The Ultimate Whistler Hiking Guide

The Ultimate Whistler Hiking Guide

Hiking is a must-do in Whistler, the landscape simply beckons exploration. From ancient cedar groves, perfect for peaceful contemplation, to rugged peaks that will challenge your stamina, there’s a trail for every type of hiker.

Over the years, our collective of Insiders have detailed many of these hikes in various recaps, their guides have been compiled below. Welcome to your new all-in-one guide for choosing and planning your next Whistler hike!

Whistler Hiking Resources

Let’s start with what you need to know about hiking in Whistler:

Whistler Hiking and Backcountry Etiquette
A must-read before venturing out on any of the trails in Whistler.

Insider’s Guide: Whistler Hiking Essentials
What to pack for various types of Whistler hiking.

Hiking in the Rain: Tips for When it Drips
The coastal temperate rainforest can be, well, rainy. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go hiking, here’s how to prepare.

Hiking in the rain

The forest in all its rainy glory. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA


Whistler Half-Day or Less Hikes

Sea to Sky Trail and Valley Trail

Various | Easy

Whistler Walks on the Mild Side

Suggested routes along the Valley Trail and the Sea to Sky Trail, these are great options for sightseeing on foot before the hiking trails are clear of snow.

Family walking the Valley Trail in Whistler

The Valley Trail. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

Lost Lake Park

Various | Easy

Whistler Hiking: Lost Lake Park is Mellow and Stroller Friendly

Lost Lake Park is home to Whistler’s most accessible hiking trail network and is easily reachable from the Village.

Lost Lake Hike Whistler

Lost Lake. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Ancient Cedars

Whistler’s Ancient Cedars Hike

2.5 One-way | 150 M Elevation Gain | Moderate

A grove of awe-inspiring, 900 – 1000-year-old trees awaits you at the end of this trail.

Hiker looking at ancient cedar trees in Whistler

PHOTO MARK MACKAY

Cheakamus Lake

7.5 KM One-way | 80 M Elevation Gain | Easy

Insider’s Guide: Hike or Bike to Cheakamus Lake

A classic Whistler hike with a stunning reward, at a lower elevation this trail is usually the first to be clear of snow. It’s mellowness makes it a great hike for families or anyone looking for a short jaunt.

Hiker standing on a rock at Cheakamus Lake

Cheakamus Lake. PHOTO MARK MACKAY

Snow Walls on Whistler Mountain

3.8 KM One-way | 387 M Elevation Gain | Moderate

Insider’s Guide: Hiking the Snow Walls on Whistler Mountain

Every year, Whistler Blackcomb cuts a trail through the heaping winter snowfall to create a truly unique hiking experience. But you have to time it right, the snow walls are only around from late spring to early summer.

Snow Walls on Pika's Traverse Whistler

Hiking through the snow walls. PHOTO MEGAN WILSON

Train Wreck

2 KM One-way | 30 M Elevation Gain | Easy

Boxcars & Bridges: Whistler’s Iconic Train Wreck Hike

It’s not every day a train crash results in a community art installation in the middle of the forest, this hike is a Whistler must-do for the curious and imaginative.

Train Wreck Hike in Whistler BC

Train Wreck. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Blackcomb Ascent Trail

6.1 KM One-way | 1200 M Elevation Gain | Difficult

Blackcomb Ascent Hiking Trail: Time to Burn

From Little Burn to Heart Burn this sectioned trail is a choose-your-own-intensity workout.

New Blackcomb Ascent Trail

Little Burn. PHOTO BRIAN HOCKENSTEIN


Whistler Full-Day to Overnight Hikes

Black Tusk

27 – 37 KM | 1661 – 1400+ Elevation Gain | Difficult

Insider’s Guide: Hiking Black Tusk

Black Tusk is striking peak, the exposed basalt chamber we see today is the result of a volcanic eruption under ice. There are a couple of different options for reaching Black Tusk and upon reaching the peak there is an opportunity for a Class 3 scramble.

Hiker in front of Black Tusk

Black Tusk. PHOTO ABBY COOPER

Wedgemount Lake

7 KM One-way | 1200 M Elevation Gain | Difficult

Insider’s Guide: Wedgemount Lake Hike in Whistler

An electric-blue alpine lake rimmed with dramatic peaks and glaciers awaits at the end of this challenging trail.

The hut at Wedgemount Lake in Whistler

Wedgemount Lake. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Callaghan Valley

Various | Easy to Difficult

Insider’s Guide: Hiking and Adventure in Callaghan Valley

Callaghan Valley is where you’ll find some of Whistler’s lesser known hiking trails. This guide includes hikes such as Madeley Lake, Ring Lake, Cirque Lake and more.

Hiking in the Callaghan Valley

PHOTO ABBY COOPER

Skywalk Trail and Rainbow Mountain Hiking Trails

Various | Moderate to Difficult

Insider’s Guide: Skywalk Trail and Rainbow Mountain Hiking Trails

Rainbow Mountain has much to offer hikers, Insider Abby Cooper leads you through the trail network and the various ways to reach Iceberg Lake (which is as cool as it sounds).

PHOTO ABBY COOPER

Garibaldi Lake and Area

Various | Moderate to Difficult

Insider’s Guide: Hiking Garibaldi Lake & Area

A classic Whistler hike for a reason, this guide has all you need to know about hiking to Garibaldi Lake and exploring the surrounding trails which are full of jaw-dropping viewpoints.

Panorama Ridge

Garibaldi Lake from Panorama Ridge. PHOTO EMILY WRIGHT

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

Various | Easy to Difficult

Alpine Hiking Guide: Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

A breakdown and guide to the lift-accessed alpine hiking network on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, includes trails such as High Note, Musical Bumps, Overlord and more.

Hikers on High Note Trial in Whistler

High Note Trail. PHOTO MARK MACKAY


Guided Whistler Hikes

Climbing Out of My Comfort Zone: Whistler Via Ferrata Tour
A little bit of hiking, a little bit of climbing and a whole lot of views.

Whistler Via Ferrata. PHOTO MOUNTAIN SKILLS ACADEMY AND ADVENTURES

Not Your Regular Hike: The New Whistler Sky Walk Tour
A hike like no other, traverse along ridges and cliff faces with the help of cables, bridges and platforms.

Views from the new Whistler Sky Walk Tour

Whistler Sky Walk Tour. PHOTO DANIEL O’KEEFE / MOUNTAIN SKILLS ACADEMY AND ADVENTURES

A Whistler Guided Hike: The Medicine Trail
From lichen to yew, learn the virtues of the flora found in the coastal temperate rainforest.

PHOTO FEET BANKS

Whistler Glacier Tours: Scenery, Snow and Sliding
Let your feet carry your across a 10,000-year-old glacier, or, slide down on your butt.

Glacier Glissade Tour with Mountain Skills Academy and Adventures, Whistler

Glissading on a glacial tour. PHOTO MOUNTAIN SKILLS ACADEMY AND ADVENTURES

More:

The Hills Are Alive: Hikes for Alpine Wildflower Season
Includes High Note Trail, Decker Tarn, Rainbow Lake and more.

Camping Culture: How and Where to Pitch a Tent in Whistler
Includes backcountry camping details for Cheakamus Lake, Garibaldi Lake, Russet Lake and Wedgemount Lake.

9 Whistler Walks and Hikes to Try this Summer
A little something for everyone.

7 Dog-friendly Hikes Around Whistler
For when you want to explore with your favourite adventure buddy.

A Guide to Sea to Sky Waterfalls
From short walks to long treks, here’s how to get up close with the stunning Sea to Sky waterfalls.

Hiking season on Whistler Mountain

Stay safe and have fun out there! PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Prime hiking season is now! Start planning your Whistler hiking escape at Whistler.com.

Nikkey

Nikkey

Nikkey got her start in Whistler as an outdoor guide and the habit of talking about the place has clearly stuck. Whistler’s general laid-back lifestyle and immediate access to fun is what’s kept her around. When not hanging out on the Whistler Insider team Nikkey works as a freelance creative for outdoor and wellness brands. Nikkey’s favourite Whistler animal is the marmot- she just wants to pinch those fluffy cheeks! (but never would because she respects wildlife and really likes having her fingers attached to her hands.)

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