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Family day hikes in the Whistler area?
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Paul Maguire
(ppatmag)
Family day hikes in the Whistler area? on 06/25/2013 08:47:59 MDT Print View

So stoked! Heading to Whistler for 2 weeks come late July. Never been before. I am looking for some tips on some great day hikes with my family (wife, 8 and 12 year old boys). Kids are pretty tough, and could handle 8-10 miles. I was hoping some of you could steer me to some really nice hikes that maybe are not so crowded with tourists...

Thanks in advance for any help

dave e
(hipass) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
hhh on 06/26/2013 00:49:06 MDT Print View

these guys have some amazing trip reports of bc and other areas...Panorama Ridge is one trail in whistler area ...click on coast mountains...their whole site is pure mountain porn!Some of the best pics i have seen of areas ive never known about.

http://members.shaw.ca/karenanddavid/

http://members.shaw.ca/karenanddavid/Whistler.html

Edited by hipass on 06/26/2013 00:57:49 MDT.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Whistler Hikes on 06/26/2013 05:54:51 MDT Print View

Panorama Ridge is beautiful and the Garibaldi trails are smooth walking, but this hike is likely a bit long for the kids (15 mi?) and Garibaldi is always packed out with H. sapiens in the summer. Also if you're only doing one hike in Garibaldi it's a bit of a crime not to do the Black Tusk, but again that might be too long for the kids (and too sketchy if you go all the way) and it's busy.

Similarly Wedgemont Lake is a beautiful but busy hike. A lot of the Whistler area stuff is busy since it's such a destination. Joffre lakes is about an hour drive north from Whistler (beautiful drive) and the time commitment is a bit less, but it's still going to be packed out in the summer. All four of the hikes I just mentioned are beautiful but busy.

There's no decent trails around Whistler that aren't well used in the summer, but Rainbow Lake is one of the least busy areas. It's not quite as scenic as some of the aforementioned trails but it's still great and feels more like an escape.
http://whistlerhiatus.com/whistlerhikes/rainbow-lake.html

That website above has a really good listing of the Whistler area hikes. It's a good site because it's most comprehensive. Shoot me a PM if you have any questions as I've done most of these hikes (I lived in Whistler from '08 - '12).

Edited by dandydan on 06/26/2013 05:56:25 MDT.