Dog Friendly Hikes
Dog Friendly Hikes
Posted on September 17, 2019
Incredible Dog Friendly Hikes in the Sea to Sky Corridor
When planning a vacation, no one likes to leave their family members behind! When planning a trip up to Whistler you don’t have to leave your dogs behind because they stay for free at the Crystal Lodge! There are endless dog-friendly activities and hikes to make for an adventure-filled getaway. Below we’ll cover some dog friendly hikes in Whistler to make the most out of your time!
1. Sea-Sky Trail
The first trail on our list is one of the prettiest. This unique trail connects Whistler to Pemberton and Squamish, over a 180 kilometres route! In whistler alone, there are 33 km of trail open May to November. You can access the North end of the trail from Molly Hogan route around the Lost Lake. This trail comes with stunning views of Green Lake as you make your ascent. If you’re looking for a bonus, you can go a little further and descend to Green Lake to visit the abandoned logging town of Parkhurst. At the town, you can see abandoned vehicles from the 1950s, the remains of houses, and even old tin cans of Heinz Ketchup!
2.Train Wreck Trail
If you like that, your next stop might be Train Wreck Trail. The trailhead is just South of Whistler’s Function Junction at Cheakamus Crossing. This short 5km roundtrip trail is the perfect small hike with a different kind of view around Whistler. At the end of the trail, you will find old train cars covered in graffiti by the river, making for an epic spot for a photo shoot of you and your dog! If you travel there in the fall, it makes for an even spookier visit. And don’t forget to put your dog on leash over the suspension bridge!
3. Lost Lake
Lost lake is a staple for dog walkers around Whistler. With beach access and a dog ramp at Canine Cove, what dog wouldn’t be happy strolling along the gravel path? This easy trail is about an hour round-trip and is open from March to October.
4. Ancient Cedars Hike
If you’re looking for more than a stroll, check out the Ancient Cedars Trail just north of Green Lake on the Sixteen-Mile Creek Forest Service Road. This 5km roundtrip loop walks you past 1000-year-old cedar trees. Make sure to stop and take some photos! The trail is relatively easy and takes approximately 1.5 – 3 hours to complete, however, there is a short steep section near the end! Along the trail, you’ll be amazed at the view of Cougar lake and a small waterfall. This trail is especially unique given it was one of the few sectors of Whistler preserved from logging. This trail is open from June to October.
5. Valley Trail
This next trail on our list is also a staple around town and only steps away from our Whistler hotel. The Valley Trail is a 40 km network of paved trails around the nearby lakes. This stretch of trails runs along Whistler’s lakes and is perfect for bikers and walkers alike! Perfect for dogs, add this hike onto your bucket list the next time you visit Whistler!
6. Brandywine Trail
Brandywine Falls is one of visitor’s favourite spots to stop and take photos. But did you know there’s a hike to bring you even closer to the falls? There is a 6km moderately difficult trail that takes you through the meadows and descends to the base. It takes approximately 3 – 5 hours to complete. Don’t forget your camera, you’ll be sure to snap some good photos down below! To make it even better, this trail is open year-round. If you’re bringing your pup, always keep your dog on-leash as per the signs!
7. Sproatt Alpine Trail
Finally, Sproatt is the most challenging of the dog-friendly hikes. This 14km roundtrip hike can be done in one day if you’re prepared. It has an elevation gain of 950 metres and is best hiked between June and October. Don’t miss out on the fields of wildflowers present in the summer. Dogs are welcome on this hike as long as you are not in the Rainbow Lake side of Mount Sproatt. You can access the trailhead from Function Junction.