Adara Insider: Exploring Whistler by Bike
Posted: Tuesday, August 05, 2014
More famously known for the Whistler Mountin Bike Park, Whistler delivers much more than gnarly steep decents for hardcore mountain bikers. From winding, cruisy valley trails to hidden rocky paths crawling through the thick scrub and forested areas surrounding Whistler, there is a bike trail here to suit everyone's tastes and adrenalin levels.
Ask a local what their favourite trail in Whistler is and each will give you a different answer. But what is the best trail for you and how do you find it? Below, we've provided a list of local favourites around the town that do not require a $3000+ downhill bike or bike park ticket! Enjoy exploring!
With over 40 kms of paved trail, the Whistler Valley trail connects each neighbourhood throughout the town. The trail is multi-use allowing skateboards, bicycles, rollerblades and pedestrians. The trail itself is an extensive network and finding which route to take can be a difficult task.
One of our favourite bike routes to take is a loop through the Village to Green Lake and Alta Lake. Riding up to Green Lake from the Village takes you past the Nicklaus North Golf Course and along the Lakeside. Take a left at Meadow Park Sports Centre and meander through the trail as it winds its way alongside the River of Golden Dreams and through Emerald Forest. From here, you can make your way back to the village or continue through to Rainbow park and complete a full circuit around Alta Lake. The round trip to Green Lake through Emerald forest and back to the village is approximately 7kms. A full valley trail map can be found on the Whistler website here.
Lost Lake Trails
A Whistler favourite, the Lost Lake park boasts a fun network of windy mountain bike trails commonly referred to as Zappa Trails. They are perfect for those who are looking for a quick trail fix with most trails taking between 20-40 mintues to complete are only a 15 minute bike ride from the centre of the village. Popular trails in the park include Pinocchio's furniture, Central Scrutinizer, Tin Pants and Fountain of Love. For more trail information on Lost Lake, visit Whistler.com or see the Lost Lake trail map here.
A fairly easy trail for an intermediate mountain biker, the Blueberry Trail is approximately 2kms and usually more enjoyable when riding South to North (less climbing!). It takes you through the scenic forest above Alta Lake and offers a nice lookout across the lake at certain points. The highlight of this short little track is finding the secret swim spot not known to many.
Located on Whistler's west side, this classic 40km trail is a strenuous climb but also provides stunning views throughout the trail. It's not a particularly technical track and is used widely as an acess point for some of Whistler's popular descending trails.
There is no official directory for bike trails in Whistler as they tend to change all the time. A great resource for trails is a website called 3DWhistler.com. Using Google Earth, this interactive map plots most trails through Whistler providing a description and elevation profile for each.
What is your favourite trail in Whistler? Let us know in the comments section below!