Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision near Whistler, BC


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
6 kms
3hours
moderate
Snowshoeing, Hiking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Whistler, BC
User RickD
A great trail for both hiking and snowshoeing. The difficulty increases quite a bit in the snow with deep drifts common ...but that's part of the fun! Trail starts in Whistler, near Creekside, and winds up through the water shed to a great "tunnel" of trees (therefore the name) and continues south and west towards Function Junction. This route returns you to Spring Creek subdivision where you can jump on the valley trail to return or catch a bus back to Whistler. Depending on the snow it can be a good 3 hour snowshoe or if no snow a 1.5 hour hike.

Directions:

From the south turn right onto Bayshores (which is the second light coming into Whistler from Vancouver). Turn right again onto Cheakamus Way and follow it for about 1km until you see tennis courts on the left just by the 4 way stop. Turn towards the tennis courts and park in the parking area. The valley trail starts there so follow it up curving to the right and shortly seeing a gate for the water shed. Don't go into the water shed, but continue up the road, past the water tank and then turn left. Just up the hill you'll find the trail entrance to the right.



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By wespressoPosted By: wespresso  - Tue Jan 20 21:53:32 UTC 2009 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside This is mostly a mountain bike trail, you have to get up to get down! I'll keep an eye out for you hikers as I rip down it next summer, I recomend hikers wearing a visi-vest, it's a fast fast trail; I personally can't imagine hiliking it, but might try snowshoeing it if I get bored this winter. Downside It's a great down side, a little climb at the start then right into a 30' steep rolling rock! Comment This is one of the funnest trails to ride in Whis, the ride up can be a bit daunting, but the ride down is well worth the effort. It can be accessed from the Northwest Passage that runs from Whistler Village to Function Junction. This trail is part of the Cheackamus Challenge Race and part of a Loonie Race or 2 throughout the summer, the rolling rock at the start really seperates the tri-athletes from the mtn bikers! It is best to ride up from Dusty's in the Creek then south up the NWP then hit it with speed to wear it pops out in kadenwood then ride up the road and take Timberwolf back out on Whistler Mtn and back to Dusty's for a beer!
By vpigeonPosted By: vpigeon  - Mon May 19 05:23:50 UTC 2008 This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars Upside A few views looking south. Downside A truly horrible trail, certainly in the spring (May 18, 2008). My wife suggested it should get a negative rating. Comment Many sections of this trail are on roadway. The section going south from the trailhead follows roads all the way to Spring Creek Road (2 kms). After a pleasant walk of approx 1 km still heading south, you then walk east and uphill on a road till you finally turn north again.

After approx 1 km of more road, if you pay attention you'll see the "Tunnel Vision" trail on your left. It's not bad for approx 500 m, and then you head down, quite steep at times. This is where the real fun start: from this point on, it appears that a hurricane blew through here, with snow (this portion faces north, so very little sun to melt the snow), lots of trees, branches, mud, etc..., a real obstacle course, with the trail disappearing at times.

Just at the point where the trail is supposed to turn SW to head back to the trail head, the trail disappears. We were lost, with no serious option to track back. We kept going north for approx 300 m, and came to a road. Someone drove by and gave us directions back to Cheakamus Way. We did however find a new trail that brought us directly back to the trail head.

Total trip was 11 kms. Not recommended, certainly not at this time of year. Will it be cleaned up when the snow fully melts? Let's hope so. It might be decent in the late summer or fall when it's dried up, but there are still those long stretches on roadway. Could be good in winter, back country skiing or snowshoeing.


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