Whistler Train Wreck Hike is probably one of the hikes (let’s be honest, it’s more of a walk) that I recommend most for anyone looking for things to do during the summer. I think it’s one of the best hikes in Whistler because it has something for everyone, whether you have young kids or mobility limitations, want to get out for a quick hike, or simply want to enjoy the fresh air. 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.
Whistler Train Wreck Hike Details:
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time: 1 hour
- Distance: 2km Round-Trip
- When: Year round (just ensure you have appropriate footwear in the winter)
- Pet-friendly: Yes, just keep your dogs on a leash
- Parking: Yes. Google Map directions to Whistler Train Wreck parking lot can be found HERE.
Whistler Train Wreck Hike Directions:
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. You’ll cross a bridge and a bit further up you’ll see signage for Train Wreck on the right. Turn right 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.
Have you done this hike or is it on your list?