The Hart river road is an abandoned winter road which was built for mining activities in the 1960's.
It starts out as a wide track across the tundra, and is in good shape for the first 5km until some stram crossings where it tends to get washed out. Still it is easy going for a hike or biking in summer, when it is fairly dry.
Hart Pass is about 4km walk, and continuing for another 6km will get you to good camping spots, past a creek and a viewpoint over a rocky ridge.
Views of jagged peaks on Trapper mountain are seen to the north and the Hart river is seen in the valley.
At this point the road descends to the valley and becomes swampy and rough. The old road was built to a mine some 50km away.
The 1200 member Hart river caribou herd is sometimes in this area in October. See the excellent photos by Tombstone Park ranger Gord MacRae of Dawson.
Drive north on Dempster hwy for 78.5 km (about 7km past the Tombstone campground) and park in the lot west of the road.
Hart river road is to the east, no vehicles on it, but ATV and snowmobile traffic allowed - watch out for hunters in late summer.
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