For novice to expert hikers looking to get some exercise and get off the beaten path, with or without their dogs. Escape the crowds in Whistler Village and check out Whistler’s alpine lakes for a peaceful tour or picnic paradise.
BC Parks has great info on hikes up to beautiful alpine lakes in and around Whistler. If you haven’t been up to Joffre Lakes yet, here is an excerpt from the posting on the site, where you will find all the info you need to get up and get going…
Steeply rising from Lower Joffre Lake, the glacier-laden peaks are visible from an easily accessible viewpoint 500 metres from the parking lot. If you carry on, the trail becomes a rough, rocky and steep hike through the Coast Mountain range.
A highlight of the park is the turquoise blue waters of Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes, all three of which are located along the trail, and each more stunning than the last. Their striking, saturated blue colour is caused by “rockflour” – or glacial silt – that is suspended in the water and reflects green and blue wavelengths of sunlight. Joffre Lakes Provincial Park has opportunities for hiking, camping, mountaineering, wildlife viewing, and fishing.
Dogs are allowed and must be kept on a leash at all times in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Please pick up after your dog and pack out all waste. There are no garbage facilities beyond the parking lot at Joffre Lakes.
To find out more first hand from those who have done the trek you can Read Joffre Lakes reviews here.
There are a multitude of alpine lakes to explore and many are dog friendly for all hikers from beginner to expert. Whistler Hiatus features an awesome “Best Of” list of hikes for all outdoor enthusiasts. From the well trodden to the remote lakes you will find something to please, here are a few to tempt you…
The Rainbow Lake trail is a convenient and popular trail near Whistler Village. It is a consistently uphill and very beautiful trail with several water (bridge) crossings and waterfalls on the way to the picture-perfect lake.
Beverly Lake is reached by following the trail toward Rainbow Mountain. Beverly Lake is about an hours hike from Rainbow Lake. The restrictions at Rainbow Lake for camping, swimming etc make Beverly Lake a great option.
Loggers Lake is an amazing little lake hidden up in the deep forest above the more well known Cheakamus River. The lake, almost unbelievably exists in a long extinct volcano.
Find many more hikes here to keep you and your canine companion fit all summer long.
Yes there are lakes on Whistler Mountain. Several of them. Granted, there will be more tourists around, but you may be surprised how few actually hike away from the lifts and mountain-top restaurants.
It’s nice up there… and the lifts do most of the work for you. Check out this video for quick peak from The Peak of Whistler…
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