The hike to Wedgemount Lake in Whistler is a personal favourite of mine. This was my first hike after waiting years for a knee injury to heal. If I had known I was signing up for one of the most difficult hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, there is a good chance I would have missed out on this extraordinary trek. With the help of my trusty knee brace, I survived this strenuous hike to a gorgeous glacial lake – where the icy cold water helped reduce the swelling in my leg.
Wedgemount in not a hike for beginners. The 1.2 km ascent over only 7 km is guaranteed to get your blood pumping on the way up, and to wobble your knees on the way down.
While the trail mostly climbs through forest, Wedgemount also offers rock slides to scramble over as well as views of the valley. If that’s not enough, you can also gaze upon Wedgemount Waterfall which falls an impressive 300 metres.
The grueling hours of your ascent might make you question why you set out – and dread the trek back down. Wedge Runners, uber-fit people who tackle this 2-4 hour hike (one way) at a run, will take your ego down a few notches. But when you get your first glimpse of the clouds rolling over this stunning lake, all of your efforts will be rewarded. Push on a bit farther for an up close and personal encounter with the glacier that feeds Wedgemount Lake.
The lake may be the highlight of this hike, but the whole region is the epitome of beauty. The alpine meadow adds a feeling of serenity to the majesty of the mountain. A slow meander among babbling brooks and small, colourful flowers makes for a great cool-down.
Wedgemount Lake is equipped with a survival hut that sleeps 6 as well as tent platforms around the edge of the lake. For a complete experience of solitude and silence, pack your gear and camp out for the night!
As with any hike, carry plenty of water as well as food and clothing for emergencies. You may feel warm as you climb up this mountain, but it is cold at the top – even in the summer.
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