Before You Go
This is one of the hardest hikes I did while in Whistler. It’s a very steep and uneven trail, gaining 1220m elevation in only 7km, and it takes around 4 – 6 hours for the 14km round trip. The lake is glacier fed but you can swim if you’re brave enough. There is a campsite by the lake if you are happy to carry your equipment up there, or a small hut if you’re not, but space isn’t guaranteed. Bring plenty of food and water, plus an extra layer in case it gets cold.
The trailhead is a 10-minute drive north of Green Lake, if you don’t have access to a car it will take you around an hour to bike there. The start of the trail is deceptively easy as it winds through the forest with only a gradual elevation, past a beautiful waterfall hidden in the trees. It doesn’t last long, and once it gets steep it doesn’t really stop until you reach the lake. I was super sick when I did this hike and it was awful.
After about 5km you emerge out of the woods, you can rest while enjoying the view of the mountains behind you. You will also be able to see the impressive Wedgemount Falls crashing down into the forest. The last two kilometres are a scramble over rocks to reach the lake, and it’s horrible on a hot, dry day.
The landscape changes dramatically as you reach the shores of the lake. The water is bright green, backed by the jagged peaks of the surrounding mountains and the water rushing down from the glaciers. As you follow the lake around to the left you will end up at the base of Wedgemount Glacier, the source of all that ice-cold water.
From here there are numerous hikes to the famous Whistler landmarks of Wedge Mountain and Armchair Glacier. Wedgemount Lake is the perfect base if you want a multi-day hiking trip deep into the mountains. There are 20 spaces available for tents, some right on the shore of the lake. What a view to wake up to!
The return journey is just as difficult as the hike up. It’s a constant downhill and each step is so uneven it’s hell on your knees. Leave yourself plenty of time so you can take it easy but still make it back before it gets dark.
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