Rainbow mountains hidden gem is rainbow lake. it's at the top of rainbow mountain. This lake is the mail source of drinking water for Whistler.
This is by far one of the best and most rewarding hikes in Whistler. It's an all day hike - if you're doing it mid summer you'll have plenty of daylight to work with. I started off about 9.30am. We got down at 8pm. My friend and I did stop plenty of times along the way to take photos and for lunch etc. We also continued on to hanging lake - around the back of the lake and over the next ridge. We allowed 1 1/2 hours for this. The hike it's self is quite vertical in some parts. The trail the majority of the way up is in great condition - only a few broken planks to walk over. The last 3rd has some great boardwalks over some marshland.
We encountered a bear on the trail so use caution as always. Cougars have recently been spotted in this area also.
Hanging lake has a campground also which is worth a nights stay. There were rest rooms about 1/2 way up the hike to rainbow lake from the ground level and one at the lake. Use common sense when not using the restroom - dont go close to streams or the lake.
Lost of wildlife around the lakes too. Birds and marmots on the far side of the lake amongst the rocks. A deer or two lower mountain.
I uploaded a couple of photos for you to see but you'll have to do the hike to see more :)
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