Best Whistler Hiking Trails by MonthJuly is a wonderful time to hike in Whistler and Garibaldi Park.  The weather is beautiful and the snow on high elevation hiking trails is long gone.  The average temperatures in Whistler Village range from 11c to 27c(52f to 80f).  Located in the Coast Mountains, Whistler gets warm summer days and cool nights.  On a hot July day of 25c often switches to a cool 12c night. 

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Something locals tend to love and something to keep in mind when hiking in the alpine in Whistler.  When you are in the alpine you can generally subtract 6 degrees from the high and low temperatures expected in Whistler Village.  With such great weather and all the snow gone from the trails, picking the best hiking trails in Whistler and Garibaldi Park is easy.

Wedgemount Lake is a great place to start.  Due to its high elevation and steep trail, Wedgemount Lake is too arduous for most until the snow is fully gone from the trail in late June.  This means that July is the first month where you will be able to hike a snow free trail and swim in a ice free lake.  Though it is not unusual to have huge chunks of ice floating in Wedgemount Lake in early July.  For the best hiking in Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park in July, Wedgemount Lake, Black Tusk, Cirque Lake, Panorama Ridge, Russet Lake, Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain, Garibaldi Lake, Mount Sproatt and Cheakamus Lake are all highly recommended!  Check out the short summary of each below and follow the links for everything you need to know before setting out hiking in July in beautiful Whistler.

Whistler Hiking in July - Wedgemount Lake

Best Whistler Hiking July - Wedgemount Lake

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Wedgemount LakeWedgemount Lake is absolutely spectacular in July.  Pick a couple days where clear skies are expected and sleep under the stars on one of the many perfect tent platforms.  Wooden tent platforms are scattered in the huge boulder field that fills much of the hillside next to the lake.  High above the lake, the views are sensational.  In the dead of night, the stars are magnificent.  Just bring a warm sleeping bag for an extraordinary night in the mountains you won’t soon forget.  There are plenty of tent platforms in the boulder field and several more on gravel clearings down along the shore of Wedgemount Lake.  Every tent by the lake has a million dollar view of Wedge Glacier.  The water in Wedgemount Lake is close to freezing even in July, so you have to be brave or bold to jump in.  Though on a hot, sunny, July day after hiking, you don’t have to be too brave.  Wedge Mountain is the highest mountain in the Garibaldi Ranges, the mountain range that surrounds Whistler and stretches from Pemberton to Vancouver.  More hiking and camping info for Wedgemount Lake click here.

Whistler & Garibaldi Hiking in July - Wedgemount Lake

Best Whistler Hiking July - Black Tusk

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Black TuskBlack Tusk is another unforgettable hiking destination in Whistler that is recommended to do in July.  Hot, beautiful weather, and a hiking destination that feels like the top of the world.  Standing on the top of Black Tusk is a surreal experience.  Way up in the alpine of Garibaldi Provincial Park, even in July you may find yourself putting on a jacket as you near Black Tusk.  On a windy day, which is not unusual high up in the mountains of the Garibaldi Ranges, even a hot day feels cold.  Then as you scramble up the final chute up to the top of Black Tusk, you notice something strange.  You are no longer cold, despite the wind still howling.  After a moment you figure it out.  It’s the heat from Black Tusk under your feet.  The sun sinks in to Black Tusk and radiates heat back up again.  Where you needed a sweater and jacket a few minutes ago, now you don’t.  Fantastic. 

Best Whistler Hiking July Black Tusk

Best Whistler Hiking July - Cirque Lake

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Cirque LakeCirque Lake sits high up in the Callaghan Valley, high above Callaghan Lake.  A wonderful hiking destination in July as with the winter snow in fast retreat, the brilliantly green slopes around the lake seem to glow in the evening sun.  A cirque is a valley carved out by glaciers that often form on the north side of mountains.  Centuries of grinding weight of a glacier, under the right circumstances will carve out a huge amphitheater in the side of the mountain valley.  Occasionally a near perfect lake forms in the cirque.  On a sunny day in July, Cirque Lake is as close to perfectly beautiful as a lake can get.  Huge, astoundingly perfect round shape, filled with deep green coloured water, glowing green hillsides from the lush vegetation recently thriving in July.  Sitting in front of your tent at the edge of Cirque Lake staring down at such an impossibly peaceful and remote feeling place is a great way to spend a July day in Whistler.

Best Whistler Hiking in July Cirque Lake

Best Whistler Hiking July - Panorama Ridge

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Panorama RidgePanorama Ridge is another beautiful hiking destination close to Whistler in Garibaldi Provincial Park.  Most hike in from the Rubble Creek trailhead, however there is another, somewhat quieter Garibaldi Park access point worth considering.  The Cheakamus Lake trailhead is located at the southern end of Whistler, just 8 kilometres south of Whistler Village near the newish neighbourhood of Cheakamus Crossing.  Just a couple hundred metres from the Sea to Sky Highway you will see a gravel road on your left.  This is the Cheakamus Lake forest service road that goes 8 kilometres up to the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park, Cheakamus Lake trailhead.  From the trailhead you have a short 1.5 kilometre hike to a branching trail that leads to Panorama Ridge.  The Helm Creek trail crosses Cheakamus River then quickly ascends up to the Helm Creek campground.  From the campground you have about a two hour hike to Panorama Ridge and the views are pretty amazing.

Best July Hiking in Whistler Panorama Ridge

Best Whistler Hiking July - Russet Lake

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Russet LakeRusset Lake is a fantastic hiking destination in July.  Located close to where the Fitzsimmons Range meets the Spearhead Range and at the foot of The Fissile.  The Fitzsimmons Range is the range of mountains that includes Whistler Mountain.  The Spearhead Range is the mountain range that lays across the valley, cut by Fitzsimmons River.  If you have ever been on the Peak to Peak Gondola that connects Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, you would have noticed at the mid-point a river that runs down the valley.  This is the Fitzsimmons River which is fed by Russet Lake and Overlord Glacier as well as hundreds of small streams.  Russet Lake can be hiked to via the free, BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park trail that starts a couple hundred metres up from the base of Whistler Mountain.  The big bus stop on Blackcomb Way has a trailhead mapboard for the Singing Pass trail to Russet Lake.  It is quite a long and boring trail that constantly ascends for about a dozen kilometres through the forest before getting scenic.  A nicer alternative is to buy a lift pass and ride the Whistler Gondola up the Whistler Mountain, then hike the Musical Bumps trail or the High Note trail to Russet Lake.

Russet Lake View of Overlord Glacier

Both are shorter than the Singing Pass trail, and constantly amazing.  Also, you ride most of the ascent by gondola.  No matter what way you hike to Russet Lake, if you do it in July you will likely have gorgeous weather and a wonderful time at the lake.  Russet Lake has a cute old hut that anyone can use(with a campsite park permit) as well as several nice tent clearings.  The campsite sits near the base of The Fissile, at the shore of Russet Lake, and overlooking Overlord Glacier.  A small stream runs along the campsite that you can drink straight from.  From the campsite you can hike in several directions to see some incredible sights.  The Fissile is a challenging scramble. 

Russet Lake, The Fissile and the Hut

Overlord Glacier is just an easy hike down the valley.  The small and comparatively warm, Adit Lakes sit up from Russet Lake on the opposite side of the valley from The FissileRusset Lake is paradise in July, but keep in mind that it can get busy, especially on weekends.  If you are camping, get your BC Parks camping permit ahead of time.  If you are day hiking, you don’t have to pay a think, except the Whistler lift pass if you hike in that way.  If you hike up Singing Pass, it is of course free, and you can return via Whistler Mountain on the Peak Express Chair and/or the Whistler Gondola for free.

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Adit Lakes Near Russet Lake

Best Whistler Hiking July - Whistler Mountain

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Whistler MountainWhistler Mountain's huge winter snowfalls mean that alpine hiking usually takes until late June to open up.  So July and August are the months where the Whistler Mountain hiking trails are clear of snow and beautiful.  Valleys of flowers, distant glaciers, alpine lakes, and plenty of hiking trails to choose from.  From the Roundhouse you can start hiking the Musical Bumps trail towards Russet Lake or hike down to the Peak Express Chair and ride up to the summit of Whistler Mountain.  An easy interpretive hiking trail loops around the summit and the more challenging Half Note and High Note trails run out along the ridge that overlooks the Whistler valley and Cheakamus Lake.  The High Note trail eventually links to the Musical Bumps trail which takes you to Russet Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park

Whistler Mountain View of Cheakamus Lake

Best Whistler Hiking July - Blackcomb Mountain

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Blackcomb MountainBlackcomb Mountain in July is a stunning place to hike.  As construction takes place in 2018 on the new gondola from the base of Blackcomb to the Rendezvous Lodge, hiking access to Blackcomb comes via the Peak to Peak Gondola from Whistler Mountain.  The Blackcomb Mountain trails start the moment you exit the Peak to Peak Gondola and immediately have stunning views of Whistler valley.  The trail then ascends up and along a winding route that opens up to great views across to Whistler Mountain.  At every trail junction you can circle back to where you started or continue another leg.  At each turn you have very nice mapboards and signs indicating where to go and how long you likely will take to hike it and return in time for the Peak to Peak which stops around 4pm.

Blackcomb Mountain Bear

Best Whistler Hiking July - Garibaldi Lake

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Garibaldi LakeGaribaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows can both be hiked to in June, however July and August is when both are the nicest.  Flowers bloom in the valleys and hillsides and the weather is warm enough to brave swimming in glacier fed, Garibaldi Lake.  Both Garibaldi Lake and Taylor Meadows are home to Garibaldi Provincial Park campsites and good setting off points for Black Tusk and Panorama Ridge.

Garibaldi Lake from Panorama Ridge

Best Whistler Hiking July - Sproatt

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July SproattMount Sproatt and Rainbow Mountain are in the opposite side of the valley from Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.  There are some nice hiking and biking trails that take you to the alpine of Sproatt and connect through to Rainbow Lake.  The Mount Sproatt trails are spread over the vast wilderness up in the somewhat remote feeling, alpine paradise of Sproatt.  Access to Sproatt is not terribly straight forward and the hiking is hard, steep and covers great distances.  Unlike most other Whistler area hiking trails and in Garibaldi Park, you don’t have to worry too much about getting lost or running into trouble.  On Sproatt, however, you can easily get lost in the disorienting alpine terrain.  Or wander from the trail in a direction that leads to dangerously steep terrain.  There is a very nice trailhead on the Callaghan Valley side of Sproatt which involves a few kilometres of 4x4 roads and a road that narrows into a ATV road.  This road is a bit tricky to navigate and tough to decide when to park and hike.

Mount Sproatt July Hiking in Whistler

Best Whistler Hiking July - Callaghan Lake

Best Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking July Callaghan LakeCallaghan Lake is a beautiful park in July and will have only recently emerged from ice and snow in the previous weeks.  Way up in the alpine of the Callaghan Valley in Callaghan Lake Provincial Park.  The terrible, bumpy, potholed logging road to Callaghan Lake ends at the campsite and lake.  The drive to campsite is at the shore of the lake and having a canoe/kayak or paddleboard at the lake is a great way to see it.  Only a few short trails run near the campsite and if you want to hike around the lake you will have to do quite a lot of bushwhacking to get anywhere.  The Cirque Lake trail starts at the far end of Callaghan Lake and is a short, steep and tough trail to paradise.  Especially in July.

Cirque Lake Trail View of Callaghan Lake

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