Lost Lake 6k Whistler Running Routes & Trail Maps
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 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.
Other Parks Near Whistler Village Whistler Trails
Lost Lake Park is one of several beautiful beach parks in Whistler on the Valley Trail. You can reach all these parks by car or better yet you set out on foot or by bike from Whistler Village. Alpha Lake Park is a beautiful park on the shores of Alpha Lake in Creekside, just 5 kilometres south of Whistler Village. Located partway along Lake Placid Road just past the Husky and Nita Lake Lodge. This quiet residential street leads to this park that is home to tennis courts, a basketball court, beach volleyball, dog park, a kids play park, a floating dock, a pier and biking/walking/running trails everywhere you look. Blueberry Park is a very scenic and somewhat hidden park on Alta Lake just two kilometres from Whistler Village. If you have been to Rainbow Park you would have noticed three piers across Alta Lake surrounded by forest. These public piers sit at the edge of Blueberry Park, with the Blueberry Trail running from one side of the forest to the other. The park covers most of the hill beyond these piers and stretches between and connects the neighbourhoods of Whistler Cay and Alta Vista(see map below). The beautiful, deep forest trail runs from the shores of Alta Lake in Alta Vista, up and across Blueberry Hill and descends again to reach Whistler Cay. Along the trail there are several beautiful viewpoints of Alta Lake in the foreground and the enormous Mount Sproatt beyond. Lakeside Park at Alta Lake in Whistler is a beautiful beach park just a short distance from Whistler Village. Located on the Valley Trail, it is just 2 kilometres or a 30 minute walk, or 10 minute bike ride away. Similar to Rainbow Park across the lake, Lakeside has a concession stand for food and drinks, picnic tables, BBQ stands, canoe and kayak rentals a huge grass field, pier, a sandy beach and an elaborate little kids play are. Swimming and relaxing are the main draws to Lakeside Park, but fishing off the piers is a common sight as well. Wayside Park sits near the bottom end of Alta Lake and at just 3 kilometres from Whistler Village is just an hours walk or 10 minute bike ride away. In the summer months, swimming and relaxing in the sun are the main attractions to Wayside Park. The piers are a fantastic way to view Alta Lake as it stretches north, edged by forest, hills and mountains in the distance. Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding are all popular from Wayside Park and Whistler Eco Tours has a popular rental area here in the summertime. They also do canoe rentals where you can start canoeing at Wayside Park and finish at Green Lake. This 7 kilometre route takes you the length of Alta Lake then down the River of Golden Dreams to Green Lake. The current moves with you the entire journey making it a very relaxing route to paddle. Nita Lake is a tranquil little lake located in Creekside, just 4 kilometres south of Whistler Village. Whistler's beautiful Valley Trail runs right along the edge of Nita Lake and continues past the beautiful Nita Lake Lodge. A small gravel beach with a creek flowing through it gives the park consistently good fishing. Two picnic tables sit in a forest clearing next to the creek. At the end of the lake there are two piers. One is a public pier and the other is for Nita Lake Lodge guests. Nita Lake is comparatively quiet as compared to other Whistler lakes and parks. The main reason is that it lacks a sizable beach and facilities to go along with it. Though this may seem like a drawback, it is also an attraction. 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 glow 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.