Whistler Alpine Hiking and Glacier Tours

  • Experience the natural beauty of the mountains through the seasons, at your own pace
  • 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
  • View the Mountain Hours of Operation to check Alpine trail status

Alpine Hiking on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

Whistler village is at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, each boasting alpine hiking trails with incredible views, easily accessible by gondola. 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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How do I get to the hiking trails?

You can access the hiking trails via the Village Gondola on a sightseeing ticket, which also 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 Trails Around Whistler

The other mountains around Whistler are home to hiking trails of varying length and difficulty, making Whistler 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.

View Maps of Whistler Hiking Trails & Trailheads

Insider Guides to Hiking Around Whistler

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.
Tour Description Price
Nature Walk Take an interpretive walk to Lost Lake starting from your hotel with our experienced naturalist guide and view nature right outside your door. Tour is approx. 2 hours. From $99 per person
Glacier Discovery Tour Explore the Whistler Glacier on this guided interpretive tour! Take a walk on the glacier snow and ice atop Whistler Mountain and take in the natural landscape sculpted by ice and volcanoes. Outfitted with boots, crampons and an ice axe you will learn how to walk using glacier equipment, learn about the formation of the Coast Mountain’s glaciers and have a chance to play on the ice and snow. No experience is necessary. Tour is approx. 2 hours. Lift ticket not included in tour price. From $99 per person
Ancient Cedars Hike View some of the oldest and biggest trees left on the planet. Enjoy an interpretive hike with a qualified naturalist guide. Tour is approx. 3.5 hours. From $129 per person
Bear Awareness Tour Learn about the black bears that inhabit our valley. Hike in bear territory, explore bear dens, and learn about bear facts including what to do when one encounters a bear. Tour is approx. 3 hours. From $129 per person
Waterfall Explorer Whistler is spoiled with breathtaking waterfalls and magnificent views. This tour exposes some of the most amazing beauty this region has to offer. Tour is approx. 3 hours. From $129 per person
Rainforest Walk In Cheakamus Lake Provincial Park, you will hike in prime bear and deer habitat. Under the canopy of Ancient Cedars and Douglas Fir, you will enjoy moss-covered forest floors by raging glacier fed streams. Tour is approx. 4 hours. From $139 per person
Glacier Ascent Tour Climb on the Whistler Glacier using real mountaineering techniques! Outfitted with boots, crampons, ice axed, harness and rope, your guide will lead you onto the glacier snow and ice atop Whistler Mountain. Learn about glaciology and how to ascend the glacier around the crevasses like a mountaineer. No experience is necessary. Tour is approx. 3 -3.5 hours. Lift ticket not included in price. From $139 per person
Glacier Glissading Have you experienced the thrill of sliding down a slippery slide or gliding through snow on a toboggan? Glacier Glissading not only combines both of these into one ultra-fun activity, but does so on summer snowpack! This tour includes all of the interpretive aspects of our Glacier Discovery Tour plus Glissading. You get two tours in one! From $139 per person
Whistler Alpine Hike Ascend high up into a land of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. Learn about alpine ecology and our local natural history from experienced hiking guides. Hike through flower-filled meadows and look out for pikas, marmots and black bears. Includes an alpine guide booklet. Short or Long Trek Tour is available. From $170 per person
Musical Bumps Hike Experience the wild side of Whistler Mountain on this classic hike. Ride the Gondola to the high alpine and venture outside the ski area boundary along Piccolo, Flute and Oboe summits where a 360 degree panorama of glaciated mountains will consume you. Tour is a full day hike. Lift ticket not included in price. From $249 per person
Alpine Hiking in Whistler
Train Wreck Hike
Sprout Mountain Hike

Hikes Close to Whistler Village

The trailheads for these routes are all accessible on foot or by local bus from Whistler Village – no car required. Here’s some suggestions:

Day Hikes Around Whistler

Be sure to prepare accordingly if taking a longer hike. The trailheads for these hikes and walks are in and around Whistler:

Guided Glacier Hike
Guided Glacier Hike
Guided Glacier Hike

Unique Guided Hikes

Go out with experienced guides on these unique tours and turn your hike into an adventure:

Dog-Friendly Trails

Bringing a furry friend? Not all trails are open to dogs - here’s some ideas for trails to explore with your hound.

More Hiking Tips and Tricks

Insider info on the best hiking spots, what to carry and where to get more information when you are in town.

Hiking in Whistler in the Fall

Guide to the Skywalk Trail
and Rainbow Mountain Hiking Trails

An Insider's guide to hiking the newly upgraded trail network on Rainbow Mountain in Whistler, including the incredible Skywalk Trail.

PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Summer Itinerary:
Whistler's Iconic Attractions and Sites

Here it is - the list of must-see summer experiences. This is the definitive list of what to see and do to get the flavour of the Coast Mountains.

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