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 in Whistler. I honestly think it’s one of the best hikes in Whistler because it has something for everyone, whether you have young kids or mobility issues, want to get out for a quick hike, or simply want to enjoy the fresh air.
Plus there’s a beautiful new-ish suspension bridge over a stunning turquoise Cheakamus River and waterfall for all you buddying 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 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 Train Wreck Hike to your list of things to see and do.
Here are the details for Whistler’s Train Wreck Hike:
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
How to get to Whistler’s Train Wreck Hike:
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.
Have you done this hike or is it on your list?
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