This trail is between Ross River and Faro Yukon is a co-operative venture of the 2 communities and runs between the towns along the traditional route used by the Kaska people travelling to Mount Mye. It is about 5 hours away by car from Whitehorse.
Along the way the Town of Faro has built 2 cabins and the local Dena Band has built 2 cabins that you can stay overnight in. The first cabin is 11.1kms in from Ross River. I only hiked to the first one but I am told by locals that there are cabins all along the way and they are all in pretty good shape. No bunks, but a stove in the first one and it was nice and clean.
This is a traditional route used by the Kaska people traveling to Mount Mye above the north bank of the Pelly River.
If you start from Faro, then you can drive to the Swim Lakes road turn off and start the trail from there. The 4 cabins on the trail are situated at 10.6km, 16.8km, 30.2km and 39.7km from this start near Faro. The endpoint is at 50.8km in Ross River at the footbridge.
It is in fact best to hike this trail starting from Faro, because in that way you can do a loop trip by paddling from Ross River back to Faro on the scenic Pelly River. Canoes can be delivered at Ross River and picked up in Faro by Blue House B&B ( Nature Friends Outdoor Adventures) located in Faro.
As an alternative, you may carry a light packraft from Alpacka Raft and then use it to paddle back to Faro, camping at the cabin along the way. Packrafts get you to some wild places, where lakes and rivers are no longer an obstacle to the backpacker!
Head out of Whitehorse towards Carmacks on Highway 2. Once you arrive in Carmacks take Highway 4. You will see signs to Faro and Ross River. the road is gravel for most of the way but the condition of the road in July was not bad at all.
Follow the road into Ross River. Follow the road into town, keep in mind it is a small First Nations village with only about 250 people so bring your supplies with you. There is a store and gas station but not much selection. Follow the road down to the river and you can park your car there. There is a barge which runs only at certain times, but there is a suspension bridge that you can use on foot. You can take your car to the other side a park there too on the barge.
When you come off the barge you will see a new log cabin. Turn left and keep going by it. You will come to a ridge which has a fence all along it. Turn right and head up the hill. If you end up a ranch you have gone to far and missed the turn. There is a sign but you have to climb up the hill along the fenceline before you will see it. Trail is in excellent condition in early July anyway, not sure about other times, but I would assume snowshoeing up there is a definite possibility. Trail is very easy to follow. Just before the cabin it get's steep but is not a real vertical hike. Great views of the town of Ross River and the wilderness all alog the way. It was an amazing hike and of course, there was no one there!
Beware of bears though, take all the precautions. We did see one on our trip.
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Posted By: xtremepeaks
- Sat Nov 12 04:39:22 UTC 2005
UpsideNice wilderness hike, views of the river and mountains. Trail is in good shape, wide. DownsideLack of water for many kilometers. CommentYou can start the hike from Faro also and the first cabin is very nice, stove, table, benches (can be used to sleep on). Met a nice red fox on trail.