Where To Hike In Whistler This Fall

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With the summer heat behind us and winter approaching, now  is the perfect time to fill your days hiking around the mountains. The cool crisp air, changing of the leaves, and smaller crowds are just a few of the reasons you need to hit the paths this fall. Check out some of our favourite hikes in Whistler below.

Hiking in Whistler

Amanda Scheller hiking it up in Whistler. Photo: Caley Vanular

The Blackcomb Ascent Trails

New to the scene, phase one of the Blackcomb Ascent Trails is now open from Village to top of Wizard Express. People who have hiked it have said it is easier than Vancouver’s Grouse Grind but still works up a serious sweat. When phase 2 is complete, it may be a different story ; ).

Location: Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler, BC.

Local Tips: Wizard is closed for the season, so anyone who hikes up throughout the fall will have to hike down as well (in case you were thinking of jumping on the Wizard for a ride down!).

Nairn Falls Provincial Park

Looking for a short hike (2.4 kilometres [1.5 miles] round trip) that rewards you with an awesome waterfall? Look no further than Nairn Falls Provincial Park. Located 20 minutes north of Whistler, this is the perfect little hike to fit into a busy schedule.

Location: Nairn Falls Provincial Park, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

Local Tips: Pack a lunch! This hike has a couple epic spots to take a break and take in the views.

What you need: A car, running shoes, and about 2.5 hours to spare. Oh, and a camera!

Harmony Lake Loop

Don’t forget to go up the mountain in the fall. It is seriously a hidden gem and all the weather that comes through creates dramatic scenery for great photos and views. One of my favourite hikes is the Harmony Lake Loop as it exposes a side of the mountain most people don’t get to see without snow on it!

Location: Whistler Mountain, Whistler, BC

Local Tips: Check the Whistler Blackcomb webcams to get an accurate idea of what the weather is like.

What You Need: A sightseeing ticket or season pass will get you up the mountain to hike weekends and holidays September 19 to October 9.

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Overlord Trail

Take this trail to ridge climb to rugged views of mountain peaks and glaciers including Overlord Mountain, the highest point in the Fitzsimmons Range. This trail is a geological explanation of how the mountains were shaped by glaciation and volcanic activity.

Location: Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler, BC.

Local Tips: Plan your hike for the weekend when the lifts are running and start early on this 9-kilometre (5.6-mile) round-trip hike! You’ll want to make it back before the lifts close or you’ll be walking down.

What you need: A sightseeing ticket or season pass will get you up the mountain to hike weekends and holidays from September 19 to October 9.

Planning on doing some of these hikes? Remember that in the fall there may be quick changes in weather and/or snow, so be prepared.

What are your favourite hikes in Whistler? Let us know in the comments below.