04 Nov Best Day Hike in Whistler, BC | Cheakamus Lake
Are you looking for the best day hike in Whistler, BC? Compared to other popular hiking trails, the Cheakamus Lake Trail is perfect – especially for a solo female traveller. Here’s why: even if you’re a solo Muslim female traveller, like me, a hike to the famous Garibaldi Lake and Panorama Ridge is tempting. It can work if you’re a seasoned solo hiker. However, the hike to Garibaldi Lake is four hours one-way, with an incredible elevation gain so I decide against it—perhaps when I return to British Columbia with a hiking partner for safety reasons.
I then come across the Cheakamus Lake trail. Pictures look gorgeous, the lake is a short distance away and there’s a relatively low elevation gain. I can do this alone.
Cheakamus Lake Trail
Distance: 14 km however, Cheakamus Lake is a quick 3km from the parking lot
Time: 3.5 hours
Elevation gain: 78 m
Turn right on Highway 99, then drive to the Cheakamus Lake trail parking lot on the thin, winding dirt road. It will take close to 30 minutes to drive to the trailhead.
Cheakamus Lake Trail Conditions
It’s a family-friendly trail surrounded by massive, ancient cedars. The path is easy to follow and there are signs along the way.
My Cheakamus Lake Hike Experience
This trail is perfect for a solo female traveler. I went at noon, met friendly hikers along the way and never felt unsafe.
Rain and clouds made the hike more breathtaking and surreal. The walk through the gorgeous fall colours is a bonus. I carry my umbrella, however the trees form a canopy so I barely use it. Although this trail can be done in running shoes, I recommend proper hiking footwear in the rain.
- You’re keen to bask in the beauty of Garibaldi Provincial Park and see a turquoise glacial-fed lake.
- You’re inexperienced or unequipped for a wilderness hike.
- You’re short on time or want a short hike or won’t be camping overnight (although there is a campground, if you wish to do so).