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October Hiking in Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park

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Average Whistler Village temperatures in October range from 3c to 16c (38f to 60f)

Ancient Cedars - Whistler Hiking TrailsHiking in Whistler in October is often fantastic.  The days are much shorter and colder but the mountains are alive with colour from the fall leaves.  On the higher elevations there is often a dusting of snow that makes everything look amazing.  Picking a full moon evening to to hike in a place like Joffre Lakes or Wedgemount Lake makes for an incredible night or day hike in the mountains.  Some great places to go hiking in October are places like Ancient Cedars.  Just a short drive from Whistler Village takes you up Cougar Mountain along a bumpy logging road to this 5k roundtrip hike to some of Whistler's most impressive trees.  Ancient Cedars was inadvertently missed by logging years ago and has now become a cherished Parkhurst Ghost Town - Whistler Hikingforest of massive trees. Parkhurst Ghost Town is another great October hike.  Best accessed by canoe from across Green Lake, this amazing piece of Whistler history is particularly beautiful with gold and orange leaves everywhere giving it an eerie calm about it.  This abandoned decades ago ghost town is a relic of Whistler's varied past.  Long before it was the paradise resort town it became, Whistler was a fishing and logging town.  Parkhurst was a logging town, perched on the shores of Green Lake and on the rail line.  Some of the most picturesque hikes of the year can be done in October, but you do have to be prepared to deal Cheakamus Lake - Best Whistler Hiking Trailswith the cold, wet and darkness that comes with fall in Whistler.  Cheakamus Lake and Rainbow Lake are amazing in October as they have such wonderful forests.  The trail to Cheakamus Lake takes you through an amazing forest of giant cedars that fill the forest with their amazing aroma.  This forest is so packed with ancient giants that year to year the trail is adjusted by a monster of a tree fallen across the trail during some winter storm.  Rainbow Lake - Best Whistler Hiking TrailsSometimes the trail bends around these behemoths, but more often they are laboriously chainsawed by BC Parks staff.  The more enormous of these remain as fixtures of the trail.  Either edging the trail or as a mighty obstacle to climb over.   The Rainbow Lake trail is a convenient and popular trail near Whistler Village.  It is a consistently uphill and very beautiful trail with several water (bridge) crossings and waterfalls on the way to the picture-perfect lake.  There are a few views of the valley across to Whistler, Blackcomb, and Wedge Mountains.  Few views, though fantastic.  Rainbow lake itself is Rainbow Park - Best Whistler Hiking Trailsbeautiful and has branching trails that extend further beyond the lake.  There are several highlights along the Rainbow Trail.  Several waterfall and idyllic creek crossings as well as two somewhat elaborate bridges.  Located in such a hostile environment that one of these bridges has to be removed annually before the huge snowfalls come in December. Rainbow Falls, near the trailhead is easily missed as it requires a short, two minute side Shannon Falls in Squamishtrail to find.  It is located about five minutes into the Rainbow Trail and your best bet to find it is to keep bearing right along the first couple trail branches.  Don't worry about getting lost here though as all the trails reconnect further along the trail when you briefly exit the forest at the water treatment building.  Have a look at the best places to hike in Whistler here.. and the best easy places to hike in Whistler here.. Just a short drive south of Whistler in Squamish there are some great hiking trips, excellent in October.  Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief are great and relatively easy.  Roundtrip to see both from the same trailhead a Shannon Falls should only take you about 3 hours.  Further south in Vancouver there are some amazing hikes with great views of Howe Sound including, the Lions, St Mark's Summit and many more.  An easy, yet amazing array of hiking trails can be found at Lighthouse Park just a short drive from the Sea to Sky Highway.  If you've not seen this park and are driving to or from Vancouver you should take a look.  The trails run from 2k to 10k and have fantastic ocean views across to Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge.

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November Hiking in Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park

Average Whistler Village temperatures in November range from -1c to 5c. (30f to 41f)

Nairn Falls - Best Whistler Hiking TrailsNovember in Whistler is when the temperatures plummet and the first heavy snow falls.  The hiking opportunities become limited to easier and lower elevation hikes such as to Nairn Falls, Brandywine Falls and Rainbow Falls.  Waterfalls are a great in Whistler, huge and impressive.  Also, most can be accessed year-round. Alexander Falls, for example, you can drive right to the viewpoint across from the falls.  Even in the depths of winter the road to it is plowed and access is easy and safe. Brandywine Falls is another great, short and easily accessible site to see in Whistler in November.  It is located just 20 minutes south of Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway.  Look for the sign if you are driving up from Vancouver and you can't miss it.  The hike is an easy and nice trail that takes less than 15 minutes from your car to the falls viewing platform.  North of Whistler, just a 20 minute drive Brandywine Falls - Best Whistler Hiking Trailsaway you will find Nairn Falls Provincial Park and a wonderful trail along the Green River that leads to Nairn Falls.  The trail from your car to the falls should only take you about 20 minutes and it is beautiful anytime of the year.  Even on a rainy, November day.  All of the amazing hikes such as Joffre Lakes, Wedgemount Lake, Garibaldi Lake, Black Tusk, Helm Creek and all the rest will now require snowshoes to do.. and least mid to late in November.  This makes for some tough, though very rewarding hikes.  Often starting with snowshoesTaylor Meadows in Garibaldi Provincial Park Whistler BC fastened to backpacks until the higher elevations on the trail, where they become necessary.  Certainly a lot of caution has to be taken in November as getting caught out in bad weather can quickly obscure the trail and leave you lost in the wilderness.  Bad weather makes the various huts around Whistler appealing to hike to.  There are several.  The Wedgemount Hut, the Russet Lake Hut and the Elfin Lakes Hut are just three of the more amazing ones.  Joffre Lakes is one of the most beautiful lakes you are likely to ever Joffre Lakes - Best Whistler Hiking Trailssee.  There are three lakes and they get progressively more beautiful.  By the third lake the intense blue is breathtaking.  The mighty Matier Glacier rises above the third lake, making the experience even more spectacular.  The trail is rough and tricky in some parts, but not terribly difficult.  The trail is 5k to the third lake so give yourself 1.5 - 2 hours(one way).  Lots of trail construction work happened in 2013 and even a new section of trail was built just before the third(Upper Joffre) lake.  Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is centred around the three Joffre Lakes.  All of them are beautiful on their own and each more beautiful than the last.  Frozen over in the winter, you won't be able to marvel at the amazing turquoise colours the lakes, caused by light reflecting off Wedgemount Lake - Best Whistler Hiking Trailsof the particles of glacial silt suspended in the water.  In the winter, with the lakes frozen and the trees weighed down with snow, Joffre Lakes takes on a serene beauty, with the low sun cutting through the trees and the forest brightly reflecting.  The third Joffre Lake ends in a U-shaped valley where you will find the far side of the lake towering with glaciers relentlessly crushing down on the lake.  The sun fills the valley and the silence is Skookumchuck Hot Springs near Whistler BCwonderful.  Whistler is located along the infamous Pacific Ring of Fire and as a result has some amazing hot springs.  Skookumchuck Hot Springs is open year-round and is a maintained, though very rustic facility.  There is a small charge to use and quite a nice campground along the Lillooet River.  The other three, well known hot springs north of Whistler are usually accessible in early November, however snow will eventually close the road access to them by late November.  These three hot springs are called Sloquet Hot Springs, which is an hour north of Skookumchuck, and Meager Creek Hot Springs and Keyhole Hot Springs, both located west of Pemberton (Pemberton is north of Whistler).

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December Hiking and Snowshoeing in Whistler

Average Whistler Village temperatures in December range from -5c to -1c (23f to 30f)

Rainbow Falls - Best Whistler Hiking TrailsDecember hiking in Whistler is mainly done on snowshoes.  For a list of the best easy places to snowshoe click here.. The best of the more difficult places go here.. Similar to November, the snow mainly on the higher elevations to a hike that would be quite brutal to Wedgemount Lake in the deep snow of January is not so brutal in December.  And of course you are almost guaranteed to have the whole valley to yourselves in the cute little Wedge Hut.  Wedgemount Lake is a steep and difficult hike in the summer when there is no snow.  It doesn't require technical skill, but it is just exhausting.  You gain 1220 metres of elevation in just 7 kilometres and hiking with a backpack takes about 2.5 hours to reach the lake.  In the winter, on snowshoes, the Wedgemount Lake trail is considerably harder.  First, the obscured trail is hard to follow, despite The Flank Trail - Best Whistler Hiking Trailsthe frequent trail markers.  Second, on snowshoes, each step on steep ground is one step forward, half a step backward.  You plod on slowly and with each step slipping back part way.  If you can get past the difficulty of the exhausting winter trek to Wedgemount Lake you will reach an amazing paradise in the mountains.  The Wedgemount Lake Hut is an extraordinary oasis of warmth in the middle of the beautiful Wedgemount Lake valley.  Anyone can use the hut, anytime.  It can sleep up to 8 reasonably comfortably and consists of two large tables on the Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Parklower level and a small loft that can fit four people.  Sporadically used by skiers in the winter, though rarely used by snowshoers due to the difficulty of the trail in the winter.  If you do make it up to Wedgemount Lake you will be rewarded with a phenomenally beautiful, snow filled mountain paradise of a valley.  The Wedgemount Lake trail is deep with snow from late December to late June most years.  If you snowshoe it November to mid December or mid June to early July, you will only need your snowshoes partway up the trail.  Depending on conditions and traffic on the trail, you may get lucky and be able to follow previous Bungee Bridge - Best Whistler Hiking Trailstracks in the snow, however this is not reliable.  The final kilometre before Wedgemount Lake between the months of November and late June is almost always deep with snow, sometimes as late as mid July.  This part is very steep, and even on snowshoes painfully difficult, so consider that if you plan to go. Joffre Lakes is an absolutely stunning place to snowshoe in December.  You can drive to the partially snowplowed trailhead parking all year-round and Joffre Lakes is so popular with skiers that you can almost always rely on ski tracks in the snow to follow.  The trail is fairly well marked with tree markings but having a track in the snow to follow makes the journey much easier.Skookumchuck Hot Springs near Whistler BC Joffre Lakes is a long, though beautiful 1.2 hour drive north of Whistler.  From the trailhead to the first of the three Joffre Lakes is just a few dozen metres so you almost immediately get some stunning views across the lake to distant mountains.  The trail then ascends a couple kilometres to the second Joffre Lake which reveals even more amazing views.  The third Joffre Lake is at the 5 kilometre mark and you will have gained 400 metres of elevation to get there.  The views at the third lake are, of course, more amazing still.  Though the snowshoeing trail to Joffre Lakes is only moderately difficult a considerable amount of caution should be taken.  For example, in snowy weather Taylor Meadows in Garibaldi Provincial Park Whistler BCthe trail may become obscured and wandering off the trail is a dangerous possibility.  Also, the days are short and lingering at the lake too long could leave you out in the dark.Another risk is the cold temperatures.  Minus 12c is not unusual and being unaccustomed or unprepared for the cold could kill you.  Make sure you know what you are doing before snowshoeing the Joffre Lakes trail and if you are unsure of the weather or anything be prepared to turn around part way through the journey. Joffre Lakes is an absolutely stunning place to snowshoe in December.  You can drive to the partially snowplowed trailhead parking all year-round and Joffre Lakes is so popular with skiers that you can almost always rely on ski tracks in the snow to follow.  The trail is fairly well marked with tree markings but having a track in the snow to follow makes the journey much easier.  Joffre Lakes is a long, though beautiful 1.2 hour drive north of Whistler.  From the trailhead to the first of the three Joffre Lakes is just a few dozen metres so you almost immediately get some stunning views across the lake to distant mountains.  The trail then ascends a couple kilometres to the second Joffre Lake which reveals even more amazing views. The waterfalls around Whistler are great in the winter as well as summer.  Nairn Falls hiking trail is hikeable year-round and amazingly beautiful in the winter.  Brandywine Falls and Rainbow Falls are great, easy hikes as well.

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