Dawson Overland Trail

Dawson Overland Trail near Whitehorse, YT

This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
94 kms
1 day16hours
Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking
Winter, Fall, Summer
Whitehorse, YT
User xtremepeaks
This section of the Trans Canada trail is a multi-use trail and is open from Takhini Crossing near Whitehorse north to Braeburn Lodge. It follows the Little River valley alongside the Miners Range. It is a long hike, but can be done in 10 hours on a bike if the trails are dry, medium difficulty.

There are no facilities on this trail, but campsites exist with outhouses, picnic tables and firepits. Campsites are at 2km, 25km, 41km, 49km and 71km. The trail you follow is a road and then a wide 4x4 ATV track, very slippery after rain. There are 3 wide creek crossings 1-2 feet deep. Most crossings earlier on are bridged.

At 11km on the road is a Y-intersection, stay right (left is a 40km road back to the Alaska highway). At 25km is a campsite and suspension bridge over the Little River. The rest of the route can be wet and muddy, not good for biking on a wet day. Campsites are good, near water. There is a trappers cabin at about 60km.

This was built as part of the first winter road from Whitehorse to Dawson in 1902. Artifacts and buildings that remain along the trail are evidence of its history as an old stagecoach route in the valleys of the Miners Range heading north.

Trail is used by snowmobiles, mushers and skiers in winter with hikers, mountain bikers, horses and ATV's in summer. It is a wide route, generally flat and easy going in the forest, but some sections may be overgrown and muddy.

This section of the TCT was dedicated in October 1998:

"Great Spirit,

Today on behalf of the Ta'an Kwatch'an Council it is with great pleasure that we ask your blessing of our portion of the longest trail in the world.

A trail that links our people from coast to coast.

A trail our ancestors have used for thousands of years.

We ask your blessing and safe journeys of all who use this trail and forgiveness should any portion of this great trail pass over sacred grounds or over areas used by our people."


Follow the Alaska hwy north of Whitehorse to the turn-off to the Klondike highway north. Go north and then turn left to the Takhini Hot springs road at km 197.8.

After 8.8km turn left to Takhini River road. Go another 11.7km to a small one-lane bridge over Flat creek. Park here, this road is the trailhead.

North end is at Braeburn Lodge at km 280.8, giant cinnamon buns daily. Gas, camping, fishing.

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Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By morehawesPosted By: morehawes  - Thu Jun 04 16:32:56 UTC 2015 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside A way to experience true wilderness and have some stunning views all to yourself. Downside A pretty long slog on foot with some interesting river/bog crossings. The lack of any good maps of the trail or on-trail information make it hard to track your progress. Comment I hiked the trail in 4 days in May 2015. The trail is mostly in good condition and easy to follow but there are some important trail intersections which aren't marked, so it is definitely possible to get lost.

In places the trail is in very poor condition and under water. Many of the bridges are in the water. This took a little time to negotiate but was definitely possible. There was a little rainfall around the time I did the hike but it wasn't too bad on foot. By bike I would imagine it being much harder at this time of year.

I either missed a couple of the campsites or they just aren't there any more. I also didn't think the location of the (excellent) cabin in the description is accurate. I would say it is closer to the Southern trailhead.

Thanks to those who maintain this interesting trail, which I can't imagine is an easy task. Though it definitely does need a few more markers at intersections to aid navigation and a kilometer marker here or there would go a long way.
By xtremepeaksPosted By: xtremepeaks  - Mon Jul 07 18:33:58 UTC 2008 Not Rated Comment still very muddy and impossible to bike in early July after some rainy days, have to try this once the nights get cold enough to freeze the ground in the fall.
By xtremepeaksPosted By: xtremepeaks  - Sun Sep 23 19:42:17 UTC 2007 Not Rated Downside very muddy in Sept,after too much rain. not recommended for biking at this time of year.

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