The high alpine overlooking the valleys of the Kusawa and Jo-Jo lakes affords grand views of forested valleys and glacial terraces.
At the end of the short spur road, follow the right side of the stream bed until you meet up with the trail along the bank. The creek will draw you higher through valley forest. Farther up the creek bed, a prominent ridge sweeping down from the right comes into view. It takes about an hour to reach the foot of the ridge. After passing a clay bank on the left, look for another trail rising from where the creek bank disappears and is intersected by the ridgeline.
The trail starts on top of a boulder wall (8V 436009 6716484) and runs along the ridge. Once on the ridge, some tough hiking will bring you through subalpine groves of dwarf aspen and alpine fir. The trail disappears towards the top of the first prominent peak.
Drive 65.4km NW on the Alaska hwy from the top of Two Mile Hill. Turn left onto Kusawa Lake road. Drive another 24km passing Takhini River campground until reaching the first section of the Kusawa Lake campground. Park and follow the main dirt road another 400 m towards the next section. The hike starts on a short spur of dirt road off on the right just before the wooden bridge.
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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