Garibaldi Park Whistler A to Z: NunatukWedge Creek cuts through the valley that separates Wedge Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain and empties into Green River near the north end of Green Lake.  Wedge Creek is notable for the mountain pass between Wedge and Blackcomb that runs between it and Billygoat Creek. The original name for the pass, officially adopted in 1930 was Wedgemount Pass, however it was changed in 1957 to Wedge Pass to avoid confusion with nearby Wedgemount Creek which flows from Wedgemount Lake.

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Wedge Creek is also known by its crumbling, skeleton-like and strangely beautiful Wedge Creek bridge that is located near the unmarked trailhead to Parkhurst Ghost Town in Whistler.  It is fitting that a ghost town would have such a sturdy, yet old and abandoned bridge at its beginning.  Wedge Creek bridge was decommissioned years ago and has been disintegrating ever since.  Evidently its proximity to a cute little picnic area and fire ring next to Wedge Creek may be the cause of so many missing planks from the bridge.  It is extremely sturdy for pedestrians as it was built to accommodate seriously big industrial vehicles, however its decay into a skeleton spanning a tumultuous creek below makes you step cautiously.  Immediately after the bridge you will see the cute little area on your left next to Wedge Creek with a fire ring and picnic table.  The very solid picnic table is a clue to the age of this seemingly forgotten little spot and likely dates back well before the 1990's, which doesn't seem old, but of course predates most of the development in Whistler.

Wedge Creek Bridge

Wedge Creek Bridge

Wedge Creek Bridge

Wedge Creek Bridge View

Wedge Creek Bridge Side View

Wedge Creek from Railway

The Green Lake Loop Along Wedge Creek

About 30 metres after the bridge and picnic table you will see an unmarked trail on your left, this is the Green Lake Loop. This section of the Green Lake Loop takes you through the nice, dark forest along Wedge Creek.  The trail zigzags through the forest and brushes up against Wedge Creek a few times to give you fantastic views over this crashing creek.

Green Lake Loop Wedge Creek

Along the serene stretch of the Green Lake Loop along Wedge Creek you encounter a couple of very inviting areas ideal for a camp.  These areas, similar to the one near the Wedge Creek bridge are decades old and mostly forgotten.  As with everything within Whistler's municipal boundary camping is not permitted, but stealth camping easily goes unnoticed.

Wedge Creek MSR Hubba Hubba Tent

Just a couple metres from your tent you get this view of Wedge Creek crashing by.  Notice all the huge, rounded boulders in the creek as well as piled up in the distance.  This little camping area shows signs of being a fair bit more elaborate and spacious.  Along the creek running north the clearing continues for about 15 metres and is too perfectly flat to be natural.  Though the forest has moved in to some degree with little trees and bushes, it hints at a lot of usage decades ago.

Crashing Wedge Creek

Wedge Creek Falls

The Green Lake Loop sharply ascends up a steep switchback and connects to the Sea to Sky Trail, which is effectively a gravel road here.  The usually open yellow gate at the trailhead parking area for ParkhurstGreen Lake Loop and the Sea to Sky Trail is this road.  Where the Green Lake Loop merges with the Sea to Sky Trail, you turn right to continue on toward Parkhurst.  If you turn left and walk down the gravel road (Sea to Sky Trail) for 1 minute you come to the Wedge Creek Falls bridge.  Wedge Creek Falls is beautiful with its ever-present tangle of logs crisscrossing it.

Green Lake Loop Wedge Creek Falls

Wedge Creek Falls is not only very beautiful in a wild, idyllic and picture-perfect way, but also because hiking along the right side of it takes you to one serenely beautiful rocky outcrop after another.  On a sunny day these areas are a tranquil, forest paradise as the ice cold glacier water crashes all around you.  The trail on the right side of Wedge Creek Falls is not so much a trail as a route as the terrain is rocky, steep and constantly changing.  Overall it is not to tough and is pretty fun as you climb over boulders, fallen trees and emerge at dozens of nice viewpoints as well as areas down by the creek itself.

Above Wedge Creek Falls

Wedge Creek Trails and Routes Map

The Wedge Creek Falls Trail is easy to find despite being mostly unmarked.  It starts to the right of Wedge Creek Falls and winds its way up through the wild and deep forest along the edge of Wedge Creek.  Wedge Creek Falls is found on the access road section of the Sea to Sky Trail not far from the Parkhurst Ghost Town and Sea to Sky Trail parking.  If you walk from your car up the Sea to Sky Trail you will come to a vehicle bridge over Wedge Creek and the falls will be on your left.

Wedge Creek Map v4

The Wedge Creek Falls Trail

The Wedge Creek Falls Trail is marked occasionally with flagging tape, but for the most part you make your own way up the erratic terrain.  Fridge sized boulders, steep slopes and fallen trees make hiking along the creek surprisingly fun and not too challenging. 

Wedge Creek 11

You are usually a few metres above the creek, but occasionally you spot an enticing gap and a friendly slope down to the water.  Still just a short distance from the falls, you already feel miles from civilisation.  Little gravel areas, steep cliffs all around and fallen trees leaning precariously above your head make each discovered world more wild and beautiful than the last.

Wedge Creek 12

Further along the trail you find yourself climbing higher and higher until you are about 15 metres above Wedge Creek and the sound of the crashing water far below seems amplified by the chasm it flows through.

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Beautiful Wedge Creek

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Parkhurst Ghost Town

The Wedge Creek Falls Trail is very close to Parkhurst Ghost Town.  If you parked at the Parkhurst/Sea to Sky Trail parking area just down from Wedge Creek Falls then you have two ways to get to Parkhurst.  The Sea to Sky Trail or the Parkhurst Trail.  There is quite a lot to see in Parkhurst and on a sunny day it is a wonderful place to hike.

Parkhurst Map Complete v14

More Info for Parkhurst Ghost Town

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Two Fantastic Books About BC Hiking!

Scrambles in SW BCA Passion for MountainsHere are two excellent books on hiking and geology of British Columbia.  Matt Gunn's Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia includes the various routes to the summit of Wedge Mountain as well as summit routes to the neighbouring peaks, Weart, Cook, Parkhurst and Rethel.  Mount Weart is the second highest mountain in Garibaldi Park and is located just north of Wedge Mountain, separated by the Wedge-Weart Col.  Published in 2005, Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia is still the best guide in print or online.  A Passion for Mountains by Kathryn Bridge is a fascinating look at Don and Phyllis Munday's prolific exploration of the mountains in BC.  Based out of Vancouver, they were dominant figures of the climbing community in the early 1900's.  In 1923 they visited their friend Neal Carter in Alta Lake(Whistler) and explored the mountains around the valley.. many for the first time!

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