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  • Experience the natural beauty of the mountains through the seasons, at your own pace
  • Grab a map and explore the trails on your own or join a hiking tour to meet new friends
  • Ride the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola for easy access to alpine trails on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
  • View the Mountain Hours of Operation to check alpine trail status
  • Know Before You Go: Biking, Hiking and Sightseeing on Whistler Blackcomb

Alpine Hiking on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

Whistler Village is at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, each boasting alpine hiking trails with incredible views, easily accessible by gondola. Choose from short, family-friendly strolls on wide paths to more advanced hikes to lakes, glaciers and alpine meadows. Keep your eyes open for chipmunks and marmots, and make sure you have a camera handy for capturing the rugged mountain vistas.

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How do I get to the hiking trails?

You can access the hiking trails via the Whistler Village Gondola and Blackcomb Gondola when you purchase a sightseeing ticket, which also gives access to the incredible PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, a Whistler must-do. Spend the day on the mountain and enjoy a memorable meal with spectacular views.

Hiking Trails Around Whistler

Important Information on Day-Use Passes

Some BC Parks, including Garibaldi Provincial Park and Joffre Lakes Park, require Day-Use passes due to high visitor volumes. Passes are free and can be reserved online beginning at 7 AM, two days in advance of your planned visit. See more information at bcparks.ca.

The other mountains around Whistler are home to hiking trails of varying lengths and ability levels, making Whistler the perfect place to stay while you explore the Coast Mountains on foot. Visit spectacular waterfalls and ancient forests on short, half-day excursions or take on longer, multi-day treks through glaciated valleys.

Insider Guides to Hiking Around Whistler

Winter Hiking

Due to snow cover, many trails in Whistler are unavailable for hiking during winter. If you feel the need to stretch your legs in the snow, bring sturdy winter footwear and consider the following ideas:

  • Snowshoeing – if you can walk, you can snowshoe on trails in and around Whistler
  • Take a winter walk on the Valley Trail. Sections of the Valley Trail are maintained over winter.
Tour Description Price
Half Day Backcountry Wilderness Hike Step into the wilderness on amazing trails of old-growth forests with ancient cedars along pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and geologically interesting landscapes. Tour is approx. 3-4 hours. From $109 per person
Nature Walk Hike up to and along the edge of Whistler Mountain overlooking amazing mountain views. Clip into cables as you safely cross small suspended bridges and cliff-edge features. Tour is approx. 2 hours. From $115 per person
Glacier Discovery Take a walk on the snow and ice atop Whistler Mountain and take in the natural landscape sculpted by ancient ice! This popular tour is great for people of all ages and abilities, especially families with younger children 8 years and up. Tour is approx. 2 hours. From $119 per person
Sky Walk Tour Whistler is spoiled with breathtaking waterfalls and magnificent views. This tour exposes some of the most amazing beauty this region has to offer. Tour is approx. 2 hours. From $119 per person
Train Wreck Adventure Take a walk back in time to the historic Whistler Train Wreck of 1956. Join one of our guides as they lead you through the Ancient cedars to the mysterious, colourful abandoned box cars. Tour is approx. 2 hours. From $135 per person
Glacier Glissading Have you experienced the thrill of sliding down a slippery slide or gliding through snow on a toboggan? Glacier Glissading not only combines both of these into one ultra-fun activity, but does so on summer snowpack! This tour includes all of the interpretive aspects of our Glacier Discovery Tour plus glissading. You get two tours in one! Tour is approx. 3 hours. From $139 per person
Waterfall Explorer Whistler is spoiled with breathtaking waterfalls and magnificent views. This tour exposes some of the most amazing beauty this region has to offer. Tour is approx. 3 hours. From $155 per person
Full Day Backcountry Wilderness Hike Take a guided day hike in the stunning landscapes of the Coast Mountains where you’ll be able to experience Whistler’s spectacular views. The final hike destination is dependant on trail conditions, weather and fitness level. Tour is approx. 5-9 hours. From $159 per person
Ancient Cedars Hike View some of the oldest and biggest trees left on the planet. Enjoy an interpretive hike with a qualified naturalist guide. Tour is approx. 3.5 hours. From $160 per person
Glacier Ascent Climb on the Whistler Glacier using real mountaineering techniques! Outfitted with boots, crampons, ice axes, harness and rope, your guide will lead you onto the glacier snow and ice atop Whistler Mountain. Learn about glaciology and how to ascend the glacier around the crevasses like a mountaineer. No experience is necessary. Tour is approx. 3 hours. Lift ticket not included in price. From $169 per person
Rainforest Walk In Cheakamus Lake Provincial Park, you will hike in prime bear and deer habitat. Under the canopy of Ancient Cedars and Douglas Fir, enjoy moss-covered forest floors beside raging glacier-fed streams. Tour is approx. 4 hours. From $170 per person

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Alpine Hiking in Whistler

Grab a lift ticket and head into the alpine to discover the trails on Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

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Hikes Close to Whistler Village

The trailheads for these routes are all accessible on foot or by local bus from the Village – no car required. Here are some suggestions:

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Day Hikes Around Whistler

Be sure to prepare accordingly if taking a longer hike. The trailheads for these hikes and walks are in and around Whistler:

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  • Guide to Wedgemount Lake Hike
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  • Ancient Cedars Hike: Old Trees, New Trail

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Unique Guided Hikes

Go out with experienced guides on these unique tours and turn your hike into an adventure:

  • The Whistler Sky Walk Guided Tour
  • Whistler Glacier Hike – Scenery and Ice Axes
  • A Whistler Guided Hike: The Medicine Trail

Dog-Friendly Trails

Bringing a furry friend? Not all trails are open to dogs - here’s some ideas for trails to explore with your hound.

  • Strolls Along Whistler's Valley Trail
  • 7 Dog-Friendly Hikes
  • A Walk In The Woods: Whistler’s Mellow Hikes

More Hiking Tips and Tricks

Insider info on the best hiking spots, what to carry and where to get more information when you are in town.

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Hiking in Whistler BC | Tourism Whistler? ›

11 Top-Rated Hikes near Whistler, B.C.
  • Garibaldi Lake. Garibaldi Lake. ...
  • Black Tusk. Black Tusk. ...
  • Panorama Ridge. View from Panorama Ridge. ...
  • Ancient Cedars Trail. Ancient Cedars Trail | Ruth Hartnup / photo modified. ...
  • Cheakamus Lake. Cheakamus Lake. ...
  • Singing Pass Trail. Singing Pass Trail. ...
  • High Note Trail. ...
  • Wedgemount Lake.
Nov 17, 2020

What is the best hike in Whistler? ›

A Local's Guide to the Best Hikes in Whistler
  1. Garibaldi Lake. Garibaldi Lake has to be one of our favourite Whistler hikes. ...
  2. Cheakamus Lake. Cheakamus Lake is another huge favourite of ours! ...
  3. High Note Trail. ...
  4. Wedgemount Lake. ...
  5. Brandywine Falls. ...
  6. Black Tusk. ...
  7. Panorama Ridge. ...
  8. Train Wreck Trail.
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Is hiking free in Whistler? ›

Hiking is one of the best ways to see Whistler as a local and experience the town past the resort. All of these hikes are free to visit. Most of these hikes will take 1 – 2 hours, you can even fit in several into one day!

Is Whistler open for hiking? ›

Alexander Falls is a very impressive 43 metre/141 foot waterfall just 30 to 40 minutes south of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley. Open year-round and located just before Whistler Olympic Park where several of the 2010 Olympic events were held.

Can you hike up Whistler Mountain? ›

Good to Know: The alpine hiking season generally runs from June to September. Early season the hiking trails may not be open but you can walk between the snow walls on Whistler Mountain, while August tends to be the best time to catch wildflowers in bloom.

When can you hike in Whistler? ›

July is a wonderful time to hike in Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park. The weather is beautiful and the snow on high elevation hiking trails is long ... August hiking in Whistler definitely has the most consistently great, hot weather. You can feel the rare pleasure of walking across a glacier shirtless and ...

How do I get to Iceberg Lake from Whistler? ›

After about 70m, watch for a white trail marker sign on your right for the Upper 19 Mile Creek Trail. Go right onto the Upper 19 Mile Creek Trail as this trail will take you all the way to Iceberg Lake.

Can you walk around Whistler? ›

With more 40 kilometres / 25 miles of gentle, rolling paths, it's the milder side of the Whistler wild. Start at the Visitor Centre at the Gateway Loop in the heart of the Village. You'll want the Whistler Valley Trail Map, which details paths, distances and public facilities.

Can you walk around Whistler Village? ›

Walking Around Whistler Village

The pedestrianisation also means the village is easily walkable, you can cross the entire village by foot in a matter of minutes.

Can you hike in Whistler in winter? ›

Here are a few of our favourite winter hikes around Whistler that boast stunning vistas year long. Don't forget to stop and smell the pine needles. Nothing beats a frozen waterfall, especially one that's 55 metres high and seen after snowshoeing for three-and-a-half kilometres in moderate terrain.

Why does Whistler close so early? ›

The main reason lifts close early in the day is safety. In the winter it gets darker earlier and much faster, so each resort needs to close the lifts before dusk sets in.

What day does Whistler close? ›

The official opening and closing dates for Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia for current and past seasons.
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Opening and Closing Dates. Whistler BlackcombClosed.
SeasonOpeningClosing
20/21Nov 26 2020Mar 29 2021 *
19/20Nov 28 2019Mar 14 2020 *
18/19Nov 22 2018May 27 2019
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How many trails are in Whistler? ›

Whether you're getting ready to hike, bike, trail run, or explore other outdoor activities, AllTrails has 147 scenic trails in the Whistler area.

What is the 360 experience Whistler? ›

With a 360 Experience Season Pass get UNLIMITED sightseeing and summer access to both Whistler and Blackcomb mountains with 50+ km of hiking trails including the Blackcomb Ascent Trails, and an ever changing landscape from early summer snow walls to blooming wildflowers to ancient glaciers, plus save on lodging and ...

How hard is the High Note trail? ›

Head out on this 6.4-mile point-to-point trail near Whistler, British Columbia. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 58 min to complete.

How much is the Whistler gondola? ›

2021.22 Prices
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ADULT (19-64)$74$79
TEEN (13-18)$58$63
CHILD (7-12)$35$37
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Can you hike in Whistler in December? ›

December hiking in Whistler is mainly done on snowshoes, though if it hasn't snowed for a few days, trails to Whistler Train Wreck and Rainbow Falls can usually be tackled fairly easily without snowshoes.

What time does peak to peak close? ›

Peak Zone - Access via Peak Express to Top of the World
Operating DatesHours
TBD - September 5Open: 11 AM | Close: 5 PM (Fri - Sun) Open: 11 AM | Close: 4 PM (Holiday Mondays)

Can you camp on Whistler Mountain? ›

Whistler RV Park & Campground also has a lot to offer onsite, including; wiffle golf, frisbee golf, photo safari tours and more. The campground is perched over the valley and the vantage point offers fantastic mountain views, some of the sites look directly at the infamous stratovolcano, Black Tusk.

How difficult is Iceberg Lake hike? ›

Try this 9.3-mile out-and-back trail near Siyeh Bend, Montana. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 4 h 10 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring.

How long is Iceberg Lake hike? ›

9.7 Miles

Can you drive to Iceberg Lake? ›

How to get there: Travel the Many Glacier Road to the parking lot at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. Follow the road from there to the Iceberg Lake/Ptarmigan Tunnel trailhead. The estimated drive time from Kalispell to the trailhead is roughly three hours.

How long is the Half Note trail? ›

Get to know this 5.7-mile loop trail near Whistler, British Columbia. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 3 h 57 min to complete.

How do you get to the crater rim trail? ›

Hike: From the Visitor Center parking lot, walk across Crater Rim Drive on the designated pedestrian crossing and walk toward the Volcano House. Walk around to the back side of the Volcano House and find Crater Rim Trail. Walk west toward the Jaggar Museum. The next two miles serves up great views of Halema'uma'u.

How do I get to High Note trail? ›

To get to the start of the Whistler High Note trail, you need to take the gondola from Whistler village, and then take the Peak Express chairlift right to the top of the mountain.

How do I get to High Note trail? ›

To get to the start of the Whistler High Note trail, you need to take the gondola from Whistler village, and then take the Peak Express chairlift right to the top of the mountain.

How do you get to the crater rim trail? ›

Hike: From the Visitor Center parking lot, walk across Crater Rim Drive on the designated pedestrian crossing and walk toward the Volcano House. Walk around to the back side of the Volcano House and find Crater Rim Trail. Walk west toward the Jaggar Museum. The next two miles serves up great views of Halema'uma'u.

How do you hike up Russet Lake? ›

There are several ways to get to hike Russet Lake. The Singing Pass trail from the base of Whistler Mountain near the Whistler Gondola. The Musical Bumps trail that begins near the top of the Whistler Gondola. Both routes take you deep into the magnificent Fitzsimmons Range.

Is Joffre Lakes trail open? ›

The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail. As of July 2021, folks coming to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park must reserve a free day-use permit before arriving.

Top Whistler Hiking Trails: See reviews and photos of Hiking Trails in Whistler, British Columbia on Tripadvisor.

Your other option is to drive up the hill from parking lot 2 to parking lot 3.. This will save you a 1.6 km trek at the start but remember it will be uphill to get to your car at the third parking lot as the Ridge Trail comes out at parking lot 2.. Once you enter the trail head, there is a short uphill hike about 1/4 mile to the Crater Rim trail head.. If you continue straight the trail will take you to the lake.. This path eventually connected to the Ridge Trail which was not marked and based on common sense (or not), we took the trail that went down and to the left.We met 2 hikers on the way down by the scree and we followed them out and we ended up by parking lot 2 where we started.. There are view of the Lake from various viewpoints as well as views of the surrounding area.. I would’ve rated it higher if there was better signage and nicer views.. Going this way, you will be ending your hike at parking lot 3 and then hike down via the Riverside Trail to your vehicle at parking lot 2.. • For additional info, have a look at various websites on this hike.. We found them useful going up and down the hard sections of the trail.

Whistler is home to some of the best hikes in British Columbia. These easy hikes near Whistler are perfect all fitness levels and abilities.

Before heading out on any hike, make sure you pack the hiking essentials!. I’ve hiked most of these trails in Vans and Nikes, and while you can definitely do so, I would still recommend proper hiking shoes.. Even though these are the easiest short hikes near Whistler, I would always recommend coming prepared with a hiking kit and pack.. There are many hiking trails in Whistler.. Nairn Falls was one of the first hikes I ever did here in Whistler and it continues to be one of my favourite easy hikes near Whistler.. I hike this trail at least once every summer and fall.. Once on the trail you’ll notice the beautiful Green River that follows the trail, I find the the sound of the waves soothing while on this hike.. The actual hike into Cheakamus Lake is pretty easy and trails are wide for the most part but some areas do become narrow.. How To Get There The Whistler Train Wreck is one of the most easy Whistler hikes.. The Train Wreck hike is one of the best easy hikes in Whistler. The crater rim & loggers lake hike is an easy to intermediate hike in the Whistler interpretive forest.. This hike is located in the Cheakamus neighbourhood of Whistler and therefore often gets overlooked by the Train Wreck and Cheakamus Lake trails.. This is a little more difficult than the other hikes mentioned in this post so hiking shoes and a hiking pack with plenty of water are recommended.

Before you strap on those snowshoes, check out these top tips to stay safe, warm and in good spirits when winter hiking in Whistler.

It’s always important that you bring food with you when you go winter hiking in Whistler.. As unlikely as it is that anything will go wrong, make sure you have a plan in place to prevent it from happening.. Check out this packing list for winter in Whistler .. It’s always worth having a survival tarp with you whenever you’re out winter hiking in Whistler.. Winter trails. are slower going than summer trails.. Last but not least, make sure you don’t get lost!. Plan. out your route ahead of time, and make sure someone knows where you are going.. The first time you go winter hiking in Whistler, try a short route that’s well-signed.. Don’t plan on heading out for a long backcountry trip unless you’re confident in your outdoor winter skills.

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Garibaldi Lake. The Crystal Lodge Hotel is right in Whistler Village and another good choice for hikers, especially if you are traveling with kids – it has options for interconnected rooms.. The hotel has a swimming pool, hot tub, and fitness room on-site.. 13 Top-Rated Things to Do in Vancouver in Winter. Where to Stay in Vancouver: Best Areas & Hotels

Hiking in Whistler offers stunning vistas, breathtaking landscapes, and has options for the entire family. Whether you’re looking to discover high alpine trails, or meander through old growth forests, Whistler has those and everything in between.   Where to Stay It’s hard to pick a wrong spot to stay in Whistler, particularly with the

This location is ideal if hiking valley trails with the entire family is your top item on the agenda.. Whistler’s main village is the perfect location for those looking for an alpine hiking experience.. You’ll even have the option of a lift up the mountain via the Gondola.. Simply upload from the Village Gondola up Whistler Mountain to experience high alpine trails, stunning glacial lakes, and breathtaking views.. For the ultimate mountain top experience after your hike, you can dine on Blackcomb Mountain at Christine’s for classic dishes and a diverse wine list.. Whistler Mountain – High Note Trail : Regarded as the best experience on Whistler Mountain, High Note Trail has stunning views of the Black Tusk, Cheakamus Lake, and alpine terrain.. Plan for around 4 hours to complete, as this trail is 9.4k and has an elevation change of 420 meters.. Mountain Top Dining at Christine’s on Blackcomb .. July – Sept – This is the prime time of year to take advantage of the big alpine hikes we’ve noted, like the Black Tusk and Rainbow Lake.

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