hikes in Whistler
hikes in Whistler
Hiking around Whistler is a true joy. Not only are the hiking trails world-class, but the amenities of Whistler Village mean you can enjoy luxury after a long day outdoors. Plus, as hiking is best enjoyed in the summer months – the off-season in Whistler – we’ve been able to stay at luxury hotels for more than 75% less than during the ski year!
The best hikes near Whistler can mean challenging, long days, hiking from the valley floor up to the Alpine. The epic views on many of these hikes near Whistler are worth it though! There is so much great hiking around Whistler that it’s hard to choose the Top 10 – let alone rank them in order. After much discussion and voting, here are the 10 Best Hikes in Whistler!
- Panorama Ridge (30.9km, 1810m, 9-12h): The classic hike near Whistler, the hike to Panorama Ridge will bring you up through forests to beautiful alpine meadows and then to a stunning ridge – with views you definitely won’t forget. This is a long day trip and is often done as an overnight backpack trip.
- Cheakamus Lake (16.6km, 500m, 4-6h): A relatively flat approach brings you to a massive and secluded mountain-lined lake. Perfect for a picnic, kids, or an easy backpack.
- Wedgemount Lake (15.6km, 1375m, 6-8h): Wow, the views from Wedgemount Lake are incredible. The hike up is similar to being on the “Stairmaster” at the gym, as you gain over 1350m in 8.0km. Trust us though, the unbelievable views of the turquoise Wedgemount Lake are too stunning to describe, and definitely make the hike up worthwhile.
- Black Tusk (26.1km, 1393m, 9-12h): Another classic hike near Whistler, the Black Tusk hike takes you to an iconic mountain in the Whistler region. The hike is a long one, but absolutely rewarding, with incredible views into Garibaldi Provincial Park and down to Garibaldi Lake.
- Garibaldi Lake (18.3km, 1073m, 5-7h): The beauty of the blue of Garibaldi Lake is hard to overstate. The reflection of snow-capped peaks and glaciers in the twinkling teal water is deeply inspiring.
- Joffre Lakes (11.8km, 393m, 3.5-6h): This popular hike near Whistler is a real stunner. The exciting hike up to Joffre Lakes is worth the drive past Pemberton to reach the trailhead. Going all the way to the third lake gives stunning views of a magnificent glacier.
- Blackcomb Meadows (9.7km, 387m, 2.5-4h): Taking the chair lift to the top of Blackcomb Mountain grants easy access to the alpine, and this rolling hike guides you to the reclusive Backcomb Lake and stunning Overlord Lookout. Views of the Spearhead Range are ever-present.
- High Note Trail (10.7km, 658m, 3-4.5h): Another great hike in Whistler, let the chairlifts cover most of the vertical on this hike. After being whisked to the peak of Whistler Mountain by the gondola you will have the stunning view of Garibaldi Provincial Park and Cheakamus Lake as the backdrop for a very memorable hike.
- Brandywine Falls (1.5km, 35m, 0.5-1h): Brandywine Falls hike is only a stone throw from the parking lot. Who would imagine there is a 70m cascading waterfall that eventually fills Daisy Lake tucked just out of sight? This wide, flat trail is perfect for inexperienced hikers.
- Lost Lake (5.1km, 120m, 1-2h): Popular among locals, this hike starts from Whistler Village and brings you to a small yet pretty lake. Views of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains are plentiful, as is the beauty of the lush West Coast rainforest.
The best hikes in Whistler
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