7.7k Alta Lake Whistler's Best Running Routes
This is a beautiful 7.7k trail run with everything. Beautiful views above the Whistler Golf Club. Almost constant panoramic views of Whistler, Blackcomb and Wedge mountains. A little old growth forest of massive Western Redcedars, and more than half of the route along the majestic Alta Lake. This trail, like the Whistler Golf Course 4.3k, is accessible directly from Whistler Village, or from the convenient and free parking at the end of Lorimer Rd, just a 5 minute drive from anywhere in Whistler. Print this excellent whistler.com map or get one from almost anywhere in Whistler Village.
The trail run can be accessed by either running from Whistler Village under the Sea to Sky Highway via the underpass near the Conference Centre and getting on the Valley Trail heading in either direction. This connecting route is indicated on the above map in blue. If you are not staying in the Village, then you can drive to the free parking at the end of Lorimer Rd. From here you will see the excellent, Valley Trail signs directing you. The red line indicates the 7.7k route.
This beautiful trail runs along or near Alta lake for half of the 7.7k. The other half of the run goes through Rainbow park or along the beautiful Whistler Golf Course. There is a short section of Alta Lake Road that you run along but even this has some amazing views over the lake. There are several hills on this route, but none too difficult or long. Unfortunately this run becomes very difficult in the winter as the snow is not plowed around the Rainbow Park to Lorimer Rd section. It can still be run, however, about 2k's are slogging through some rough and messy snow. The 4.8k route around the Whistler Golf Course is regularly plowed of snow in winter and is ideal.
Directions the Free Parking on Lorimer Rd for the Alta Lake Run:
Excellent signs direct you after you park your car. You will immediately see a Valley Trail sign that points to Rainbow Park one way, Meadow Park another, and Whistler Village a third way. Follow the trail sign that aims for Whistler Village and in about one minute you will disappear into the forest and see the golf course. The trail runs continuously around the beautiful Whistler Golf Club (bear right at the first junction).