Now this trek was a fun one. In August I went for my first hike on Whistler mountain, at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. This meant taking a chairlift up Blackcomb mountain, then a chair lift further up Blackcomb mountain, then a gondola that takes you between Blackcomb mountain and Whistler mountain, and then along a short hike to yet another chairlift that takes you to the peak of Whistler mountain – all before starting the high note trail!!
Whistler mountain is situated in a rather picturesque location. Previously I have seen these views while skiing. However, the views were arguably even more impressive to see with a little more colour now that the snow is gone!
Once you arrive at the alpine peak of Whistler mountain you are greeted with a view of the impressive Black Tusk peak. Black Tusk is a dark and distinct sight in the sky in Garibaldi Park that is visible from Whistler mountain year-round because of how much it protrudes from its neighbouring peaks. It may seem far away in the photo below, but the Black Tusk peak seemed extraordinarily impressive on this day. Something about how it remains dark among the snow-covered neighbouring mountains makes it stand out. You can also see in the photo below how high up we really are; there are no trees up here and not even grass!
The first part of the trail is to head down the mountain a bit until we reach a meadow. Then we head across the mountain along the south side (facing Black Tusk and some other sights) until returning back to the gondola to take us down to Whistler Village. The further that we head along the trail, we can see more and more snow and glacier covered mountains, and even a view of the oasis-like Corrie Lake (centre of photo below). The majority of the trail is along the type of terrain in picture below, a rocky meadow, slanted on the edge of the mountain with short vegetation and wild flowers among some areas with shorter trees.
A highlight of the high note trail is when enough progress is made to be able to see Cheakamus Lake. As you can see below, Cheakamus Lake is an intense shade of green blue that seems unnatural in both colour and texture.
After the view of Cheakamus lake we head back towards the gondola to the mountain base – and towards new views. Looking east before descending the mountain provided another amazing view, and one significantly different from the winter. Within the view below we could see into the valley that divides Whistler mountain from Blackcomb Mountain, among others, along with more impressive tall and snow covered mountains, but also a bizarrely brown bowl and empty landscape to the right. I like the picture below for all of the colours it shows; the blue in the sky and fading into the valley, the dark green hills, the light green cleared area, the brown ski bowl to the right compared to the grey-black tops of the tall far-off mountains, and the pure white of snow.
Needless to say, this trip got me truly impressed by alpine hiking.