Top 5 Whistler Hikes
Whistler is well known for its amazing skiing and world renowned mountain biking, but it is also packed with tremendously beautiful hiking trails. There are a large number of hikes in whistler to explore which feature majestic waterfalls, enormous glaciers, heart pounding summits, stunning blue lakes and breathtaking views. Here is all you need to know about the top 5 hikes in whistler!
About Nairn Falls Provincial Park
Nairn Falls is perfect for an afternoon trip. The 1.5km hike to the viewpoint meanders along the shores of the Green River taking you to several viewing platforms that overlook the 60metre high waterfall. Usually, visitors come to Nairn Falls Provincial Park to view the spectacular Nairn Falls, however if you take a short trail just left of the campsite, you will see the beautiful Green River in what seems to be a forgotten part of this beautiful park. One of the best parts of this hike is that it is Dog Friendly, so you and your best buddy can enjoy what nature has to offer!
Nairn Falls can be classified as a beginner’s hike as it is only a 3km round trip, approximately 1 hour. It is hike-able year-round even when there is large amounts of snowfall.
Location & Parking
Nairn Falls is located just a short drive north of Whistler (approximately 20minutes). A large parking lot is accessible just before entering downtown Pemberton, as you should see a sign for Narin Falls Provincial Park. Google Map Directions
There is a large campground at Nairn Falls Provincial Park that is located right next to the parking lot. This campground is only open from May 11- September 30 and will cost you $18 per group, per night.
About Garibaldi Lake Hike
Located approximately 30 minutes south of Whistler Village, the Garibaldi Lake Hike is one of the most scenic hikes you’ll walk on. With views of the beautiful turquoise, glacier-fed lake and surrounding mountains, it’s not hard to figure out why it was voted one of the best hikes in Whistler!
This hike is a must for anyone looking for a little more adventure and can definitely be a challenge. Even though it is well laid out, there is some never ending switch backs. Therefore, we’d recommend this hike for more experienced hikers. But believe us it is worth every second for the views of the stunning turquoise waters of Garibaldi Lake.
Though you can complete this in a day trip, it is worth spending the night by the lake at the campground and then venturing further to some of the close by hiking trails, in particular, Panorama Ridge which offers spectacular views of the entire valley.
Parking is best accessed through the Rubble Creek trailhead, which is located just off the Sea to Sky Highway, south of Whistler. Even though the parking lot is large, it is usually full and multiple cars can be seen parked along the road. View map here.
There are over 50 campsites that offer full services at Garibaldi Lake. These campsite are all just steps away from Garibaldi Lake and around 9km from the parking lot. Reservations are required at the campground from June to end of September and can be reserved here.
About Cheakamus Lake
The trail to the spectacular Cheakamus Lake is an amazing forest of giant cedars. There are dozens of beaches all along the trail with crystal clear water which many hikers swim in. But beware that it’s glacier fed and very chilly! The lake is known for its good fishing so pack your rod, sit back and soak in the view!
Running along the beautiful Cheakamus River, the hike is short, easy and a great way to enjoy what nature has to offer. Only a 7 km hiking trail, it hardly has any steep inclines or declines which makes it perfect for beginner hikers.
Location & Parking
Cheakamus Lake is located just 8 kilometers from the Sea to Sky Highway, which makes it a perfect hike to quickly travel to from Crystal Lodge. A free parking lot is located right off Hwy 99 which is 2.5km south of Whistler. Google Map Directions
There is a charge for camping, $10 per adult and $5 per child. These must be paid before entering the park. Find out how to pay here. There are two campsites located along the trail, one 3km from the parking lot, and the other 7km from the parking lot.
Ancient Cedars Loop
About Ancient Cedars Loop
This 8km loop hike takes you through the most impressive cedars in the Whistler area. Though you will find cedars on many of the Whistler hiking trails, none compare to the ancient cedars estimated to be a thousand years old on this beautiful hiking loop.
This hike is only an 8km roundtrip with a gradual uphill climb, which should take around 3 hours. Making it a great hike for hikers of all skill levels.
Location & Parking
Parking is located just 10 minutes North of Whistler Village. View a map of Driving Directions to the Ancient Cedars Trail.
There is not a dedicated campground around the trail but it is suggested to find a safe area to set up a tent well away from the trails.
High Note Trail
About High Note Trail
A long time Whistler favourite, the High Note Trail is located on Whistler Mountain and can be accessed by the gondola/chairlift from the base of Whistler village, just a 2 minute walk from the Crystal Lodge Hotel. On this hike, you don't have to hike an uneventful trail to reach a destination, the trail itself is the destination with constant views which will have your camera in hand from start to finish!
The High Note Trail is well worn and marked, and a 9.4km roundtrip which lasts around 3-4 hours. This trail is definitely not a walk in the park with its narrow pathway and multiple inclines and declines. However, it is by no means an advanced hike and is very family friendly.
Location & Parking
There is free parking in Whistler Village if you are able to snag a spot in Lot 4, however, Lots 1, 2, & 3 are all paid parking. These parking lots are very easy to find.
Since the High Note Trail is a busy route, camping is located around Russet Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park, which rests between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.
Ready to go on an adventure? Stay within walking distance of these and many more hikes at the Crystal Lodge Hotel. Call our Reservations Team at 1.800.667.3363 to make a reservation or email [email protected]. View our Rooms here
Photo Credit: Mike Crane | TW & Sea to Sky Parks