Overlord Mountain

This is a pleasant climb of a moderately glaciated peak in the Whistler area of British Columbia, Canada. Overlord is one of the highest peaks in the Spearhead range and has excellent views of all the glaciated peaks in this range.

getting there

Drive 2 hours north from Vancouver, BC on Highway 99 to Whistler.  Turn right onto Village Gate Blvd.  Turn left onto Blackcomb Way (T Intersection).  Overnight parking is located in Lot 4.


Follow the Singing Pass Trail located near the base of the Whistler Village Gondola.  The trail starts as a gravel road leading to a large cement water tower.  Follow the left fork road just beyond for 3.1 miles to the old trailhead for Singing pass.  Follow the trail an additional 7.5 miles to Singing Pass and take the Russet Lake trail for an additional two miles to the lake and tent or Hut (Himmelsbach Hut) camping.  Note that most of the approach to Singing Pass can  be avoided by taking the Blackcomb Gondola.  See "Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia", page 90 for this alternate approach details.

From Russet Lake ascend the glacial valley staying right of Fissle and Whirlwind peaks.  Ascend to the col between Whirlwind peak and Refuse Pinnacle.  Rope up here.  Descend to the Overlord Glacier and traverse right going under the cliffs of Overlord staying low to go under the rocky ridge on Overlord's southeast side.  Ascend up the glacier to the south of Overlord to the col and ascent Overlord via Class 2 terrain. 


Follow the ridge to Refuse Pinnacle and descend to the Refuse/Fissle col and follow this back to Russet lake.  Note that an alternate descent from the col over Fissle Peak is possible (Class 2) if the group wants additional peak baggin g in this spectacular area.

information for leaders

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
  • Length: 27.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft
  • 8,612 ft
  • Land Manager: Garibaldi Provincial Park
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 9
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • John Baldwin Backcountry Whistler
  • CNTS Whistler 92J/2
  • Green Trails Whistler No. 92J1S

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