Cheakamus Lake – Easy
Located between Whistler Village and Squamish in Garibaldi Park, the Cheakamus Lake trail is just over a 2 hour drive from Vancouver, British Columbia. This trail circles much of Cheakamus Lake giving guests plenty of opportunities to view the unique turquoise coloured waters. At 16 kilometres in length, the primarily flat trail can be considered easy in terms of terrain but may take up to 5 hours to complete. Hikers should note, there are two campsites located along the perimeter of the lake; these campsites tend to feel much more secluded than others in the area as they do not offer direct vehicle access.
Ridge Lookout Trail – Intermediate
The Ridge Lookout Trail is located atop Whistler Mountain and can be accessed through the Peak to Peak Gondola. Coming in at the shortest of the list, the mere 0.8 kilometre Ridge Lookout Trail can be completed in around 30-35 minutes. This trail starts off from the heli-pad just uphill from the Roundhouse Lodge and finishes at the Ridge Lookout. Hikers will have to traverse an elevation of 68 metres before being rewarded with stunning cross-mountain views.
Overlord Trail – Intermediate
Once atop Blackcomb Mountain via the Peak to Peak Gondola, hikers will have access to several trails, one of which is the popular Overlord trail. This 7.4 kilometre trail serves as a transfer point for guests wanting to access Blackcomb’s Marmot, Treeline, Decker, and Lakeside trails. The Overlord trail takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete and is recommended for intermediate hikers.
Black Tusk – Difficult
Black Tusk is a 29 kilometre trail located inside Garibaldi Provincial Park. Hikers will have to trek up an elevation of 1740 metres making this trail one of the more exhausting ones. Many experienced hikers are able to complete the Black Tusk in a day; however hikers must be prepared to turn around and head back if they don’t anticipate completing it before nightfall. As this trail is very difficult it should only be attempted by experienced hikers. Prospective hikers should note, B.C. parks do not maintain the entirety of Black Tusk making the final parts beyond the border signs very dangerous.
Devon O’ Malley is a staff writer for alluraDirect, a website featuring vacation rentals in many parts of Whistler. Research, review, & book Whistler accommodations direct from owners through a safe, trusted website.