Whistler Running Easy Dog FriendlyFor half of the year in Whistler, from mid November to April, jogging and trail running becomes difficult due to snow.  During this time there are only a few areas of the Valley Trail system that are plowed consistently.  The Golf Course 5k is a beautiful 5 kilometre(3.1 mile) route around Whistler Golf Course, and a great, scenic and convenient option to run year round, and right from Whistler Village!  If you are not staying in Whistler Village, convenient and free parking can be found at the end of Lorimer Road.

Whistler & Garibaldi Hiking

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 Whistler Golf Course 5k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailWhistler Golf 5k  Blueberry Hill Steep, Dog Friendly TrailBlueberry Hill 6k  Lost Lake 6k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailLost Lake 6k  Alta Lake 8k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailAlta Lake 8k  Fitzsimmons 9k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailFitzsimmons 9k  Alta Green Lost 15k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailAlta Green Lost 15k 

If you are staying in Whistler Village you can reach the trail via the underpass under the Sea to Sky Highway near the Conference Centre in Whistler Village.  This trail is very convenient from Whistler Village and you can easily start and finish your run from your hotel and continuously run on pedestrian only or Valley Trail paths.  The map below shows the 5 kilometre Valley Trail that runs around the Golf Course.  Whistler's Valley Trail extends in many directions from the Golf Course.  As you run around this beautiful golf course you will run through an impressive grove of ancient cedars, see wonderful views of Rainbow Mountain, Mount Sproatt, Wedge Mountain, Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain, Overlord Mountain and The Fissile.  Also, with the exception of the winter months you will likely spot a bear along the trail or on the golf course.  They frequent the area from April to September, especially early morning and late in the day.  Black bears in the Whistler area are generally very afraid of humans.  If you encounter one on your run, you should back off and let it comfortably exit the area.  The only possible danger with a bear encounter is if you get too close and surprise it.  There have never been any unprovoked bear attacks in Whistler.  There have only been incidents where a bear was accidentally cornered and it swiped at a person before fleeing.

Black Bear on the Whistler Golf Course

If you start your run by turning left at the Whistler Golf Course parking lot you will immediately enter the forest with occasional glimpses of the golf course on your right.  The wide, paved, two lane Valley Trail follows the edge of the golf course as it bends left and right as well as gradual ascents and descents.  You gradually gain a slight bit of elevation as you reach one end of the golf course as you emerge from the forest as the Valley Trail bends right for about 20 metres along the edge of Blueberry Drive.  Here you will catch your first stunning view of Whistler Golf Course and mountains in the distance.  Wedge Mountain, with its starkly wedge shape fills the sky in the distance, poking above Blackcomb Mountain.  On a sunny day this spot will stop you for a moment to take in this wonderful view.  Wedge Mountain is the highest mountain in the Garibaldi Ranges and Blackcomb Mountain lays to its right in the foreground, and to the left are Parkhurst, Rethel and Cook.

Mountain Views from the Whistler Golf Course 5k

Wedge Mountain in the Winter

Whistler Golf Course Running Map

The Valley Trail bends around the end of Whistler Golf Course and descends back into the forest once again.  With the golf course on your right you get a few more great views before the trail begins to ascend up to the high point of the trail along the edge of Blueberry Hill.  Looking across the golf course far below you get some great views of Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain, though the trees hide the view quite a bit.  The Valley Trail then descends quite steeply and flattens out as you approach Crabapple Corner.  A cute little food and beverage outlet that is open in the summer when the golf course is open.  Built to serve golfers, but they welcome passers by as well.  They have a few sandwich and fast food items as well as a huge selection of booze.  They have some tables and chairs set out and the view is phenomenal.  With the fairway spread out before you and Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain filling the sky.  Stretched between the two you will see the Peak2Peak Gondola and Overlord Mountain and The Fissile in the background. Amazing!

Crabapple Corner on the 5k Whistler Golf Course Run

Crabapple Corner Whistler Golf Course Run

Peak2Peak, Overlord and The Fissile

Whistler Golf Course 5k Run Sunrise

After Crabapple Corner the Valley Trail meanders through the forest and over Crabapple Creek.  You then come to a T junction and a big mapboard.  Left takes you along Lorimer Road and the Valley Trail splits again, with Rainbow Park in one direction and Meadow Park in the other.  Right continues around the end of Whistler Golf Course and through a beautiful forest of huge Western redcedars.  Impressively huge, this end of the golf course faces south and is where you will catch great views on a sunny day.  Emerging from the cedar forest you slowly ascend toward where you started at the clubhouse parking lot.

Cedar Grove on the Whistler Golf Course 5k Run

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.

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 Course.  Blueberry 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.

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 Course.  Continue here...

Alta Lake 8k Run in Whistler Map

Fitzsimmons 9k Run in Whistler

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.  The huge pier 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 TrailContinue here...

Fitzsimmons 9k Trail Run in Whistler

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

  Whistler Golf Course 5k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailWhistler Golf 5k  Blueberry Hill Steep, Dog Friendly TrailBlueberry Hill 6k  Lost Lake 6k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailLost Lake 6k  Alta Lake 8k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailAlta Lake 8k  Fitzsimmons 9k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailFitzsimmons 9k  Alta Green Lost 15k Easy, Dog Friendly TrailAlta Green Lost 15k 

For half of the year in Whistler, from mid November to April, jogging and trail running becomes difficult due to snow.  During this time there are only a few areas of the Valley Trail system that are plowed ...
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The Lost Lake 6k is a nice 6 kilometre(3.7 mile) running route that takes you from Whistler Village out and around Lost LakeLost Lake, along with the Whistler Golf Course 5k trail run are two of the most ...
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The 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 ...
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The 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 ...
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Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking

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Best Hiking by Month

April in Whistler is a wonderful time of year.  The winter deep freeze ends and T-shirt weather erupts.  The village comes alive with the Telus Snowboard ...
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February is a great month for snowshoeing in Whistler and Garibaldi Park.  The days slowly get longer, but the temperatures stay consistently cold.  Expect ...
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December hiking in Whistler is mainly done on snowshoes, though if it hasn't snowed for a few days, trails to Whistler Train Wreck and Rainbow Falls can ...
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Hiking in Whistler in October is often unexpectedly stunning.  The days are much shorter and colder but the mountains are alive with colour from the fall ...
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Best Whistler Waterfalls

Nairn Falls is a wonderful, crashing and chaotic waterfall that surrounds you from the deluxe viewing platform that allows you to safely watch it from ...
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Rainbow Falls is located just a short hike from the start of the Rainbow Trail to Rainbow Lake.  The trailhead is along Alta Lake Road on the far side of ...
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Alexander Falls is a very impressive 43 metre/141 foot waterfall just 30 to 40 minutes south of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley. Open year-round and ...
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Brandywine Falls is one of the must see sights on the way to or from Whistler. The falls drop from a 66 metre(216 feet), unnaturally abrupt looking cliff ...
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Whistler Hiking Trails

Keyhole Hot Springs (aka Pebble Creek Hot Springs) is located 100 kilometres from Whistler(Village Gate Blvd). Though most of the 100 kilometres is on logging roads, it is driveable by most cars without any ...
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Taylor Meadows is a very scenic campsite and great alternative to the much busier and more well known, Garibaldi Lake campsite. Located in Garibaldi Provincial Park between Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk, ...
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Russet Lake is a surreal little paradise that lays at the base of The Fissile, in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The Fissile is the strikingly bronze mountain visible from Whistler Village.  From the Village ...
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Helm Creek is a cute, meandering creek that winds its way from beyond Black Tusk, down the valley to the wonderful campground that takes its name. From the Helm Creek campground, Helm Creek descends further ...
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