Lorimer Road to Green Lake 9k Circle Route
Lorimer Road near Whistler Village in Whistler Cay ends at a parking area at the junction where three Valley Trails connect. One leads to Meadow Park, another to Rainbow Park, and the third to the Whistler Golf Course on its way to Whistler Village. This makes for an excellent starting point for three different runs. The easy and short Whistler Golf Course 4.8k, the Alta Lake 7.7k and the Lorimer to Green Lake 9k. Each can start and finish at this parking area and all are circle routes that avoid retracing your steps making them very enjoyable routes.
The run out to Green Lake begins here by following the sign on the trail for Meadow Park. This run is the only one listed here that you should print the map(below) out to guide you, as there are several turns along the way. This running route is almost entirely on Whistler's beautiful Valley Trail and follows a logical route, however, there are some forks in the trail that can get you lost if you don't have a map handy.
From Lorimer Road you run past Meadow Park (keeping Meadow park on your left). This will lead you to the intersection of Alpine Way and the highway. Cross the highway and then turn right again onto the Valley Trail. This leads to Green Lake and some amazing views. Also there is a beautiful, big pedestrian bridge just before you reach the Nicklaus North Golf Club. The Valley Trail cuts through their parking lot and veers back towards Whistler Village. This trail eventually leads back to the Village at Lorimer Road and the highway. You cross the highway here and follow Lorimer Road back to your starting point.
There are no significant hills on this route and dogs are allowed. Unfortunately the Valley Trail leading to Meadow Park is not plowed in the winter and is very difficult to run on during the months between November and April.
Lorimer Road Parking Directions
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 Meadow Park (see above).
Other Whistler Running Trails
Whistler has an enormous array of trail running routes and not surprisingly most of them are amazing. From Whistler Village there are several convenient trails and routes with varying distances. The popular Whistler Golf Course 4.8k follows the Valley Trail as it circles the golf course. This section of the Valley Trail is plowed year-round and even in -10c mornings you will see people braving this beautiful trail. In the spring, summer and fall months the Whistler Golf Course is frequented by bears and it is not uncommon(especially in June) to see two or three bears at various places along the run. Usually you will spot them out on the golf course, however, sometimes on the Valley Trail. If this happens, your best bet is to back away, make some noise and he will likely run into the forest. If not, making a detour through the golf course is always possible.
If 5 kilometres is not enough for you, there is an amazing route around Alta Lake that you can run. Once again, you can start in Whistler Village and run along the Whistler Golf Course on the Valley Trail, continue past Blueberry Park, Lakeside Park and Wayside Park. You then round the south end of Alta Lake and head north on the Valley Trail, then along Alta Lake Road for 1.3 kilometres. Alta Lake Road is a fairly quiet road and has some great views of the lake. You then rejoin the Valley Trail at Rainbow Park and continue along the River of Golden Dreams to Lorimer Road. Turning right(there are plenty of signs) you come to the Whistler Golf Course again as you enter a small forest of huge and ancient cedars. Following along the edge of the golf course on the Valley Trail takes you back to the Village, completing the Alta Lake .
Lost Lake, in the opposite side of Whistler Village is also home to some great trail running and the most straight forward route is the Lost Lake 6k. From Blackcomb Way in the Village, the Valley Trail takes you across Fitzsimmons Creek by way of a picturesque, covered bridge. After the bridge, turn left and follow the Valley Trail through the forest keeping the Fitzsimmons Creek on your left. You pass under Lorimer Road where massive, colourful murals adorn the walls of the underpass. From here you come to a trail junction and a clear sign indicating the way to Lost Lake. At the 2 kilometre mark(from Blackcomb Way in the Village), you will arrive a Lost Lake. Turn right here and follow the trail as it rounds Lost Lake. The main Lost Lake trail is very wide and smooth gravel. Once you circle the lake, you simply return the way you came, making the total distance 6 kilometres.
An excellent continuation of the Lost Lake 6k is to keep running past the lake to the Green Lake boardwalk. This adds only 3 kilometres to the distance, but considerable scenery. Past Lost Lake, the Lost Lake trail ends at a beautiful bridge over Fitzsimmons Creek near the Nicholas North Golf Course. If you follow the Valley Trail across the train tracks and past the golf course's club house you will come to the boardwalk at the southern end of Green Lake. The views from here are amazing. On a sunny day, Green Lake is unbelievably green. This bizarre colour, along with the snow capped mountains all around make this a fantastic place to run to. You just have to backtrack a couple hundred metres to the Fitzsimmons Creek again to regain the trail along the river. If you keep the Fitzsimmons Creek on your left, you can follow it quite closely all the way back to the Village and where you started. The Lost Lake - Green Lake 9k is serene, beautiful and wonderfully varied.