The alpine hiking trails on Whistler Mountain are the ultimate in luxurious hiking. Little hiking effort gets you amazing views of turquoise lakes, snowy mountain, valleys of flowers, waterfalls and spectacular glaciers. In the summer months, Whistler Mountain is somewhat divided in two.  The lower half of the mountain is for biking and the upper half is for hiking, sightseeing, trail running, eating and drinking.

  • Endless beautiful trails accessible by gondola
  • Great way to access Garibaldi Provincial Park
  • Best vantage point over Cheakamus Lake
  • Effortless sightseeing as you ride to the trails
  • Great eating & drinking at the Roundhouse Lodge
  • Wide range of easy to difficult hiking trails
  • The Peak Chair is incredible
  • Trails extend to Russet Lake in Garibaldi Park
  • Peak to Peak Gondola crosses to Blackcomb
  • Most trails in Whistler are free, these ones are not

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There are a few directions you can start hiking from the Roundhouse Lodge, however, taking the Peak Express(quad chairlift) up to the summit of Whistler Mountain is an amazing place to start. The Peak Express is an exhilarating ride that takes you to the start of Whistler Mountain's best hiking trails. The Half Note Trail, High Note Trail and Mathew's Traverse start here. The High Note Trail in turn leads to the Musical Bumps Trail to Russet Lake and Singing Pass in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

The summit of Whistler Mountain is also a destination of its own. Spectacular views all around from this rocky, alpine summit visible from almost everywhere in Whistler.  Black Tusk comes into view as you exit the Peak Express.  This amazingly distinct pinnacle of jet-black rock is a local icon and remnant of a not too distant history of volcanism in the area.  As you admire its absurdly vertical form, remind yourself that there is almost certainly a few hikers looking back at you from its summit.

Looking right as you get off the Peak Express you will see an enormous inukshuk.  A remnant of the 2010 Olympic Games and now a fixture in thousands of photos.  This beautiful stacking of huge rocks is a take-away from the Inuit tradition of marking routes in an otherwise stark landscape with a human form.  The inuksuk is part of the Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk.  This 1.6 kilometre(1 mile), trail takes you along an excellent route around the summit of Whistler to one amazing viewpoint after another.

Branching off of the Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk you will see the High Note Trail extend toward the rocky cliffs.  The High Note Trail is a beautiful trail that skirts the edge of Whistler Mountain for several kilometres before bending back around Whistler to the Roundhouse Lodge.  A total of 9.4 kilometres(6 miles), the High Note Trail is a must-see trail on Whistler.  For much of the trail you have Cheakamus Lake down the valley on your right.  This huge lake fills the valley below with an extraordinarily vivid turquoise colour.  This amazing colour caused by glacial meltwater filling the lake with suspended particles of rock which in turn reflect the light in a strikingly beautiful way.

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