July 16 – 21: We spent 6 days hiking and relaxing in Whistler. We had great weather and absolutely fell in love with the area. If it were even remotely affordable, it would be a fantastic place to live.
Hike 1: Brandywine Meadows
This hike has 2 trailheads: one at a lower elevation with easier road access, and one 5km up a steep, high-clearance, 4WD road. We went about a kilometre up the more difficult road before deciding to double back and take it easier on our truck (aka home). One thing of note is that we tried to use the directions from the new 105 Hikes in Southwestern BC, but the author got left and right mixed up and then was not clear with directions thereafter. We used the old directions and arrived just fine.
It was a steep but rewarding hike. The meadows up top were beautiful.
Hike 2: Wedgemount Lake
This was a grueling slog up a relentless slope (17.6% grade). We had to dig deep for the last hour. It is a stunning view up top! Worth the effort, for sure, but I doubt I’ll go up there again. Once was enough!
Hike 3: Musical Bumps
This day was perfect. We had looked into bypassing the cost of the chairlift by hiking up, but everyone we talked to and everything we read said that the trails up Whistler were closed this summer. So we sucked it up and bought a lift pass and all-you-can-eat buffet combo for a whopping $90 per person.
The gondola took about 25 minutes up and offered great views of the valley. We took the Peak2Peak over to Blackcomb and back and then took the chairlift up to the peak where we started our hike.
We hiked the High Note trail to the Musical Bumps trail and back down to Roundhouse Lodge. We then proceeded to eat all that we could eat 🙂