Whistler Trainwreck Trail

EASY 70 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. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking. 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

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

hiking
20 days 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
20 days ago

Superb falls :) Loved this nice short walk !

walking
21 days 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.

24 days ago

Easy fun hike

27 days ago

Great for kids!

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

6 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
7 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
9 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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

Cool place to explore.

10 months ago

Good hike!

10 months ago

Easy but fun, with really great views.

10 months ago

Fun little hike.

11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

This was a beautiful and tricky trail. We missed the train wreck and had to hike back but we did find and it was amazing to see this rusting box cars on a moss filled forest.

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Trail wasn't too hard to find. Park behind Olive's market. Take the left trail past the sign then it's pretty straightforward from there. The railroad tracks you hike on could be a bit sketchy but we didn't encounter any trains. They say that it's illegal to be there, though, so don't get caught on the tracks. The wreck was incredible, really interesting to see. Totally worth the hike.

Overall: awesome hike, pretty easy, almost all flat.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fun day exploring in Whistler area, the trail in on the train tracks was a little unsettling, there are parts where you just have to hope there's no train coming as you scurry through as quickly as possible. Just about 30 seconds after we went through one of these sections, we heard a whistle and saw a train coming full speed! The hiking through the trees though made the train tracks worth it, and once you get to the train wreck it's basically forgotten. Exploring the wreck site was fun, and we even walked another hour or so beyond on the trail. Encountered some mountain bikers, this trail is super technical for biking, these guys were beasts. There's lots of cool wooden bridges for the bikes. The whole thing feels like you're in the ewok forest. Highly recommend this hike if you can run fast on train tracks!

hiking
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

As sad as the train wreck is, it's also so cool that this is still around! After an easy stroll, we had fun climbing in and on the scattered train cars and gawking at the graffiti artworksand mountain bike ladder bridges.

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