Sproatt Hike RatingMount 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 Mountain, you will see this quiet giant. Its unremarkable appearance hides the growing network of trails that stretch through some startlingly beautiful terrain.

  • Huge network of trails
  • Wild, hostile terrain rarely visited by humans
  • Connecting trails to Rainbow, Hanging & Madeley
  • No crowds & endless idyllic tarns to swim
  • Dozens of perfect spots for a tent
  • Vast terrain full of adventurous routes
  • Challenging and very rewarding
  • Easy to get lost in the vast alpine
  • No grand turquoise lakes like Wedge
  • Need a 4x4 to get close to the trailhead

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Next time you walk through Whistler Village and cross the pedestrian bridge with Village Gate Boulevard below you, you will see Mount Sproatt in the distance. It is the rocky giant, abruptly steep on one end and gently sloping on the other.  What you can't see from Whistler Village is the extraordinarily beautiful alpine paradise that lays beyond it. Lakes and tarns everywhere and fields of alpine flowers and wonderfully mangled, yet strikingly beautiful forests of krummholz.  Hostile looking fields of boulders and absurdly placed erratics the size of RV's. Beyond, of course, endless stunning view of distant, snowy mountains. From the towering elevation of most of the seemingly endless array of Mount Sproatt trails, you often look across or even down on distant mountains.  Rainbow Mountain looks incredible from much of the trail. Four teeth-like, jagged grey peaks in a row that face you from a side that most have never seen.  At just 5 kilometres away Rainbow looks enormous.  A couple kilometres closer you spot Hanging Lake and the Lord of the Rings style valley that stretches 2 kilometres from its shores to the abrupt cliffs at your feet. Several times along the trail you see the clearly defined ski runs on Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain and once in a while you can spot Alta Lake far below and Whistler Village beyond.

Mount Sproatt Map v23

Sproatt West Rainbow Mountain

There are a several ways to hike to the summit of Mount Sproatt, though two main routes stand out, Sproatt West and Sproatt East.  The Sproatt West (Northair) route starts way up in the Callaghan Valley past the old, abandoned Northair Mine.  An increasingly brutal 4x4 road extends past the old, abandoned gold mine for a couple kilometres before ending at the start of the first of many named trails on Sproatt, With a Twist.  With a Twist takes you up into the alpine along a beautiful and very scenic route through the expansive wilderness.  After 3.3 kilometres, With a Twist ends at a fork in the trail.  Right descends down the mountain towards Function Junction via the Into the Mystic trail.  The left fork keeps you in the alpine heading towards the summit of Mount Sproatt along the On the Rocks trail.  On the Rocks is 3.6 kilometres long and takes you through more magnificent alpine and past Tonic Peak(1803m).  On the Rocks ends at another trail fork.  Right leads down toward Function Junction on the Lord of the Squirrels trail.  The trail to the left continues on to the Mount Sproatt for 2.5 kilometrs to the summit viewpoint via the Happy Hour trail.  The summit viewpoint has a big viewing platform overlooking Whistler Valley.  The actual summit of Sproatt is about 600 metres back from the viewpoint and towers over the valley at 1834 metres.  Though the viewpoint is a few metres lower in elevation, its position is more steeply overlooking the valley and much nicer.

Sproatt View of Whistler Valley

The Sproatt West route is beautiful, scenic and wild, though a bit tricky to find as there are few signs along the way and the access road is steep and narrow.  Of course the difficulties in finding and getting to the trailhead ensures that Sproatt remains much quieter than the often crowded Garibaldi Park, Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain trails.  Sproatt also has a deficiency that is both a negative and a positive, depending on your point of view.  It doesn’t have a picturesque, emerald mountain lake like Joffre, Wedge or Garibaldi.  This keeps the crowds away, but takes away a clear destination or goal when hiking Sproatt.  You do have some great little lakes and tarns on Sproatt, but most are within Whistler watershed area and swimming or camping are not allowed.  The few lakes and tarns outside the watershed are still quite nice.  Sproatt Lake at the start of the hike is a beautiful little mountain lake.  The tarn a couple kilometres in is gorgeous, and though only a couple metres deep is a wonderful place to go for a swim.  Further along the trail you pass more cute little tarns and a great one at the start of Lord of the Squirrels.  Another nice one sits in between the summit of Sproatt and the Sproatt viewing platform overlooking the valley.

Sproatt West Tarn View

Camping is pretty impressive in the huge alpine of Sproatt, though you do have to keep out of the watershed boundary.  The Sproatt West route criss-crosses the boundary line for much of the route, so finding a place outside the watershed to put up a tent is quite easy.  Once you get near the summit of Sproatt you are well outside the boundary.  Beyond the viewing platform you can descend down and connect to the Sproatt East trail which is entirely outside the watershed and camping is both remote and spectacular.

Sproatt East Tent View

Finding a linear or circle route to hike on Sproatt is quite easy as well.  If you can get dropped off at Northair Mine you can hike all the way through to Whistler Village via the Sproatt East trail.  The Sproatt East trail connects down to the neighbourhood of Stonebridge, which connects to other trails leading to Alta Lake and on to Whistler Village.  Various circle routes can be made on Sproatt if you connect various trails, such as Pot of Gold to Hanging Lake and Rainbow Lake.  The Rainbow Lake trail descends down to Flank which cuts across the valley connecting to dozens of trails back up Sproatt.  If you are doing the popular linear route from the Sproatt West (Northair) trail to the viewpoint near the summit of Mount Sproatt you are looking at 20.6 kilometres roundtrip(12.8 miles).  From start to finish you will likely take somewhere in between 6 and 8 hours.  Overall the elevation gain is 534 metres though that is deceiving as you are almost constantly ascending and descending the numerous valleys and peaks of Sproatt.  You have to make sure to give yourself lots of time on Sproatt to hike as well as to get to the start of the trail near Northair Mine, which is 29 kilometres from Whistler Village, high up in the Callaghan Valley.

Sproatt Viewpoint from Below

Another great feature of Sproatt is its relative closeness to Whistler.  You can start or finish hiking Whistler Village, Rainbow Park, Function Junction, Alpine, Alpha Lake, Nita Lake or even the gravel pit at the end of Lorimer Road.  Flank which connects to everything on Sproatt is linked by dozens of trails and gravel roads.  Northair Mine near the start of the Sproatt West route is along the Flank trail, though Flank is a gravel road at this point.  The highlights of Sproatt are the vast alpine wilderness, the valleys of wildflowers, the challenging, yet beautiful terrain, the relative solitude, the expansive trail network, the ability to camp almost anywhere and the astoundingly varied terrain that keeps you guessing as to what is around the next bend.

Sproatt West Flowers

Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the Sproatt West route as it straddles Whistler’s watershed all along the route.  Another drawback of is the somewhat short season to access it due to snow.  The Sproatt West (Northair) side is inaccessible due to snow from November to April, and the trails are often snow covered in October, May and June.  One final possible drawback to hiking on Sproatt is that in late summer in the last few years there have been trail closures due to grizzly bear sightings.  As soon as someone reports seeing one, or thinking they have, the trail closure signs go up for a couple weeks.  Grizzly bear sightings seem to all be roughly in the Hanging Lake area which is why the Rainbow Trail to Rainbow Lake is often closed in the fall, due to it being the main trailhead that links to Hanging Lake.  The hiking trails in Whistler and Garibaldi Park rarely report grizzly bear sightings, but Sproatt gets them every year now.  Whistler Olympic Park, just down from Northair Mine at the far side of Sproatt also gets sightings about once a year now.

Mount Sproatt Hiking Trails Map

Mount Sproatt Hiking Trails MapThe Sproatt West trailhead is found high up in the Callaghan Valley about two kilometres past Northair Mine.  From the paved Callaghan Valley Road, you turn right onto Callaghan Creek FSR.  For a couple kilometres the road is pretty good, though there are plenty of big potholes.  After 2km the gravel road bends sharply left and gets steep and narrow, with the occasional waterbar.  Most vehicles should be able to make it to Northair Mine, though having a 4x4 makes it a lot easier and faster.  From Northair Mine you have another 2km of much more challenging driving.  The steep gravel road narrows quite a bit and the waterbars get deeper.  The road gets increasingly more narrow as you go and there are some inviting clearings to pull off the road and continue hiking.  If you do manage to make it all the way there are a couple big, grassy clearings to park and even camp.  Not a bad place to camp as the views over the valley facing north west are sensational.  This unmarked spot overlooking the valley is more or less the start of the Sproatt West trail.  You pass an old, falling down map board as you hike up the gravel trail which bends into the forest ascending up Sproatt.

Sproatt Detailed Map v5

Sproatt West Trail Stats:

Driving There: 45-60 minutes south of Whistler Village(29 kilometres/18 miles)  Hiking Distance: 10.3 kilometres/6.4 miles, one way from the trailhead to Sproatt summit.  Hiking Time: 3-4 hours there and 3-4 hours back.  Start Elevation: 1300 metres/4265 feet.  End Elevation: 1834 metres/6017 feet.   Elevation Gain: 534 metres/1751 feet.  Fees: None  Campsites: No  Camping Allowed: Yes  Difficulty: Challenging, steep alpine terrain  Kid Friendly: Yes, though too long for some  Stroller Friendly: No  Dog Friendly: No

The Sproatt West Trail

If you managed to drive all the way to the clearing overlooking the valley, you hike about 900 metres with an elevation gain of 130 metres before merging onto With a Twist.

With a Twist 3.3km with elevation gain 215 metres(282m climb and -67m descent). 

On the Rocks is 3.6km with more gradual ascents and descents with 53 metres elevation gain overall. 

Happy Hour is 2.5km with lots of ascents 193m and descents -----113m, overall elevation gain of 80 metres.

History of Mount Sproatt

Sproatt West HistoryLittle is known about who named Mount Sproatt or who it is named after.  It is thought that it was named after someone as the surname ‘Sproatt’ was a common surname at the time.  Naming convention for a mountain named after someone is to use ‘Mount’ before the person’s name, otherwise it would be Sproatt Mountain.  Whistler has quite an interesting and detailed recorded history in which name origins are well known and the few inhabitants in the region a century ago are also fairly well documented.  The unknown origin of Sproatt seems a little unusual.  Interestingly, the earliest known written reference to Sproatt comes from the 1917 BC Mines Report which identifies a mining claim on “Sproat Mountain”.  The other early reference to Sproatt that is also cited by the BC Geographical Names database is the original 1928 topographical map of Garibaldi Park which has it shown as “Sproatt Mt”.  Locals in Whistler seem to always refer to it as Sproatt Mountain, which may be due to the way it feels more natural to say than the slightly awkward ‘Mount Sproatt’.  These points would seem to be irrelevant however, considering that ‘sproatt’ is not a word in the English language anyway… but it actually is a word, though somewhat of an obscure word, ‘sproat’.  Sproat is a noun, defined as: A type of fish hook with a wide and slightly flattened bend, short front, and the point set well inwards.  Named after the inventor, W.H. Sproat.  With the first known printed reference in 1917 of “Sproat Mountain”, it is reasonable to assume that it was named in the years just prior to that year.  In 1914 Rainbow Lodge was built at Alta Lake and it was largely marketed as a destination for fishing.  Which is a possible link to the fishing reference, though why would you name a mountain after a fish hook?  There is an interesting similarity to the shape of Sproatt to a sproat hook, which increasingly looks more obvious the more you look at it.  If you were to trace a sproatt hook onto a map it covers the steep approaches to Sproatt and the open part of the hook is where the old trails went up the mountain from Alpha and Nita lakes.  Maybe It is wildly speculative, however you can imagine early settlers like Harry Horstman describing his various routes up to his cabin on Sproatt from his land near Alpha Lake.  He might have described the mountains steep sides forming a sproat shape curving around the east, north and west sides, with the more gradual access coming from the south and bending east in the alpine.  In the early 1900’s using a hook shaped reference when explaining how to approach a mountain may have been a good way to explain it.  The origin of Sproatt’s name may eventually be revealed as the Whistler Museum continuously adds to its marvellous collection by donations and maybe one day we will hear of an account of how it was named.

Harry Horstman is the name most associated with the history of Mount Sproatt.  He arrived from Kansas in the area around in 1912 and acquired some land at the south and north ends of Alpha Lake and grew vegetables and farmed chickens.  He apparently dreamed of striking it rich by finding gold or a rich vein of copper on Mount Sproatt and dug several tunnels into the mountain in his search.  An eccentric and reclusive character he is fondly remembered in Whistler in part because of the numerous excellent photos of him.  The grainy, black and white photos are strikingly candid glimpses of him in front of his cabin on Sproatt, or at Rainbow Lodge, or various other interesting places in Whistler.  Each photo takes you back to the moment it was taken in a way that a posed for photo never can.  He spent decades hiking between his farm on Alpha Lake and to his cabin on Sproatt until health declined in the late 1930’s.  He eventually moved to an old age home in Kamloops and died there in 1946 at age 75.  Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain is named after him.

Geology of Mount Sproatt

Geology of SproattHiking on Mount Sproatt you encounter many remnants of the massive glacier that filled the valley thousands of years ago.  On a mountain that is largely covered in forest, scree slopes and boulder fields, you occasionally come across areas of smooth bedrock.  Ground and gouged by centuries of glaciers pushing through the valley.  Along the Flank Trail you encounter a particularly impressive area of scoured rock along A Rockwork Orange.  This popular bike trail takes you up an over dramatically abrupt and steep rock faces with beautifully gouged shapes to them.  The trail, on a sunny day, is a stunning place to relax in with its panoramic view of Alta Lake and Wedge, Blackcomb and Whistler mountains across the valley.

 

Camping Along the Sproatt West Trail

Camping Mount SproattThere are dozens of amazing places to put up a tent along the vast Mount Sproatt trail network, though none are marked or maintained.  Sproatt is the wonderfully wild alpine side of Whistler Valley, so you simply spot an amazing cliff outcrop, serene tarn, or majestic alpine lake, and set up your tent.  One thing to keep in mind, however, is that much of the Sproatt West trail straddles the border of Whistler's water supply and camping is not allowed in the watershed area.  There are mapboards that show the watershed areas, but an easy way to understand where you can and can't camp is by looking at the flow of water where you want to camp.  If the streams and lakes around you flow toward Rainbow Lake and Twentyone Mile Creek, then you can't camp.  The dividing line is the ridge that runs from Mount Sproatt to Tonic Peak, then bends north to Gin Peak.  Rainbow Lake and Twentyone Mile Creek are north and east of this ridge, so camping is OK, west and south of this.  The entire trail from Function Junction to the alpine is good for camping and there are endless beautiful, rock outcrops/cliffs to camp, though water is often not convenient.

Mount Sproatt HutThere is an alpine hut near the start of the Sproatt West trail.  It is owned by Canadian Wilderness Adventures as their snowmobile hut.  Canadian has a tenure in the area to run snowmobile tours here in the winter.  There is a lock on the door, however it has an amazing view of the valley below and Sproatt Lake, and stopping there for lunch on their sundeck is very scenic.  Out of courtesy to Canadian Wilderness Adventures, you should not disturb anything of theirs.  There is a nice trail from the hut to Sproatt Lake that you will see from the hut's sundeck.  It descends down the valley and only takes about 8 minutes to the lake.  The hut is located just past a trail junction and large clearing where you will see a large mapboard and atv tracks through the mud and grass.  The trail to Mount Sproatt branches off to the right just before this clearing and the hut is straight past the clearing and mapboard.

Facilities on Sproatt

Sproatt ViewpointMount Sproatt is wonderfully wild and almost entirely devoid of human made structures.  There is the very nice viewing platform overlooking the valley just down from the summit of Sproatt.  For most hiking, biking or skiing on Sproatt this is the destination instead of the actual summit, several metres above and behind the viewpoint.  From the Sproatt West trailhead the viewing platform is 10.3 kilometres(6.4 miles).

 

Restrictions and Concerns for the Sproatt West Trail

Campfires Prohibited on SproattMount Sproatt Dogs ProhibitedMany Whistler area hiking trails are not dog friendly, and unfortunately the Sproatt West trail goes through Whistler’s watershed and therefore prohibits dogs.  Many of Mount Sproatt's creeks flow into Whistler's water supply and dogs are strictly forbidden anywhere close to water sources.  Dogs also pose an increasingly possibility of encountering grizzly bears on Sproatt.  Grizzly bear sightings on the Mount Sproatt side of the valley have increased over the past few summers.  For the foreseeable future, it seems, encounters with grizzly bears on Mount Sproatt will be not as rare as previous years.  Dog encounters with bears is well-known to drastically increase the chance of provoking a bear to sudden bursts of unpredictability.  Campfires are also prohibited on Mount Sproatt due to the significant risk of wildfires in BC.  Camping is allowed as much of Mount Sproatt is on Crown Land, however definitely not on the watershed side of the mountain. 

Wildlife on Mount Sproatt

Wildlife on SproattBlack bears roam around on Sproatt and in recent years there have been the occasional grizzly bear sighting in late summer and early fall.  This tends to happen on the west side of Sproatt and around Hanging Lake, which is northwest of Rainbow Lake.  The sightings tend to cause a panic and signs go up at some trailheads preventing access due to grizzly bear in area.  The nearby Rainbow Trail to Rainbow Lake is the main access trail to Hanging Lake tends to be one of the main trail temporary closures every year.

 

Getting to the Sproatt West Trailhead

Driving Icon Sproatt WestIf you have a 4x4 and don't mind some adventurous logging roads then you should use the Sproatt West (Northair Mine) trailhead for Sproatt is a great choice. This end of the trail is spectacular right from the start and the logging road to access it is pretty scenic well. The logging road gives you almost constant views looking down over the Callaghan Valley and the hiking trail from this end opens up to the alpine much faster than the other trails for Sproatt Depending on how close you park to the trailhead, you could be in the alpine in as little as 30 minutes.  Unfortunately it requires a very capable 4x4 and brave driver to get to the trailhead.  You can however, get reasonably close to the trailhead by parking a kilometre or two past Northair Mine which gets you about 30-45 minutes to the trailhead and another 30 minutes to the alpine. To get to the Sproatt West (Northair Mine) requires some 4x4 driving and some tricky navigating.  You may be able to drive to Northair Mine without a 4x4 as you occasionally see a car parked there, there are a couple deep washouts 2 kilometres before the mine.  These washouts are no problem for an average 4x4, but a car would likely have some difficulty.  Northair Mine is located way up in the beautiful Callaghan Valley.  From Whistler Village, drive south on the Sea to Sky Highway for 13.8 kilometres and turn right onto Callaghan Valley Road.  Drive up into the Callaghan Valley for 7.6 kilometres and just after you cross the bridge over Callaghan Creek turn right onto the Callaghan Creek forest service road.  The gravel road is pretty good for the first couple kilometres until you make a sharp left turn and the road deteriorates quickly.  Still manageable by most vehicles, however there are a couple very deep waterbars that might surprise you.

Northair and Sproatt Directions Map v8

Also, the Sproatt East trailhead to the is almost 4 kilometres past the turnoff to Northair Mine and the old FSR road quickly becomes narrow, steep and plenty of boulder sections.  There are several good places along the way to pull out, park, or turn around and surprisingly, there are only a few mild washouts.  A good idea if you are not keen on difficult 4x4 roads is to either park at Northair Mine and walk, or drive the first kilometre and park at one of the clearings along the route.  The worst part of the road between Northair Mine and the trailhead is about 1.6k to 2.2k where it becomes quite narrow, steep and the boulders and ruts are big and deep.  Past this section the road becomes surprisingly good for the remaining 2k until nearer the trailhead.  Keep in mind that there are no trailhead signs except a large mapboard sign for the Sproatt Valley.  It is huge and hard to miss, despite falling over and sliding into a gully.

Sproatt West Trailhead Map v6

Northair Mine is a surreal little world of colourful murals on abandoned cement foundations, surrounded by an astoundingly tranquil little lake in a secluded forest.  Just a short logging road off of the Callaghan Valley Road takes you to this unusual little abandoned mine.  You would have driven by the turnoff if you have been to Whistler Olympic Park or Alexander Falls, both of which are just a couple kilometres away.  Northair Mine gets its name from the Vancouver based mining company the Northair Group.  The mine was in production from 1976 and extracted 5 tons of gold before being abandoned in 1982. Today it is a bizarre little world in the mountains that has become an incredible place to escape the world and camp out under the stars.  Northair Mine is tricky to find and even when you near it, the turnoff is not obvious.  The access road takes you high into the mountains and is only free of snow in May most years.  In 2016, for example, the snow melted enough for vehicle access during the first week in May.  Driving to Northair Mine is along a bumpy, potholed, old logging road drivable by most vehicles, though at least one deep washout may give even SUV's some difficulty.  Once Northair Mine comes into view it is quite a sight.  The area that surrounds the old ruins is unexpectedly huge.  About 2 kilometres long, edged by a cliff on one side and a beautiful lake on the other.

 

 More Hiking Around Sproatt

There are several hiking trails and sights to see around the Sproatt Alpine Trail.  The Rainbow Trail to Rainbow Falls and Rainbow Lake can be found further along the Flank Trail near Rainbow Park in Whistler.  The Madeley Lake trail runs over the top of the Sproatt Alpine Trail and connects Madeley Lake to Hanging Lake and then to Rainbow Lake.  Hanging Lake can be reached by and unmarked, though fairly easy alpine route off of the Sproatt Alpine Trail.  Northair Mine near the Callaghan Valley end of the trail is a surreal little world in the mountains.  There are cement foundations adorned with graffiti, two lakes and all sorts of curiosities to explore.  Northair Mine is a great place to camp if you can manage to get your vehicle past the washouts on the bad forest service road to it.  Alexander Falls, one of Whistler's most amazing waterfalls to see is easy to drive to, without a 4x4.  The Callaghan Valley has several other great places to hike. Callaghan Lake Provincial Park has some short trails at this beautiful lake as well as free campsites.  Cirque Lake is a challenging, though short trail that begins at the far end of Callaghan Lake.  The Ring Lake & Conflict Lake trail also starts from near Callaghan Lake Provincial Park.

Alexander Falls - Sights Near Sproatt

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 located just before Whistler Olympic Park where several of the 2010 Olympic events were held. There is a nice viewing platform on the edge of the cliff across from the falls which crash fantastically into the valley below.  The parking area and viewing platform at Alexander Falls is one big area just 40 metres from the main road, just before Whistler Olympic Park.  The adventurous can find the obscure trail that leads to both the top of the falls as well as, with great difficulty, to the base of the falls.  Alexander Falls is certainly one of the nicest spots for a picnic in Whistler.  The picnic areas are numerous, the surrounding forest is gorgeous and wild and Alexander Falls crashes loud and beautiful in the background.  Continued here...

Alexander Falls Best Whistler Hiking

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Madeley Lake - Hikes Near Sproatt

Madeley Lake is a beautiful, remote mountain lake hidden high up in the Callaghan Valley.  From Whistler Village expect to take 40 minutes to drive there.  You can drive directly to the lake, however the access road is pretty bad with deep waterbars.  An average 4x4 can make it quite easily, though most cars with have great difficulty driving over the numerous deep water cut gouges in the road.  Located near Alexander Falls, Madeley Lake is close to several beautiful places.  This is an amazing place to camp.  If looking for solitude at a paradise, mountain lake, Madeley Lake is hard to beat. Though somewhat popular with fishing, you are still likely to rarely see anyone at the lake in the summer and never in the fall.  Once in a while you will see a car or two at the trailhead to Hanging Lake.  If you have a canoe, Madeley Lake is a great place to paddle around or just float in the sun.  Continued here...

Madeley Lake Tent View

Madeley Lake Large Map v6

Rainbow Lake - Hikes Near Sproatt

The Rainbow Trail is a convenient and popular trail near Whistler Village that takes you to Rainbow Lake as well as the Rainbow-Sproatt Flank Trail, Rainbow Falls, Hanging Lake, Madeley Lake, Beverley Lake, Rainbow Mountain... and even Whistler Olympic Park if you are determined.  It is a consistently uphill and very beautiful trail with several water (bridge) crossings and waterfalls on the way to the picture-perfect lake.  There are a few views of the valley across to Whistler Mountain, Blackcomb Mountain, and Wedge Mountain.  Few views, though fantastic.  Rainbow Lake itself is in a gorgeous alpine valley with branching trails that extend further beyond the lake in at least three directions.  Along with the waterfalls, bridge crossings and valley views, the Rainbow Trail passes through deep forest with some impressively huge trees.  Continued here...

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Two Fantastic Books About BC Hiking!

Scrambles in SW BCA Passion for MountainsHere are two excellent books on hiking and geology of British Columbia.  Matt Gunn's Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia includes the various routes to the summit of Wedge Mountain as well as summit routes to the neighbouring peaks, Weart, Cook, Parkhurst and Rethel.  Mount Weart is the second highest mountain in Garibaldi Park and is located just north of Wedge Mountain, separated by the Wedge-Weart Col.  Published in 2005, Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia is still the best guide in print or online.  A Passion for Mountains by Kathryn Bridge is a fascinating look at Don and Phyllis Munday's prolific exploration of the mountains in BC.  Based out of Vancouver, they were dominant figures of the climbing community in the early 1900's.  In 1923 they visited their friend Neal Carter in Alta Lake(Whistler) and explored the mountains around the valley.. many for the first time!

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Blackcomb Mountain holds an impressive and ever growing array of hiking trails. From the moment you arrive at the Rendezvous Lodge, you see hiking trails ascend into the distance. The Rendezvous Lodge is ...
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Cheakamus River is a beautiful, crashing, turquoise coloured river that flows from Cheakamus Lake, through Whistler Interpretive Forest at Cheakamus Crossing, then down past Brandywine Falls to Daisy Lake.  ...
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Ancient Cedars is a nice, easy/moderate 2.5 kilometre (1.6 mile) hiking trail on the far side of Cougar Mountain, just 13.1 kilometres north of Whistler Village. A small, untouched grove of huge western ...
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Jane Lakes are a very remote feeling set of lakes in the beautiful wilderness near Cheakamus Crossing.  Consisting of three lakes, West Jane Lake, East Jane Lake and Little Jane Lake, they have a great ...
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