Whistler Hiking Trail RatingThe trail to Whistler Train Wreck is an easy, yet varied route through deep forest, across a great suspension bridge over Cheakamus River, to a stunning array of wrecked train cars. The trail from your car to the wrecks only takes about 15 minutes, however once you reach one wreck, you see another, then another. There are seven wrecks in total that are spread over an area about 400 metres long.

  • Surreal combination of wreckage & serene forest
  • Many excellent views of Cheakamus River
  • One of the coolest places to have a drink with friends
  • Unbeatable place to have a picnic on the river
  • Accessible year-round and on bus route
  • Bike friendly & surrounded by endless bike trails
  • Dozens of amazing areas to spend the night
  • Graffiti art is always changing & interesting
  • Sea to Sky Trail connects to Train Wreck
  • Paintings often covered with boring graffiti

Whistler Snowshoeing

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Along with the surreal train wrecks painted with stunning murals, you find yourself in a thick forest that runs along Cheakamus River. Cheakamus River is a beautiful, wild and crashing river that snakes past the train wrecks. Numerous side trails take you to some marvellous viewpoints, several metres above the rushing water below.  If you follow a trail past the wrecks(heading north or in the direction of Whistler Village) you will emerge at the train tracks. If you are adventurous you will then walk along, beside the tracks for a couple hundred metres and some truly breathtaking views of Cheakamus River.  Keep in mind that skirting the train tracks is illegal, so you must never do this if a train is in the vicinity. If you plan to bivouac under the stars, this area is a great choice. Multiple beautiful rock outcrops along and above the river and you may not get disturbed as most hikers don't risk violating the law. Camping is prohibited within Whistler's municipal boundary, which Train Wreck is within, yet a sleeping bag under the stars will almost certainly go unnoticed. If bivouacking or stealth camping is what you are after, you will find quite a lot to choose from as you hike in along the Train Wreck trail.

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Snowshoeing

Whistler Train Wreck Kups Art

Whistler Train Wreck Map

History of Whistler Train Wreck

The Whistler Train Wreck happened in 1956 and some of the details have emerged in recent years. The train, coming from Lillooet, was overloaded with lumber and was unable to get up the ascent to Parkhurst, behind Green Lake. To make it through, the train was split into two separate trains, two engines each. This caused the train to fall way behind schedule and the train conductor to ignore a section of construction on the train tracks. He sped through the 24 kilometre per hour section at a dangerously high speed of 56 kilometres per hour. The overloaded train sped through the construction area and the fourth engine turned a rail, jamming three heavily loaded boxcars loaded with lumber. They jammed in a rock cut, an area where rock is blasted out to allow tracks to pass through on the flattest possible route.  Pacific Great Eastern Railway attempted to move the trapped boxcars with no success. They turned to a local logging company for help. The Valleau family brought in a couple tractors and equipment and managed to free the cars. They dragged them out of the rock cut and pushed them into the forest where they still sit. This explains why so many trees older than the train wreck surround the wrecks to this day. It also explains why they are so mangled and spread out over quite a large area. One of the boxcars is precariously on the edge of a cliff overlooking Cheakamus River, quite a distance from the train tracks.

Trailhead & Parking Directions to Whistler Train Wreck

Parking & Trailhead DirectionsPublic Transit Directions to Whistler Train WreckThe Whistler Train Wreck is one of the easiest hiking trails in Whistler to get to by car, bike or public transit.  Public transit runs continuously between Whistler Village and Cheakamus Crossing for just $3 one-way.  The bus will drop you off at the HI Hostel and a short section of the Sea to Sky Trail connects you to the Trash Trail and Train Wreck.  If you would rather bike to the trailhead you are in for a treat.  From anywhere in Whistler the bike ride to Train Wreck is very nice.  Whistler's Valley Trail system and the Sea to Sky Trail connect you to Cheakamus Crossing from Whistler Village with only one road crossing!  The wide, two lane, paved Valley Trail takes you through some beautiful scenery and along three lakes.  Only 9 kilometres by bike, Whistler Train Wreck is easily within reach by bike.  Walking to the Train Wreck trailhead is a possible option as well.  The same route as by bike, you will pass by some amazing scenery and get from Whistler Village to the trailhead in well under 3 hours.  To get to the trailhead for Whistler Train Wreck, drive 7.6 kilometres south of Whistler Village.  At the traffic lights at Function Junction turn left onto Cheakamus River Rd, then immediately left again in the the huge parking lot for the Cheakamus Community Forest(aka Interpretive Forest).  This is the official parking area for Train Wreck, though still without signs indicating the Trash Trail or Train Wreck.  There are much better and closer parking options to the Trash Trail located across from the Sea to Sky Trail entry in Cheakamus Crossing. One very large, though still unmarked parking area located a stone's throw, across from the Sea to Sky trailhead has room for about 20 cars(pictured here on the right). Plenty of signs warn you to not park on the road in any way as the area is used by enormous construction vehicles.

Trailhead Parking for Whistler Train Wreck

Another good, possible the best place to park is just a couple hundred metres into the Jane Lakes Forest Service Road(see map). Drive just a couple hundred metres in and you will spot an old gravel road on the right ascend steeply up into the forest with a trailhead sign for Trash Trail.  There is room for a couple vehicles along the clearing next to the Trash Trail sign.  The road from the sign quickly narrows and finally blocked by boulders about 50 metres in.  You could certainly park here keeping mindful about not blocking other cars or being blocked in yourself.  Alternatively you could park at the edge of the Jane Lakes FSR where it met this road(next to the Trash Trail sign).  From here you continue up a briefly steep trail for about 1 kilometre before reaching a nicely signed and new junction directing you(for the first time) to the Whistler Train Wreck.  From where you park to the amazing new Train Wreck bridge should only take you 15 minutes. The Whistler Train Wreck, of course is located just beyond the bridge.

Whistler Train Wreck Trailhead Parking

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Whistler Hiking Trails

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Whistler & Garibaldi Park Hiking

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Best Hiking by Month

July 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 ...
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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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May is an extraordinarily beautiful time of year in Whistler.  The days are longer and warmer and a great lull in between seasons happens.  Whistler is ...
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February continues to be great for snowshoeing in and around Whistler.  The days slowly get longer, but the temperatures stay consistently cold.  Expect several ...
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Best Whistler Aerial Views

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Wedgemount Lake itself is a magnificent destination for a day hike or spectacular overnight beneath the dazzling mountain peaks and stars above Garibaldi ...
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Whistler Hiking Trails

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Mount Sproatt, or as it is known locally as  just Sproatt, is one of the many towering mountains visible from Whistler Village. Above and beyond Alta Lake, directly across from Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb ...
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