On Saturday morning, I headed to hike Singing Pass and up to Flute Summit with Kaan (like candy-cane), my hardcore hiking friend. I awoke at 5:30am to brew some coffee, cook some oats, and put on my
dance hiking pants. I headed to my car, hands full, bare-foot (my hiking shoes were waiting for me in the car) and drove to pick up my hiking buddy. We left Vancouver at 6:15am and began the hike at approximately 8:30am. The majority of parking is now pay-parking at Whistler, but lots 4 and 5 are free, so we opted for free.
With plenty of water, some food and snacks, and a map we headed about 500 m up Whistler Mountain to the Singing Pass trailhead. We strolled between Whistler and Blackcomb, beneath the peak to peak gondola and crossed a few creeks. The trail is quite moderate, though it may appear more difficult in the picture to the left where I am horizontal. I’ll fix that later.
When we reached the 11.5 km mark we took a snack break (I had a PB Larabar). Many bugs joined us. At the 11.5 km mark there is a path leading to Russet Lake, which is 3 km each way. We followed the path to Flute Summit, 4.5 km each way. The hike to Flute Summit was beautiful.
The sun was really hot through the meadows and the 360 view was breathtaking. Though I can’t confirm if the difficulty of the hike took my breath away or the view took my breath away. Either way, it happened and it was glorious. I love hiking.
We passed over Oboe summit and moved onto Flute. I was really excited when we got to the top of Flute summit and I could see snow and check out some runs that I have skied on Whistler Mountain. I was also excited to eat more food! Granola bars, chocolate, carrots with almond butter, apples and oats. I don’t go anywhere without these foods.
Had I been more prepared I probably would have picked up some gluten free buns and made a delicious sandwich, but it was a super busy week, so I opted for random foods.
During the hike down we took it easy and enjoyed the journey. I stopped and sat by the creek and did some rock climbing. We talked about how great it would be to backcountry ski through the Singing Pass. It’s on my list now.
We arrived back at the car around 5:15pm and hit the road to meet up with some friends at the Naam for a delicious dinner. I love their sesame potato wedges with miso gravy and the Naam bowl which is brown rice, lots of steamed veggies, tofu and a miso peanut sauce. It was a fabulous day.