Wedgemount Lake 14k Trail Run Whistler Running Routes
The increasingly popular trail run to Wedgemount Lake is as magnificent as it is brutal. It's brutal in elevation gain, 1220 metres in only 7km. But a wonderful challenge due to the ruggedness and steepness of the trail. You will be focussed on the trail so much as to become mesmerized into a runners trance.
At a good pace, often not running, but hiking fast, many make it to the top in around one hour and twenty minutes. It's Whistler's Grouse Grind with the added bonus of a spectacular lake to jump into at the top. If you can run the Wedgemount Lake trail, you should have no problem jumping into a 3 degree lake.
The Wedgemount Lake trail is very rugged and you may encounter fallen trees early and well into the season. The 14k round-trip can be extended to 18k by continuing to the Wedgemount Glacier. This section will be rocky to run on as the trail runs through the scree slope running to the lake, but this part is relatively flat and touching the edge of the Wedgemount Glacier is fantastic.
Directions to the Wedgemount Lake 14k Trail Run:
The trailhead to Wedgemount Lake, or Wedge as it's more often called is easy to find. Located a short, and beautiful, ten minute drive north of Whistler Village. Zero your odometer at Village Gate Boulevard and proceed north on Highway 99. At 11.3km a sign will direct you to turn right to "Wedgemount(Garibaldi) Trailhead". Cross the train tracks and the bridge over Green River. At 11.5km turn left onto the Wedge Creek Forest Service Road. At 11.7km turn right and head up the bumpy but drivable to all types of cars to the parking lot at 13.2km. The frequent suggestion that this road is recommended for 4x4 vehicles only is absurd. The trailhead parking lot is large and well maintained with an information board and outhouse. No dogs are allowed on the trail as a courtesy to wildlife in the area.