Whistler Walk – Lost Lake Nature Trail

Whistler Walk – Lost Lake Nature Trail

I already wrote a quick post about Whistler’s Turkey Sale. After the sale, we still had a few hours to spare, so we spent a little time exploring around the Lost Lake in Whistler. This is probably the easiest walk that I have posted on this blog. If you do find yourself in Whistler, you can do it even without hiking gear; Just make sure you have a waterproof jacket!

On the way to Whistler, we had a quick stop off in Squamish so that I could stretch my legs. This was really early in the morning and pretty misty, but the Stawamus Chief still looked amazing. The photo below is the view looking out to Howe Sound, away from the Chief. After this moment we drove through quite a lot of rain and mist, so I am glad we got to see this pretty view.

After Squamish, we were only given quick glimpses of the pretty landscapes along the Sea to Sky Road. Most of the way was covered in mist or sprinkled with light rain.

While we were spending all our money in the Turkey Sale it was raining. This meant that by the time we were ready to explore Whistler, the clouds were less full of moisture and we even got to see a blue sky. I found the architecture in Whistler sort of strange, it was like a new, shiny version an alpine village, but with buildings all from one era. It felt slightly fake to me, more like a Disney village than an actual village. Having said that, it is all really well planned, clean and pretty. I imagine it must have been an amazing venue for the Olympic athletes back in 2010. Plus, I found a rainbow in the middle of the Olympic sign, so that made me love it!

The thing that makes Whistler truly lovely is the surrounding countryside. Even the walk from the car park up to the Blackcomb Day Lodge passes a pretty river.

The mini walk we decided to try was the Lost Lake loop. The walk is well sign posted along very easy to follow trails. It doesn’t have much elevation gain, and the views around the lake were really nice.

There were plenty of big, happy doggos running around. One of them even left its’ hoomans to walk with us for a while. Central Vancouver is full of super cute tiny dogs that are smaller than our cat, Monty. But it seems the closer you get to mountains, the larger people’s dogs become!

Once we’d found the Lost Lake, we chose to take a more ragged path along the edge of the lake. If you come this way, watch your step as we walked over countless tree roots. It’d be easy to trip over if you don’t watch your feet.

When we’d made it back to the main path, we found a sign saying “proposal corner.” Along with a smaller (hand written) sign pointing towards a panorama. Now, I LOVE a good panorama, so we went off our original route and followed the panorama path.

It turned out to be a mountain bike route palled panorama, rather than a pretty view. Oops. So we had a good explore wandering along the various cycle routes through the trees.

Eventually we found our way back to the Lost lake. We walked along a slightly elevated path that looked down to the lake, called Molly Hogan. There were quite a few mountain bikers zooming around, so we had to be careful not to get in the way too much.

Isn’t the Lost Lake lovely!?

The views at the lake were looovely. The sun came out just after we arrived at the edge of the lake. So we sat on some incredibly comfortable wooden chairs and watch the clouds slowly move away from the mountains.

Then we followed the path back through the trees to the car park.

I always seem to notice different things on the way back from walks. This time, I found a whole collection of mini rock balancing sculptures balanced on a large rock at the side of the path. It must have taken people ages to collect and balance so many rocks!

So that’s it. This is a pretty short post as the walk was only 5km (even with our extra detour, it was way less than 10km!) I’ll leave you with some photos of what might be one of the prettiest car parks!

Lastly, I don’t often talk about accessibility on this blog. I’m afraid you do need to be able bodied to reach most of the stunning mountain top views. BUT this walk would be totally possible for people in wheelchairs, or people pushing buggies. You’d have to go on the main path around the lost lake, rather than the nature trail (as there were so many tree roots!) But if you have wheels and you’d still like to see the pretty scenery, this is the walk for you!

Whistler - A gorgeous hike around the Lost Lake

46 thoughts on “Whistler Walk – Lost Lake Nature Trail

  1. Beautiful photos, Josy. Was just chatting with my elderly parents about their Canada trips they did years ago and how wonderful Canada is, so I showed them your photos which we all enjoyed. Once I get rid of this annoying cold, we will be doing some local walks.

    1. Oooh did your parents visit British Columbia as well then?

      Are you back in NewZealand now then? I hope you feel better soon so that you can enjoy the spring. It is just starting to get rainy here!

  2. Canada’s parks are really trying to make hikes and walks accessible and while it took rather a long time, I’m glad that they are making strides with it!! We have such beautiful landscapes, and everyone should be able to take them in. And while it’s nice to do a long walk, sometimes it is nice to just have a short jaunt πŸ™‚

    1. Exactly!
      My mum used to be in a wheelchair, so she had a buggy that would have coped really well with this walk. I have to admit though, it’s the first place I’ve explored here that would be truly accessible for wheels!

    1. Thank yoooou! It’s just a Mirrorless Panasonic – I think it is called GM3. I only have one lens for it… but I do keep meaning to buy a second one so I can zoom in slightly more.

  3. Yay for easy walks haha looks like a relaxed one. The panorama view is just gorgeous!!
    For some reason when I click the subdued autumn photo the full view picture doesn’t load 😰 (using Safari). Also tried pinning your pin image and the way it’s resized on WP only gives me the option of the small version. I just went to your Pinterest profile and pinned from there.

    1. Thank you sooo much for the extra effort!
      This was my first pinterest pin…but it sounds like I should swap it for a jpg. I had trouble getting it to work too!

      I have no idea why the autumn photo didn’t work! WP does not like me today!

    1. Yaaaay! I was wondering if you’d been to these places when we were wandering around!

      Hopefully I can go back in the snow too!

  4. I visited Whistler as a child, though I only remember the attempt at mountain biking that ended up with the largest bruise on my rear end that I’ve ever seen! But, these views you’ve captured make me want to try again (on my feet, not on a bike). My favorite part is the description of the comfy wooden chairs. I love that somehow there are two comfortable chairs for passers-by to enjoy the beauty of nature. Such simple things make such a difference to the quality of the experience as whole. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

    1. Those chairs were amaaaazing. You sort of slide your bottom into them so your legs are up high and able to swing about while you look at the pretty lake! It’s hard to describe, but they were so comfy!

      Oh no for you and injuries! Marc mentioned that he thought they must have more injuries from the downhill bikers than the same slopes with skis! We saw all the bikers lining up for the ski lifts…I hope they are all okay!

    1. You really do have the best places in BC!
      I am a pretty wary driver, but I feel like I need to improve so I can explore more of the countryside!

  5. Really lovely sounding and looking walk. As someone who likes their photography I know it can be hard in a place like this to just choose a favourite few scenes but you have a great selection here. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you!

      I’m not always good at choosing! I have a massive weakness for not being able to discard photos with blue skies! I know I should show the real, rainy images but I just love the blue skies…

  6. Sooo gorgeous! I love that you take advantage of every opportunity to see the beautiful places where you live/travel to. That is what life is all about! Also, I love your pinable image!! πŸ‘πŸ»

    1. Yaaay! Thanks Katie! It’s not very pinnable (WP doesn’t seem to want to allow people to pin it directly from the post…but I’m getting there!)

      I didn’t do anything today though…I guess sometimes I have to be super lazy to make up for the pretty summer walks.

  7. Now those are truly amazing vistas. I love water, possibly because I have always been an avid carp angler. Well, more so in the past, but it had us chasing quiet estate lakes in secluded places. Show me a picture of a lake and I can drop into it straight away. Magical places. Stick in forests and mountains and it just gets better! Never take these things for granted Josey. Some if us envy your travels 😊

    1. Thanks Gary!
      It’s funny, I don’t know if I can even count this as travels, as we do live here! It is an amaaaazing place to live anyway!

  8. Lost Lake is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for more stunning photography. Always fun to read your posts. I had to laugh when I read about the ‘strange’ looking houses in Whistler – all of them being the same. There is a housing development (that has won several architecture awards) near us, and many local teenagers drive through it as a dare on weekend nights. They call it a “cult neighborhood”. All of the houses are stark white with high pitched metal roofs, and there are these weird white things (I have no idea what they are) sticking up in the open prairie area. These ‘things’ almost look like miniature headstones. Just like you described the houses in Whistler, the houses in the development here are very strange. I know I’d never feel comfortable living in there. πŸ™‚

    1. They might look a little better once they are more lived in, with gardens and different coloured doors etc!?

      I know housing estates like that in the UK. They are set up to look like villages, but they just feel to manicured and fake.

  9. Whistler is one of my favourite places on the westcoast. Second only to Tofino. (Got to love my island first πŸ™‚ ) Enjoyed your photos and the memories they brought back to me.

    1. I keep hearing that Tofino is gorgeous but that it takes a while to get to! I just looked up photos, it looks soooo nice! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Mae-Gene!! The best part is even the drive over! The sun came out on the way home and I spent about an hour saying “squeeeee” as we’d get around corners to see more stunning scenery!

      We didn’t explore every far this time, but I’d love to go back!

  10. Very refreshing and peaceful vibes to enjoy here, just what I need after my man trouble! I love how everyone has to yield to bears (very valuable advice, they’re nothing if sticklers for politeness). Five kilometres is hardly short though, thanks for the relaxing read πŸ™‚

    1. Heh. We both used to walk to work in London; that was 5km each way. So I always think of anything less than 10km as more like commuting distance.

      It doesn’t quite work here in Canada because the hills are so steep that 5km *can* be truly exhausting!

      You’re right about bears though. I didn’t meet any yet, but I plan to be super polite when I do!!

    1. Oooh if you can, you totally should. It is quite a pricey place to live, but sooo lovely.

      Although, maybe wait for the summer. I have a feeling the rainy side of the year will be less beautiful (or at least beautiful in a different way…)

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