Photo Credit – Robin O’Neill & Whistler Blackcomb
“These trails have been designed to showcase the beauty and diversity of Blackcomb Mountain while offering an exhilarating uphill hike with the option to download using our lift system. This allows guests to maximize the health benefits of a continuous uphill climb while avoiding the pounding of downhill hiking,” says Arthur De Jong, Mountain Planning and Environmental Resource Manager at Whistler Blackcomb
Three interconnected uphill hiking trails meander through beautiful old-growth coastal rainforest terrain from the base of Blackcomb to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, making for some great local grinds. The combined 1,200 m of leg-burning elevation gain is guaranteed to get your sweat on, but can also be tackled one section at a time. At just 0.8 km and 74 m of elevation gain, the first section, Little Burn, is suitable for younger children. The second section, Big Burn, takes you to the Blackcomb mid-station where you can download or continue up Heart Burn to the Rendezvous Lodge.
Time: 30 minutes to 3+ hours
Length: 0.8 km to 6.2 km
Elevation Gain: 74 m to 1,200 m.
Trails: Little Burn, Big Burn and Heart Burn
Tickets: The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are designed as an uphill hiking experience. The Blackcomb Ascent mid-station download only ticket gets you down from the end of the Big Burn trail and is $15 or free for Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass or Day Ticket holders. For those going to the top of Heart Burn, a Blackcomb Ascent 1 day ticket ($48 adult) is required and gives access to any of the gondolas, including the Peak 2 Peak. Tickets must be purchased from Guest Services at the base of Blackcomb Mountain prior to hiking.
These top 5 greatest local grinds from Whistler to the Fraser Valley are a great way to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors while getting in a fantastic cardio workout! So get those water bottles filled, shoes laced up and hit the trails!
Article Written By: Sarah McConnell
Article Updated By: Scott McQuarrie