This jewel of a trail, leading hikers along hilltops and lakeshores, connects Hidden, Chadden and Chadburn lakes. The trail does not have much of an overall elevation gain, but you go up and down a number of steep hills!
Just a few minutes from downtown Whitehorse, you could easily see moose in a secluded marsh or otter bobbing in the lake.
This is a moderate hike or a fairly tough bike ride, considering the number of hilly portions along the route. Maximum elevation gain is 70 meters, return distance is 11.4km.
The trail begins to the right of the sign in the parking lot and up from the shore of the lake. Leave behind the first little lake and stay right through the first three trail forks. Continue past the old beaver logging site at the south end of the next hidden lake and up onto a prominent dry ridge.
Turn left and follow the trail along the ridge that divides Hidden Lake from a large pond to the right. The trail divides but soon reconnects. Take whichever fork you like. The trail then descends a hill and passes a trail heading left.
Continue on up a steep hill. Stay right at the next prominent left fork. At a three way intersection take the middle trail. After awhile you go through a pine forest that continues uninterupted for about 750m, and then past a small marsh with Grey Mountain in the background.
Continue following the trail to a junction at the top of a hill. Stay on the main path to the left. Hike straight past the Chadburn Lake sign. Chadden Lake will soon be seen as the trail traverses an open grassy sage slope. Here you can see an impressive panorama of Golden Horn, Mt. Sima and the elongated peak of Mt. McIntyre.
Follow the grassy ridge with Chadden Lake on the right. At one point the trail forks to an upper and lower trail which eventually lead to the same place. The lower trail descends to the lake and is the easier route.
Leaving Chadden Lake behind you will walk through the forest and soon come to a junction where you can see Chadburn Lake through the trees. Turn right and then take the left trail down to the shoreline. This is a lovely lunch or snack spot where beavers can often be seen.
From Whitehorse cross the Yukon river bridge and head into Riverdale along Lewes Boulevard. Take the 1st right(past lights) onto Nisutlin drive and turn left off Nisutlin onto Chadburn Lake road just before the fish ladder. Go about 2km up a steep hill and down alongside Schwatka lake on your right. Take the first clear dirt road on your left and drive until you encounter a parking area at the first Hidden Lake. This is a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bike ride from the S.S. Klondike.
Copyright Yukon Conservation Society, used with permission.
(Permission granted until January 2012.)
For more information and additional trails please see the excellent guidebook: "Whitehorse & Area Hikes & Bikes" (the definitive guide to hiking and biking in the Whitehorse area) published by Harbour Publishing,
on sale by the Yukon Conservation Society, supporting conservation efforts in the Yukon.
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