10 of the Best Hiking Trails Near Whistler, British Columbia


Nearly three million people visit Whistler every year for world-class skiing, downhill mountain biking and breathtaking hiking trails. Whistler Village is the perfect starting place for a number of incredible hikes, ranging from multi-day backcountry treks to do-able day hikes.

We've compiled a list of 10 of our favourite trails in the Whistler area you have to see to believe. Trust us—photos barely do Whistler justice. 


High Note Trail

Whistler Mountain

High note trailMurray Foubister /flickr cc by sa 2.0

Length: 9.4 km one-way
Duration: 3 - 4 hours 
Elevation gain: 258 m
Difficulty: Moderate

Glimpse Cheakamus Lake and Black Tusk as you pass over rocky outcrops, babbling brooks and snowy mountain bike trails on this varied, scenic hike. Be prepared for steep and chain-assist sections. Dogs are not allowed.

How do I get to the High Note Trail trailhead? Take the Whistler Gondola and Peak Chairlift to the top of Whistler Mountain.

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Singing Pass

Whistler Mountain

Singing Passpirhan / Flickr cc by sa 2.0

Length: 22 km 
Duration: 6 - 7 hours 
Difficulty: Moderate

Leaving right from Whistler Village, this is an ideal beginner single-track trail for those new to high-alpine hikes. Trek (or run) along a clear path through forest and meadows and take the gondola back down.

How do I get to the Singing Pass trailhead? The trailhead is located at Roundhouse Lodge in Whistler Village.

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Overlord Trail

Blackcomb Mountain

BlackcombDavid Webb

Length: 3.7 km 
Duration: 1 - 2 hours 
Elevation gain: 62 m
Difficulty: Moderate

A must-do on Blackcomb, this iconic trail yields views of alpine wild flowers and snow-capped mountains. Sun, solitude, wildlife and flora abound in this natural paradise. Continue on to the 1.8 km Decker Loop or venture into the backcountry if you're prepared.

How do I get to the Overlord trailhead? Take the Blackcomb chairlift up to the alpine visit. Chairlift fee applies.

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Black Tusk

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Black Tuskiwona_kellie / Flickr cc by 2.0

Length: 28 km 
Duration: 9 - 11 hours 
Elevation gain: 1,740 m
Difficulty: Difficult

Recognizable even from a distance, Black Tusk protrudes off the top of the mountain like an arrowhead. Although this hike is notoriously difficult, the alpine wildflowers, mountaintop vistas and bragging rights alone are worth the trek.

How do I get to the Black Tusk trailhead? Hike the entire trail from the Rubble Creek parking lot, or shave it down to 14 km by leaving from Garibaldi Lake Campground.

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Panorama Ridge

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Panorama RidgeHarold Cecchetti / Flickr cc by sa 2.0

Length: 30 km round-trip 
Duration: 10 - 12 hours or camp overnight
Elevation gain: 1,520 m
Difficulty: Difficult

If you’re anything like me, you hike for the views. Accurately named, Panorama Ridge bursts with scenic sights of Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, Mount Price and more. It’s a long, difficult trek, so many hikers opt to spread the distance over two days and camp at Garibaldi Lake Campground or Taylor Meadows.

How do I get to the Panorama Ridge trailhead? The trailhead is located at the top section of the Rubble Creek parking lot, near the wooden steps.

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Garibaldi Lake

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Garibaldi LakeKyle Pearce / Flicker cc by sa 2.0Length: 18 km round-trip
Duration: 4 - 6 hours 
Elevation gain: 900 m
Difficulty: Intermediate

Renowned as one of the most stunning spots in British Columbia, this glacier-fed lake is surrounded by mountain peaks and alpine meadows. If you want to stay a little longer (trust us: you’ll want to), reserve a tent pad in advance.

How do I get to the Garibaldi Lake trailhead? The trailhead is located at the top section of the Rubble Creek parking lot, near the wooden steps.

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Elfin Lakes

Garibaldi Provincial Park

Elfin LakesRenato Lazzarini

Length: 22 km round-trip
Duration: 5 - 6 hours 
Elevation gain: 600 m
Difficulty: Intermediate

Mountain bikers and hikers use this trail to access two lakes: one is safe for swimming, the other safe to drink from. Both are beautiful. The surrounding area has a well-equipped shelter, which is primarily used in the winter, and a 35-site campground.

How do I get to the Elfin Lakes trailhead? The trailhead is located in the Diamond Head lot, past the yellow gate.

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Semaphore Lake

Pemberton Valley alpine

photoTim Gage Flick cc by sa 2.0

Length: 4 km one-way
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Elevation gain: 497 m
Difficulty: Easy

This alpine lake is a great destination for hike-in campers that don’t want to carry their gear an absurd distance. Trek around Locomotive and Face Mountain for beautiful views of the lake and valley.

How do I get to the Semaphore Lake trailhead? The trailhead is located at the end of the Lillooet Forest Service Road (FSR) and the Hurley River FSR. A four-wheel-drive is recommended.

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Joffre Lakes

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

 Joffre LakesAlison Karlene Hodgins / @alison_abroad

Length: 10 km 
Duration: 3 - 5 hours 
Elevation gain: 370 m
Difficulty: Intermediate

Not one, not two, but three stunning glacial lakes have given this excellent hike Instagram-fame. Climb onto the log at Middle Joffre Lake for a classic photo-opt or pop up a tent along the rocks at the summit, overlooking Upper Joffre Lake. There is a urine diversion toilet and a bear-proof food storage unit, but carry-in carry-out camping rules apply.

How do I get to the Joffre Lakes trailhead? Drive north of Whistler, past Pemberton, and pull off when you see the sign for Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

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Rohr Lake

Duffey Lake

photoTim Gage Flickr cc by sa 2.0

Length: 15 km 
Duration: 8 hours 
Elevation gain: 978 m
Difficulty: Difficult

Hike next to glaciers and trek through forest to Rohr Lake. Then, if desired, continue into the alpine of Rohr Mountain. Be prepared for snowy sections along this very steep incline.

How do I get to the Rohr Lake trailhead? This trail starts from the highest point on Duffy Lake Road.

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