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July Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park Hiking GuideAugust Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park Hiking GuideSeptember Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park Hiking GuideOctober Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park Hiking GuideNovember Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park Hiking GuideDecember Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park Hiking Guide

 

July Hiking in Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park

Average Whistler Village temperatures in July range from 11c to 27c (52f to 80f)

Wedgemount Lake - Whistler Hiking TrailsJuly in Whistler is when the snow on the higher elevations finally melt enough to hike all the trails without worrying about snowshoes.  Take a look at this summary list of the best 5 hikes in and around Whistler.  These include Black Tusk, one of the most incredible hikes in Whistler, and a Whistler icon.  Though a long hike, 15k roundtrip, the breathtaking and scary final ascent, makes the summit view even more memorable.  You will see Black Tusk as you approach Whistler, about 30 Russet Lake and Singing Pass Trail in Whistlerminutes south.  Hard to believe, but you can actually get to the summit, and without special equipment. Wedgemount Lake is another Whistler hiking marvel.  Just 7k to the unbelievable Wedgemount Lake which leads to easy access to the impressive Wedgemount Glacier, and several amazing mountain hikes beyond.  Wedgemount Lake has a beautiful, and free to use little hut if you don't want to tent or sleep under the stars as many do on perfect July nights.  Russet Lake is another beautiful hike ending at a beautiful lake and free mountain hut.  This hike can be done, starting at the Whistler Gondola, then the Peak Chair, then 14k alone the amazing Musical Bumps trail via the High Note Trail.  There is a charge of course to ride the gondola, but it can be done for free via the Singing Pass trail and Cirque Lake hiking trail near Whistler BCreturning for free on the Whistler Gondola, but not nearly as fun. Cirque Lake in the Callaghan Valley (30 minutes south of Whistler Village), finally becomes easily hikeable in July, though via a canoe trip across the Callaghan LakeCirque Lake is an unbelievably beautiful paradise high up Wayside Park on Alta Lake in Whistlerabove Callaghan Lake in the Callaghan Valley.  It requires a canoe to get you to the trailhead at the far end of Callaghan Lake and therefore is seldom hiked.  The trailhead is tricky to find and the 2 kilometre trail is very steep, though surprisingly well marked with flagging tape.  Once at the lake you find yourself in the wind shadow of the cirque and in a world of serenity and calm.  It is an extraordinary thing to have a cirque valley to yourself.  Feels like you are standing in a volcano of sorts.  But a giant, tree filled meadow of a volcano with a mesmerisingly still and perfectly reflecting lake at its centre.  And of course Panorama Ridge, an unbelievable 29k roundtrip hike that passes the flower filled Taylor Meadows, Black Tusk and beautifully turquoise Garibaldi Lake and of course best done via these other sights over 2-4 days.  Helm Creek is a beautiful, meandering creek that windsParkhurst Ghost Town - Whistler Hiking Trails its way from beyond Black Tusk, down the valley to the wonderful campground that takes its name. From the Helm Creek Campground it descends further along the Helm Creek Trail, until it joins the Cheakamus River near where it leaves Cheakamus Lake.  The location of Helm Creek Campground has two tremendous advantages. First it is just a great location in Garibaldi Park. About halfway between Cheakamus Lake and Black Tusk it lays in Sproatt Alpine Trail - Whistler Hikingsome amazingly scenic areas. Beautiful, climbable mountains all around. Amazing fields of snow that run all the way to the base of Black Tusk. Rivers, creeks and waterfalls everywhere you turn. And the campground area itself is very nice.  For a list of the best easy hikes in and around Whistler take a look here.. These include amazing places such as Whistler Train Wreck, the Whistler and Blackcomb mountain trails, Cheakamus Lake and some waterfall hikes.  Ring Lake is a fantastically beautiful and wonderfully remote lake similar to Cirque Lake but considerably farther to hike to reach it.  Mt Sproatt is one of the imposing peaks in Whistler.  It towers far above Alta Lake, directly across from Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and takes you well into backcountry and some route-finding in Whistler.

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August Hiking in Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park

Average Whistler Village temperatures in August range from 11c to 27c. (52f to 80f)

Wedgemount Lake - Whistler Hiking TrailsAugust hiking in Whistler definitely has the most consistently great, hot weather.  You can feel the rare pleasure of walking across a glacier shirtless and still hot.  Even in the high elevations and on glaciers the temperatures are often a beautifully hot 20c plus.  There are numerous glaciers that are readily accessible via Whistler area hiking trails.  The Wedgemount Lake trail leads to the beautiful Wedgemount Lake which is fed by the massive glacier of the same name.  The glacier is easily hiked to and very safe to clamour over its lower reaches.  This glacier disappears into the sun as it stretches up the the magnificent Wedge Mountain and no fewer than 12 named glaciers beyond.  This is a wondrous hiking paradise with Black Tusk - Garibaldi Provincial Parkbranching hikes that stretch away from the hut like a giant spiders arms.  The hikes from Wedgemount Lake range from easy to difficult to extremely dangerous.  And you will likely see a good mix of day hikers at one end to the ice axe, rope and harness types at the other.  All dispersing into this fantastically huge expanse of mountains, glaciers and perfect lakes.  Garibaldi Park is incredible in August.  From Elfin Lakes in the Diamond Head region to the south in Squamish.  To the spider web of trails in the middle leading to Garibaldi Lake, Taylor Meadows, Black Tusk, Helm Creek, Mount Garibaldi, Cheakamus Lake and many more all the way up to Wedgemount Lake.  If you start on the trail to Garibaldi Lake on a beautiful day in August, you may find Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Parkquite a few cars at the trailhead, and a fair number of people on the trail.  When you reach the fork in the trail between Taylor Meadows Campsite and Garibaldi Lake Campsite, you may see, "campsites full".  This leads you to believe that this place is overrun with hikers, but that's only partly true.  The reason is that this incredibly vast wilderness, with many hiking trails and countless alpine routes, is only accessed by a few trailheads, which is a great thing.  This ensures that the vast, Cirque Lake hiking trail near Whistler BCthough very accessible wilderness beyond the popular, named hiking trails remain impossibly quiet.  A look at a map of Garibaldi Park and you can see this pretty clearly.  There will be concentrations of people at Elfin Lakes, Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, and Taylor Meadows and some way over at Wedgemount Lake, but everything in between will be empty.  Even on a seemingly chaotic August weekend.  For a unforgettable hiking experience, Cirque Lake is a great choice.  The trailhead is only reachable by canoe and the hike looks impossibly steep from far off.  But it's not terribly difficult, and fairly short.  So if you have a canoe it's amazing, especially in August.  For and good idea where to hike in Whistler in Callaghan Lake Provincial Park near Whistler BCAugust take a look at the top 5 best places to hike in Whistler here.. Or for easier and shorter hikes take a look here, at the best easy hikes in Whistler... Remember though that in Garibaldi Park, which most of the best Whistler hikes are located, dogs are not allowed.  So if you have a dog, take a look here at the best dog friendly hikes in Whistler here.. and the best easy and short dog friendly hikes here.. If your interested in quick and beautiful, short hikes take a look at the easy hikes to waterfalls in Whistler here.. Brandywine Falls is a beautiful stop in between Squamish and Whistler.  It's Train Wreck - Whistler Hiking Trailsabout 25 minutes north of Squamish, 11k south of Whistler.  The hike from the parking lot to the falls is less than a kilometre and on a wide and flat trail.  Of all the waterfalls around Whistler, Brandywine is the most impressive.  There is a wonderful viewing platform across from the waterfalls that juts out over the edge of the enormous chasm the falls empty into.  There is another fantastic place to view the falls that most people miss.  There is a great viewpoint from above the falls where you can stand above the Cheakamus River just metres before it falls over the cliff.  Alexander Falls is a very impressive 43 metre/141foot waterfall justRainbow Park on Alta Lake in Whistler BC 30 minutes south of Whistler in the Callaghan Valley.  Open year-round and located just before Whistler Olympic Park where several of the 2010 Olympic events were held.  There is a nice viewing platform on the edge of the cliff across from the falls which crash fantastically into the valley below.  The parking area and viewing platform at Alexander Falls is one big area just 40 metres from the main road (to Whistler Olympic Park).  If you just want to relax in a natural hot spring, there are four to choose from, though a bit of a drive from Whistler.  If you have not been to or heard of Skookumchuck Hot Springs or Sloquet Hot Springs, Lighthouse Park Shipstake a look, they make for an amazing day trip or an even better two or three day trip.  Vancouver, just 1.5 hours south of Whistler has plenty of fantastic, summertime hiking options as well.  From the easier hikes like Lighthouse Park and Dog Mountain.  To more strenuous hikes like Hollyburn Mountain, Black Mountain, St Mark's Summit and The Lions.  The Lions in August will be snow free which allows for the difficult ascent of the West Lion, which is borderline suicidal during the Porteau Cove Provincial Marine Parksnowy months of winter and spring when hand and footholds are wet and slippery.  Don't forget on any drive to or from Whistler or Vancouver to stop one or all of the fantastic stops along the Sea to Sky Highway.  Porteau Cove Provincial Marine Park is a beautiful little stop on the way to or from Whistler.  You will notice the lack of washroom stops on the way to or from Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway, and if nothing else, makes Porteau Cove a perfect rest stop.  Aside from washrooms there is a wonderful pier with viewing platforms that hover high above the ocean of this majestic and enormous Canadian fjord - the most southerly fjord in North America.

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September Hiking in Whistler and Garibaldi Park - Wedgemount Lake

Average Whistler Village temperatures in September range from 8c to 20c (46f to 68f)

Wedgemount Lake - Whistler Hiking TrailsSeptember hiking in Whistler is possibly the best month of all.  The snow has melted far up to the mountain tops, yet the temperatures are still quite high.  And just like that wonderful phenomenon of May and June, there are no annoying bugs.  And with the passing of the first week of September, the summer season officially ends, so the number of hikers dwindles to virtually none by the second week.  This is the time to really enjoy the mountains of Whistler.  If you've never had the time or inclination, take 4 or 5 days up at Wedgemount Lake.  The seemingly innumerable mountains to climb, glaciers to Northair Mine - Whistler Hiking Trailscross and incomprehensible sunsets to see make this place a phenomenon of the Garibaldi Range.  You can even base yourself out of the wonderful Wedgemount Lake Hut.  Though with the mild evening temperatures and no insects, sleeping under the stars is an appealing option. Whistler has several amazing driving destinations worth seeing in September. Rainbow Park is one of Whistler's most popular swimming, relaxing, soccer playing and socializing beaches and for good reason.  The beach is south facing so every morning the sun rises from behind Wedge Mountain and the whole park seems to glow.  From the dazzling reflecting from the snow off of Wedge, Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, to the amazing blue North Arm Farm near Whistler BCglow from Alta Lake.  All this framed in the dazzling green of the forest all around.  Though there are many great places to watch the sun rise in Whistler, Rainbow Park is one of the best. Northair Mine is a surreal little world of colourful murals on abandoned cement foundations, surrounded by an astoundingly tranquil little lake in a secluded forest.  Just a short logging Garibaldi Lake - Whistler Hiking Trailsroad off of the Callaghan Valley Road takes you to this unusual little abandoned mine.  The North Arm Farm in Pemberton, just a 40 minute drive north of Whistler is startlingly beautiful in a wonderfully charming and unexpected way.  And even more unexpectedly... it's free.  Free to wander through the fields of strikingly colourful and organized crops laying seemingly at the foot of the wildly spectacular Mount Currie.  Along with the beautiful setting and views there is an area surrounded by animals. Garibaldi Lake, so frequently busy all summer, now quiets down and regains that desolate feel you come to expect when hiking in Garibaldi Park.  A night at Garibaldi Lake, another atTaylor Meadows in Garibaldi Provincial Park Whistler BC Panorama Ridge and a third at Helm Creek via Black Tusk, and exiting via Cheakamus Lake (if you have two cars for each trailhead), is an amazing trip.  There is just so much to see in Garibaldi Park, especially in this little Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk region, that a few days is far better than one or two days. Elfin Lakes at the bottom end of Garibaldi Park in Ring and Conflict Lake near Whistler BCSquamish is also fantastic in September, though still busy on weekends throughout the year.  But then it's just that good, and fortunately is expansive enough to accommodate quite a few hikers easily.  Squamish also has the Stawamus Chief, the great monolith of rock towering over the Sea to Sky Highway.  The Chief and Shannon falls are a great half day trip from Whistler any month of the year.  Closer to Whistler, there are a few, very good, dog friendly hikesRing Lake and Conflict Lake up in the Callaghan Valley, south of Whistler and very beautiful and amazing in September when all the lingering snow has melted.  In 2011 Ring Lake was still frozen inBrew Lake Hiking Trail near Whistler BC mid August!  Brandywine Meadows is a great hike in September as well.  Dog friendly and though a muddy trail much of the summer, comparatively dry in September and still alive with beautiful flowers.  Brew Lake is another lake often frozen in July still, so September makes it a great one to try.  Don't expect any facilities on any of these three beautiful hiking destinations.  They are well off the beaten track, not in Garibaldi Park, and wild, desolate and beautiful.  For a look at the best dog friendly hikes in Whistler check here.. And the best easy and short dog friendly hikes in Whistler here.. For a good summary of the best of the best hiking in Whistler take a look at the best easy hikes here.. and the best moderate to difficult Whistler hiking here..

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