Our Locals Guide to the Best Hikes in Whistler this Summer

Whistler is a hiker’s paradise! From hidden trails to panoramic mountain vistas, lush forests and ample rivers and lakes to explore, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite, unforgettable hikes you need to check out this summer.


Keep reading for our A Locals Guide to the Best Hikes in Whistler this Summer.



1. Brandywine Falls.

Brandywine Falls is a must-do! Located just a short drive from Whistler, this 1.3 km hike takes you through lush forests and rewards you with epic views of a 230 ft waterfall that plunges into the valley below. Remember to bring your camera and snap some pics!


Courtesy of BC Parks.





2. Nairn Falls.

Another spectacular waterfall hike, Nairn Falls is the perfect leisure adventure through the stunning Nairn Falls Provincial Park, located in Pemberton. The Nairn Falls hike is great for families, offering an easy trail that leads you down 2.6 km to breathtaking viewing platforms overlooking the mesmerizing upper and lower falls. 


Photo courtesy of BC Parks.





3. Cheakamus River Suspension Loop.

The Cheakamus River Suspension Loop is an easy and scenic 5.3-km loop that can be completed in approximately 1 hour and 29 minutes. Immerse yourself in the old-growth forest along the picturesque Cheakamus River, with gentle terrain and well-maintained suitable for hikers of all ages and skill levels.


Photo courtesy of the Hiking Project.





4. Logger’s Lake.

For an extended adventure off the Cheakamus River Suspension Loop, the Logger’s Lake trail starts at the furthest suspension bridge during the loop. This 10.3 km out-and-back trail offers a moderately challenging experience, totalling around 3 hours, depending on skill level. Reward yourself with a dip in the pristine lake before making the trek back down the trail. 


Photo courtesy of Jana Meerman.





5. Alexander Falls.

Discover this scenic 2.4-km loop trail in the Callaghan Valley near Whistler, BC, to Alexander Falls. This hike is an easy and enjoyable experience that typically takes just under an hour to complete. Open year-round, this hike promises breathtaking beauty no matter the season, making it a must-visit destination. Just be sure to dress and pack appropriately for the season. 


Photo courtesy of Vancouver Trails.





6. Ancient Cedars Trail.

Beloved by hikers and mountain bikers alike, embark on this 4.3 km out-and-back trail through Whistler’s lush rainforest. The best time to explore this trail is from May to October, when the spring & summer seasons are in full swing and the local flora is at its peak. Please note that there are reports the road to the trailhead can be rough and bumpy, so a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance to access the route is required. Prepare to be enchanted by the views of the lakes and mountains, a serene waterfall, and the majestic ancient cedars along the way.


Photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler.





7. Ascent Trail – (Little Burn, Big Burn & Heart Burn).

Get ready to get your heart pumping! The Ascent trail is an invigorating 6.8-km point-to-point trail up Blackcomb Mountain. Renowned for its challenging climb, the whole trail takes around 3 hours and 15 minutes, depending on your fitness level. The trail is broken into three separate sections – from Little Burn, Big Burn, and Heart Burn to reach the summit! If you wish to tackle the whole thing, a great way to complete the circuit is to arrive at the top with your sightseeing pass to take the Peak 2 Peak gondola across to Whistler Mountain and back down to the village for a full-circle tour of our local mountains.  


The best times to go are between July and September when the snowpack has melted away for summer. Be sure to check with Whistler Blackcomb website for trail updates.


Photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler.





8. Lost Lake Trail Network & Lookouts (outside of the main loop).

Whether you’re seeking an easy, family-friendly outing or a more challenging adventure, Lost Lake offers a great range of local hiking opportunities just minutes away from the bustling Whistler Village. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lost Lake on the Lost Lake Loop Trail or set out on the vast network of surrounding hiking & biking trails off the main loop. The options are virtually endless, and you will have cell service the entire time if you ever get turned around. 


Photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler.





9. Valley Trail Loops – Whistler Golf Course / 3 Lakes (Alpha, Nita and Alta).

Keep it local and explore the wonderful hikes here in the Whistler Valley! Two of our favourites are the Whistler Golf Course Loop and the 3 Lakes hike between Alpha, Nita and Alta (although this one is technically an out-and-back trail).


The Whistler Golf Course Loop is a well-maintained paved trail that offers a pleasant and leisurely walk or bike ride, allowing you to take in the beauty of the Whistler Valley surroundings of the golf course and enjoy a tranquil outdoor experience.


The 3 Lakes Hike is along the Whistler Valley Trail and weaves between three of our stunning local lakes, Alpha, Nita and Alta Lake. This route is also along a paved trail, perfect for walkers and bikers alike. Dunk in each lake along the way and experience the drastic difference in water temperatures at each lake for a refreshing summer experience.


Photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler.





BONUS – Summer Hiking Essentials & Packing List:


Make sure you’re well-prepared for your Whistler hiking adventure with this essential packing list, featuring everything you need to enjoy the trails, stay comfortable, and have a safe and enjoyable experience.


  1. Proper Footwear: 

Wear comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes or boots with good traction to tackle the terrain.



2. Appropriate Clothing & Layers: 

Dress in lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Consider packing a waterproof jacket and a hat for sun protection. Also, consider packing an extra layer of clothing, such as a lightweight jacket or a warm sweater, in case the weather conditions change.



3. Bring a Backpack to Store Essentials: 

Carry a backpack to store your essentials, including water, snacks, a map, or a GPS device.



4. Bring Water, Stay Hydrated: 

Bring an adequate supply of water or a water filtration system to stay hydrated during your hike.



5. Be Sure to Bring Snacks: 

Pack energy-rich snacks and meals to keep you fueled throughout the hike. Things like a granola bar, trail mix, or pepperoni sticks are great as they are lightweight and protein dense. 



6. Sun Protection: 

Apply sunscreen before setting out, and bring sunglasses, a hat, and lip balm with SPF to shield yourself from the sun.



7. Insect Repellent: 

Depending on the location and time of day, mosquitoes and other insects may be present, so pack insect repellent. Especially important if you are hiking by or to bodies of water.



8. First Aid Kit: 

Carry a basic first aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptic ointment, blister treatment, and any necessary personal medications.



9. Navigation Tools: 

Bring a map or GPS device to navigate the trails confidently.



10. Emergency Essentials: 

Things like a whistle, a headlamp, a lighter or matches, and a multi-purpose tool can often come in handy during unforeseen situations.



11. Waste Management: 

Bring a small trash bag to pack out any waste and leave no trace on the trails.


Remember to ALWAYS check the specific hiking trail’s requirements and conditions beforehand to ensure you’re fully prepared for your adventure.

Happy hiking!

Photo courtesy of Tourism Whistler.