Hybrid Routes

Valley Trail - 40 km paved pedestrian/bicycle trail that links parks, beaches, neighbourhoods, and playgrounds to Whistler Village. It runs from Cheakamus Crossing to Green Lake and Emerald Estates. It is popular with cyclists, strollers, walkers, dogs, and families. It’s the perfect place to go for a gentle ride with the family and cruise to the lakeside beach for a swim and a picnic. For the more adventurous biker there is also technical singletracks, the Lost Lake trails and hundreds of miles of networked trails through old growth forest to choose from, all within minutes from the Whistler Village. So after a day of riding runs like Emerald Forest and River Runs Through It, you can easily find your way back to a Village patio for a refereshing drink. The trails are well signed and offer challenges and excitement for intermediate to advanced riders. Explore Whistler by taking the extensive valley trail network from one end of Whistler to the other. Enjoy the many lakes,rivers and tourist attractions the Valley Trail has to offer.     Valley Trail Map

 
Top Five Staff Valley Trail Destinations :

1. Green Lake – trail was originally a hydro line service road north of Whistler.

Green Lake has morphed into fairly strenuous but moderate single track that is best ridden from north to south making it an off -road alternative to the highway for getting from the Wedgemount area to Lost Lake and the Village or as a loop incorporating the highway north.

Expect views of Green Lake and Rainbow Glacier. Begin 12 km north of the Village right at the Wedgemount turnoff and right after the Green River bridge.Follow the road, keeping right, to a bridge over Wedge Creek that parallels the railway bridge. Just past the bridge on the left is the slightly obscured single-track entrance.

At the base of the second major climb a right at the junction will bring you down to Parkhurst, an old mill site (more recently squatter community) with funky gardens, derelict equipment and buildings. You will have to return by the same path to the Green Lake Loop and continue right to Lost Lake.

Trail is mostly in second growth, but gets lots of light, especially in the fall after the leaves have fallen. Some steady climbs, but nothing that’ll cost you a lung. Generally gravelly to rocky, but lots of double track. A good little after work toot, or a great way to get back from Kill Me, Thrill Me.

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2. Alta Lake – Beautiful views above the Whistler Golf Club.  Almost constant panoramic views of Whistler, Blackcomb and Wedge mountains.  A little old growth forest of massive Western Redcedars, and more than half of the route along the majestic Alta Lake.

This trail, like the Whistler Golf Course 4.3k, is accessible directly from Whistler Village, or from the convenient and free parking at the end of Lorimer Rd, just a 5 minute drive from anywhere in Whistler.  Print this excellent whistler.com map or get one from almost anywhere in Whistler Village. The trail can be accessed from Whistler Village under the Sea to Sky Highway via the underpass near the Conference Centre and getting on the Valley Trail heading in either direction.  This connecting route is indicated on the above map in blue.

If you are not staying in the Village, then you can drive to the free parking at the end of Lorimer Rd.  From here you will see the excellent, Valley Trail signs directing you.  The red line indicates the 7.7k route.This beautiful trail runs along or near Alta lake for half of the 7.7k.  The other half of the run goes through Rainbow park or along the beautiful Whistler Golf Course.  There is a short section of Alta Lake Road that you run along but even this has some amazing views over the lake.
There are several hills on this route, but none too difficult or long. The  4.8k route around the Whistler Golf Course is regularly plowed of snow in winter and is ideal.

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3. Lost Lake – Whistler Lost Lake Park trails network. Lots of mountain bike rides close to Whistler village. The focus of the park is, as one might guess: the Lake. Lost is the one of the first swimmin’ holes to warm up in the spring and offers everything from a sandy family beach, to a “doggy” beach and just far enough away, the nudie dock, in case you forgot your bathing suit.

The layout is anchored by a network of double track cross-country ski trails with a progression to newly constructed green level, crush surfaced single-tracks like Molly Hogan and Tin Pants and further to more natural intermediate trails like the Zappa Trails: Peaches en Regailia, Dynamo Hum etc.

The new trails are all named, signed and tend to be a little easier, often providing welcome uphill options.
The most interesting and difficult rides are the original old school paths many of which have been compromised, segmented by the new trail construction, go unsigned and tend to be a little more rugged but are gems.

Keep your eyes peeled for the roads less traveled and try them out. Most everything can be ridden in either direction.

The closest entry point from the Village is at the northeast corner of the skier’s parking lot. If you’re coming from the north, the best access is behind the Nicklaus North Golf Club, and over the Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge.



4. Creekside - As the original base of Whistler Mountain and site of the first gondola, the ‘Creek’, as locals call it, is a laid-back, family kind of place that is only 7 kilometres from the hustle and bustle of the main Village. The Creekside was also the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Take a ride to Creekside to enjoy the many shops and restaurants away from the busyness of the village.

5. Olympic Athletes Village - ALocated six kilometres south of Whistler Village and within Whistler municipal boundaries, Cheakamus Crossing was home to more than 3,500 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and officials during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bike down to Cheakamus crossing to check out the athletes village. See where the olympic athletes were housed during the game.