But first, a tip. My best advice for seeking out an epic hike is to ask the locals. When visiting a hiking destinations, chances are an outdoor gear or rental shop will be in the vicinity. These folks can advise you on popular trails nearby, directions, trail difficulty, conditions, etc. We came upon our first hike, Cheakamus Trail, by the recommendation of the local adventure store.
1. Cheamakus Trail, Garibaldi Provincial Park
Much of the rivers and lakes in Whistler are creamy turquoise, unlike anything I've ever seen, because its water is glacial melt. Is it clean enough to drink? I recommend sticking to your bottled water with a follow-up beer after the trail!
Upon finishing the hike, we recommend a stop at Whistler Brewing Company just across the 99 Highway. They have a wide selection of brews on tap, food, and we met a lot of great locals who gave us good visitor tips, such as the recommendation for Wedge Rafting.
2. Rainbow Trail
The Rainbow Trail is a beautiful hike, taking you through forest, numerous stream crossings, waterfalls and ultimately to an ice covered lake overlooking snow capped mountains. While I was definitely sore afterwards, this hike was absolutely worth it and deserving of its reputation.
3. Whistler Train Wreck
Approximately 3 miles out and back, it's a pleasant, easy hike along the Cheakamus River and beautiful forest. Resources say the trail is dog-friendly, but the sharp rocks along the train tracks would be painful for pet paws. This is a worthwhile jaunt for every Whistler visitor.
4. Stawamus Chief Trail
Regarding the video, the Chumash are the native people of Central California. Squamish is also a native people and the name of this town.
Anna Fleming, the Curly Vagabond, roams like a local, searching for adventure, tasty cuisine and the best craft beer; all with a sense of humor and a budget any working stiff could appreciate. Home base is Oceanside, CA in North San Diego County.