Callaghan Country, which is located next to the Whistler Olympic Nordic Center and across the valley from Whistler townsite, is a winter wonderland that offers access to over 100 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing and more.
Tucked away in the secluded upper Callaghan Valley are two scenic and tranquil cross-country trails that set out from and loop back to the Journeyman Lodge. These two groomed trails take you through snowy meadows and out to the very back of the valley for stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains.
Starting from the Journeyman Lodge, the Meadows Loop passes through beautiful old-growth fir trees, meadows, and eventually out past Conflict Lake. The trail has very little vertical rise or fall, though skiers will notice a little undulation in the trail. At the far northwest section of the trail there is an intersection that connects you to the Solitude Loop, which is another longer trail that leads you further back into the valley to the foot of Mount Callaghan. It is best to get there early for the sun and to allow you some time for taking in the amazing scenery. As you connect back with Meadow Loop and continue around the lake you will intersect with Mainline, the trail that leads up from the parking area. From here you can choose to go back to the lodge for some hot chocolate and lunch or start the 13-kilometer trek out to the parking lot, depending on you reservation plans.
The grand scale and beauty found along these trails is surpassed only by the warm, friendly staff and great service found at the Journeyman Lodge and at the base and rental shop in the parking area. Make sure to put these trails and other activities found at Callaghan Country on your to-do list.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.
Journeyman Lodge is a full-service backcountry chalet set deep in the heart of Whistler’s Callaghan wilderness, 13.5 kilometres (8.4 miles) from the nearest road. Boasting genuine hospitality, deluxe meals, and 12,000 hectares of non-motorized alpine terrain, Journeyman Lodge provides comfortable accommodation for up to 24 people (15 singles) in eight private rooms with a range of amenities and adventures.
Spend the days exploring untracked Coast Mountain powder on skis or snowboard, then unwind in the handcrafted Scandinavian wood-fired sauna or in the Games Lounge. Journeyman Lodge offers everything from professionally guided adventure packages to self-propelled wilderness quests to quiet weekends of reflection and solitude.