Blackcomb Mountain Trails are Very NiceBlackcomb Mountain holds an impressive and ever growing array of hiking trails. From the moment you step off the Solar Coaster chairlift and you arrive at the Rendezvous Lodge, you see hiking trails ascend into the distance. The Rendezvous Lodge is home to a cafeteria style restaurant, a fine dining restaurant, gift shops, washrooms, and quite a lot else.

  • Little effort, amazing alpine scenery
  • Easily escape the crowds by hiking longer trails
  • Rendezvous Lodge is great for dining & drinking
  • Accessing alpine terrain beyond trails is easy
  • Unmarked route to Russet Lake lays beyond marked trails
  • Bivouacking beyond marked trails is amazing
  • Extraordinary views of Whistler Mountain & more
  • Distant Overlord Glacier is stunning
  • Very organized trails & route markers/maps
  • Access is restricted by snow to early June

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Whether you are doing a long hike or just one of the short ones, stopping here before and after for a meal and/or a beer is almost essential.  Blackcomb Mountain has come alive with beautiful hiking trails in recent years.  With the 2008 addition of the Peak 2 Peak Gondola which connects Blackcomb to Whistler, the demand for mountain trails is higher than ever.

A dozen years ago, you would just have had some rough hiking trails to follow, and not many hikers to follow them.  Now you have mapboards, trail signs, viewpoint seating areas and six popular, named trails to hike. The majority of the Blackcomb Mountain trails are easy and relaxing, however the Decker Loop Trail at the far end of Blackcomb is very challenging and spectacularly scenic. For the most part, you will find yourself winding through a nice alpine forest scattered with enormous fields of erratics leading to one great viewpoint after another.

You can hike for as little as 15 minutes or more than 3 hours, depending on the trail or trails you choose to follow.  Blackcomb Lake and Blackcomb Peak that looms far above it are the most popular destinations for hikers and getting there and back can be done in a couple hours.

The trails begin at the Rendezvous Lodge at the heart of Blackcomb Mountain. You have two ways to get here and both require paying for access to Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. An adult day pass is $60 and a pass good for the whole summer is just $100. These give you access to all the chair lifts and gondolas that access hiking trails as well as the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

Blackcomb Trails Range from Easy to ChallengingThere are two ways to go up or down the mountains and a good idea is to use one way up and another way down to add to the variety.  A good way to start up the mountain is to begin by taking the Wizard Express chairlift in the Upper Village.  The Upper Village is where you find some of the more luxurious hotels in Whistler.  The Fairmont and the Four Seasons are located in the Upper Village.  If you are staying in Whistler Village, the Upper Village is just a short and very scenic, 10 minute walk away.  Also in the Upper Village in the summer months you will find several kid friendly activities such as trampolines, mini go-carts, a human maze, mini golf, horse riding, and quite a lot more.

Blackcomb View from Rendezvous Lodge

Chairlifts on Blackcomb MountainThe Wizard Express is a beautiful way to get to Blackcomb's hiking trails.  Especially on a sunny day, riding a quad(4-person) chairlift up the mountain is like a carnival ride up a beautiful mountain forest.  You have wonderful views immediately.  Looking back on the Upper Village, you look down on the Fairmont(hotel) and moments later can see beyond the Upper Village to Lost Lake, Alta Lake and Green Lake.  To your right you get stunning views of Whistler Mountain through breaks in the alpine forest.  The Wizard Express ends only half way up Blackcomb and you have to hop off and walk a couple dozen metres to get on the Solar Coaster Express, another quad chairlift.

Chairlifts on Blackcomb MountainThe Solar Coaster Express launches you further up Blackcomb Mountain and into the alpine.  You will start to feel the cold alpine air on the Solar Coaster Express as you will have gained over 1000 metres or almost 4000 feet since you left the Upper Village.  Shorts and a t-shirt, that felt comfortable just a few minutes ago, are now inadequate in all but sunny days up here.  Bring a jacket or sweater just in case or buy one at the well stocked store in the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb.  The Solar Coaster Express drops you off high up the mountain at the Rendezvous Lodge.  This is the main centre of activity for Blackcomb Mountain year-round.  The Peak 2 Peak Gondola also stops here.  The Rendezvous Lodge is a destination on its own.  A small pub, huge restaurant/cafeteria, gift shop and a up scale restaurant here ensure that you have lots to choose from. Christine's is a very nice restaurant perched on the edge of the building and with spectacular views from every table.  If you don't stop in this beautiful restaurant for a meal or just a drink, you are missing one of the most amazing and usually overlooked restaurants in Whistler.  Though the restaurant looks and feels very upscale, the prices are not... and the views are sensational. 

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