The best way to see BC’s expansive landscapes, summer hiking is a must when visiting Whistler. The beautiful snow covered peaks turn into wildflower edged mountain trails, while frozen lakes melt into crystal clear alpine run-offs perfect for a quick — albeit chilly — dip. No matter who you’re traveling with, there is a hike for you and your endurance level. And don’t forget the camera- these views are worthy of an Instagram hall of fame.
Here are 5 of our favorite summer hikes that add a healthy dose of outdoor goodness to any Whistler itinerary:
Family Approved/ Stroller Ready
Lost Lake Park is perfect for the families who are still traveling with a stroller. An easy hike with mountain and lake views at a lower elevation, it’s a perfect 3 mile loop to get outside without venturing too far from town.
Wildflowers and Views
Late July is the perfect time for a wildflower hike, when most of the trails are finally snow-free. The 5.8 mile High Note Trail is one of our favorites, featuring stunning views of Overlord Glacier, Cheakamus Lake, Black Tusk, and dozens of overgrown wildflower fields in a beautiful coastal color palate.
Hidden Lakes and Alpine Solitude
One of the classic Whistler trails, the heart-pumping Rainbow Lake hike through rain forests and over creeks isn’t for the casual city walker. After three hours of varied terrain, bio-zones, and elevation, you’ll reach picturesque Rainbow Lake Basin. About 5-6 hours round-trip, campers looking for even more solitude can hike a bit further to reach Hanging Lake, a hidden gem in Whistler’s wilderness.
Glacier Hikes and Adrenaline Rushes
If you arrive in early summer make sure to experience a glacier hike with a little snow under your feet. For true canyoneers, they also have a Via Ferrata guided tour for year-round rock climbing adventures up the steep Whistler Peak.
There are at least six waterfalls in Whistler, ranging from 98 to 1099 feet high (way more massive than Niagara!). Some can easily be seen with a quick hike but others are a bit more off the beaten path and take several hours, appearing like a mirage out of the expansive landscape.