Top 5 Whistler Hikes

2nd July, 2013

High Note Trail on Whistler MountainWhistler is well known for its amazing skiing and world renowned mountain biking, but it is also packed with tremendously beautiful hiking trails. There is a huge number of trails to explore which feature majestic waterfalls, enormous glaciers, heart pounding summits, stunning blue lakes and breathtaking views. The list of trails is endless so we had our hotel staff vote and here is our top 5 picks.

Nairn Falls

Easy - 3km round trip ( 1 hour) - no elevation gain

Nairn Falls is a short and easy, family friendly hike to a very impressive waterfall. Located just a short drive north of Whistler (approximately 20minutes), 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 overlooking the 60metre high waterfall.

Cheakamus Lake

Easy - 8-14km round trip (5 hours) - no elevation gain

The trail to the spectacular Cheakamus Lake is an amazing forest of giant cedars. Running along the beautiful Cheakamus River the hike is short and easy. There are dozens of cute little beaches all along the trail which invite swimming in the crystal clear water but beware it's glacier fed and very chilly! The lake has always been known for its good fishing so pack your rod and sit back in the sun and soak in the view.

Ancient Cedars Loop

Ancient Cedars Loop

Medium - 8km round trip - 3 hours - 150 metre elevation gain

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, just 10 minutes North of Whistler Village.

High Note Trail

Medium - 9.4km round trip - 3-4 hours - 260 metre elevation gain

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 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.

Garibaldi Lake

Hard - 18 km round trip - 6-7 hours - 900 metre elevation gain

Located approximated 30 minutes south of Whistler Village, this hike is a must for those looking for a little more adventure. The trail up is definitely a challenge, though well laid out there is some never ending switch backs. Believe me 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.

 Garibaldi Lake

Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane