Russet Lake is a 24.9 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October.

Distance: 24.9 km Elevation Gain: 2,003 m Route Type: Point to Point

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nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

snowshoeing
5 months ago

I'll be blunt: This hike is a slog to get up to the hut especially during winter hours (with limited light). We hiked up the singing pass trail in considerable avalanche conditions, however, the trail is well marked and follows the treeline so avalanche risk is low. The last 3km up to the hut is straight up a mountainside so probably the hardest part after hiking 9-10km prior. The hut is absolutely gorgeous!! They have nice washrooms, a fully stocked kitchen with pots, pans, mugs, dinner plates. Downstairs in the hut are the sleeping quarters and they are segmented by rooms with 4 bunks per room. 2 double person bunks and 2 single person bunks. There are custodians who take shifts to work the hut to make sure there is always plenty of drinking water and the propane is fired up for heat in the hut. The hut even has it's own drying room for all your ski and equipment! The hut is beautiful and the views are among some of the top I've ever seen! After a long hike in, it's still among one of the top hikes we've done!! definitely recommend it !!

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rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Hiked to Russet lake and stayed at Kees and Claire Hut for thanksgiving. We started the hike at the Roundhouse Gondala, through musical bumps to russet lake. The hike was beautiful and was challenging at times. On our way down we went through the Singing Pass trail to Whistler village. The hut was absolutely stunning! will definitely be staying here again.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

The distance on this map is wrong - because it includes a gondola ride back to the village that is roughly 5km. Other than that, this is a decent hike. The first 12km or so is underneath the trees, making it cool on a warm day - if slightly dull. The gradient is very gradual and, despite the total elevation, there isn't anything with which someone should struggle. After passing the crossroads with the Musical Bumps trail, there's a slightly steeper climb up towards the lake, where the new (and impressive looking) hut remains under construction. It was due to be finished at the start of the summer - but there's no specific ETA at the moment. I didn't see any bears - but there were a fair few marmots and chipmunks around. I got to the lake in a little under three hours after starting at the village. The lake is what it is. Not the most impressive in the area but still worth a view. After that, it's back to the crossroads, where the Musical Bumps trail is well maintained and well signposted all the way to the lodge. The main difference from the early half of the hike is that this is very open, with little - if any - shade. The gondola is free to ride down - else there are other trails back down, albeit under tree cover, with little to see.

hiking
9 months ago

We hiked up to Russet lake last Saturday and camped there two nights to be able to explore its surroundings. The hike is not easy, it’s continuously going up for about 15k from the village through Singing pass trail. But once you get there it’s worthy. There is a cabin up and an outhouse. No food hanger pole. But apparently it’s very rare to see a bear around that area. The trail is very good and there are lots of signs.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful time of year for the flowers. Bear on the trail that was please to just watch us walk by.

hiking
10 months ago

Nous avons démarré la randonnée au summit de whistler. High note trail était fermé mais nous l avons quand même emprunté une partie ainsi que half note trail et ce jusqu a flute summit puis russet lake. quand le soleil est au rendez-vous, ce chemin est magnifique et la destination aussi. il est reste un tout petit peu de neiges à certains endroits, 5 ou 6 passages de 2 min, pas plus. Camper la bas est aussi très beau. la petite hut est infestée de souris donc prévoyez une tente, bien mieux. la nouvelle GIGANTESQUE hut sera finie pour septembre. nous avons fait le chemin du retour par singing pass.

hiking
11 months ago

Incredible hike!! Beautiful views. Completed last weekend. Snow only in last 1km. We brought snow shoes but spikes will suffice, some people in our group didn’t bring either. Lake still mostly frozen. New hut is under construction, we camped near old hut, cooked food in old hut. Hiked musical bumps on the way home to whistler gondola, be prepared for hiking up and down mountains.. All n all beautiful views and fun weekend!

hiking
snow
11 months ago

Backpacked through singings pass early June. About ¼ of the trail was snow-covered leading up to singings pass trail intersections and towards russet. The skyline was beautiful and the snow was glistening early morning! Definitely worth the hike and overnight stay!

hiking
Wed Oct 24 2018

Went up to Russet Lake on Oct 20th and I must say on the top there were some incredible views! Went through Singing Pass up to Russet Lake and then the same way down, in total around 29km hike with 1100 meter elevation gained. Only reason this hike doesn't get 5 stars was the fact that most of the hike you'll be deep in the forest with no real viewing points (last kilometer or two are stunning thought). However, it was all worth it getting to the top! Took about 3.5-4 hours up, stayed there for roughly 1-1.5 and then 3 hours down. You will let your feet and legs know you're alive if you do it in one day like us :)

hiking
Fri May 11 2018

This hike has lots of uphill, but offers amazing views, especially along the musical bumps.

backpacking
Thu May 10 2018

Beautiful views along the musical bumps trail and down the valleys. Lots of elevation gained and lost along the trail. Mediocre campsite, did not go near the cabin as it was busy and full of mice apparently. Completed at the end of August and the day we left it snowed that evening.

backpacking
Wed Jan 24 2018

Backpacked to Russet Lake from the Whistler Gondola on the way and hiked all the way back out on a loop and we stayed 2 nights at the camp - excellent hike in with beautiful views and good challenging terrain. Camped at Russet Lake campsite and day hiked to Overlord Glacier - good scrambling route and it can be done as a loop back to the campsite. Cold at night bring a good sleeping bag - this was early September and it was cold!

Fri Jul 14 2017

Great hike. Hiked it July 1 and 2, 2017. Took the Singing Pass Trail up. Last couple hours were in 2m of snow. Glad we had brought snowshoes. I had brought swim suits and towels but the lake was still frozen over... There were only 10 people, including us, camping up there on a Canada Day long weekend so the place was very quiet. Would like to spend 2 nights next time to be able to hike the Fissile or go up on the Overlord Glacier next time. Amazing views that only a few hundred people in the world have had the chance to see... well worth it.

camping
Fri Nov 13 2015

Great hike. Camping area around russet lake has views of glaciers, cheakamus lake, black tusk. Cold as fuck overnight. We saw marmots.

hiking
Mon Aug 20 2012

The (pre)trailhead is at the end of bus loop. Cut across the bike trail, head up the hill with the zipline on tour left. Go into the trees to the right of the large water tower. Say goodbye to MTB crazy and back your way up the mountain.

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