Running Whistler's Cheakamus Lake Trail in Garibaldi Park
Cheakamus Lake is a beautiful trail that runs through an amazing forest of giant trees, then along the hugely crashing Cheakamus River and finally to the gorgeous Cheakamus Lake. As trail runs go, Cheakamus Lake is one of the nicest in Whistler. The dirt trail is wide and meandering. There are plenty of short and gradual hills, but the overall elevation gain/loss is minimal.
The length of your run can be determined when you get there. From the trailhead to the beginning of the lake is just 3k, but you can continue on for another 4k to reach the end of the maintained trail. You could even continue past the end of the maintained trail and follow the rougher, and dead-fall strewn trail that continues to the end of the lake.
The constantly changing Cheakamus Lake trail takes you through a sweetly scented cedar forest, over several small streams and at 7k ends at Singing Creek. Singing Creek empties into Cheakamus Lake at a small gravel beach. If you plan to swim, this is a great spot to do it. Unfortunately the 8k access road to Cheakamus Lake is buried with snow from December to May most years, but from June to November this is a fantastic trail to run in Whistler.
Directions to the Cheakamus Lake Trailhead:
From Village Gate Boulevard, drive south, toward Vancouver for 8km. At the lights at Function Junction, turn left, about 300 metres ahead you will see a sign on your left for Cheakamus Lake. Follow the unpaved, potholed road for 8km to the Cheakamus trailhead. From here it is a leisurely 3k to the lake and 7k to the end of the maintained trail. The further along the trail you go the nicer the lake views get.