Whistler Trainwreck Trail

EASY 92 reviews

Whistler Trainwreck Trail is a 4.5 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whistler, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
78 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

forest

river

waterfall

rocky

historic site

It is best to stay on the trail and off the train tracks due to oncoming trains.

2 days ago

Fun to do. Worthy of the trek.

hiking
4 days ago

Really cool spot to hangout.

hiking
9 days ago

The trailhead is located in the parking lot behind Olives market. The trail itself is poorly marked and we passed several people that were confused about which way to go. The shortest and most direct route is walking down an active railroad line, which is not that wide and you have to be really on the alert for incoming trains. There are several paths that wind through the trees in between the river and the railway line. There are some picturesque views of the glacier fed river on the way to the train wreck. The train wreck itself is several twisted and deformed boxcars hidden in the trees. Over the years the boxcars have become covered with graffiti. The quality of the graffiti artwork is nothing special. I would not repeat this hike again.

16 days ago

Great hike! Super easy and enjoyable. The only negative is the poor signage to the trailhead. I wish I could provide better directions to app users, but I am not even sure how we found it... very confusing. Quick, leisurely hike once we found it, though!

23 days ago

A MUST DO FOR SURE!
So easy and so incredible. But how did they get so far away from the tracks?

The train wreck happened in 1956, just after the Valleau family settled into the area. The wreck happened in a rock cut after the boxcars, which were loaded with lumber, got jammed and blocked the line.

The train’s owner, Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE), which eventually became BC Rail before being sold to CN Rail, did not have the necessary equipment to move the wedged boxcars and turned to the Valleau family for help.

The Valleaus took their logging machinery to the site and managed to pry the boxcars out, dragging them up the track and into the forest, where they lie today. This explains why no trees were damaged around the wreck.


Full article:
https://globalnews.ca/news/2634433/a-twisted-mystery-whistlers-train-wreck-mixes-the-old-with-the-urban/amp/

25 days ago

Perfect, mellow hike to end out our day of climbing. Raging river, super interesting boxcars, easy-moderate trail. Good if you have a couple hours and want to spend some time in nature. Definitely read others’ reviews regarding parking.

1 month ago

Awesome find. There are definitely some difficult sections where it is difficult to find ones way back into the forested portions of the trail..... The APP was a life saver and would strongly recommend its use. ... The Train Wreck site and the suspension bridge really made the trek worth while.

After the hike a stop at the nearby #WhistlerBrewingCo is a refreshing touch .

hiking
2 months ago

We started at the parking lot behind Olive’s market. Poorly marked is an understatement, some people on all trails have given good advice on getting there. Once there very cool photo ops. The bridge is cool too , wish we could have see a moving train to get a good photo of.

hiking
2 months ago

Superb falls :) Loved this nice short walk !

walking
2 months ago

I would recommend this hike but not these directions. It’s safer to start across the highway - you’ll avoid crossing the train tracks. From Vancouver, turn right at Function Junction and drive east. Cross a small bridge and turn right onto Jane Lakes Road. After turning right, drive about 500-meters to where there is a small road that branches to the left. The parking area is located to the left, there’s a sign that reads “Train Wreck Parking”. The trail starts across the street - look for the sign marking the Sea To Sky Trail.

2 months ago

Easy fun hike

2 months ago

Great for kids!

hiking
2 months ago

the trail isn't very well marked, and we came across several confused people.

quick synopsis;
park behind olives, there is 3h free parking in back. the trail starts there.
you cross a small stream and enter a clearing for some power lines. this was the first unclear part.. there are two graffitied stones at the path that goes to the left. that's the correct one.
follow that to the highway, where you cross under it, over a rock pile (not very hard to cross.. but if your balance isn't that good.. be careful)
after that you end up coming to the opening where the train tracks run.
you have two options.. cheat and follow the ACTIVE AND SOMETIMES NARROW train tracks.. or enjoy a shaded, winding trail next to the river.
we chose to follow the path, as we had a toddler and active tracks are not worth the risk.. plus it was 30deg. so the forest was cooler.
After you're on the track, you'll wonder where the trail is.. it is almost directly across the track at that point, after that the entrances continue to be kind of illusive and you'll wonder where the heck to go, but if you follow the blue marking tape.. it will lead you the right way.
we ended up back on the track a couple times, as the trail comes back to it. we were forced to take the track for the final little stretch, because the actual trail has eroded and (toddler again) we did not have a lot of faith in what was left of the trail, to prevent us from plummeting into the river.
at this point, if you cheated.. you'll be at the same place the trail followers were.. a couple minutes on the track and you'll see the trail marked by a painted stone.. which once said trains.. and currently says meth.. with an arrow pointing the way. follow that trail and you're there. don't forget to check out the suspension bridge. it connects to the "trash" trail at that point.

The trail was interesting enough to keep me happy, and not too challenging for my pregnant wife.. although it was rather hot and my toddler started getting whiny.. he still did quite well too.

I would take the trail again, instead of the track, if I were to do it again. there were two trains when we were there.. so, don't get caught in a narrow spot with nowhere to go. plus it is cooler, and more interesting in the forest.

3 months ago

There are at least 2 ways to get to the train wreck. We went the route of the reviews that said start behind olive market. However, you can also start on the other side of the highway by athlete village. Coming from that direction, the trail is super easy, flat and nicely graveled. Because this approach is very easy to traverse, there will be a lot of other people when you get to train wreck. Additionally, we noticed that people use a small side of the highway pull out right next to the crash site and simply cross the tracks to get to the wreckage.

We did the hike in a loop, starting behind olive market and coming out at athlete village. Then walking down the road to the highway and crossing back to Olive market.

The olive market route is more scenic because there are gorgeous viewpoints over the river. The actual train wreck and suspension bridge are pretty neat. Overall super easy hike, more like a walk in the woods, but definitely enjoyable.

5 months ago

Fun short hike for the family during winter. Train cars and suspension bridge are nice payoffs.

hiking
7 months ago

A bit hard to find, park at Olive's Market. The trail can be a bit hard to follow at times, look for the orange blazes, teal as well. Lots of great views, cute suspension bridge near the trains. Nice payoff for the effort.

8 months ago

there's a rocky part under a bridge that was slightly tricky and had to cross a stream a couple times. the train went by shortly after we made it to the wreck. there's a part towards the end where we had to walk really close to the tracks for a couple minutes or so, so we finished just in time. we took the sea to sky trail back.

hiking
9 months ago

Such a awesome hike! The entrance/parking is hard to find if you are not familiar with the area! It’s behind the olive store. I would suggest doing the actual hike to the trains. There was a lot of very pretty waterfalls along the way. However I would take the train tracks back! It’s way faster and easier! Be careful however because it’s still a active railroad. I would make sure your dogs are on a lease for this hike, as there are a lot of cliff like edging along the trail .

walking
11 months ago

This trail has become very popular, especially since recent trail improvements modified terrain to make it more accessible. Expect crowds. For better experience walk past the outer group of train cars to the bike path where there are some sweet river overlooks.

Monday, August 21, 2017

This was a really great end of the day walk. The trains were beautiful and the river was roaring.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cool place to explore.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Good hike!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Easy but fun, with really great views.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fun little hike.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

We started on the "old school" trail right behind Olives market /parking lot; following the all trails route. Second guessed the blue flagging tape a couple of times but was still mostly the way we went. Some amazing views of the Rapids and cliffs. Even did a little geocaching once we made it to the wreck site. Returned on the "new" trail / suspension bridge which was a breeze but much appreciated in this 31 degree summer day :)

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

great, beautiful, but not marked so I had to read directions on whistlerhiatus.com

Monday, June 05, 2017

Great trail - not well marked but follow the app. A nice loop if you cross the suspension bridge at the wreck and make your way back in the bike trails.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great for the family...an absolute one of a kind!

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Lots of trails everywhere along the way so it's easy to get lost. The graffiti marks the way. Once there it's amazing to see. The bridge is so much fun to cross. We looped around and ended up in the other side of function junction. Easy, no climb and it's beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

very easy trail, the crashing river next you as you walk through these beautiful trees is utterly relaxing. The train cars covered in graffiti art gives a stunning abandoned feel.

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