Whistle While You Hike

Hike Blackcombs Overlord and Decker Trails

It's famous for its winter skiing, but here's a secret: Whistler, BC, might actually be better in summer. Take to the high country and explore Whistler-Blackcomb's spectacular alpine scenery. With over 30 miles of hiking trails, there's plenty to choose from, but one stands out for its epic views, including a bird's–eye vantage of a giant glacier. Get whisked to the trailhead on the Guinness World Record–breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola—both the longest and highest in the world. A 15-minute panoramic journey is thrill enough for some! At the top of Blackcomb, head for the Overlord and Decker loop trails for a 3- to 4-hour hike that'll have you whistling with joy. You're starting at an elevation of 6,000 feet, so you're already in the alpine zone. Traversing this moderate partial loop you'll get nonstop views of snow-capped and twisting peaks as they unfurl like a massive billowing blanket across the land. Keep an eye out for the hoary marmot, a cute furry flirt whose distinct whistle inspired the name Whistler. The hike dips into Garibaldi Provincial Park, where a moderately challenging uphill section and some cairn navigation wind you around to a marquee view of ancient mountain peaks, the hulking Overlord Glacier, and the tiny Decker Tarn glacial lake. Simply span-tastic.

STAY: For something tucked away yet still close to the action, Nita Lake Lodge in nearby Creekside can't be beat. This timber-framed beauty sits tranquilly lakeside, and the rooms are beautiful, with rock fireplaces and patios. Whistler's paved bike trail network runs right by the lodge, which offers complimentary bike rentals for guests (pedaling to Whistler Village takes about 20 minutes). Nita Lake's Cure Lounge has a lake-facing patio for sublime alfresco dining.

Take the Whistler Village Gondola all the way to the top. Get on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola over to Blackcomb Mountain. Follow the signs for the Alpine Walk, Overlord Trail and Decker Loop for a 3-4 hour hike. To return to the village, take the Solar Coaster Express chairlift down.

Trending Stories NorCal

View all Stories
  1. Three Beaches to the Wind

    This beautiful 7-mile (round-trip) coastal hike in the Marin Headlands connects three beaches: Muir Beach, Pirates Cove, and Tennessee Cove.

    View
  2. Muir Woods Through the Backdoor

    A backdoor entrance into Muir Woods? Hike a tranquil trail that starts in Mount Tamalpais State Park and quietly leads into Muir Woods, letting you avoid the busyness of the main parking area.

    View
  3. Cross It Off Your Bucket List

    Crosstown Trail San Francisco may be one of the most beautiful city walks in America, passing through less-visited nooks and crannies while also taking in greatest hits, including mosaic stairways.

    View
  4. Yosemite Magic Trick

    Yosemite’s High Country is magical and without crowds. At a lofty 8,700 feet, Tuolumne Meadows is one of the best trailheads for hiking or backpacking a land of smooth granite domes, high alpine meadows, jagged peaks, and sapphire lakes. Here's a 3-night backpacking itinerary...

    View

Trending Stories SoCal

View all Stories
  1. Sponsored

    Sea Change

    Right in time for the balmy fall days, the crowds have left and Monterey Bay Aquarium is at its shoulder season best. Fewer people means relaxing with more room to roam and enjoy the animals, exhibits, and nearby outdoors for biking, hiking, and beaches.

    View
  2. High Sierra Lake Hop

    Situated just north of Yosemite is a High Sierra wonderland that gets a fraction of the crowds and is a fantastic destination for backpacking. The Emigrant Wilderness is 113,000 acres of granite ridges, wildflower-strewn meadows, and cobalt lakes.

    View
  3. Thanks, Annie!

    Annie’s Canyon Trail in the 1,000-acre San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in Solana Beach includes the most unique quarter-mile you’ve ever maneuvered—through a sandstone slot canyon!

    View
  4. Glam Paddling in Long Beach

    Sea kayaking doesn’t get any more glamorous than paddling the storybook canals around Long Beach’s Naples Island! You thread your way through calm waterways surrounded by luxury ho

    View