Hike to Rainbow Lake

Canada Rainbow Lake Trail, BC

Added by Alex May

A short walk from Rainbow Park, Rainbow trail offers 850m of elevation with a 16km round trip walk through the wilderness up to the top at which you'll find Rainbow Lake. Walk through the base and find mossy wet forest and as you climb be greeted by fresh powder snow.

With a low elevation to start you'll be greeted with a mossy canopy of luscious wilderness. As you venture deeper through the trail you can notice the wilderness progress to a sub-alpine climate and here you'll be pleasantly surprised by snow tipped pines & surroundings. The Rainbow Trail is definitely not for the faint hearted, with steep inclines and rocky trails it's recommended you bring your determination and will-power.

Pack List

  • Backpack Essentials:
  • Water
  • Snacks (Nuts, Fruit, Tuna)
  • Camera & Tripod
  • Waterproof gear - shoes, pants & jacket
  • Layers of warmth - it gets cold!
  • Extras - Marker Tape, Rope, Ice Pick
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

9.9 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2788.7 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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4 months ago

Beautiful Lakes, Refreshing!

June 15/15 Great day hike if your looking for a peaceful quieter hike. Super easy to find and very accessible. Conditions were great and the trail was well marked. Took us about 2.5 hours up to rainbow lake going at a pretty steady pace. There is incline for sure, but I think 'difficult' is a big extreme of a rating. There are quite a few level areas to catch your breath. Once you arrive at the lake - keep in mind it's Whistlers drinking water so don't go swimming! Make the trek around the lake to the far side, the view is 10 times better! If your looking to swim, hike another 20-30 minutes past the far side of the lake into another valley and enjoy a chilly swim in Madely Lake. Not as beautiful but even more peaceful! Total hike with the extra lake took us 4.5-5 hours at a steady pace. Enjoy!

4 months ago

Added by Alex May

I'm a young adventurer with a free spirit and open mind. You'll often find me solo experiencing what life has to offer. Hikes, down-hill riding, skiing or swimming!
 If your nearby, let's meet up, I'm always keen to meet fellow travellers.

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