This is an easy trail near Whitehorse, along Schwatka lake, Yukon river to Canyon City. The Yukon Conservation Society offers free guided hikes here in the summer.
Trail generally follows the water edge past beaver lodge. Turn left at intersecting trail into the forest, climbs a hill, then turns right back into the bush. Next you follow a ridge with views of the lake, continue towards boat launch and trail to parking area.
walk across parking, past picnic tables and take middle path, leads to a wide trail. At the 4-way junction go right for a scenic route along the river. You will reach the edge of the canyon, whose rapids were a major hazard in the gold rush days. Continue past the suspension bridge that crosses the canyon and reach the red ski trail junction. Continue along the old tramway route to Canyon City.
Canyon City was created during the gold rush and a tramway connected it to Whitehorse, 8km away. Now you see only some old building remains and discarded bottles, cans.
From Whitehorse cross the Yukon river bridge and drive along Lewes Boulevard. Drive past lights and take the a right onto Nisutlin drive. Turn left off Nisutlin onto Chadburn Lake road just before the fish ladder. there are parking spots and picnic places after 1.5km on the right. Trail is next to the lake from here. Drive is about 10 minutes from SS Klondike.
Photo credits: A. Graham, UArctic Photo Pool, 2006.
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Posted By: rexvirtue
- Sat Jul 18 06:51:23 UTC 2009
Upsidegreat for biking, hiking and skiing. Also, there are tons of trails. The gps file represents just 1 of many many options. The history in this area is incredible too!! Downsidebring your bug spray CommentIt was great. We covered ground fast and saw tons. There are great interpretive maps of the area that help with landmarks and provide all sorts of info we otherwise would have had no idea about.