Whistler Train Wreck - Prism Mural

Hike in Whistler Blog: May 16th, 2019: The Prism mural can be found perched at the edge of Cheakamus River near the Whistler Train Wreck suspension bridge.  After you cross the bridge and approach Whistler Train Wreck you see an information board and the first two wrecked and marvellously painted boxcars.  The one on the left has the beautiful Hidden Agenda mural painted inside, painted by Kris Kupskay(aka: Kups) in 2011.  On the boxcar on the right, and on other side you will find the beautiful mural of a cartoonish character staring at a prism.  The masked creature with horns is surrounded by bright, blue graffiti style lettering.

Whistler Train Wreck - The Prism

The Prism mural is one of the original murals from 2011 that still remains intact.  Whistler Train Wreck went from a curiously interesting, old train wreck site, to a brilliant collection of stunning murals during that one summer night in 2011.  Whistler Train Wreck - The Prism Mural continued here...

Whistler Interpretive Forest Trailhead

Hike in Whistler News and BlogHike in Whistler News: May 14th, 2019: The Whistler Interpretive Forest trailhead parking area is almost finished its big redesign.  A nice retaining wall, outhouses, picnic tables and nice picnic area.  Last fall large mapboards were installed to replace the old, outdated one.  Now there are excellent and huge maps of the area's hiking trails and all sorts of useful information.  The Whistler Interpretive Forest trailhead parking is the base to many hiking and biking trails in the area.  The Whistler Interpretive Forest trails emanate from the parking lot.  The Sea to Sky Trail runs along the edge here as well.  The Sproatt-Flank trail across the highway in Function Junction uses this parking lot as well. 

Whistler Interpretive Forest Reno

The finishing touches are going in this week and the new Whistler Interpretive Forest trailhead parking lot renovation should be finished next week.  More info for Cheakamus River and Whistler Interpretive Forest...

Whistler Train Wreck - Greatness Mural

Hike in Whistler Blog: May 10th, 2019: Whistler Train Wreck is home to several stunning murals painted on the old wrecked boxcars.  Mixed with graffiti art, some of murals stand out from the rest.  In 2014 a beautiful mural was painted at Whistler Train Wreck in an unmistakably Salish style.  A killer whale stretches in an abrupt arc with other surreal looking animal faces meshed along the body.  Framed by a pink border and a large, golden sun-like disk behind, the brightly designed mural stands out sharply against the mess of graffiti covering the rest of the boxcar.

Whistler Train Wreck Greatness Car

At one end of the boxcar a small, stencilled square of writing: "If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission." This beautiful mural, signed by the Kups in 2014 is one of several of Kris Kupskay's(aka: Kups) beautiful murals that make, or made Whistler Train Wreck an amazing place to visit.  Whistler Train Wreck - Greatness Mural by Kups continued here...

Cheakamus Lake Access Blocked Until "Spring 2019"

Hike in Whistler News and BlogHike in Whistler News: May 9th, 2019: The access road to the Cheakamus Lake trailhead is currently blocked by logging vehicles with an annoyingly vague date for completion.  The sign reads: "Do not proceed past this point.  Active logging is occurring ahead.  Logging trucks and equipment are using the road.  The Cheakamus Lake Forest Service Road is closed until spring 2019 as the Cheakamus Community Forest conducts fuel-thinning activities to decrease the risk of wildfires.  Rehabilitation work will be done in the spring to ensure all trails are available for public.  The Farside trail will remain open up to the MacLaurin Crossing suspension bridge.  There is no trail access beyond."  There is no indication of when they might be finished, but it appears they are far from finished.  Driving up early in the morning or late in the evening likely won't work as they will park their construction vehicles to block the road.  Today they were hacking away at the forest about two kilometres from sign pictured below.

Cheakamus Lake Road Access Closed

As this construction will probably drag on for weeks, there is a good alternative(if you are adventurous) to get to Cheakamus Lake.  The Westside Main forest service road runs along the opposite side of Cheakamus River and takes you almost the same distance along the river.  This is the same road that you use to get to Logger's Lake.  If you keep driving past Logger's Lake you will come to the dead end at the big yellow(locked) gate to the Black Tusk microwave tower road.  Running almost parallel to this road, on the left you will see a deactivated forest service road.  You should park in the large area at the start of this road and not try to drive down it. This old road runs along Cheakamus River until it ends at Helm Creek.  If you can manage to get across Helm Creek you will connect onto the Helm Creek trail, which after just a couple hundred metres reaches the Helm Creek bridge over Cheakamus River.  This trail connects to the Cheakamus Lake trail 1.5 kilometres from the trailhead.

Westside Road Access to Cheakamus Lake

Pictured above on May 9th, 2019 is the start of the deactivated forest service road on the left and the locked yellow gate to the Black Tusk microwave tower on the right.  There is a large unmarked parking area here so you don't have to worry about blocking either road.  Keep in mind that you may be wasting your time hiking this way if you are unable to cross Helm Creek, which of course does not have a bridge.  You will have to get wet crossing it and do so at your own risk as water levels vary dramatically.

Whistler Train Wreck - Kups Mic Man

Hike in Whistler Blog: May 8th, 2019: After crossing the bridge to Whistler Train Wreck you come to the Hidden Agenda car and sloping down to the edge overlooking Cheakamus River is the Prism Car.  The next wrecked boxcar you come to is the Mic Man car.  This train wreck turned canvas is the most painted car in all of Whistler Train Wreck.  It first came to life with brilliant colour back in 2011, when Kris Kupskay(aka: Kups) painted a brilliantly surreal, cartoonish mural of a zombie-like man singing into a microphone.  He is wearing a mask over his head like an old school wrestler from the 70's would have worn.  On the forehead of the mask it appears to be a Canadian flag.  His zombie-like sideways stare can be seen through the eye holes and mouth/nose hole. 

2011 Whistler Train Wreck Mic Man

The mural covers the entire side of the train car and it seems likely that most or all of it was done by Kups.  No obvious "Kups" signature could be spotted, however along the end of the very mangled boxcar the mural seems to continue and there the Kups signature was located.  Whistler Train Wreck - Mic Man continued here...

Whistler Train Wreck - Kups Zombie

Hike in Whistler Blog: May 5th, 2019: The summer of 2011 was the time when some local Whistler artists ventured into the wilderness between the crashing Cheakamus River and train tracks that cut through the middle of Whistler.  Of the marvellous works of art that were painted that summer, Kris Kupskay(aka: Kups) has the most impressive and long lasting murals in Whistler Train Wreck.  One bizarre and beautiful mural hides further out from the other wrecked train cars.  Walking into the woods for about 5 minutes brings you to the stunning Kups Zombie.  This large, colourful mural covers half the side of one of the old train wrecks and stretches from bottom to top.  Painted by Kris Kupskay in 2011 during the Train Wreck Paint Jam organized by another local legend in Whistler, Chili Thom.  Several murals created at the Paint Jam in 2011 were gorgeous.

Whistler Train Wreck Kups Zombie

Brilliantly coloured and surreal in such an unusual, tranquil and hidden forest with seven mangled train boxcars scattered.  Whistler Train Wreck went from a curiously interesting, old train wreck site, to a brilliant collection of stunning murals during that one summer night in 2011.  Whistler Train Wreck - Kups Zombie continued here...

Whistler Train Wreck - Hidden

Hike in Whistler Blog: May 3rd, 2019: The beautiful murals that make Whistler Train Wreck the magical place it is today, began appearing in 2011.  Artists ranging from aspiring graffiti artists that mostly remain unnamed, to tremendously gifted professional mural artists like Kris KupskayKris Kupskay(aka: Kups) is a prolific mural artist with stunning works that can be seen all over Whistler and the lower mainland.  One of his hauntingly beautiful murals can be found inside the first boxcar you come to after crossing the bridge into Whistler Train Wreck.  Though most of the murals at Whistler Train Wreck are big, bright and hard to miss, others are not so easy to spot.. yet stunningly beautiful.  On the outside of the Hidden Agenda car, on the end facing away from the river you will find a strange, usually brightly coloured metal wheel attached to the car.  As the car is laying on its side, the wheel would have been at the top of a ladder and must have been used to open and close something.  The ladder is also still there, mangled, horizontal and usually brightly coloured similar to the wheel.  Around the same time Kups was painting the Hidden Agenda mural, another marvellous work of art was created in this unlikely spot.  Easy to miss, the Hidden mural covered more than half of the outside end of the boxcar.

The Hidden Ladies Mural

What makes the Hidden mural so impressive is not just the intricate texture and seemingly chaotic colouring, but the fact that the corrugated metal of the 'canvas' was incorporated into it.  The arm of the figure in the centre runs along the deep bend in the metal and continues into the shadow that defines the legs.  We haven't figured out the artist behind this mesmerizing mural, but we're working on it.  Sadly this extraordinary work of art didn't last long before being covered by a pointless and random collage of junk graffiti.  Whistler Train Wreck - Hidden continued here...

Whistler Train Wreck - The Hidden Agenda

Hike in Whistler Blog: April 29th, 2019: Back in 2011 a group of Whistler artists met at Whistler Train Wreck and transformed it from a bland array of wrecked train cars into a stunning, surreal art exhibit.  The seven mangled train wrecks lay scattered in the forest along Cheakamus River for decades, before being brought to life by talented Whistler mural artists.  The Train Wreck Paint Jam, an all day, all night graffiti artist party organized by Chili Thom and Kris KupskayChili Thom, who recently passed away in 2016, was a cherished local artist with over 400 stunning paintings of Whistler and British Columbia landscapes.  Kris Kupskay(aka: Kups) is an insanely gifted mural artist with startlingly beautiful works just about everywhere you look in Whistler.  Many of the most stunning paintings in Whistler Train Wreck are Kups creations.

The Hidden Agenda by Kups

The first train wreck you come across after you cross the bridge over Cheakamus River has The Hidden Agenda mural inside.  This enormous mural from floor to ceiling of an old man with a flowing white beard stretching out to the words, the hidden agenda...  Whistler Train Wreck - The Hidden Agenda continued here...

Rubble Creek Trailhead Park Open

Hike in Whistler Blog: April 8th, 2019: The Rubble Creek trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park is finally accessible by car.  The snow buried access road is mostly free of snow.  Just a few short patches of snow that most cars shouldn't have a problem getting past.  The top parking area is currently closed and under construction.  Piles of cut trees are stacked up in the parking lot and the large trailhead information board has been cut down and lays partway down the parking lot on its side.  Looks like a war zone while construction crews expand the upper parking lot and reconfigure Garibaldi Park's most popular trailhead.  The Rubble Creek trailhead is the main access point for many of the best hikes and sights in Garibaldi Provincial ParkRubble Creek is located midway between Whistler and Squamish, just 2 kilometres from the Sea to Sky Highway.  The name Rubble Creek is evidently quite appropriate when you reach the parking lot and see the remnants of what must have been a terrific rock slide not that long ago.

Rubble Creek Trailhead Construction April 2019

Giant boulders fill the river and river valley that sharply ascends up the valley toward The Barrier and Garibaldi LakeThe Barrier is a magnificently abrupt and unstable rock formation that holds back Lesser Garibaldi Lake and just two kilometres further, Garibaldi LakeRubble Creek Trailhead Open continued here...

Callaghan Valley Plane Crash

Hike in Whistler Blog: September 20th, 2018: Alexander Falls, high up in the Callaghan Valley in Whistler has some interesting historical murals and a mysterious plaque. The information board with as short history of the areas surrounding the falls, complete with museum-like pictures of the regions logging history. One depicts, "A Land of Giants" and describes, with photos, how incredibly huge trees were cut down and moved. One picture from 1910, shows 10 men sitting on an enormous, felled tree and looking tiny by comparison.  The depiction goes on to show how First Nations people felled trees as long as 8000 years ago. The history of logging continues to present day logging practices in British Columbia and around Whistler are depicted in another nice museum-like mural on BC's "Green Advantage" and sustainable future. The drive to Alexander Falls is very nice. As soon as you turn off from the Sea to Sky Highway into the Callaghan Valley you ascend quickly into the mountains. Bears along the roadside are frequently seen as they seem to have a particular fondness for the fields of grass that grow in the sunny meadows that surround this recently constructed, paved road.  On the viewing platform there is a memorial plaque that reads: "In Memory of F/O Gerald S. Stubbs and F/O James E. Miller. Members of 409 Squadron who perished in this area on 22 March 1956."

Callaghan Plane Crash near Alexander Falls

This memorial refers to a mysterious plane crash of a Canadian fighter plane who's occupants have never been found. For several years it was thought that the plane went down in the Pacific as it was flying over from Vancouver Island on a routine training flight in a T-33 Silver Star. Indeed, the search took place over an area 32 kilometres northeast of Comox(Vancouver Island). A considerable distance from where you are at Alexander Falls. The search eventually wrapped up with the assumption that the plane went down in the ocean.  Callaghan Plane Crash continued here...

April 29th, 2019: Back in 2011 a group of Whistler artists met at Whistler Train Wreck and transformed it from a bland array of wrecked train cars into a ...
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May 16th, 2019: The Prism mural can be found perched at the edge of Cheakamus River near the Whistler Train Wreck suspension bridge.  After you cross the ...
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May 8th, 2019: After crossing the bridge to Whistler Train Wreck you come to the Hidden Agenda car and sloping down to the edge overlooking Cheakamus River ...
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May 5th, 2019: The summer of 2011 was the time when some local Whistler artists ventured into the wilderness between the crashing Cheakamus River and ...
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October 20th, 2018: A little knowledge before you head out into the wilderness is a good idea.  Especially if you are new to hiking or in unknown terrain.  ...
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October 21th, 2018: Pack smart by putting heavier items close to your back and higher up your pack.  Be organised and think of keeping important things ...
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April 8th, 2019: The Rubble Creek trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park is finally accessible by car.  The snow buried access road is mostly free of snow.  ...
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May 10th, 2019: Whistler Train Wreck is home to several stunning murals painted on the old wrecked boxcars.  Mixed with graffiti art, some of murals stand ...
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June is a pretty amazing month to hike in Whistler.  The average low and high temperatures in Whistler range from 9c to 21c(48f/70f).  The summer tourist ...
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