Whistler Train Wreck Hike is probably one of the hikes (let’s be honest, it’s more of a walk) that I recommend most. I think it’s one of the best things to do in Whistler in the summer. Whether you have young kids or mobility limitations, want to get out for a quick hike, or simply want to enjoy the fresh air, it has something for everyone. Below is everything you need to know, like directions to get there to Whistler Train Wreck Hike, how long is it, and more!
Whistler Train Wreck Hike has a beautiful suspension bridge over the stunning turquoise Cheakamus River and a waterfall for all you budding photographers or Instagrammers. And of course, the Train Wreck site itself, which is an old train derailment from the 1950’s that’s been abandoned in the old-growth forest and covered in graffiti, is super interesting to see.
Up until a few years ago, the only access to Whistler Train Wreck was by following the train tracks (totally illegal) from Function Junction and knowing where the trailhead was. It was so popular however, they finally had to build a proper – and safe – access point. So it CAN be a bit busier than it used to be but the pros far outweigh the cons. And honestly, it’s just such a beautiful part of Whistler that you can access without having to hike into the alpine. If you are looking for an easy hike in Whistler to add to your summer itinerary, you need to add the Whistler Train Wreck Hike to your list of things to see and do.
Train Wreck Hike Details:
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time: 1 hour
- Distance: 2km Round-Trip
- When: Year round (ensure you have appropriate footwear in the winter)
- Pet-friendly: Yes, just keep your dogs on a leash
- Parking: Yes. You can find Google Map directions to Whistler Train Wreck parking lot HERE.
Directions to the Trailhead:
The Train Wreck hike and suspension bridge is located on the south end of Whistler in the Cheakamus neighbourhood (across Highway 99 from Function Junction). Turn east off the highway and follow Cheakamus Lakes Road. After you cross a bridge, you’ll see signage for Train Wreck on the right. Turn right when you see the signage then follow the road to the end. The trailhead is located at the bottom of the road on the right hand side and parking is about 100m past the trailhead on the left. You can find the Whistler Train Wreck parking lot on Google Maps HERE.
Your Questions About Whistler Train Wreck Hike, Answered
How long is Train Wreck Hike in Whistler?
Train Wreck Hike in Whistler is 2 km round-trip and takes about an hour to complete.
How far is the Train Wreck from Whistler Village?
Train Wreck Hike trailhead is 9.4 km from Whistler Village. It is located in the Cheakamus neighboured in the most southern part of Whistler, across the highway from Function Junction. It takes approximately 10 minutes by car from the heart of Whistler village.
How many cars are in the Whistler Train Wreck?
There are 7 train cars that make up Whistler’s Train Wreck Hike location. They are covered in graffiti art and scattered about the area.
What is the story behind the Whistler Train Wreck?
Train Wreck Hike is an old train derailment from the 1950’s that’s been abandoned in Whistler’s old-growth forest. Apparently the train was going too fast for the curve in the track, which was under repair, causing the train boxes to come off.
Have you done this hike or is it on your list? Tell me in the comments below!
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