Top 5 Easy Hikes In The Whistler Area
Hiking is one of those great activities that pretty much anyone can enjoy. In Whistler, our extensive network has trails that range from limited mobility accessible trails, all the way to high alpine scrambles. Contrary to what many people may think, having kids doesn’t mean you have to hang up your hiking boots. The key to success is finding the trail that is just right for you. To help you out I’ve put together a list of the top 5 easy hikes in the Whistler area.
Mathews and Pika’s Traverse Road on Whistler mountain.
This 3.2km easy gravel road offers some of the best views in Whistler. The best way to experience this trail is via the Peak Chair. From the top you can loop all the way back to the Whistler Village Gondola. Note: all riders need to be at least 42” to ride the Peak Chair, including kids in carriers.
Lakeside Loop on Blackcomb mountain
Starting at the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, this 5km trip is perfect if you hate elevation changes. Much of the trail looks out over the valley and is loaded with wildflowers and wildlife. If you look closely you may even spot marmots near the trail.
Harmony lake loop on Whistler mountain
This hike has the best effort/view payoff. Just a mere 1.9km from the Roundhouse Lodge, this hike is short and sweet. There are a few short steeps sections, but nothing that a few quick breaks won’t fix (and you get to spend more time enjoying the views). My absolutely favourite time to do this hike is in the fall. Seeing the amazing colours reflected on the alpine lake is something you won’t want to miss.
Located just a short drive from the village near Function Junction this is hidden gem should be on everyone’s hiking list. To get there it’s a 7km drive up a forest service road then 3km of easy hiking through beautiful forests. The lake is the real star of this hike. By mid-summer the like turns an unreal turquoise blue from the glacial runoff, perfect for capturing stunning photos.
If you’re looking for a hike that’s cool and a little different you should definitely add the Train Wreak hike to your list this summer. The best way to get there is to park in Cheakamus and walk in the short trail and across the suspension bridge. At the end of the trail you and your kids will love exploring the colourfully painted train cars hidden throughout the forest.
Bonus: Want to explore outside of Whistler? Here are few just out of town spots:
Just south of Whistler this is a must stop. With just a short walk to the lookout you are rewarded with stunning waterfall views.
If you’re headed north to Pemberton it’s worth a stop at Nairn Falls. The scenic trail follows the river for most of the way in, offering beautiful views along the way.
The village of Pemberton, located just 35km north of Whistler, is full of family friendly fun. Two of my favourite spots are One Mile Lake and North Arm Farm. One Mile Lake is a great spot to stop for a quick dip on your way into town. Located just out of town towards Mt.Currie, North Arm Farm offers family fun where you can pick up your own fruit, get local goodies, and enjoy a lunch made from the fresh farm ingredients.