This trail gently climbs through aspen and willows along a ridge top with spectacular views of Lake Laberge. (elevation gain: 130 m)
Walk or bike up Horse Creek Rd. 500m and turn left onto the old Mud Lake Rd. This is the trail head for the Mud Lake trail which also leads to Grizzly Valley. Very shortly this unpaved road lead to a T intersection. Turn right. After a few minutes the road leads up a long hill that climbs and plateaus several times. After the climb the road passes two trails on the right that connect if followed. Take the third right down to Horse Creek crossing the rough wooden bridge. If you stay on the main trail you would be doing the Mud Lake hike. Across the creek, climb the steep bank which leads out of the willows. Immediately the trail passes another trail on the left, stay right. Soon the trail climbs and comes to a fork. Take the somewhat unclear trail on the left. Shortly after a steep hill the trail leads up and on a grassy bluff with clear views of the rocky crag on the left and Lake Laberge on the right.
At the very top of the hill look for a trail that continues into the trees on the right. The trail then starts to descend and turns deeper into the forest. Further on the trail leads onto a grassy clearing and then seems to disappear but it continues ahead and to the left. The trail will soon join an old 4x4 road entering from the right. Turn left onto this trail. Stay on the main trail. After 1.6km the trail leads down to a willowed area and out again soon. Then in about 150m turn right onto a trail that leads down towards a small lake. On the way to the lake watch for a small trail on the left. It leads up and onto a grassy hill that has terrific views of the lake and the mountains. This is a great spot for lunch.
After visiting the lake, return to the main trail and go back the way you came but stay on the main trail. Keep going watching for a prominent Y intersection. Take the right fork. The trail now leads through the forest and along the valley to the left eventually connecting with the original trail just before it descends to the creek. Be careful not to miss the creek crossing as there is a trail which leads right past it.
Drive NW on Alaska Hwy 12km from the top of Two Mile Hill. Turn right onto the N Klondike Hwy. Drive 20.5km, turn left onto Horse Creek Rd which is unpaved. Park beside the pond on the right.
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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