The alpine hiking trails on Whistler Mountain are the ultimate in luxurious, quick-access alpine hiking. Little effort gets you amazing views of turquoise lakes, snowy mountains, valleys of flowers and distant glaciers.  The Whistler Gondola takes you to the Roundhouse Lodge where you find gift shops, restaurants, viewing decks and the new Umbrella Bar. 

  • Endless beautiful trails accessible by gondola
  • Great way to access Garibaldi Provincial Park
  • Best vantage point over Cheakamus Lake
  • Effortless sightseeing as you ride to the trails
  • Great eating & drinking at the Roundhouse Lodge
  • Wide range of easy to difficult hiking trails
  • The Peak Chair is incredible
  • Trails extend to Russet Lake in Garibaldi Park
  • Peak to Peak Gondola crosses to Blackcomb
  • Most trails in Whistler are free, these ones are not

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Just steps from the Roundhouse is one end of the Peak2Peak Gondola which takes you across to Blackcomb Mountain and even more beautiful hiking trails.  In the summer months, Whistler Mountain is somewhat divided in two.  The lower half of the mountain is for biking and the upper half is more for hiking, sightseeing, trail running, eating and drinking.  There are three main directions you can hike from the Roundhouse.  Just past the Peak2Peak Gondola building you will see the Spearhead Loop trail that is 1.2 kilometres or 0.7 miles long and with not a lot of elevation gain/loss at roughly 20 metres or 66 feet overall.  Following it to the left you will descend down an easy trail toward Harmony Lake where you can link to the Harmony Lake Loop trail or veer back to where you started.

Whistler Mountain Musical Bumps Trail

If you follow the Spearhead Loop trail to the right you will quickly ascend a gravel road and after a couple hundred metres find the junction to Pika’s Traverse Road.  This gravel access road takes you up to the summit of Whistler Mountain via a constantly ascending, though very beautiful 3.2 kilometre or 2 mile route.  Up at this elevation, however, it is hard to not have a beautiful view.  Most don’t take this route up as the Peak Express Chair takes you to Whistler’s summit.  It may be your only way to get up to the summit if the Peak Express Chair is closed in the off season or you have a baby or child that is not allowed to ride the Peak Chair.  You do see plenty of people take this route down from the summit as it is very scenic, easy and home to the very picturesque Whistler ice walls.  These huge walls of snow/ice that the access road cuts through are often 30 feet high or more.

Whistler Mountain Icewalls on Mathews' Traverse

Back on the Spearhead Loop trail, if you continued along it and didn’t turn to follow Pika’s Traverse, you would have come to another trail veering off of it, Harmony Meadows trail.  Harmony Meadows trail, aka the High Note trail, aka the Musical Bumps trail takes you through the beautiful valley running alongside Whistler Mountain.  You can either loop back via the easy Harmony Lake Loop trail or continue the much longer trail past Symphony Lake, alongside Symphony Bowl and then the summit of Piccolo, one of the Musical Bumps.  Here the trail splits with the Musical Bumps trail veering left toward Russet Lake and Singing Pass, or right continuing along the High Note trail back to the summit of Whistler Mountain.

Whistler Mountain Summit Inukshuk and Black Tusk

Back at the Roundhouse Lodge, the third direction you could have hiked is along the short, 5 minute(.6 kilometre or .4 mile) Peak Express Traverse trail to the Peak Express Chair.  This very exhilarating ride to the summit of Whistler feels like a carnival ride as it carries you very high, very steep and pretty quickly to the top.  From the summit of Whistler you will find o several hiking trails with a wide range of difficulty, but all pretty amazing.  Along with the natural beauty of the alpine wilderness and the exquisitely coloured Cheakamus Lake in the valley below, you have some wonderful man-made attractions.

Whistler Mountain Peak Express Chair

Most recently, in 2018 the Peak Suspension Bridge was built spanning the gap between cliffs just steps from the top of the Peak Express Chair.  At 130 metres long and with Whistler Bowl(glacier) directly below, the bridge sways as you walk across the dizzyingly high gap to the new West Ridge Lookout.  The West Ridge Lookout gives you wonderful views over the Whistler valley as well as an excellent vantage point of the Peak Express Chair with Blackcomb Mountain and the Spearhead Range in the background.  The Spearhead Range encompasses Blackcomb Mountain and the Fitzsimmons Range includes Whistler Mountain and extends to Overlord Mountain.  Overlord Mountain is where the two mountain ranges meet, separated by Fitzsimmons River that runs through Whistler Village into Green Lake.

Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge

At Whistler’s peak you can hike the cliffs adjacent to the top of the Peak Express Chair on the Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk.  This rugged, though very easy 1.6 kilometre set of trails can be done as a figure 8 loop trail.  The large area to the right as you exit the Peak Express Chair with the inukshuk and the Peak Suspension Bridge is one side of the figure 8 and the other side ascends up past the Peak Express Chair to some incredible lookouts and interpretive information boards before bending back to meet Mathews’ Traverse, the gravel road that brings you back to where you started.  Many follow Mathews’ Traverse down to the Roundhouse Lodge on a constantly descending and gorgeous 3.2 kilometre or 2 mile route past several stunning views and through the Whistler ice walls.

Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge from the Peak Express Chair

The Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk is quite easy and two more challenging hiking trails can be found across the Peak Suspension Bridge.  The Half Note Trail and the High Note Trail both start here.  The Half Note Trail is a beautiful trail that follows the ridge of Whistler Mountain overlooking Cheakamus Lake.  It bends back and connects to Pika’s Traverse Road which takes you back to the Roundhouse Lodge.  This route is 5.5 kilometres or 3.4 miles and should take you 2 to 3 hours from the start at the top of the Peak Express Chair to the end at the Roundhouse Lodge.  Alternatively you could take the much shorter Mathews’s Traverse Road(instead of Pika’s Traverse) back up to the summit of Whistler Mountain and ride the Peak Express Chair back down to the Roundhouse Lodge(via the short Peak Express Traverse trail).  Where the Half Note trail veers back, the High Note trail continues.  This much longer route takes you deeper into Garibaldi Provincial Park before meeting the junction to the Musical Bumps trail at Piccolo Summit.  The High Note trail sinks into the valley in the shadow of Whistler Mountain and past Symphony Lake and Harmony Lake before reaching the Roundhouse Lodge.  The High Note Trail from the Peak Suspension Bridge to the Roundhouse Lodge is 11 kilometres or 6.8 miles and takes most hikers 4-5 hours.

Whistler Mountain Hiking Trails Map

Most start hiking the Whistler Mountain hiking trails at the Roundhouse Lodge at the terminus of the Whistler Gondola. You can also access Whistler Mountain for free by hiking the long Singing Pass trail and then across the Musical Bumps Trail to the peak of Whistler Mountain. The Singing Pass Trail is long and boring as it runs a fairly direct line in between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain, and always in deep forest. Years ago this 11.5 kilometre trail was much more enjoyable owing to the access road and parking area 4 kilometres up the trail. A slide took a chuck of the road out and years later you will still only find a ravine that you have to negotiate before continuing up to the original trailhead. Accessing Whistler Mountain with a day or season's pass is the best option for most. You ride in style up to the Roundhouse Lodge. From the lodge you can start hiking in a few directions or take the short walk down to the Peak Chair and ride up to the Summit of Whistler Mountain. A pretty amazing way to start your hike.

Whistler Mountain Hiking Trails Map Overall

Whistler Mountain Hiking Trails

Whistler Mountain Pay Use Hiking Trails Easy to ModerateWhistler Mountain has a dozen named hiking trails that range from extremely easy and short to very challenging and long.  All of them are pretty beautiful on their own, however all of them tend to be combined with others into routes, depending on what hikers are after and how much time and effort they want to put in.  Another factor is the time of year and snowpack.  In May and much of June, for example, you won’t have the Peak Express Chair running and almost every trail will be still buried in snow.  If you are short on time and want to get to the obvious highlights, you will ride the Whistler Gondola to the Roundhouse Lodge, ride the Peak Express Chair to the summit of Whistler, see the suspension bridge, inukshuk, Interpretive Walk, then ride back down to Whistler Village.  If you are wanting more of a hike, you will not return via the Peak Express Chair, but instead hike the Half Note trail and check out the snow wall on Mathews’ Traverse.  This route takes only a couple hours, but takes in a tremendous variety of sights and endless viewpoints.

High Note Trail View of Cheakamus Lake

For a more challenging and longer hike, the High Note trail is about a five hour trek that covers much of the Half Note trail and continues along the ridge toward the Musical Bumps.  The trail then bends back through the beautifully lush, green valley in the shadow of Whistler Mountain, past lakes and through rocky terrain to arrive at the Roundhouse Lodge.  If you are after a full day or overnight hike, then you can continue the High Note trail onto the Musical Bumps trail deep into Garibaldi Provincial Park.  This trail takes you to Russet Lake, a hidden feeling lake in the midst of a pretty spectacular setting.  At the foot of The Fissile, a stunning pyramid shaped, red mountain that Whistler Village was designed to allow for views of!

The Fissile at Russet Lake

Village Gate Boulevard was oriented to have an unbroken view of this beautiful mountain as written in the original Whistler Village plans.  Russet Lake overlooks Overlord Glacier, a hypnotically beautiful glacier to see, especially from so close!  The glacier valley that Russet Lake sits in is interesting to hike in almost every direction.  Down to the glacier, or up to The Fissile.  There is even an unmarked route down to Cheakamus Lake to tempt adventurous and experienced hikers.  Whistler Mountain is also home to the Singing Pass trail.  The original route up the mountain that existed long before Whistler Mountain was called Whistler Mountain.  The trailhead is located at the Whistler bus transit exchange in Whistler Village.  This arduous trek takes you up the old trail along the valley between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain along the Fitzsimmons River.  Jimmy Fitzsimmons was the prospector that mined the area and had a small cabin near the Singing Pass trail and Musical Bumps trail junction.

Hiking Trails Near Roundhouse Lodge

The Spearhead Loop trail is a short, very easy, 1.2 kilometre or .7 mile loop trail that begins just past the Peak2Peak Gondola building.  It descends down a gravel path to a snowmaking reservoir before looping back to where it started.  The last section from the reservoir to the Peak2Peak Gondola building there are three trail junctions.  The Harmony Lake Loop trail bends around the back of the reservoir and through a lovely alpine forest to Harmony Lake.  Another trail junction at Harmony Lake goes left to another loop trail section of the Harmony Lake Loop trail or continues past the lake to yet another trail junction to the High Note Trail and the Musical Bumps Trail.  Or you can take the trail to the right and follow the short, but challenging trail section of the Harmony Meadows trail back to the Spearhead Loop trail.  The third Spearhead Loop trail junction, just before reaching the Peak2Peak Gondola building, is the wide gravel road hiking route, Pika’s Traverse.  This long and continuously steep ascent takes you to the summit of Whistler Mountain along a very beautiful and constantly scenic route.

Whistler Hiking Map Short Trails

The Harmony Lake Loop trail is another short, fairly easy loop trail, similar, to the Spearhead Loop trail, but deeper into the lush valley wilderness.  A bit longer than the Spearhead Loop trail at 1.9 kilometres or 1.2 miles, the Harmony Lake Loop trail is a continuation of the Spearhead Loop trail and both trails together can be hiked from and back to the Roundhouse in an hour or two.  The combined distance hiked is just over 3 kilometres or just under 2 miles.  With fairly gradual elevation change overall, the Harmony Lake Loop trail and the Spearhead Loop trail are the only really good hiking option if you are with very young kids.  There is a height/age restriction on the trail to the Peak Express Chair, so if you have kids under 5 years old, you won’t get on.  You can hike the beautiful Pika’s Traverse Road to the summit of Whistler, but it is quite a gruelling trek for very young kids.

Harmony Lake Hike in Whistler

The Harmony Meadows trail runs parallel to the Harmony Lake Loop trail and is a fair bit tougher than the previous two trails here.  At 1.6 kilometres or 1 mile, it connects the High Note trail/Musical Bumps trail to the Harmony Lake Loop trail and/or the Spearhead Loop trail.  If this is all sounding a bit confusing, don’t worry.  There are quite good signs at each trail junction indicating where everything is.  You can easily just wander through these trails and decide at each junction where you want to go.  All but a couple of the trails in this area return back to the Roundhouse Lodge.

Whistler Summit Hiking Trails

There are two ways to get to the summit of Whistler Mountain, one easy and beautiful and the other tough and beautiful.  Peak Express Traverse to the Peak Express Chair is easy and Pika’s Traverse Road and Mathews’ Traverse Road is a 3.2 kilometre or 2 mile, always ascending ascent to the summit.  Pika’s Traverse and Mathews’ Traverse are actually access roads that work and supply vehicles get to the summit.  Due to the stunning and constant views along the route have made these a popular hiking route over the years.  The amazing ice walls along Mathews’ Traverse are a huge attraction as well.  Though the Peak Express Chair is thrilling to ride up and down, as well as amazingly scenic, the traverse roads allow you to relax and soak in the scenery over the hour or so it takes you to hike.

Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk

The Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk is a gorgeous 1.6 kilometre or 1 mile route at the absolute summit of Whistler Mountain.  Along the winding, rocky path you come across several very nice and informative information boards describing what you see and a bit of the history behind it.  The hiking trail is a rough figure 8 in design, with the large area at the top of the Peak Express Chair with the inukshuk and suspension bridge as one side.  The other side of the figure 8 is where you find the interesting interpretive boards.  Because most visitors to the summit of Whistler Mountain immediately head to the suspension bridge and the inukshuk, the rest of the Summit Interpretive Walk remains relatively quiet.  If you are lucky you will have the far viewpoint to yourself.  It juts way out overlooking Glacier Bowl, a massive valley of snow and ice with the enormous Whistler Valley stretching out to an endless wall of mountains.  From this spot you can get a good look at Blackcomb Mountain and the Spearhead Range.  Lost Lake, Green Lake and Alta Lake are easily spotted with such a great vantage point.  Further along the trail you come to another endless mountain view and more info boards with descriptions of the mountains you see.  Black Tusk is explained as a conventional volcano that had its outer cone ripped away by glaciers about 170,000 years ago.  From this viewpoint you can readily see how it once looked like and how the current, narrow black shape is the solidified lava from its central vent.  The murals also describe the massive glaciers that filled and, in some cases covered many of the mountains in the Coast Mountains.  The summit of Whistler was for a short time covered by a glacier.  Further mountain descriptions include Mount Cayley, a potentially active volcano that geologists keep a close eye on.

Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk

Mathews’ Traverse & Pika’s Traverse

Mathews’ Traverse & Pika’s Traverse are two connected access roads/hiking routes that connect the Roundhouse to the summit of Whistler Mountain.  Both have almost constantly amazing views of Whistler valley, the Spearhead Range, Black Tusk, Musical Bumps and quite a lot more.  The combined length of both roads between the summit of Whistler and the Roundhouse is 3.2 kilometres or 2 miles.  With an elevation change of 354 metres or 1161 feet, hiking up is pretty arduous, though hiking down is very pleasant.  Many hikers hike it down from the summit in order to see the marvellous ice walls along Mathews’ Traverse.

Whistler Mountain Mathews Traverse Ice Walls

Expect to take a bit less than an hour to hike down from the summit of Whistler to the Roundhouse.  Hiking up takes most people an hour at a fast pace or over an hour at a slower pace.  Because small children cannot ride the Peak Express Chair, hiking up is the only option for many.  There is a sign at the start of the short hike to the Peak Express Chair with a bear standing, indicating you have to be this tall to ride the Peak Chair.  Kids under 5 years old will likely not make the height restriction.  Another reason hikers may need to hike up Mathews’ and Pika’s Traverse is when the Peak Express Chair is not running.  Stormy, windy days, mechanical problems and early summer and late summer are times when the Peak Express Chair is unavailable to access the summit of Whistler.

Pika's Traverse View of Green Lake

High Note & Half Note Trails

The High Note Trail begins high up on Whistler Mountain at the top of the Peak Express chairlift.  To get there you must buy a lift pass and ride the Whistler Gondola for 22 minutes up to the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain, then hike for about 8 minutes to the Peak Express.  Ride this beautiful and alarmingly steep chairlift up to Whistler's Peak where the High Note Trail begins.  The new Peak Suspension Bridge is the gateway to the High Note Trail, but you can also skirt around it via the previous trailhead near the inuksuk.

Of all the hiking choices on Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, the High Note Trail is possibly the most amazing and scenic.  It has several attributes that make it a must-do hike on any summer visit to Whistler.  First, the fact that it effectively starts and finishes at the Roundhouse Lodge is fantastic.  The Roundhouse has a very nice and reasonably priced restaurant with an outdoor seating area with million-dollar views all around.  They also have a great selection of pub style drinks so you can toast a beer or glass of wine on top of the world at the new Umbrella Bar after, or before your hike.

Second, after the Roundhouse there is a short hike to the carnival like, Peak Express Chair, which takes you to the High Note trailhead.  This ride alone will cause you to snap about 25 photos as you ride into the clouds to the summit of Whistler Mountain.  And the third and most beautiful aspect of the High Note Trail is that half of it runs along the edge of Whistler Mountain with the hypnotically beautiful Cheakamus Lake always in view.  This lake has that surreal and certainly bizarre looking colour that never quite looks real.  With the sun shining off of it, producing such a vibrant blue that contrasts the green of everything else around you.

Whistler Mountain Riding the Peak Chair

After crossing the Peak Suspension Bridge the High Note trail begins with some narrow, rocky and fairly steep ups and downs as you hike out to the edge of a rock outcrop with your first trail views of the valley and Whistler below.  Though there are two small chain-assist sections, most hikers should have no difficulty in this section. Even if you are bringing your kids along, you will have no problem or worry at these parts or any other along the trail.  After this short up and down section at the beginning of the High Note Trail, the route evens out and runs along the edge of the ridge parallel to the amazing Cheakamus Lake far down the valley below.  The entire ridge that runs parallel to Cheakamus Lake is in Garibaldi Provincial Park and all you see for hundreds of kilometres is untouched wilderness.

There are signs at a couple spots along the way directing you very clearly.  The High Note trail is 9.4 kilometres/5.8 miles long and takes about 3-4 hours to hike one way.  Before you reach the Roundhouse Lodge the High Note trail connects to the Harmony Lake trail or the Harmony Meadows trail which adds another 20-30 minutes of hiking time to your journey.  Partway along the trail you can take a short cut, the Half Note Trail and head back earlier and shorten the trail by a couple kilometres.  The trail is by no means easy as it is narrow and has a few ups and downs, but aside from the fairly long distance (9.4k), the High Note Trail is family friendly.

It is free of snow from late June to October and easily accessible depending on when the Whistler Gondola and Peak Express are open of course.  The cost to access Whistler Mountain is about $100 for a summer lift pass, however, there is so much to see and do up there, not least the Peak to Peak Gondola which shouldn't be missed on the same outing as hiking the High Note trail.  One common misconception about paying to go up Whistler Mountain in the summer is that you will only be up there for an hour or so as there is little to do.  The opposite is actually the case.  If you hike the High Note trail, stop in at the Roundhouse, cross over to Blackcomb Mountain on the Peak2Peak Gondola, and then ride back down to the Village, you may take well over 5 hours and have an amazing time.

Whistler Mountain Hiking Map High Half Note

The Musical Bumps Trail on Whistler Mountain

Not too many years ago, before hiking trails were constructed from the summit of Whistler Mountain, the Musical Bumps trail was the only hiking trail on Whistler.  It began at the Roundhouse Lodge and stretched across to the current Musical Bumps trail and to the Singing Pass trail.  The Singing Pass trail is the original hiking trail to access Whistler Mountain and has existed long before Whistler Mountain was called Whistler Mountain.  The High Note Trail now runs from the summit of Whistler Mountain along the ridge that connects to the series of summits known as the Musical Bumps.  Piccolo is the first summit and where the High Note Trail bends back towards the Roundhouse Lodge and the Musical Bumps Trail continues on to the next summit, Flute.  Then finally Oboe, before descending to the Singing Pass trail back to Whistler Village or up to Russet Lake in Garibaldi Park.

The Section of the High Note trail that extends from the Musical Bumps trail to the Roundhouse Lodge was previously called the Musical Bumps Trail and to most locals still is.  If you are hiking to Russet Lake with the Roundhouse as your starting point, you have two trail choices.  The old Musical Bumps Trail, now separated into smaller sections with their own names.  The Spearhead Loop Trail to either the Harmony Meadows Trail or the Harmony Lake Loop Trail, which both connect to the High Note trail, which leads to the Musical Bumps trail.

Taking the Musical Bumps trail with your starting point at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain is arguably the best route to Russet Lake.  It is fairly direct at 12.5 kilometres to Russet Lake and full of incredible views.  Alpine forests, massive valleys, small alpine lakes, dramatic mountain views all around.  The trail has considerable elevation gain and loss though.  The trail is well marked with signs directing you along the Musical Bumps trail.  You won't see Russet Lake signs until you reach the trail junction at the Singing Pass trail.  This route is a very popular trail running route in Whistler.  From the Roundhouse to the Village is 24 kilometres, and much of it downhill.

To find this original Musical Bumps route to Russet Lake take the Whistler Gondola up to the Roundhouse Lodge, walk past the Peak2Peak building, up a gravel slope about 50 metres.  On your left you will see a trailhead.  Trail names have been evolving over the recent years and keep in mind that you may not see any mention of Russet Lake, Singing Pass Trail, or even the Musical Bumps trail until you get a couple kilometres into the trail.  From the Roundhouse, look for the trail marked as Harmony Lake Trail and follow it to the High Note trail.  Once on the High Note trail you will soon see signs indicating the Musical Bumps trail and the Singing Pass trail.  The High Note trail hits a junction where the Musical Bumps trail veers left while the High Note trail bends right back toward the summit of Whistler Mountain.

Once on the Musical Bumps trail you will soon reach Flute Summit.  At Flute Summit follow the signs to Singing Pass.  The signs on this route are sometimes confusing as some get destroyed during the winter.  Just be sure to aim for Flute Summit, then Singing Pass, then Russet Lake.  From Russet Lake, you can return to Whistler Village the way you came, or via the High Note Trail, or via the Singing Pass Trail, which brings you back to the Village.

History of Whistler Mountain

Whistler Mountain a century ago was inhabited by just a couple prospectors.  Most notably Jimmy Fitzsimmons, who lived in a prospector cabin and created the Avalanche Pass trail.  Later renamed the Singing Pass trail, it is still in use today as one of five main trailhead access points to Garibaldi Provincial Park.  In September 1923 two Vancouver area mountaineers, set out from the Rainbow Lodge to explore the vast and largely unexplored wilderness beyond the Avalanche Pass trail.  Neal Carter and Charles Townsend explored The Fissile(Red Mountain at the time), Overlord Mountain and many more.  The claimed the first ascent of several mountains in the area, including Wedge Mountain, James Turner and many more.  Neal Carter went on to map the area in detail and successfully lobbied the Provincial Government to expand the boundary of the newly created Garibaldi Park to include the Spearhead Range and the series of mountains, glaciers and valleys stretching almost to Pemberton.

Whistler Mountain was originally called London Mountain after a mining claim more than a century ago.  The settlement that preceded the town of Whistler was called Alta Lake after the fishing lodge that was built in 1914, shortly after the railway line was completed.  The Rainbow Lodge existed on the shores of Alta Lake until 1977.  Today at Rainbow Park you will find several small log cabins and a replica of the original bridge over the River of Golden Dreams as well as several large murals of the old Rainbow Lodge and the characters that pioneered the area before it became Whistler.

In 1966 Whistler Mountain was opened as a ski resort, though it wasn’t until 1976 that the town of Alta Lake was rebranded as Whistler.  The renaming of London Mountain to Whistler Mountain had a couple reasons.  Locals had called the mountain Whistler Mountain for decades due to the whistling sound of the resident hoary marmots in the area.  So, it was known as London Mountain on maps and Whistler Mountain locally.  Also, in branding the new ski resort the name London Mountain was thought to bring to mind the notoriously bad weather of London, England.

Geology of Whistler Mountain

The Fitzsimmons Range is a subsection of the Garibaldi Ranges that covers the area between the valleys of Cheakamus Lake and Fitzsimmons Creek.  Fitzsimmons Creek cuts between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain and largely originates from the Fitzsimmons Glacier.  The Fitzsimmons Glacier and Mount Fitzsimmons are part of the Overlord Massif, which gets its name from the highest peak in the area, Overlord Mountain.  Massif is a term used in geology to refer to a compact group of connected mountains that easily identify into one large mountain mass.  Massif is a French word that means “massive”.

The Fitzsimmons Range includes several locally famous summits, including the summit of Whistler, Oboe Summit, Piccolo Summit and Flute Summit.  These form the Musical Bumps trail which is a gorgeous route to the Russet Lake campground in Garibaldi Provincial Park.  Next to Russet Lake is The Fissile and next to the Fissile is Overlord Mountain.  Near Russet Lake and connecting to the Musical Bumps trail is the Singing Pass trail that ascends along Fitzsimmons Creek to Whistler Village at the base of Whistler Mountain.

The Fissile is the stunning Matterhorn looking mountain that is visible from Village Gate Boulevard in Whistler.  Looking up from Village Gate you will see the distant Peak to Peak Gondola spanning Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.  In the background distance you will see The Fissile.  In the bright sunshine of summer it will be vibrantly coloured red.  In the evening it turns dark red then fades into an ominous black.  In the winter months, of course, The Fissile is a striking, white pyramid.  For newcomers to Whistler, The Fissile can go unnoticed for weeks, or even months.  Until you find yourself at one of the many perfect vantage points to this beautiful mountain peak, such as Village Gate Boulevard.  One little known fact about Whistler is how intricately designed the Village is.  The Village Gate entrance to Whistler Village was designed in the late 70’s with one thing in mind.  It had to have a view of The Fissile. 

Originally called Red Mountain, it wasn’t until 1965 the name was changed to The Fissile.  One motivation may have been the fact that Red Mountain is a very common mountain name.  Two local Whistler legends, Karl Ricker and Neal Carter suggested the name.  Karl Ricker was mountaineering legend that, along with Bert Port, Chris Gardner and Alistair MacDonald that skied and mapped out the Spearhead Traverse in 1964. Neal Carter was also a mountaineering legend was the first to explore many Whistler area mountains in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  Photographing and documenting many first ascents of Whistler mountains like Wedge Mountain and Mount James Turner.  The name The Fissile is derived from the geological term fissility.  Fissility refers to the tendency of certain rocks to split along flat planes of weakness.  Sedimentary rocks like shale and slate to develop planes of weakness along layers during compaction.  The Fissile is a mountain of red slate and a remarkably beautiful example of a mountain showing fissility.

The Fissile is quite a distinct mountain in Garibaldi Park because of its vivid red colour and symmetrical arrowhead shape.  There is another, even more remarkable feature of The Fissile, its age.  The sedimentary rock that would eventually become The Fissile was laid down more than 200 million years ago.  The Fissile began its life as sedimentary rock formed in a shallow sea along the coast of North America.  As tectonic plates pushed into the North American Plate from the Pacific, the Coast Mountains we formed over millions of years.  The Coast Mountains are almost entirely comprised of geologically young mountains comprised of volcanic rock.  Black Tusk, for example is strikingly youthful at just over a million years old.

Camping & Bivouacking - Whistler Mountain

Camping ProhibitedWhistler Mountain is generally for day-hiking and there are no facilities for camping.  Though you don’t see signs prohibiting camping anywhere, there is no camping allowed within the Whistler Resort areas of Whistler Mountain.  Garibaldi Provincial Park surrounds Whistler Mountain and the border is just a few minutes into the High Note Trail.  Just before you come to the the first big bend that the High Note Trail takes where it starts running parallel to Cheakamus Lake is where you enter the park.  The Garibaldi Provincial Park boundary is roughly the top of the ridge from the summit of Whistler Mountain to Piccolo Summit.  Then the boundary bends out keeping Piccolo Summit and Flute Summit outside Garibaldi Park.  The boundary then bends sharply north and crosses the Singing Pass trail and zig-zagging past Blackcomb Mountain.  Oboe Summit along the Musical Bumps trail is well within Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Camping in Garibaldi Provincial Park is restricted to various established campsites.  The closest to Whistler Mountain is the beautiful campsite at Russet Lake.  There are innumerable beautiful places to camp in Garibaldi Park, however there are restrictions on where you can legally camp.  Also, you have to have a Garibaldi Park camping reservation confirmation letter with you at all times.  The places you are allowed to camp in Garibaldi Park outside the campsites is shown on a map provided by the park and the legal wilderness boundary is a considerable distance from any regularly used trails in the park.  This seemingly heavy handed prohibition on camping in Garibaldi Park is actually very well thought out.  It effectively prohibits overuse of the park and those that leave traces of their presence.  Responsible, courteous, experienced, leave-no-trace hikers will still disappear into the wilderness of Garibaldi Park and bivouac where they please, unnoticed and undisturbed.

The Russet Lake campground in Garibaldi Park is the only legal place to camp in the vicinity of Whistler Mountain.  It is an excellent place to camp, high up in the alpine at the edge of Whistler Mountain in the shadow of The Fissile and overlooking Overlord Glacier.  Most hike in from the top of Whistler Mountain via the Whistler Gondola and Peak Express Chair, then along the gorgeous, fairly easy, but quite long, High Note trail and Musical Bumps trail.  You can also hike in for free via the somewhat long and tedious Singing Pass trail from Whistler Village.  You can hike the Singing Pass trail for free then return to Whistler via the Musical Bumps trail and ride the Peak Express Chair and Whistler Gondola down the mountain for free.  Avoiding the Singing Pass trail and riding up the Whistler Gondola and the Peak Express Chair are a pretty amazing and less exhausting way to get to Russet Lake and well worth the money!

Russet Lake is in a stunning glacier carved valley overlooking Overlord Glacier and surrounded by the mountains of the Spearhead Range and the Fitzsimmons Range.  You will find plenty of tent clearings at Russet Lake and in the grassy meadow adjacent to the creek flowing down the valley.  Russet Lake is also home to a small hut and soon to be a much more elaborate and large hut planned to be finished in January of 2019.  The Russet Lake hut is free to use, though you still need to have an overnight camping pass to stay in it.  You can’t reserve the hut and it is first come, first served.  Like other Garibaldi Park campgrounds, Russet Lake is open year-round, but mostly used in the summer months.  Russet Lake is part of the winter skiing/snowboarding route, the Spearhead Traverse.  Popular in the winter for hardcore skiers and snowboarders, a new series of huts is under construction to replace the single Russet Lake hut that occupies one point along this arduous route that effectively connects Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain.  Fees per night at the Russet Lake campground: $10 Adult - $5 Kids(6-15) - Hut is free to use with campsite permit.  Campsite fees must be paid online in advance at the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park reservations page.

Russet Lake Campground in Garibaldi Park

Russet Lake Campground in Garibaldi Provincial ParkRusset Lake, high up in the alpine at the edge of Whistler Mountain in the shadow of The Fissile and overlooking Overlord Glacier.  Most hike in from the top of Whistler Mountain via the Whistler Gondola and Peak Express Chair then along the gorgeous, fairly easy, but quite long, High Note trail and Musical Bumps trail.  You can also hike in for free via the somewhat long and tedious Singing Pass trail from Whistler Village.  You can hike the Singing Pass trail for free then return to Whistler via the Musical Bumps trail and ride down the mountain for free if you like saving the cost for the Whistler lift pass.  Riding up the Whistler Gondola and the Peak Express Chair are a pretty amazing and less exhausting way to get to Russet Lake and well worth the money!  Russet Lake is in a stunning valley at the shore of Russet Lake and overlooking a glacier valley with Overlord Glacier far below.  You will find just 7 tent areas at Russet Lake, however on a busy day you might see dozens of tents in the grass and gravel meadow that surrounds the lake.  Russet Lake is also home to a small hut and soon to be a much more elaborate and large hut planned to be finished in January of 2019.  The Russet Lake hut is free to use, though you still need to have an overnight camping pass to stay in it.  You can’t reserve the hut and it is first come, first served.  Like other Garibaldi Park campgrounds, Russet Lake is open year-round, but mostly used in the summer months.  Russet Lake is part of the winter skiing/snowboarding route, the Spearhead Traverse.  Popular in the winter for hardcore skiers and snowboarders, a new series of huts is under construction to replace the single Russet Lake hut that occupies one point along this arduous route that effectively connects Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain.  Fees Per Night: $10 Adult - $5 Kids(6-15) - Hut is free to use with campsite permit  Campsite fees must be paid online in advance at the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park reservations page.

Camping in Garibaldi Provincial Park

BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park CampingDay hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park is free and parking at all the trailheads is free as well.  If you are camping overnight in Garibaldi Park you will have to pay a campsite fee.  There are ten official BC Parks campsites in Garibaldi Park with dedicated and very well designed tent pads, platforms or clearings at each.  They are all now reservable year-round, with the exception of the Red Heather campsite near Elfin Lakes which is only open for winter camping.  In 2018, for the first time you can legally register and pay to camp in the backcountry beyond the official campsites.  The areas you can wilderness camp is quite restricted in an effort to not overrun the park and maintain some control over the massive numbers of hikers in the park.  Backcountry Camping Permits for Garibaldi Park cost $10 per person, per night.  Children 6-16 years old pay $5 per person, per night and kids under 6 years old are free.  Campsite fees must be paid online in advance at the BC Parks Garibaldi Provincial Park reservations page.

Facilities on Whistler Mountain

There are plenty of washroom facilities on Whistler Mountain.  The Whistler Gondola drops you off at the Roundhouse Lodge, which has washrooms, gift shops and two restaurants.  From the Roundhouse you have a 5 minute hike down to the Peak Express Chair.  At the top of the Peak Express Chair you will find washroom facilities and a small food shack with a cute little patio.  Like everywhere else it seems on Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain there is free wifi on the summit as well as at the Roundhouse.  Beyond the Roundhouse and the summit of Whistler Mountain there are few facilities such as washrooms.  There are a couple slight variations on the route you can take for the High Note Trail, however, the normal route returns you past washrooms at a small cabin about 7 kilometres into the 9.5k roundtrip journey.  If you are continuing past the High Note Trail toward Russet Lake or the Singing Pass Trail, you will find outhouses at both Russet Lake and partway down/up the Singing Pass Trail.

Restrictions and Concerns on Whistler Mountain

Not Dog FriendlyNo Campfires AllowedNo Bikes AllowedCamping ProhibitedNo Motorized Vehicles

The massive network of downhill biking trails are mostly separated from the hiking trails, so you won't find bikes on the hiking trails.  You will find bikes on the Whistler Gondola and the Peak Chair as there is a massive bike trail that begins at the top of Whistler Mountain. Tragically dogs are not welcome on Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain, or any of Garibaldi Provincial Park.  This is out of respect for the local wildlife as well as the inability of chairlifts to safely accommodate transporting pets.  Unfortunately, if you want to hike with your dog, you have very limited hiking choices in Whistler.  There are an ever increasing number of dog friendly hiking alternatives in Whistler.  Certainly the massive Sea to Sky Trail that runs through Whistler is an excellent dog friendly hiking trail.  The Sea to Sky Trail runs for over 30 kilometres through Whistler and every inch of it is pretty amazing.  From Brandywine Falls, through and over the Bungee Bridge, up through Cheakamus Crossing and through Whistler Village and beyond Green Lake, the Sea to Sky Trail is an incredibly way to see Whistler with your dogs.  Camping, fires and public motorized vehicles are also prohibited on Whistler Mountain.  ATV’s are much more welcomed across the valley on Mount Sproatt and in much of the Callaghan Valley.  Fires are effectively prohibited everywhere in Whistler in the summer months due to the extraordinarily high risk of forest fires.

Wildlife on Whistler Mountain

Whistler Mountain is home to plenty of wildlife and bears and hoary marmots are seen quite frequently.  Riding the Whistler Gondola up the mountain you will almost certainly see at least one bear.  It is not unusual to catch multiple bear sightings on the long gondola ride.  Black bears tend to be spotted on the lower elevations where they love to eat the grass in the wide, treeless ski runs.  It is quite rare to see bears on the hiking trails in the alpine, such as the High Note trail or Musical Bumps.  The Singing Pass trail that runs up between Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain is somewhat frequented by bears in the summer.  Black bears in this part of the world are quite fearful of humans and encounters tend to result in the bear fleeing into the forest.  There has never been an unprovoked bear attack in Whistler, though occasionally a bear is cornered in or outside a house and swipes the person before escaping. 

Cougars are known to inhabit the wilderness in and around Whistler Village and are generally feared much more than black bears by locals.  In recent years they have been spotted near bike trails on Whistler Mountain and near Whistler Village.  Two joggers were surprised in 2017 while jogging the bike trail, A River Runs Through It to see a cougar perched in a tree a few metres ahead!  Fortunately, cougar sightings in Whistler are extremely rare and a cougar attack has never occurred here.  However, in May 2018 two people biking near Seattle were attacked, seriously mauling one and killing the other.  We can be comforted by the statistic that less than 30 deaths in the last 125 years in North America have been recorded.  The worrying thing is that if a cougar or a black bear wants to kill you, it probably can.  So why don’t they?  Nobody seems to know the answer to that alarming question.

Whistler Mountain got its name from the hoary marmots that love to live in the boulder fields that cover much of the alpine. You will hear them before you see them as they whistle quite loudly when they know people or predators are around.  Hoary marmots are the cute, chubby, twenty plus pound ground squirrels that have evolved to live quite happily in the hostile alpine areas of much of the world.  In the northwest of North America, marmots have a distinct grey in their hair, a hoary colour, so have been named hoary marmots. They manage to survive quite happily in the alpine, largely by hibernating for 8 months of the year and largely for having a surprisingly varied array of food in such an inhospitable environment. They live off of grasses, berries, lichens, mosses, and roots and flowers. And live quite well it seems, as they always look chubby, which has one great drawback. They are sought after by bears and wolves. They have a wonderful defense system though. They are constantly on watch and whistle loudly at the first sign of danger, alerting the colony. The prevalence of these "whistlers" as they came to be locally called, in the early days of London Mountain resulted in its name being changed to Whistler Mountain. Hiking on Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain or to Wedgemount Lake in the summer, will almost guarantee an encounter with a chubby, jolly little whistler hoary marmot.

Trailhead & Parking Directions to Whistler Mountain

Parking & Trailhead DirectionsPublic Transit to TrailheadParking in Whistler Village is in one of the four main day lots. Parking rules in Whistler changed to pay parking a few years ago, and parking rules keep changing. However, it seems that all parking lots will be pay use.  Long-term, overnight parking for the Singing Pass and Russet Lake is allowed in Lot 4 at some designated parking spots.  Be sure to read the parking signs to ensure you are correctly and legally parked for the length of your stay. Lot 4 is easy to find.  As you enter Whistler Village on Village Gate Boulevard, drive straight to the T junction stop sign at Blackcomb Way.  Turn Left onto Blackcomb Way and you will see Lots 1 to 4 on your right.  Lot 4 is the last one on your right, however you can enter the lots anywhere as they are all joined.  Lots 1, 2, and 3 are all pay parking and you will see plenty of signs and instructions to pay. 

More Great Hiking Around Whistler Mountain

Blackcomb Mountain has come alive with beautiful hiking trails in recent years.  With the 2008 addition of the Peak to Peak Gondola which connects Blackcomb Mountain to Whistler Mountain, the demand for mountain trails is higher than ever.  A dozen years ago, you would just have had some rough hiking trails to follow, and not many hikers to follow them.  Now you have mapboards, trail signs, viewpoint seating areas and six popular, named trails to hike.  The trails are mostly easy and relaxing, however the Decker Loop Trail at the far end of Blackcomb Mountain is very challenging and spectacularly scenic.  For the most part, you will find yourself winding through a nice alpine forest scattered with enormous fields of erratics leading to one great viewpoint after another.  You can hike for as little as 15 minutes or more than 3 hours, depending on the trail or trails you choose to follow.  Blackcomb Mountain Lake and Blackcomb Mountain Peak that looms far above it are the most popular destinations for hikers and getting there and back can be done in a couple hours. Russet Lake, in Garibaldi Park is the wonderfully expansive hiking area located just a few spectacular steps from Whistler.  Among the various ways to reach Russet Lake, possibly the most impressive are the approaches from either the Musical Bumps Trail or the High Note Trail.  Both begin from high up on Whistler Mountain.  Musical Bumps starts near the Roundhouse on Whistler and the High Note Trail begins at the top of Whistler near the Peak Chair.  Though Russet Lake is not terribly impressive in terms of size or colour, the valley around it is remarkably beautiful.

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Whistler Hiking Trails

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  Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerGaribaldi Lake Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerGaribaldi Park Moderate Hiking Trail WhistlerHelm Creek  Moderate Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlyJoffre 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  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerSkookumchuck Hot Springs  Easy Hiking Trail WhistlerSloquet Hot Springs  Moderate/Hard Hiking Trail Whistler Dog FriendlySproatt  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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Hike in Whistler Glossary

Green Lake is the marvellously vivid, green coloured lake just north of Whistler Village.  Driving north on the Sea to Sky Highway, Green Lake appears ...
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When you hike in the alpine in Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park, you will often encounter unbelievably hardy and sometimes mangled looking trees.  ...
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Overlord Mountain is the highest peak in the Fitzsimmons Range.  Overlord is surrounded by several mountains that collectively are named the Overlord Massif.  ...
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Mount Garibaldi is the huge, potentially active volcano that Garibaldi Provincial Park is named after.  Mount Garibaldi also lends its name to the ...
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Whistler Hiking Trails

Whistler has an absurd number of wonderful and free hiking trails and Parkhurst Ghost Town certainly ranks as one of the most unusual, exotic and interesting. Parkhurst was a little logging town perched on ...
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The short, scenic and easy hiking trail to Rainbow Falls is located just a short, half kilometre from the Rainbow Lake or Rainbow Trail trailhead. The trail begins by ascending into deep forest and the trail ...
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Brew Lake is beautiful mountain lake just a short drive south of Whistler and is relatively unknown and seldom hiked. Laying at the base of Mount Brew, Brew Lake lays in a massive alpine valley of enormous erratics.  ...
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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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