The High Note Trail Whistler Hiking Trails
Thebegins high up on Whistler Mountain at the top of the Peak Chair. To get there you must buy a lift pass and ride the Whistler Gondola for 22 minutes up to the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain, then hike for about 8 minutes to the Peak Chair. Ride this beautiful and alarmingly steep chairlift up to Whistler's Peak where the begins.
The trail begins with some narrow, rocky and fairly steep ups and downs as you hike out to the edge of a rock outcrop with amazing views to the valley and Whistler below. Though there are two small chain-assist sections, most should have no difficulty. Even if you are bringing your kids along, you will have no problem or worry at these parts or any other along the trail. After this short up and down section at the beginning of the High Note Trail, the route evens out and runs along the edge of the ridge parallel to the amazing Cheakamus Lake far down the valley below.
There are signs at a couple spots along the way directing you very clearly. The High Note Trail is 9.5k roundtrip and should take about 3 hours. Partway along the trail you can take a short cut, the Half Note Trail and head back earlier and shorten the trail by a couple kilometres. The trail is by no means easy as it is narrow and has a few ups and downs, but aside from the fairly long distance (9.5k), the High Note Trail is family friendly.
It is open from July to October depending on when the Whistler Gondola and Peak Chair are open of course. The cost can be prohibitive at around $70, however, there is so much to see and do up there, not least the Peak to Peak Gondola which shouldn't be missed on the same outing as hiking the High Note.
Directions to the Trailhead Parking for the High Note Trail:
Parking in Whistler Village is in one of the four main lots. Parking in Whistler has recently changed to pay parking, and parking rules keep changing. However, it seems that Lot 4 will always allow free, long-term parking for this hike. Be sure to read the parking signs to ensure this is still so.
Lot 4 in Whistler Village: (50.11946367866859, -122.95245051383972)