This historic horse trail winds its way through forest and wetland up to Flat Mountain. Hikers are rewarded with stunning views of Lake Laberge in the alpine. The trail leads through a number of streams so be prepared to get your feet wet. Elevation gain: 553m.
In 500m the trail crosses a creek and then leads to a wet low lying area. This wet section lasts a few hundred meters. The trail then climbs to an open grassy hill with great views. The trail continues back down through the trees and to a small creek. It then climbs up thorugh a forested area leading to more open areas where the trail gets muddy in sections and splits many times. All trails lead to the main trail. There will be one more creek crossing before the trail climbs up through the subalpine and offers stunning views of Flat Mt.
When the trail reaches the alpine it turns right and winds its way around the side of the mountain. For a longer hike continue along the trail for another 45 minutes until you reach a notch in the visible ridge.
Drive NW on the Alask Hwy 12km and turn right onto the N Klondike Hwy. Drive 24.8km and turn left onto Scott Rd. Now set your trip meter to zero. In 700m the road forks, stay right. At 900m the road changes from gravel to dirt with a fenced driveway on the left. Continue straight. The remainder of the road is difficult when wet. At 1km the road forks, turn right. At 1.5km the road leads through a clear cut. Continue down the road looking for a grassy area on the right at 2.2km. Low clearance vehicles should park here.
After the grassy clearing the road takes a 90 degree turn to the right. Follow the road until another fork at 3km. Turn left. The road ends in another 100m. Park here. An ATV trail heads up through the trees.
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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