Whistler/Squamish/Pemberton, BC

Trail Running Recommendations – Mountain

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There are hundreds of kilometers of trails on Whistler Blackomb, offering terrain for runners of all levels. Our focus is on trails that are easy to moderate — not technical or super-challenging. The mountain runs lifts in summer that access trails in the alpine ($$!). Most of our recommendations are off this hiking trail map, which has info on trail distances, terrain, and elevation. There’s also this map of Whistler’s mountain bike park, which is primarily reserved for biking only for safety purposes. To combine some of these routes, you can take the Peak to Peak lift between the alpine areas of Whistler and Blackbomb.

Blackomb – Rendevous Lodge to Ziggy’s Meadows. One of the prettier, and more moderate trail runs on the mountain. Take the gondola to Rendezvous Lodge. From there, the Alpine Trail is a 1.4 km loop, with views of Fitzimmons Valley. For a longer run, continue onto the Overlord Trail, which is a pretty trail itself and connector to other trails. Of those, Lakeside Loop is most ‘runnable’.

Whistler – Peak Express Traverse and Spearhead Loop. Take the Whistler Village Gondola to Roundhouse Lodge and combine these two easier trail loops — fairly flat and wide, combined 2.2 km. For more, and a challenge, combine with Harmony Lake Loop.

Whistler – Whistler Summit Interpretive Walk. Probably the best trail run on either mountain. Take the Peak Express Chair to the summit, and take this 1.6 km loop around the summit of Whistler Mountain. Good add-on is Matthew’s Traverse Rd., 0.9 km out and back. Great views!

Whistler – Pika’s Traverse Road and Matthew’s Traverse Road. These are mountain roads, rather than trails, and good for running if you want a smoother surface. The two combine for 360m (1181 feet) of elevation change — which would be mainly up from Roundhouse Lodge, or mainly down from Peak Express. Note that Pika’s has some steep sections.