With summer in full swing and August just around the corner, it’s time to add some hikes to your summer to-do list.
If you’re searching for jaw-dropping views and epic adventures, look no further than Whistler Blackcomb. Located just two hours north of Vancouver, these two mountains provide launching points for over 50 kilometres of the world’s best alpine hiking.
Suitable for hikers of all experience levels, these trails overlook several ancient volcanos, glaciers, and tarns (alpine lakes). Experience these breathtaking views and snap some insane pictures by catching a gondola or open-air chairlift from Whistler Village to the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.
The great thing is that your ticket or unlimited 360 Pass includes the entire PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience—that means you have access to on-mountain dining, alpine orientation tours, and all open-air chairlifts.
1. High Note Trail
This 9.4 kilometre (5.8 mile) trail is regarded as one of the world’s premier alpine hiking destinations. With views of Black Tusk (an ancient dormant volcano) and Cheakamus Lake, High Note trail is a must-do for those who like intermediate to advanced hikes with a gradual gain in elevation. Tips: The trail starts at the top of Whistler Mountain and wraps around the backside (approximately four hours roundtrip). There are options to extend or shorten the route by taking either Singing Pass into Garibaldi Provincial Park or Half Note Trail, respectively.
2. Top of the World Summit (Whistler Mountain)
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With the iconic Inukshuk in the foreground and sweeping landscapes as the backdrop, your efforts are most certainly rewarded once you reach the Top of the World Summit on Whistler Mountain. The open-air chairlift (Peak Express) takes you above walls of shale and ice before delivering you to a gateway of trails. Tips: The most popular hike from here is the 1.6 kilometre (1 mile) Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk. With a 60 minute completion time, the interpretive walk is a great choice for those who have limited time or just want to enjoy the scenery. Incredible views and alpine wildlife are guaranteed!
3. Decker Loop (Blackcomb Mountain)
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Although it is considered one of the more difficult routes on Blackcomb Mountain, Decker Loop is one of the most highly regarded. This world-class 1.8 kilometre (1.1 mile) trail is unlike any you’ve ever seen before. As hikers traverse the mountain, they are greeted by views of the ancient Overlord Glacier, Decker Tarn, and Garibaldi Provincial Park. Tips: Follow Overlord Trail (3.7 kilometres one way) to gain access to the Decker Loop. This trail is known for its steep inclines and declines over narrow trails. Hiking footwear and poles are recommended. For an extended hike and even more outstanding views, try taking the Lakeside Loop to Blackcomb Lake – you won’t regret it!
4. Horstman Hunt [Blackcomb Mountain]
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Located on Blackcomb Mountain via the 7th Heaven Express, Horstman Hut is a great place to grab a bite to eat and admire the beautiful Blackcomb Glacier. With a selection of easy and moderate trails close by, hikers can trek through old-growth forest and soak up views of the historic Spearhead Traverse (four different glacial peaks included!). Although the 7th Heaven Express and Horstman Hut close on July 26, all hikes can still be accessed without the help of the 7th Heaven Express chair. Tips: Until July 26, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the ski and snowboard camps that operate out of the Blackcomb Glacier. Who knows, these athletes may be the next Olympic Gold Medalists!
5. Alpine Walk [Blackcomb Mountain]
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This gentle hike takes visitors through sub-alpine forests and provides ample photo opportunities. The trail (a 1.6 kilometre loop) overlooks the Fitzsimmons Valley – a collection of mountains known for their outstanding beauty and majestic summits. The Alpine Walk can be reached via the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola or the Solar Coaster Express, and includes storyboards along the path designed to share the history of the area with hikers.
Tips: The Alpine Walk route takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. If you’re looking for a new challenge, try the “timed hike” option at the beginning of the trail. All you need to do is swipe your 360 Pass by the RFID gates at the trail head.
There’s nothing quite like an alpine summer, and these views will certainly not disappoint. For more stunning views from Whistler Blackcomb, search #360ofWB on Instagram and Facebook.