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Hikes in Whistler Area

Up close and personal with one of Whistler’s long-term residents. Photo - Mike Crane

One of the many great things that we all love about Whistler are the hiking trails. Whatever level of hiker you are, there’s a trail out there for you. We’ve previously looked at hiking trails that are in and around the village but today we’re looking at some other trails in the Whistler area.

High Note Trail

Where’s The Trailhead?

High Note Trail starts at the very top of Whistler Mountain. You can access the trailhead by uploading via Whistler Village Gondola and hiking briefly across to Peak Express. While you’re here, make sure to check out the Cloudraker Skybridge. This bridge is suspended between two rocky outcrops at the very top of the mountain, offering incredible views of the valley below. You’ll find the start of High Note Trail on the backside of the peak of Whistler Mountain.

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How Long Is The Trail?

High Note Trail is justs a few hundred meters short of 10km, in one direction, and takes roughly 3-4 hours. This will, of course, depend on your level of fitness. You’ll complete just a touch over 250m of elevation gain, so while not exactly flat, this trail is one of the less steep ones out there. However, there is one section where you must climb over a large rock and onto a metal walkway with the help of a rope.

What’s The Trail Like?

High Note Trail has views that go on for days. You’ll see views of the turquoise blue Cheakamus Lake and the iconic Black Tusk in the distance. Along the trail, you’ll pass over fresh streams, through wildflower meadows and across some rocky Canadian terrain.

Joffre Lakes

Where’s The Trailhead?

Thankfully, the trailhead to one of the most popular hikes in Whistler is easily accessible by car. You’ll need to drive north of Whistler, through the small town of Pemberton, and you’ll see signage for ‘Joffre Lakes Provincial Park’. 

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How Long Is The Trail?

Joffre Lakes is made up of three lakes, which are all accessed by the Joffre Lake Trail. Hiking to the third lake will take between three and five hours. In that time you’ll hike 10km and climb 370m. If you don’t feel like doing the full hike, you can choose to hike to the first or second lake.

What’s The Trail Like?

I’m sure most of us have seen photos of the beautiful Joffre Lakes. The first lake is only a few minutes hike from the parking lot. The middle lake is probably the most famous as it’s the one with the large log in it. Expect to see people posing on the log for the perfect Instagram post! You’ll catch glimpses of the glacier above throughout the hike, but make sure you pay close attention to the trail, it can be very tricky and steep in parts.

Ancient Cedars Trail

Where’s The Trailhead?

Ancient Cedars Trail is on Cougar Mountain, only a few minutes drive north of Whistler. The trailhead can be found 4.5km up the Cougar Mountain forest service road. The vast majority of cars are fine to drive on this road during the warmer months. The road can have some pretty sizeable potholes though, so best to take your time and be careful! There’s a small parking area and some signage at the trailhead.

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How Long Is The Trail?

Ancient Cedars Trail is one of the shorter and more accessible trails in the Whistler area. A round trip will consist of 5km of hiking that should take around two hours to complete. There is an overall elevation gain of 175m. This trail is dog-friendly so make sure you bring your furry friend along!

What’s The Trail Like?

The Ancient Cedar Trail lets you get up close and personal with some truly massive trees. You’ll feel miniature compared to the towering cedars above you. There are even some fallen giants along the trail that you can clamber upon. At the end of the trail is a loop with a small wooden bridge that points you back in the direction that you came from.

You’ll enjoy your hike, even more, knowing that you’ll be returning to your relaxing room after your hard work. Get in touch with us today and come hike these trails for yourself!