Whistler Running Easy Dog FriendlyThe Fitzsimmons 9k is a 9 kilometre(5.6 mile) running route through tranquil forests along the beautiful Fitzsimmons Creek and the scenic forest around Lost Lake.  There are plenty of nice viewpoints along the main trail as well as quite a few short trails that lead to several access points to the lake, some with great places to sit and relax in the sun and take in the view.  Lost Lake has a very popular beach at one end and in the height of summer can get busy as it is the most convenient beach from Whistler Village.  There are several swimming platforms out in the lake as well as a wonderful and huge pier along the right hand side of the lake.

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Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerAlexander Falls  Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyAncient Cedars  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerBlack Tusk  Pay Use Hiking Trail WhistlerBlackcomb Mountain  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerBrandywine Falls  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyBrandywine Meadows  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyBrew Lake  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerCallaghan Lake  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerCheakamus Lake  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyCheakamus River  Whistler Hiking Trail HardCirque Lake  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyFlank Trail  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerGaribaldi Lake  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerGaribaldi Park  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerHelm Creek  Joffre Lakes Hike in Whistler in SeptemberJoffre Lakes  Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyKeyhole Hot Springs  Hiking Trail Hard Dog FriendlyLogger’s Lake  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyMadeley Lake  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyMeager Hot Springs Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerNairn Falls  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerPanorama Ridge  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerParkhurst Ghost Town  Hiking Trail ModerateRainbow Falls  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerRainbow Lake  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyRing Lake  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerRusset Lake  Whistler Hiking Trail EasySea to Sky Trail  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerSkookumchuck Hot Springs  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerSloquet Hot Springs  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyMount Sproatt  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerTaylor Meadows  Whistler Hiking Trail EasyTrain Wreck  Hiking Trail Hard - Whistler TrailsWedgemount Lake  Pay Use Hiking Trail WhistlerWhistler Mountain

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The huge pier on Lost Lake is an amazing place to catch the sunsets over Whistler Mountain in the spring, summer and fall.  In the winter months, when there is snow in Whistler, Lost Lake becomes a cross country and snowshoeing area and there is a charge to access the main trails around the lake.  Usually from December to March, depending on the snow around Lost Lake.  The Fitzsimmons 9k run starts from Whistler Village between Lot 1 and Lot 2 on the Valley Trail/Sea to Sky Trail that connects Whistler Village to the Upper Village.  This short connecting trail to the Upper Village is also called the Fitzsimmons Trail as it crosses Fitzsimmons Creek.  To get to the start of Fitzsimmons Trail from Whistler Village you want to find Village Common.  All areas of Whistler Village have names.  Mountain Square and Skier's Plaza are at the base of Whistler Mountain.  Village Square is the centre of Whistler Village where the Liquor Store, Grocery Store, Rexall, Araxi, and the popular patio restaurants, The Amsterdam, La Bocca and Beacon Pub are located.  Further down from Village Square is Village Common with a large totem pole at the centre, surrounded by the Mongolie Grill, Starbucks and the Keg.  If you run up the stairs between Starbucks(see map) and the Keg you will find a shortcut across Blackcomb Way to the Fitzsimmons Trail. 

Fitzsimmons 9k Trail Run in Whistler

The run now begins on the Fitzsimmons Trail/Valley Trail/Sea to Sky Trail, passes between Lot 1 and Lot 2, then crosses Fitzsimmons Creek via the covered bridge toward the Upper Village.  After the bridge you want to follow the Valley Trail left, instead of passing under Blackckomb Way.  There is a short ascent before you will see a wide, gravel trail on your left, descend down toward Fitzsimmons Creek.  This wide trail flattens out as it runs along Fitzsimmons Creek for a few hundred metres before passing under the underpass under Lorimer Road.  This beautifully painted underpass brings you out to a nice bridge over Blackcomb Creek and you now enter the wonderful Lost Lake Park network of hiking/biking/running trails.  Lost Lake has a spider web of trails around it which emanate from the main Lost Lake trail which is the wide, gravel trail that was once a gravel access road.  This wide trail runs around both sides of Lost Lake and continues to Green Lake.  The Fitzsimmons 9k route can take either side of Lost Lake, however the right side bend around the lake takes you along the main Lost Lake Park beach and is more scenic.  Lost Lake very popular in the summer as it is great for swimming and has a large sandy beach and very large grassy fields to relax in.  Several picnic tables line the edges of the fields and beautiful walking, running and biking trails spread out like a spider web in all directions.  Most stick to the main trail that runs around Lost Lake, however many more progressively challenging trails run through the deep forest and steep terrain around the lake.  Around the far side of Lost Lake is a large dock that has stunning views of this pretty lake.  Sunrise and sunset on this pier are almost always sensational.

Lost Lake Pier Run in Whistler

Lost Lake Pier Run in Whistler

Lost Lake Pier View of Whistler Mountain

Lost Lake Trail Run in Whistler

At the far end of Lost Lake the trail forks and you want to continue straight toward Green Lake.  A large mapboard is at this junction as well as direction signs, so you should be able to direct yourself without breaking your stride.  The trail continues through the forest and increasingly descends through the forest and exits the forest as you cross the bridge over Fitzsimmons Creek and see Nicklaus North Golf Course directly ahead.  Turning sharply left after the bridge, you will now be running along the Fitzsimmons Creek the rest of the way back to where you started in Whistler Village.

Fitzsimmons Creek 9k Run in Whistler

With the train tracks on your right and Fitzsimmons Creek on your left you run along the raised trail that is flanked by big gravel areas that aren't terribly pretty.  You will run past a pedestrian bridge that crosses the river.  This is the entrance to the Whistler disc golf course.  "Frolf" is free to play and the course is well laid out.  Just bring a disc and walk on.  Having passed the disk golf course on your left and run through some industrial looking gravel fields, you then enter another deep forest as you pass through Riverside Campground.  Passing several lovely, riverside campsites on your left you follow the very pretty, deep forest trail with the beautiful Fitzsimmons Creek still on your left.  You pass under a couple underpasses and soon yet another underpass, under Nancy Greene Drive.  You have now entered the beautifully serene and hidden feeling, deep forest of the Fitzsimmons Trail.  This very scenic trail takes you through a wild and deep forest for about a kilometre.  Running along the edge of Fitzsimmons Creek, you will have a few inviting opportunities you take a pitstop and check out the river.

Fitzsimmons 9k Run in Whistler

Fitzsimmons 9k Run in Whistler

Fitzsimmons 9k Run in Whistler

Fitzsimmons 9k Run in Whistler

Fitzsimmons 9k Run in Whistler

Fitzsimmons 9k Run in Whistler

Fitzsimmons River Passivhaus Bridge 9k Run in Whistler

The Fitzsimmons Trail ends by connecting to the paved Valley Trail.  Turn left on the Valley Trail and you will immediately come to the big bridge over Fitzsimmons Creek and the Passivhaus.  Run across the bridge, pass the Passivhaus on your left and then turn right(left enters Lost Lake Park).

Passivhaus Fitzsimmons 9k Run in Whistler

This takes you down to the underpass under Lorimer Road with the beautiful painted murals that you ran past near the beginning of your run.  Retrace your steps that you ran earlier.  The trail ascends up into the forest keeping Fitzsimmons Creek on your right.  The gravel trail merges into the paved Valley Trail, bends right and crosses over Fitzsimmons Creek via the covered bridge adjacent to Rebagliati Park.  Continue down the Valley Trail to Whistler Village.  You could have taken another route back from the Passivhaus.  Instead of crossing the bridge over Fitzsimmons Creek, you could have turned right and gone under Lorimer Road.  This route follows the newly constructed paved trail with Fitzsimmons Creek on your left.  This route takes you through the forest and past the skateboard park and the mountain bike jump park before running into the Valley Trail.  Turn right onto the Valley Trail you immediately pass between Lot 1 and Lot 2 and where you began the Fitzsimmons 9k Trail Run at Whistler Village.

More Whistler Running

There are plenty of great running trails in Whistler.  The Whistler Golf Course 5k is one of the easiest and most convenient.  The Blueberry Hill 6k follows part of the same route along Whistler Golf Course, as well as an interesting and challenging section that runs up and over Blueberry Hill. Though only a kilometre longer than the golf course route, the Blueberry Hill 6k has some steep uphill and downhill sections.  Much more challenging and rewarding than the golf course run, it requires a bit more routefinding and a couple streets to navigate through.  The Whistler Golf Course 5k is easy, relaxing and you don't have to think about where you are going as the route is quite clear.  The Lost Lake 6k is similarly easy to follow and quite a bit of nice scenery.  As with the Whistler Golf Course 5k and the Blueberry Hill 6k, the Lost Lake 6k starts right from Whistler Village.  The trail takes you out and around Lost Lake and back to the Village through an amazingly serene and relaxing forest.  The Alta Lake 8k is another beautiful running route that starts and finishes in Whistler Village at the Whistler Golf Course clubhouse.  It takes you around Alta Lake, through several beautiful lakeside parks and hardly a minute goes by without a gorgeous mountain, lake or forest view.  The Fitzsimmons 9k also begins in Whistler Village and takes you around one side of Lost Lake before continuing out to and across Fitzsimmons Creek, where you then run alongside the river back to where you started in Whistler Village.  The Alta Green Lost 15k is a beautiful combination of parts of the previous trails.  It takes you from Whistler Village, around Alta Lake along the Alta Lake 8k route.  Instead of bending back to Whistler Village, you continue running north, along the River of Golden Dreams until you reach Green Lake.  After you run across the amazingly scenic boardwalk bridge across Green Lake, you cross Fitzsimmons Creek and run along the far shore of Lost Lake and back to Whistler Village.

Golf Course 5k Run in Whistler

Whistler Running Easy Dog FriendlyFrom Whistler Village there are several convenient trails and routes with varying distances.  If you don't continue to Blueberry Park, but instead go around the golf course, you will be doing an the popular Whistler Golf Course 5k.  This route follows the Valley Trail as it circles the golf course.  This section of the Valley Trail is plowed year-round and even in -10c mornings you will see people braving this beautiful trail.  In the spring, summer and fall months the Whistler Golf Course is frequented by bears and it is not uncommon(especially in June) to see two or three bears at various places along the run.  Usually you will spot them out on the golf course, however, sometimes on the Valley Trail.  If this happens, your best bet is to back away, make some noise and he will likely run into the forest.  If not, making a detour through the golf course is always possible.  Continue here...

Whistler Golf Course Running Map

Blueberry Hill 6k Run in Whistler

Blueberry Hill Steep, Dog Friendly Run in WhistlerThe Blueberry Hill 6k is a 6 kilometre(3.7 mile) trail run packed with great views and a wonderfully varied terrain.  From Whistler Village you run along the edge of Whistler Golf Course on the wide, paved, two lane trail to the start of the Blueberry Trail.  The Blueberry Trail quickly ascends through a deep forest as a few small switchbacks take you high up on the edge of Blueberry Hill. This five minutes of gruelling ascent then levels off and you get the first of several nice viewpoints, high above Alta Lake.  The trail then descends toward Whistler Cay, where one kilometre of residential street running connects you to the Valley Trail once again and leads you back to the Village, once again along edge of Whistler Golf CourseBlueberry Park is a very scenic park on Alta Lake that most Whistler locals don't even know about.  If you have been to Rainbow Park you would have noticed some piers across Alta Lake surrounded by forest.  These public piers sit at the edge of Blueberry Park, with the Blueberry Trail running from one side of the forest to the other.  The park covers most of the hill beyond these piers and stretches between and connects the neighbourhoods of Whistler Cay and Alta Vista.  Continue here...

Blueberry Hill Whistler Running Map

Lost Lake 6k Run in Whistler

Whistler Running Easy Dog FriendlyThe Lost Lake 6k is a nice 6 kilometre(3.7 mile) route that runs from Whistler Village out and around Lost Lake and back.  Lost Lake, along with the Whistler Golf Course 5k trail run are two of the most convenient and scenic trail runs adjacent to Whistler Village.  Both can be started in Whistler Village and both have almost constant views and easy to follow routes.  Depending on where you are in the Village you can access the Lost Lake Park via many different directions.  There are a few different ways to get to Lost Lake from the Village, but starting at the Fitzsimmons Trail between Lot 1 and Lot 2 is possibly the nicest.  Just two minutes in and you are at the first beautiful bridge over Fitzsimmons Creek and a great area by the river to see before heading across the bridge and immediately left along the far shore of the leading to Lost Lake.  The Lost Lake 6k takes you to, then around Lost Lake, which lays at the heart of the deeply forested Lost Lake Park.  The wide trail runs around this very picturesque lake through a wonderful forest. This area has been developed into a large network of biking trails which also makes it a paradise for runners.  Continue here...

Lost Lake Run in Whistler Map

Alta Lake 8k Run in Whistler

Whistler Running Easy Dog FriendlyThe Alta Lake 8 kilometre(5 mile) run in Whistler is a beautiful run in Whistler with a bunch of great things going for it.  Nice views running along the Whistler Golf Course.  Almost constant panoramic views of Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain and Wedge Mountain.  A little old growth forest of massive Western Redcedars, and more than half of the route along the majestic Alta Lake.  This trail, like the Whistler Golf Course 5k, is accessible directly from Whistler Village, or from the convenient and free parking at the end of Lorimer Rd, just a 5 minute drive from anywhere in Whistler.  The trail run can be accessed by running from Whistler Village under the Sea to Sky Highway via the underpass near the Conference Centre and getting on the Valley Trail heading in either direction.  If you are not staying in the Village, then you can drive to the free parking at the end of Lorimer Road.  From here you will see the excellent, Valley Trail signs directing you.  The red line on the map below indicates the 8k route.  This beautiful trail runs along or near Alta Lake for half of the 8k.  The other half of the run goes through Rainbow Park or along the beautiful Whistler Golf CourseContinue here...

Alta Lake 8k Run in Whistler Map

Alta Green Lost 15k Run in Whistler

Whistler Running Easy Dog FriendlyThe Alta Green Lost 15k is a fantastic 15 kilometre(9.3 mile) trail run that takes you past three of Whistler's wonderful lakes and several gorgeous parks.  Almost entirely on the wide, paved, two lane Valley Trail, this run is constantly changing as you pass numerous stunning vantage points.  Easy to navigate and several gradual hills make this a relaxing and constantly interesting trail run.  If you are a fan of beautiful sunrises, this run is packed with spectacular ones.  If you like to jump in a lake in the middle of your run, you have many opportunities, including a naked plunge from the clothing optional pier on Lost Lake!  Running the entire length of Alta Lake gives you a horizon of snowy mountains, blue sky and a south facing, sunny views.  The Alta Green Lost 15k, as with the Whistler Golf Course 5k and the Alta Lake 8k, is accessible from several convenient locations.  You can access this route directly by parking at the end of Lorimer Road, or from Whistler Village via the pedestrian and car underpass off of Whistler Way.  Continue here...

Alta Green Lost 15k Run in Whistler Map

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