Staff Picks Top Five Beginner XC Trails :
|MOLLY HOGAN - Along with Tin Pants, Molly Hogan (9.3 mile trail ) is perhaps the best of the easy Lost Lake trails. The trail winds through beautiful forest on the east side of Lost Lake.The green trails (Molly Hogan, Tin Pants) are gravel hard pack and are a blast to drift in the corners and skip out on some technical climbs.The network of single and double track trails provides fun and skill development opportunities for every rider.These beautifully crafted trails bring you to some amazing vistas across the Whistler Valley, down to the shore line of many of the valley lakes or link into the continuous trail network that circles the Whistler Village.The trail is really a lot of fun, set deep into the forest with plenty of light and good width to the track. Some corners are a little sharp and a few hills….You end up coming out at the food stand at Lost Lake… Just follow the paved trail out to the gravel road and head towards the village…Just before the Austrian House and Fitzsimmons bridge on your right is the entrance to Tin Pants…Find your way to Lost Lake via the Lost Lake loop or Blackcomb Way and Lost Lake Road. From the warming hut, follow the loop trail in a counter-clockwise direction and after a few metres you will see a signed trail on your right.|
|BRANDYWINE TRAIL - is a nice hike/ride in a massive flower filled valley high up in the Callaghan Valley. Located 40 minutes south of Whistler, this tough and sometimes muddy trail gains a huge 550 metres of elevation in just 3k (trailhead to valley). The trailhead is tricky to find and involves a fairly long gravel road journey that is passable without a 4×4, but barely.The route is strewn with potholes and some loose rock sections. Brandywine Meadows is used mainly for snowmobiling in the winter monthsand the bumpy ex-logging road to the trailhead is in poor condition in the summer.The hike takes you to the beautiful Brandywine Meadows stretching into the distance along a cute, meandering river. The valleys far end leads to Brandywine Mountain. The mountains in the area, including Brandywine are hike-able, though the trails, if any are faint and unmarked. There are no camping facilities in Brandywine Meadows, however, the seemingly endless valley offers plenty of tent sites.September and even October are possibly the best months to explore Brandywine Meadows. No snow, bugs or hikers to take away from the wonderful solitude of this great spot in the Callaghan Valley. As the Callaghan Valley is outside of Garibaldi Park, dogs a welcome in Brandywine Meadows.Once you are satisfied with your time in the meadows, make your way back to the trail as you take in a scenic view of Black Tusk in the distance on a clear day.Make sure to go right at the junction and continue down the steep hill, through the muddy section, and the other steep hill until you reach the trailhead where you started.|
|GREEN LAKE LOOKOUT TRAIL - is just a few metres off of the Sea to Sky Trail. Back on the Sea to Sky Trail the wide gravel and somewhat steep switchbacks begin. Only a few zig-zags and you find yourself already quite high above Green Lake. This section of the trail is remarkably windy which makes it quite fun as your view constantly changes.You quickly realize how difficult it must have been to construct this part of the trail as you find yourself along cliffs looking down on Green Lake and across to the now distant Whistler Mountain.Shortly after the summit of the trail, near the 6k shown on the map above you pass two faint trails on your left heading towards Green Lake. These are the start and finish of a ring trail that takes you through Parkhurst. A thriving logging town decades ago, now a ghost town that is well worth seeing as it is located on the shores of Green Lake with some stunning views of Whistler.
Back on the main trail it begins to descend towards the Green River at the Sea to Sky Highway turnoff to Wedgemount Lake. This is a great place to park if hiking/biking the trail as the next .8k of the trail is incomplete and not yet very interesting.
These are easy trails, accessible from the Village and will take you around lost lake and over to green lake. You’ll find lots of nice viewpoints as well as spur trails heading off in all directions.