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Recommended hike/scramble peaks near Whistler

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I'm going to be in Whistler July 25-27 to watch my wife race the Ironman Canada. I'll have plenty of free time and I'd rather stand on top of something than hang out with in-laws. I hear there are mountains around Whistler, or so the rumors go. What are the good ones? I'll probably have trail running shoes but no technical gear with me.

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Blackcomb peak has a bit of a scramble along its NW ridge, you can get there from the top of the lift. There's also Singing Pass Trail which goes straight up from Whistler to Singing Pass (no lift pass required), but some people don't like it all that much.


If you can drive around, there's an easy hike up the back of Chief, also the Black Tusk is a popular vista, infamous for its crappy rock.


There's a more exhaustive resource here: http://www.clubtread.com/Routes/ByRegion.aspx?Region=4

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Bang for you buck the best hike I've done in lower mainland BC is Joffre lakes just past Pemberton. Maybe a 45 minute drive from Whistler. There are a number of scrambles out of the top lake.

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Tricouni from the approach, near the 3rd lake.


Lee above the steepest part (3rd class)


Me near the summit, photo by Lee.


Me and a summit beer. BYOB, Canada beers are expensive. Photo by Lee.




The road is in rough shape. We are good Americans and we rented a Dodge 4x4 truck, and still had to walk around .4 miles (~.7k) to get to the trailhead.


A little less than 6 hours RT with the extra hike to the trailhead.


The trail is muddy. Jump in the first big mud puddle you see and get over it. We wore trail runnerss, which is the way to go.


No signs of the reported Tricouni Sasquatch (



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