Over 50 years ago, a train derailed just south of Whistler near what is now Function Junction. Seven train cars were left scattered next to the Cheakamus River, where over time they have become iconic. What was once a scene of destruction is now a work of art and hosts an extraordinary bike park featured in multiple films.
This short and easy hiking trail follows the Sea To Sky Trail south of Cheakamus. You can access the trail head by bus, bike or on foot. As it winds through the forest, you'll get to cross Whistler's own iconic suspension bridge, offering views of the blue, rushing Cheakamus River below. Enjoy the views before arriving at the painted train car boxes, which have sat in the Cheakamus forest since 1956 and have become, through love and creativity, a truly unique spot.
The Train Wreck hike is easily accessible from the end of Jane Lakes Road. Catch the bus to Cheakamus, or ride your bike, and look out for the trail sign on the north side of the road. Follow it up and through the forest for a mellow afternoon walk. After you cross the suspension bridge, turn right and take in your surroundings. The entire Train Wreck site consists of 7 CN train box cars, all of which have been painted over the years by local Whistler artists.
The majority of the trail to the site is easy, but is narrow and shared with others, so look out for mountain bike traffic both ways. Good footwear, as always, is recommend as there is a very short steep downhill near the suspension bridge. This trail is suitable for all ages but it is in forest, and there are many roots to trip on! Bring layers as the ice cold river gives the air a chill.
1 hour return
Elevation gain: 30m
Car required: No
Season: March to November