Whistler Alpine Hiking and Hiking 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 have 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 Whistler Village Gondola and Blackcomb Gondola when you purchase 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 lengths and abililty levels, making Whistler the perfect place to stay while you explore the Coast Mountains on foot. Visit spectacular waterfalls and ancient forests on short, half-day excursions or 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.
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Guided Hiking Tours

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 $110 per person

Train Wreck Adventure
Take a walk back in time to the historic Whistler Train Wreck of 1956. Join one of our guides as they lead you through the Ancient cedars to the mysterious, colourful abandoned box cars. Tour is approx. 2 hours.
From $110 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 $119 per person

Whistler Sky Walk
Hike up to and along the edge of Whistler Mountain overlooking amazing mountain views. Clip into cables as you safely cross small suspended bridges and cliff-edge features.
From $109 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 $140 per person

Bear Awareness Tour
Learn about the black bears that inhabit our valley. Hike in bear territory, explore bear dens, and learn bear facts including what to do when one encounters a bear. Tour is approx. 3 hours.
From $140 per person

Waterfall Explorer Tour
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 $140 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, enjoy moss-covered forest floors beside raging glacier-fed streams. Tour is approx. 4 hours.
From $150 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

Glacier Ascent Tour
Climb on the Whistler Glacier using real mountaineering techniques! Outfitted with boots, crampons, ice axes, 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 $169 per person

Whistler Alpine Hike – Short Trek Tour
Ascend high 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 Trek Tour is 3 hours long.
From $180 per person

Whistler Alpine Hike – Long Trek Tour
Ascend high 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. Long Trek Tour is 6 hours long.
From $230 per person

Backcountry Day Hike
Take a guided day hike in the stunning landscapes of the Coast Mountains where you’ll be able to experience Whistler’s spectacular views. The final hike destination is dependant on trail conditions, weather and fitness level.
From $329 per person

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Hikes Close to Whistler Village

The trailheads for these routes are all accessible on foot or by local bus from the Village – no car required. Here are 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:

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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

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