Keep your eyes open for chipmunks and marmots, and make sure you keep a camera handy for capturing the rugged mountain vistas.

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You can access the hiking trails via the Village Gondola on a sightseeing ticket, which gives access to the incredible PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, a Whistler must-do. Spend the day on the mountain and enjoy a memorable meal with spectacular views.

Hiking Around Whistler

Whistler is the perfect place to stay while you explore the Coast Mountains on foot. Visit the spectacular waterfalls and ancient forests on short half day excursions and take on longer, multi day treks through glaciated valleys.

Guide to Hiking around Whistler (PDF)

The Whistler Insider - Suggested Hikes and Walks

Winter Hiking

Due to snow cover, many trails in Whistler are unavailable for hiking during winter. If you feel the need to stretch your legs in the snow, bring sturdy winter footwear and consider the following ideas:

  • Showshoeing - if you can walk, you can snowshoe on trails in and around Whistler
  • Take a winter walk on the Valley Trail. Sections of the Valley Trail are maintained over winter.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain Hiking Maps

Whistler Mountain Hiking Map (24MB PDF)

Blackcomb Mountain Hiking Map (24MB PDF)

Whistler Valley Hiking Maps

Map of Whistler Valley Trail Head Map (PDF)

Whistler Valley Hiking Map (PDF 5 MB)

Rainbow Madely Trail Map

Interpretive Forest Map

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Call 1.800.WHISTLER (944.7853) to speak with a local travel consultant