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Have you experienced hiking in Garibaldi Park? It’s in a league of its own. Moody scenic views that continue on as far as the eye can see, the ability to summit mountains and travel through multiple biospheres in one day. Many of the hikes can be challenging but the reward of being in the wild is always worth it. We have narrowed down 5 hikes surrounding Whistler that are for the adventurous!

1. Elfin Lakes

One of the oldest hikes in Garibaldi Park with a history dating back to the 1940’s. It is deemed multi-use so watch out for bikers. The hike starts you in lush forest and works it’s way up onto a ridge for the final push before the lakes. The view from the ridge is mind blowing and will leave you feeling small as you look out onto surrounding snowy mountains and extensive wilderness.

2. Black Tusk`

Why wouldn’t you want to stand on a dormant volcano? Black tusk is the iconic pointed rock that you can see when you’re in the Whistler resort and from the sea to sky highway. It is a long hike, 8-10 hours to be exact and is often broken up into two days. Along the way, you will encounter glacier-fed turquoise lakes, meadows and spectacular panoramic views of Garibaldi Park!

3. Russet Lake

Take a little bit of time and exertion out of this hike by starting with a gondola ride up to the top of Whistler Mountain. From there, you can start your hike on the well known Singing Pass Trail. The actual lake for what the hike is named after is nothing out of the ordinary. However, the meadows along the way are breathe taking, filled with stark color contrasts.

4. Wedgemont Lake

For all you Vancouverites, think Grouse Grind meets even larger mountain! For those of you not familiar with that reference, think very long staircase. Known for being a leg burner and also for boasting one of the most beautiful lakes in Garibaldi Park, making the strenuous ascent worth it!

5. Rainbow Lake

This hike takes you to Whistler’s water source with many picturesque moments along the way. Waterfalls and creek crossing’s line the trail as well as giant trees. You may even see a bear or two as the area is home to many!

Make sure you’re well prepared and ready for adventure as you head into the surrounding Whistler wilderness. A hot shower and a place to rest your head are waiting at our boutique hotel.

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