Farside and Riverside Loop

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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1.5-2.5h
Distance
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6.8 km
Elevation
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193 m
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Farside and Riverside Loop

Hiking along the Farside and Riverside Loop is a fun adventure through the Whistler Interpretive Forest that offers scenic woodland views and the chance to cross over a swaying suspension bridge. This trail follows closely alongside the rushing Cheakamus River and allows hikers to stare down at the torrenting water as they cross the bridge. Made up of fairly easy terrain, this moderate hike makes for a fun day outdoors in the Whistler area.

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Route Description for Farside and Riverside Loop

The Farside and Riverside Loop is an exciting intermediate-length hike through the beautifully scenic landscape of the Whistler Interpretive Forest. The trail sets out from the Sea to Sky Highway and winds through the forest alongside the coursing waters of the Cheakamus River. The route travels south along the Farside (east) of the river before crossing over the swaying expanse of the Cheakamus River Suspension Bridge and making the return leg of the loop along the Riverside (west).

This trail offers the opportunity to explore the beautiful woodland setting of the Whistler Interpretive Forest and provides scenic views over the rushing waters of the Cheakamus River. The 6.8 km hike has some minor changes in elevation, but the trail is fairly non-technical, making for a fun route that most hikers will be able to enjoy.

Getting to the Farside and Riverside Loop Trailhead

To reach the parking area for the Farside and Riverside Loop from Whistler, drive south on BC-99 and make a left onto Cheakamus Lake Road. Turn left immediately to enter the parking lot.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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