Well, when we put out our spring hiking guide we said that we a similar guide for Vancouver summer hikes, and that time has come. Around the end of July, the craziest alpine hikes near Vancouver become doable, resulting in some amazing experiences.

Here are 6 Vancouver summer hikes that you must check out.

Slesse Memorial Trail

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Located southeast of Chilliwack, the Slesse Memorial Trail is a testament to incredible hikes outside of the Whistler area. This intermediate hike takes roughly 6 hours to complete, but rewards hikers with amazing views of Mount Slesse. Don’t miss the propeller, either, which serves as a memorial to one of Canada’s worst aviation disasters.

Rating: Intermediate
Length: 12km (6 hours)
Distance from Vancouver: 2 ish hours

Nairn Falls


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Lying in between Whistler and Pemberton, Nairn Falls is the shortest hike on this list, making it easy to accomplish in a day. At only an hour and a half round trip, you get to experience not one but two stunning waterfalls. Bring a little snack to eat near the second for a nice picnic.

Rating: Easy
Length: 3km (1.5 hours)
Distance from Vancouver: 2.5 hours

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Helm Lake

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A challenging and long hike that winds around a few lakes south of Whistler. The trail offers views of a few iconic BC mountains, including Black Tusk. There’s also a campsite on the trail, making it easy for those who want to extend their stay and explore the area.

Rating: Difficult
Length: 26km (9 hours)
Distance from Vancouver: 2.25 hours

Wedgemount Lake

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Described as one of the most challenging hikes in Garibaldi Park, Wedgemount Lake offers an elevation gain 1160 meters in just 6km. However, the alpine views and a glimpse of the amazing Wedgemount Waterfall make it more than worth it.

Rating: Difficult
Length: 12km (7 hours)
Distance from Vancouver: 2.5 hours

Garibaldi Lake

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Probably one of the most well-known trails in British Columbia, Garibaldi Lake has everything the outdoors enthusiast could ask for. You’ve got glaciers, you’ve got mountains, you’ve got a gorgeous lake. In fact, there’s only one way to improve this hike…

Rating: Intermediate
Length: 18km (5 hours)
Distance from Vancouver: 1.75 hours

Black Tusk

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The longest hike on this list, leading to BC’s most stunning (in our opinion) mountain. Black Tusk is a stratovolcano and volcanic rock that simply juts into the sky. There’s a reason that even as a very challenging trail it is still very popular- the reward is more than worth it. Don’t want to try a scramble? You can try Panorama Ridge instead.

Rating: Difficult
Length: 29km (11 hours)
Distance from Vancouver: 1.75 hours

And there you have it, 6 Vancouver summer hikes that are guaranteed to impress even the most experienced hiker. Before you head out, make sure that you are adequately prepared for the wilderness, we recommend consulting the safety page on Vancouver Trails. Also, always consult trail conditions.

Safety first!