This is the most amazing hike I have ever done. You start out by an old relic of a gold mine and end up on this plateau of tundra. It is unreal. Sadly we ran out of time and could only do a day hike and therefore could not do the whole loop. What we saw literally took our breath away. Watch for peregrine falcons and lots of ducks on the lakes on the plateau. Amazing views and you will probably be the only ones on the trail.
Head north of Kluane Lake. Go through the town of Burwash. Once you pass the Duke River, take an immediate left. The road is a little rough, but worth it. Once you get to an old mining operation, park and start heading up the hill that looks like an old road. It goes for a ways before it gets REALLY good, so be patient. It's worth it.
Photo of Moss tent by MSR is courtesy Vivien Lougheed.
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Posted By: xtremepeaks
- Sat Nov 12 04:28:09 UTC 2005
UpsideGreat alpine views, glaciers, colorful flowers, tundra, lakes, and many days of backpacking to great campsites with no other hikers. DownsideMany mosquitoes in July, very wet soggy tundra and difficult walking, river crossings, route finding in dense willows. CommentTrail difficulty is harder than the other shorter hikes in Kluane park, so probably should be rated as extreme. Easier hiking probably in August/September until the snow comes. Nicer colors in fall also.