Lost Lake 6k - Whistler Trail Running
This is a nice 6 kilometre route that runs from Whistler Village out and around Lost Lake and back. Lost Lake, along with the Whistler Golf Course 4.8k trail run are two of the most convenient and scenic trail runs adjacent to Whistler Village.
Both can be started in Whistler Village and both have almost constant views and easy to follow routes. Depending on where you are in the Village you can access the Lost Lake trail via many different directions.
The red line indicated on the map here is an excellent place to start. There is a large mapboard at the start of the trail here. There are a few different ways to get to Lost Lake from the Village, but starting here is possibly the nicest.
Just two minutes from this trailhead and you are at the first beautiful bridge over Fitzsimmons Creek and a great area by the river to see before heading across the bridge and immediately left along the far shore of the leading to Lost Lake.
The Lost Lake 6k takes you to, then around Lost Lake, which lays at the heart of the deeply forested Lost Lake Park. The wide trail runs around this very picturesque lake through a wonderful forest.
This area has been wonderfully developed into an incredible network of biking trails which also makes it a paradise for runners. The sheer number of the trails allows them to remain relatively serene and devoid of people despite their popularity. There are a seemingly infinite number of variations on running routes in the Lost Lake area. Lost Lake has a very popular beach at one end and in the height of summer can get busy as it is the most convenient beach from Whistler Village.
There are several swimming platforms out in the lake as well as a wonderful and huge pier along the right hand side of the lake. An amazing place to catch the sunsets over Whistler Mountain.
In the winter months when there is snow in Whistler, Lost Lake becomes a cross country and snowshoeing area and there is a charge to access the main trails around the lake. Usually from mid December to early April.
Lost Lake is very popular with bears and during the summer months a bear encounter is very likely. Whistler bears are very wary of people, so if you encounter one on the trail, they will almost always run into the forest when they notice you. Keep your distance and make some noise and give them the opportunity to make their exit.
Lost Lake Park - Parking & Amenities
Lost Lake park has washrooms near the main beach at Lost Lake. Whistler Village has washroom facilities everywhere you look. The Upper Village shown on the above map between 0k and 1k has washrooms in Blackcomb Daylodge, as well as Merlins(pub & restaurant) upstairs. There are more coffee shops and restaurants in the Upper Village, well worth visiting if you have time. Portobello's is especially to be recommended. It is a bakery, specialty coffee shop and amazing restaurant, with made-to-order sandwiches, perfectly suited for a picnic at Lost Lake. You will find it in the Upper Village along the main, pedestrian only causeway in the lower lobby of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler(Portobello's has it's own entrance). Beyond Lost Lake there are washrooms at the Nicklaus North Golf Club(see map above). The restaurant here is amazing. Always seems to have food and drink specials and non-golfers are always welcome.
The Lost Lake trail and the Valley Trail on either side of Lost Lake Park are very dog friendly with the exception of the sandy, main beach at Lost Lake. Continue on the paved trail past this beach and the trail becomes gravel near the washrooms as it bends left along the lake. After a minute or two you will notice a sign for "Canine Cove" and a great little beach reserved just for your dog. They think of everything in Whistler and even the floating docks and the piers have doggie accessible ramps that make it easy for your dog to climb onto. The amazing Sea to Sky Trail is another dog friendly option close by. This 180 kilometre trail cuts right through Whistler and there are several access points. The closest access from Ancient Cedars is just north on the Sea to Sky Highway. Turn right at the sign for Wedgemount Lake, cross the train tracks and bridge over Green River and look for the Sea to Sky Trail signs. For a list of the best dog friendly hiking trails in Whistler try here..
Other Running Trails Near Lost Lake
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. Taking a look at the above map, if you don't continue to Blueberry Park, but instead around the golf course, you will be doing an the popular Whistler Golf Course 4.8k. This route 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 . 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. The Singing Pass 22k run takes you from the top of Whistler to Whistler Village by way of a staggering array of incredible views. Skirting the edge of Whistler Mountain, this running route is an exhilarating set of viewpoints. One after the other they open up to you as you run. The trail extends away from Whistler until it reaches Singing Pass. Singing Pass abruptly takes you down from the endless mountain views and ascends continuously and straight for twelve kilometres to Whistler Village. Singing Pass cuts between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and you find yourself running under the Peak to Peak Gondola far above. Another brutal, yet popular running route in Whistler is known as the Rubble Creek Classic. This 25k linear run takes you from the Cheakamus Lake trailhead up into Garibaldi Park, past Helm Creek, Black Tusk, Taylor Meadows and Garibaldi Lake and finishes at the Rubble Creek trailhead. This is a running race that takes place in September every year and attracts quite a few locals as well as regional, trail running athletes. A less brutal and still very challenging run is the Rainbow Lake 16k. This wonderful, deep forest trail takes you high into the alpine to the beautiful, Rainbow Lake. Located across the valley from Whistler and Blackcomb, the views are amazing. Along the run to the lake you pass by several waterfalls, cross a few bridges, run through a meadow on a boardwalk and then hit the magnificent alpine lake ringed with more potential running routes. The Rainbow Lake 16k is definitely a challenging run as you gain 850 metres in just 8k to the lake. This is just gradual enough to be enjoyable and just as importantly, the 8k return is just gradual enough to not kill your knees. This of course cannot be said of the Wedgemount Lake run or the Singing Pass run. Both of these brutalize even the strongest knees. There are of course a beautiful array of relaxing running trails in Whistler. The Cheakamus Lake trail is definitely one of the most amazing, moderate runs around. You can run various lengths on this one. The trailhead to the start of Cheakamus Lake is 3k, so you can have a very enjoyable 6k run that has winding hills and river views though a forest of giant trees. If you extend the roundtrip to 12k or 14k, you will be following the trail along the edge of this beautiful lake. Always in the midst of the impressive forest of giant cedars and hemlocks, there are constant vistas that keep the run exciting and entertaining. Of all the runs in Whistler, Cheakamus Lake gives you the best views for least effort. Overall there is little elevation change, yet constant short and gradual ups and downs, and non-stop sights to take in. The Whistler Train Wreck is a 6 kilometre running route that has become a secret favourite for weekend visitors. This route is very convenient on the drive in and out of Whistler. The trailhead parking is located on Alpha Lake Road in Function Junction (8k south of the Village on the Sea to Sky Highway). From your car you run through the forest away from Function Junction, under the highway overpass and eventually across the train tracks to the amazing Cheakamus River. The trail continues past a few beautiful river viewpoints then forces you back toward the train tracks where you skirt a bend in the river. Past the bend you, once again run left into a trail, this time leading to the elaborate and expansive train wreck. The amazing paintings inside and outside of the wrecked train cars are extraordinarily beautiful. Combined with the amazing river viewpoints make this run impossible to do without stopping a few times to marvel at the sights. It is because of this convenience and beauty that has made this a popular run to do a 5k lap, or two laps (10k), or three laps (15k) through just before arriving at your hotel in Whistler to start your weekend.