Blackcomb Meadows

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3-4h
Distance
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9.7 km
Elevation
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387 m
User Ratings
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Overall Rating
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9.4
Physical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panorama of the Blackcomb Meadows hike in Whistler, British Columbia

Taking the chair lift to the top of Blackcomb Mountain rewards you with easy access to the beautiful alpine, reclusive Backcomb Lake and stunning Overlord Lookout. Throughout the trail, views of the Spearhead Range are ever-present.

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Route Description for Blackcomb Meadows

The first part of the trail is very wide, and gains a moderate amount of elevation. You will soon arrive at the Fitzsimmons Lookout, a small boulder field that grants you your first view of the Spearhead Range. Continuing along the path, you will turn up to the left and rejoin a dirt path. This path becomes the “Overlord Trail” as named by Whistler Blackcomb, and you will hike along for its entirety.

This blue-graded trail winds through meadows and trees, lazily gaining then losing elevation. You will shortly come to a junction leading towards the small, yet beautiful, Blackcomb Lake. Take a left turn and climb a few dozen meters up to this small alpine lake. Up at the lake there are few trees, and the meadow really comes into its own. The lush greenery and wildflowers are stunning, as is the reflection of Blackcomb Peak in the pale green waters of Blackcomb Lake. Continue along the path as it descends and rejoins the Overlord trail.

Another stint along the Overlord Trail will bring you to another junction. Again take the black diamond path leading up to the right. This leads up to the Overlord Lookout, and constitutes the only major climb of the hike. The trail is more rugged than the blue trail, but still switchbacks as it climbs the ridge above Blackcomb Lake. You will finally turn right and get a stunning view over the several glaciers and peaks. Most prominent are the Overlord and Fitzsimmons Glaciers, Overlord Mountain, Fissle Peak and Mount Lago all in the distance.

Keep hiking down to another smaller alpine lake below Decker Mountain. The trail loops around towards the gondola and becomes the Overlord Trail once again. On the way back keep left and stay on the Overlord Trail.

Want to find more amazing hikes around Whistler? Check out the Garibaldi Lake hike, Panorama Ridge hike or the Black Tusk hike.

Insider Hints for Blackcomb Meadows

  • Buy your tickets for the Gondola in advance on the Whistler Blackcomb website to save money.
  • Get a meal at any one of the four cafes on top of Blackcomb Mountain. With a mountain top view, it’s hard to miss.
  • Look out for what time the last chairlift down is. It changes depending on what time of year it is and what day of the week you go.

Getting to the Blackcomb Meadows Trailhead

From Whistler Village go to the main Gondola Station and take the Blackcomb chairlift up to the alpine village. Alternatively, if you have gone up the Whistler Gondola take the “Peak to Peak” gondola over to Blackcomb and from the station.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June through September

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Toilets

    Gondola

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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