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Early Season Hiking In Whistler

Early Season Hiking In Whistler

Early season hiking in Whistler is a great way to beat the summer crowds and experience some of the most peaceful times of the year in the area. As the snow begins to melt in the mountains, trails start to open up and the hiking season in Whistler begins. Wild flowers take over the alpine, berries start to grow and the local fauna is busy making up for winter. From the best trails to the best sights, here is everything you need to know about early season hiking in Whistler. 

The Sights

Early season hiking in Whistler offers some of the best scenery you can find in the area. Along with majestic snowcapped mountains only found in spring and the beginning of summer, early season hikers will be presented with new greenery and lush alpine meadows filled with flowers. 

The Atmosphere

Early season hiking in Whistler offers hikers a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The serenity of walking on trails surrounded by snowcovered peaks and high, rolling meadows becomesspiritual experience. The first part of summer, as the sun begins to shine more brightly and the temperatures are mild, make this time of year perfect for hiking in the area.

The Trails


The Snow Walls. Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

While some of Whistler’s trails may not be open at this time of year, there is still plenty to choose from. Alpine access kicks off early June via the Gondola. Here, you can take in the short-lived Snow Walls via Pika’s Traverse or the High Note Trail. Lower down, Train Wreck, Lost Lake and the Blackcomb Ascent trails are all accessible. 

The Culture

Early season hiking in Whistler involves more than just the beauty of nature; it also offers a great opportunity to explore and experience different cultures. What’s more, many hikes travel on First Nation’s land with points of interest that have educational signage. To find out more about the land Whistler exists on, visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center. 

Overall, early season hiking in Whistler offers some of the best times to experience the areas beauty. Stunning landscapes, serene trails, and a quiet atmosphere allow hikers to take advantage of some incredible hiking conditions. Enjoying the unique culture and outdoor activities of Whistler while beating the summer crowds can create an unforgettable experience. So, why not take the opportunity and go hiking in Whistler and stay at the Listel Hotel?

Title Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova