Snowshoe the Rainbow Lake Loop



6 miles

Elevation Gain

400 ft

Route Type


Added by Breanne McNitt

Escape the crowds and wander through the beautiful Whistler forests.

In Whistler Village, stop by the information booth and get one of the maps that has the mountain bike paths on it. This will be your map of all the different snowshoeing options in the area, and any of the trails are sure to take you on a fun adventure.

From Whistler Village make your way to Rainbow Park on Alta Lake. You can get there by either driving your car, or if you're like me and don't have a car, then walking there from the Village is very doable and a nice warm up to your snowshoe adventure.

Once at Rainbow Park there are a multitude of mountain bike trails that you can chose from. We headed out on Whip Me Snip Me and cut across until it intersects with the Rainbow Lake Trail. At this intersection, head east on the Rainbow Lake Trail and soon you'll come across the magical, half-frozen Rainbow Falls. After enjoying the falls for a bit, get back on Rainbow Lake Trail and continue down this path until you reach the trailhead. Next you can walk along the road for a while until you get to the walking path with signs that will direct you back to the village-- or you can chose another mountain bike path and snowshoe some more on one of those. If you parked your car at the Rainbow Park Parking area, just follow any of the numerous mountain bike trails back to this park, and then head back to the village via your car.

Back in the Village, find a place to enjoy some warm food for dinner -- I suggest The Old Spaghetti Factory (you get lots of food for a very reasonable price) -- and reflect on the fun, snowy adventure you just had.

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