Hike to Russet Lake

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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10-14h
Distance
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24.9 km
Elevation
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2,003 m
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Hike to Russet Lake

The Hike to Russet Lake is a 24.9 km one-way trail that takes hikers from Whistler Village into the Fitzsimmons Mountain Range, stopping at the picturesque Russet Lake along the way. The trail is a bit of a grind due to its length and elevation gain, but it makes up for it with beautiful views and an easy gondola ride for the return trip. If you like the idea of a long uphill climb that traverses several mountain peaks and has scenic alpine lake views, then this trail should absolutely be on your list.

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Route Description for Hike to Russet Lake

The Hike to Russet Lake is a lengthy point-to-point trail with a gradual elevation gain of over 2,000 m, making this route feel like a bit of a slog at times. While the hike can certainly be done as an overnight trek with a stay near Russet Lake, the one-way nature of this route and its end point at the (free) gondola down to the village make it perfect for a 24.9 km single day trip. No matter how you decide to tackle this epic hike up to the Fitzsimmons range, you will be treated to some amazing views of the surrounding mountains and the picturesque Russet Lake.

Setting out from the parking area at Whistler Village, make your way along the Singing Pass trail as it skirts alongside Fitzsimmons Creek. This trail will take you all the way along the gradual uphill climb to Russet Lake. To do so, keep straight along the trail for 11.2 km, where you will reach a fork in the trail. Follow it left to approach the beautiful waters of Russet Lake and the Kees and Claire Hut. This can be used for overnight stays in the area, providing accommodation, cooking facilities, and space to dry out your gear.

After visiting the lake, make your way back to the fork in the trail and follow the path to the left to continue uphill along the Musical Bumps Trail. This route will take you over Oboe and Flute summits before diverting to the right around Piccolo Summit on the way to Roundhouse Lodge. This entire stretch of the Musical Bumps Trail has some amazing mountain views, so be sure to take them in along this final portion of the hike. When you get to the lodge, you will have completed the Hike to Russet Lake and can make the much quicker return journey by using the gondola to get back to the village below.

Getting to the Hike to Russet Lake Trailhead

To get to the parking area for the Hike to Russet Lake from Green Lake, drive southeast on BC-99 S and make a left turn onto Nancy Green Drive. After 180 m, turn right onto Blackcomb Way and continue on it for 1.3 km to reach the parking area on your left.

Route Information

  • When to do

    July-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Kees and Claire Hut

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    One Way

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