Nairn Falls Provincial Park Whistler Area Hiking Trails
Nairn Falls is a wonderful, crashing and chaotic waterfall that surrounds you from the deluxe viewing platform that allows you to safely watch it from above. The beautiful, green water rushes through the deep and angular channels of rock. Though the BC Parks website describes Nairn Falls as 60 metres high, the description is misleading. The falls crash through various narrow and wide areas, and though the cumulative drop is 60 metres, what you see is a series of 10 to 20 metre falls.
There are a nicely constructed railing, fence and viewing area and walkway that guides you to the best views. With such abruptly steep rock all around, the area would be potentially dangerous. Evidently there have been deaths here before. A cross, reverently placed across the chasm from the viewing platform, indicates of some tragic event.
Nairn Falls Provincial Park is located just a short 20 minute drive north of Whistler. From the large parking lot the well marked trail runs along the Green River for 1.2k to Nairn Falls. The trail is very easy and is hike-able year-round. Though considerable snow falls in the winter months here, the trail remains passable.
There is quite a large and beautiful campground at Nairn Falls as well. Located right next to the parking lot there are 94 vehicle accessed campsites that disappear into the forest adjacent to the Green River. The campground is open May 11 - September 30. The other months the entry gate is locked to the park and a small, highway-side parking area is used to access the park. The charge for camping is $18 per party, per night, during the months the campground is open. Outside of that window there is obviously no charge and you won't be prohibited from camping during the off season.
From the parking lot, a hiking trail also goes along the Green River in the opposite direction to Nairn Falls. This 2k trail takes you to One Mile Lake excellent for swimming.
Dogs are welcome at Nairn Falls Provincial Park, however bikes are not. There is a hand operated water pump, picnic tables and pit toilets. There is no charge for entry to the park or for parking. The only fees in the park are for overnight camping.
Directions to Nairn Falls Provincial Park Whistler Area Hiking Trails
Nairn Falls is very easy to find, just a 20 minute drive north of Whistler. From Whistler Village, head north on Highway 99, at 28km you will see the parking lot on your right.
Other Whistler Area Waterfalls:
Alexander Falls: (25 minute drive south of Whistler): Drive right to falls
Brandywine Falls: (20 minute drive south of Whistler): Easy, flat trail, 1k hike to falls
Rainbow Falls: (20 minute drive north of Whistler): Steep but short trail, 0.5k hike to falls
Shannon Falls: (45 minute drive south of Whistler): Steep but short trail, 0.3k hike to falls
Wedgemount Falls: (10 minute drive north of Whistler): Steep and very difficult trail, 5k hike to falls viewpoint