There are several awesome hikes in Whistler, and the Train Wreck is one of my favourites. With the sun shining, my friend and I decided to try and find the infamous train wreck one morning.
Years ago a train derailed near Function Junction and its seven train cars fell close to the Cheakamus River. The scattered train remains in the forest, half hidden by trees and plants, they look amazing next to their natural habitat.
The train is now covered in artwork and is a truly spectacular sight, not to mention the viewpoints over the river along the way – this hike has a lot to see.
We took the bus down to Function Junction and made are way to the start of the hike. From Function you need to find ‘Olives’ a small grocery type store, round the back to the left of here you will find the trail. The hike is not strenuous at all and is a nice easy walk. If you go in winter it can be hard to find your way with all the snow, but it summer it is a pretty easy trek.
You want to follow the Flank Trail, there is a map at the start of the walk, and there are ribbons in the trees to help guide your route. Follow these and you will wind in and out of the forest, over the train tracks and eventually end up at the magnificent train wreck.
There is something incredibly eerie about the train wreck, maybe because it is not something you should find on a walk through the forest and the wreckage feels slightly wrong. However the juxtaposition of the cars hidden within the trees also creates a magical atmosphere.