Crater Rim Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3-4h
Distance
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9.8 km
Elevation
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416 m
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Crater Rim Trail

The Crater Rim Trail is a 9.8 km moderately trafficked trail that loops through the Whistler Interpretive Forest along a scenic woodland path. Along the route, hikers will visit the tranquil waters of Logger’s Lake that sits nestled within a 10,000-year-old volcanic crater before crossing over a swaying suspension bridge that spans the Cheakamus River. This is a beautiful route with some nice variation in terrain, making it perfect for a weekend outing along the trails.

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Route Description for Crater Rim Trail

The Crater Rim Trail is a scenic hike through the woodlands southwest of Whistler that takes hikers on a route through the Whistler Interpretive Forest on the way to Logger’s Lake. This tranquil body of water can be found nestled within a 10,000-year-old volcanic crater that scarred the landscape and serves as a remnant of this area’s complex geological past. After visiting the lake, make your way along the trail as it skirts alongside the Cheakamus River, eventually crossing its rushing waters by means of a suspension bridge, before returning to the trailhead along the Farside Loop Trail. This is an intermediate length hike that should definitely be on your list if you are looking for some solitude in the forest.

Getting to the Crater Rim Trail Trailhead

To get to the parking area for the Crater Rim Trail from Whistler, head southwest on BC-99 S and turn left onto Cheakamus Lake Road. Make another left after 550 m to stay on Cheakamus Lake Road. Turn right after 200 m to cross over the river, where you will find the parking area on your right in 450 m.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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