Please be AdventureSmart, respect the environment and be bear aware
The snow has just about melted, and the Alpine Trail Network on Mount Sproatt and Rainbow Mountain is officially open for the summer.
As in previous years, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is reminding everyone to be AdventureSmart, respect the environment and be bear aware when accessing the network.
What’s new in 2019:
- Two new mountain bike trails. New trails Rush Hour and Last Call are now open on Mount Sproatt. Rush Hour leaves On the Rocks and descends through numerous rock slabs to Squirrel Pass. Riders then climb Happy Hour, as in the past, to Sproatt and the Valley Overlook. Last Call, descends through alpine lakes, tarns and more rock slaps before returning to Squirrel Pass and continuing back up Happy Hour to Squirrel Lake.
- Mount Sproatt/Rainbow Mountain Alpine Ranger Program – The ranger program has expanded, with rangers now on-site for more hours and more days. The rangers are responsible for monitoring and maintaining trails, educating the public, collecting data on wildlife and recreation users, first aid and communication with RMOW staff and its partners including Conservation Officer Service, Search and Rescue and Provincial Biologists.
- Dogs are prohibited from all Sproatt and Rainbow alpine trails.
- E-bikes – The RMOW is implementing its policy on e-bike use on Whistler’s trails this summer. E-bikes are not permitted in the Sproatt Alpine Trail Network above Flank Trail. Learn more at whistler.ca/ebikes. As in the past, no bikes are permitted on the Rainbow Lake or Skywalk Trails.
- Recreation Trails Strategy – Later this year, the RMOW will be initiating a year-long project to establish policies for the development, management and improvement of new and existing trails throughout Whistler.
Trailheads and parking
Please park at the Meadow Park Sports Field Parking Lot, accessed from Camino Drive, to access the following trails above the Alpine Meadows neighbourhood:
- Cultured Climb
- Rick’s Roost
- Green Monster
- Flank Trail North
- Screaming Cat Lake
This location offers ample parking, washrooms and a spectacular park to relax in after your strenuous hike or bike.
Whistler Transit can take trail users closer to trail access points, and it’s free on weekends and holiday Mondays until September 2. Learn more bctransit.com/whistler.
Trail users are reminded to be respectful of residents when accessing trails from residential neighbourhoods. Bylaw enforcement is in effect.
There is signage and cell phone coverage along most of the trails. Updated maps of all official hiking and mountain biking trails are available at trailheads and online:
- Free maps and current trail reports are available at trailforks.com.
The Alpine Trail Network provides a backcountry experience that requires a high level of fitness and preparedness for a day-long bike or hike in remote, strenuous and alpine conditions. Ensure bikes are well-tuned, and pack spare parts, food, water and appropriate clothing for changing weather conditions. Be prepared for self-rescue. Be AdventureSmart, and follow safety tips for hiking and biking on Whistler’s trails. Learn more at whistler.ca/adventuresmart.
Respect the environment
The Alpine Trail Network passes through sensitive alpine vegetation. Please stick to the marked trails to avoid damaging the environment.
The Rainbow Lake trails are located within the municipal water supply area. Camping, biking, swimming and dogs are not permitted in this area to protect Whistler’s water supply. In all areas, pack out all garbage, use outhouses, take only photos and leave no trace.
Grizzly and black bears exist in the Whistler area, including the Alpine Trail Network. Find more information at whistler.ca/bears. All trail users should be bear aware by:
- carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it in the event of an encounter,
- never hiking or biking alone,
- being alert to bear signs (scat, prints, tree markings),
- being able to differentiate between grizzly and black bears, and
- respecting trail closures.
Find out more
- Program underway: whistler.ca/alpinetrailprogram
- Alpine Trail Network overview: whistler.ca/alpinetrails
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for the program to restore and develop the Alpine Trail Network has been provided through the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI).