A scenic hike that leads above a ravine and climbs through an aspen forest into the alpine with frequent stunning panoramic views of the Takhini R. valley and Kusawa Lake.
Follow the ATV trail up the mountain. Soon you will be hiking along an escarpment above Stoney Creek. You will pass a trailer and an abandoned camp along the way. For the next 4.5km you climb into the Takhini high country. Be sure to stay on the main trail as there are a few intersections.
Eventually the trail veers away from the ravine as it gains the subalpine. The trees give way to shrubs and dwarf species as the trail quickly climbs into and ends on the open slope.
Drive approximately 40km on the Alaska Hwy towards Haines Junction. About 15km after you cross the Takhini R. turn right off the highway at the yellow gated road by a gravel pit. Turn to the right of this gate and follow the road back where it parallels the highway.
Park where the road turns 90 degrees to the left. Walk up the road .5km and turn right onto a less distinct ATV trail. This is the trailhead.
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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