Whistler’s backyard is stocked with plenty of hikes that are friendly to all ages and abilities. Whether a “family hike” means heading out the door with youngsters in tow, or playing tour guide for distant relatives, you will be able to ensure a successful adventure with one of these five hikes.
Whistler Train Wreck
Easily one of the most visually entertaining hikes in the area. The Train Wreck trail winds along the Cheakamus River with multiple lookouts over the raging green waters. The trail has minimal elevation change and is sheltered by big pines providing ample shade to keep it cool. The train wreck itself happened in 1956 and seven abandon cars still linger in the forest as evidence of the wreck. The cost to clean up was far too great at the time, so there they sit, decades later. With time, the rail cars have become a sight seeing destination for may residents and visitors. The wreck remains are covered in art and some have been converted into bike park features. The hike is 3km each way. After the first 1.2km you will find yourself at the river. Be cautious with little ones when nearing the river, as there are cliffs and slippery rocks.
Possibly the shortest yet most rewarding hike! A short 1km in on a path wide and smooth enough for a stroller leads you right to a spectacular viewing platform for the Bradywine Falls. The water launches a whooping sixty-six meters crashing down in the valley below. This hike is just south of Whistler on the Sea-to-Sky highway with great signage for access. The Brandywine Falls are equally jaw dropping in all seasons. The area is equipped with an outhouse and plenty of picnic tables.
For the hiker-in-training this is the perfect outing. Not ideal for youngsters, but great for older kids that are ready to start elevation gaining hikes. The trail starts at the Rainbow Lake Trail head and isn’t marked too clearly, but still easy to find. You will need to stick to the right while traveling up hill (trail closest to the river below) after roughly a kilometer you will end up at the base of Rainbow Falls. The rocks and trail can be slippery, but it’s a quick hike with some noticeable evaluation gain. Due to its short nature it is easy to manage with kids, and they will sure get a sense of accomplishment from it.
Lost Lake Trails
The most Whistler central hiking trails are the Lost Lake Trails. In the summer kids can splash in the lake after a wonder through the woods. Even Fido can cool down at the designated off-leash beach for dogs. The Lost Lake Trails can be accessed from the Valley Trail system making the possibilities endless. Hike with a destination in mind like the Frisbee Golf course. Maps, signage and sights to see along the way are in no short supply on the Lost Lake Trails. Spend hours or just half an hour strolling through the variety of trails offered right here in the heart of Whistler.
The Ancient Cedars Trail
Trees over a thousand years old are scattered along this trail as it weaves next to Showh Lakes. The 5km round trip hike is part of a network of trails off Cougar Mountain just North of Whistler. There are a lot of options to expand your hike if your crew is feeling up to an additional adventure. Be sure to bring bug spray on one. The trails are clearly marked and well maintained for a smooth hike with a slight elevation increase.
When you’re lucky enough to have these trails in your backyard they are practically begging to be walked. No time like the present to start getting the whole family outdoors with a hike or two this spring. These lower elevation hikes are clear early season and ready to go! Regardless of age or ability there is a trail for everyone in Whistler.