Distance: 35 km (total)
Time: 1 – 4 hrs
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A
Technical Rating: Beginner – Advanced
Physical Rating: Easy – Hard
Season: April – October
Permit Required: No
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In the heart of Whistler lays Lost Lake Park; a recreational wonderland just steps away from the village. Summer activities include hiking, walking, swimming, canoeing and cycling. The park boasts an incredibly fun network of mountain bike trails referred to as Zappa Trails. This extensive network of manicured pea gravel pathways, along with fun rocky and rooty singletrack trails take the rider from one end of the park to the other and provide ample opportunities for families, beginner and intermediate riders to explore Lost Lake on their mountain bikes. The Zappa Trails are a favourite among locals looking to get out for a quick cruise after work or when short on time. The trails are well marked and maintained year round by the Resort Municipality of Whistler, making them relatively easy to navigate. If you do get lost, you’ll find maps at all the major junctions to get you back on track.
The Zappa Trails are well suited to families looking at exploring Lost Lake on two wheels. There are plenty of recreational opportunities to partake in once you’re done riding. Don’t forget to grab your bathing suit and head over to Lost Lake beach for a dip after your cruise on the trails. These trails also serve as a great introduction to the more advanced routes found in abundance around Whistler. Begin your adventure from the Passivhouse located 1 km northeast of the village or from Nicholas North Golf Course. All trails may be ridden in either direction. For loop options and individual trail description of the entire Zappa Trails network, scroll below the photos.
Please note the trails are multi-use, watch out for other users and give right of way to pedestrians and runners.
TRAILHEAD | N50 07.210 W122 56.890 (PASSIVHOUS)
From the northeast corner of Lorimer Rd and Blackcomb Way, across from the Whistler Health Care Centre and helipad, directly across from parking lot 4, ride the Valley Trail east. In about 400 m, cross the bridge over the river to your left and arrive at the Lost Lake Passivhouse. The Passivhouse provides rentals and refreshments and all trails lead from here. And no, you don’t need a ticket to use the trails in the summer.
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Individual Trail Descriptions
Hooktender (beginner; 703 m)
Hooktender is a wide pea gravel pathway open to all levels and abilities. Use it to access the Lost Lake Zappa Trails network when entering the area from Nicholas North. The trail gradually climbs out and hooks back towards the Siwash Trail; from the junction for Siwash continue along to Tommy Moore by turning/keeping right at the junction or take a left up Siwash to access the incredibly scenic Green Lake Lookout. Like most trails in the area, Hooketender is a multi-use trail and makes for an easy pedal when combined with the likes of Tommy Moore. A good one for families and burleys.
Siwash Trail (beginner; 647 m)
Siwash Trail is a pea gravel pathway that connects Hooktender with Tommy Moore and offers access to the Sea to Sky trail and Green Lake Loop; both of these trails leave Lost Lake and head north towards Wedgemount. For those willing to endure a short steep climb up Siwash to the Green Lake Lookout, they will be well rewarded with incredible views of the lake, Nich North Golf Course and valley below. Another family friendly trail wide enough for burleys taking the rider along easy rolling terrain. You’ll only have to contend with a relatively steep include when heading up the trail to Green Lake Lookout.
Tommy Moore (beginner; 700 m)
Tommy Moore is a pea gravel pathway that runs along gently rolling terrain. Great for families and burleys, the route takes the rider through old growth and along a scenic forest path to connect up with Molly Hogan to the south and Siwash to the north.
Molly Hogan (beginner; 1.5 km)
Molly Hogan is a pea gravel pathway that climbs from either direction, but has a steeper incline when ridden from the north end. Climbing from the south is much more gradual. There are two wooden, very wide, bridges to cross near the south end of the trail – easily rollable double breasted. Fit riders may still take a burley up this trail, but for those looking for a gentle spin consider sticking with the Lost Lake Loop to connect up with several other gentler rolling routes.
Lost Lake Loop (beginner; 4 km)
There are several access points for this lollipop loop. The best place to begin your ride around Lost Lake is from the Passivhouse; the main access for the Zappa Trails network. This very scenic lollipop loop takes you around the shores of Lost Lake, skirting several swim access points and riding by Lost Lake beach. The trail is wide and consists of pea gravel. The loop is also very flat, with almost no elevation gain, making it the perfect loop for a family outing.
Tin Pants (beginner; 3 km)
Tin Pants is a pea gravel pathway that takes the rider on an interpretive route through Lost Lake park with several displays scattered along the trail to provide insight about your surroundings. Informative descriptions and photos detail the vegetation found in the park. There are a couple of masterfully built bridges with high railings found along this trail, both crafted to blend in with their surroundings. The route gradually climbs until the last short section where it meets up with Gypsy Drum. There are also plenty of lookout points along this trail that offer up amazing viewpoints of the surrounding mountains and valley.
Enjoy this trail as a loop when riding out from the Passivhouse, past the first turn off for Gypsy Drum, taking Gypsy Drum south from the trail junction with Donkey Puncher and back to the Passivhouse once you connect with Tin Pants.
Gypsy Drum (beginner; 631 m)
Gypsy Drum is a very convenient connector, providing access from Tin Pants over to Donkey Puncher. The trail begins or ends at the wooden landing built for users to rest and enjoy the views. This easy cruise along the pea gravel pathway gradually climbs to Donkey Puncher or descends when ridden in the opposite direction.
Donkey Puncher (beginner; 1.3 km)
Donkey Puncher is a pea gravel pathway that takes the rider on a fun roller coaster ride down and out onto Lower Panorama trail. A relatively moderate trail that will be enjoyed by families and those looking for a beautiful ride through the forest. The trail may also be used to connect with Molly Hogan, when riding across the Elephant Bridge located on the north end of the trail.
A big bridge over Old Mill Road trail that connects Donkey Puncher with Molly Hogan.
Tin Pants Loop (beginner; 4 km; 25 – 45 min)
A little bit more physically demanding than the Lost Lake Loop, yet still very manageable, is the Tin Pants Loop. The loop incorporates Tin Pants with Gypsy Drum for a pea gravel pathway ride. Begin your ride from the Passivhouse along Lost Lake Loop. Pedal for less than 40 m and turn left onto Tin Pants. Follow the signs for Tin Pants as you gradually ascend. You will pass the turn off for Gypsy Drum on your way up. Continue to climb until you reach the junction for Donkey Puncher and Gypsy Drum. Turn left onto Gypsy Drum and descend back down to Tin Pants. Take a right onto Tin Pants, following the path back to Lost Lake Loop and the Passivhouse.
Lost Lake Loop (beginner; 4 km; 25 – 45 min)
There are several access points for this lollipop loop. The best place to begin your ride around Lost Lake is from the Passivhouse; the main access for the Zappa Trails network. This very scenic lollipop loop takes you around the shores of Lost Lake, skirting several swim access points and riding by Lost Lake beach. The trail is wide and consists of pea gravel. The loop is also very flat, with almost no elevation gain, making it the perfect loop for a family outing. To complete the loop, follow the Lost Lake Loop signage out from the Passivhouse, around Lost Lake and back the way you came.
Intermediate loop (intermediate; 10 km; 1 – 2 hrs)
If you’re looking for a 1 – 2 hr ride, try the following intermediate loop designed to take you along Lost Lake’s best singletrack.
- Start at the Passivhouse
- Ride up Lost Lake Loop (50 metres) to the start of Peaches en Regalia – turn left on to Tin Pants and on your left will be the start to Peaches en Regalia
- Follow Peaches en Regalia to Dinah Moe Humm
- Follow Dinah Moe Humm to Disco Boy
- Follow Disco Boy to The Torture Never Stops
- Follow The Torture Never Stops to Fountain of Love
- Follow Fountain of Love to Pinocchio’s Furniture
- Follow Pinocchio’s Furniture to Dwarf Nebula
- Follow Dwarf Nebula to Zoot Allures
- Follow Zoot Allures to Toads of the Short Forest
- Follow Toads of the Short Forest to Gee, I Like Your Pants
- Follow Gee, I Like Your Pants to Son of Mr. Green Genes
- Follow Son of Mr. Green Genes to Jellyroll Gumdrop
- Follow Jellyroll Gumdrop to Hooktender
- Hooktender turns into Tommy Moore, which turns into Molly Hogan which you can ride back to the ticket booth.
For a GPS file of this loop, click here.