Rainbow Lake

Whistler, British Columbia

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Twenty-one Mile Creek is on the west side of the valley across from Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The trail provides several hiking options and is also a popular winter trip for backcountry skiers. The hike described here is an easy day to Rainbow Lake. However, the energetic could ascend Rainbow Mountain. It is an easy ascent if you continue along the length of the lake before striking upward to the ridge south of the peak. Another possibility is the short side trip to Gin and Tonic Lakes, reached by turning left off the main trail before it crosses Twenty-one Mile Creek and heading up the valley to the west. And from Tonic Lake, if you are really enthusiastic, you may make for Sproatt Ridge with its panoramic views. There is also a route westward over the divide to Madeley Lake in the Callaghan Creek watershed, so that a crossover is another attractive possibility for a two-car party. Because this is the watershed supply area for Whistler Township, camping is not allowed; nevertheless there is pleasant camping just over the divide towards the Callaghan Valley, at Hanging Lake.

Rainbow Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Twenty-one Mile Creek is on the west side of the valley across from Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The trail provides several hiking options and is also a popular winter trip for backcountry skiers. The hike described here is an easy day to Rainbow Lake. However, the energetic could ascend Rainbow Mountain.

It is an easy ascent if you continue along the length of the lake before striking upward to the ridge south of the peak. Another possibility is the short side trip to Gin and Tonic Lakes, reached by turning left off the main trail before it crosses Twenty-one Mile Creek and heading up the valley to the west. And from Tonic Lake, if you are really enthusiastic, you may make for Sproatt Ridge with its panoramic views. There is also a route westward over the divide to Madeley Lake in the Callaghan Creek watershed, so that a crossover is another attractive possibility for a two-car party. Because this is the watershed supply area for Whistler Township, camping is not allowed; nevertheless there is pleasant camping just over the divide towards the Callaghan Valley, at Hanging Lake."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Whistler
Distance: 9.9
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best July to October
Local Maps: 92J/02 Whistler, 92J/03 Brandywine Falls, BCFS Rainbow-Madeley Trail
Driving Directions: Directions to Rainbow Lake

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