Caribou Mountain


Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 1000 m (3281 ft)
Time: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Region: Carcross
Date Added: June 7, 2008
Last Update: April 13, 2011
Winter: snowshoeing 



This hike is steep and to the point. Before long you are rewarded with a view of Bennett Lake, nestled between mountain peaks. The alpine ridge is a pleasure to climb. Please avoid hiking this trail from mid-May to mid-June to avoid disturbing the sheep during lambing season.


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Winter



Driving Directions

Drive to the Carcross cutoff (Klondike Highway #2) and follow it for 45 km (6 km north of Carcross). As soon as you cross a small stream (which may be dry), there is a driveway on the left that runs parallel with the highway. Park at the bottom of the driveway without blocking it.




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Trail Description

Start by walking up the driveway. Please keep dogs on a leash if they tend to leave you, as there is often a dog on the private property at the end of the driveway. After about 250m, turn left off the driveway into the trees (there may be a small sign with a little hiker on it here). The path is easy to follow through the trees to the first bare ridge (about 550m).

At the bare ridge, turn left up towards the mountain. The path climbs up through a couple of stands of aspen. Soon you will be through the trees and on the ridge in the alpine. Walk up the ridge towards the summit. Once you can see the other side, you've made it! Explore some more, or turn around and follow the same path back.


Winter

Follow the same trail as the summer path. The total time is roughly the same.

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Aadil Mohammed
February 7, 2017

I think the difficulty should be changed from moderate lol. This was a quite a challenge. Didn't quite make it to the top but still worth it.
Sandra
September 23, 2016

Rufus and everyone else who hikes Caribou Please avoid hiking this trail from mid-May to mid-June to avoid disturbing the sheep during lambing season. Nobody seems to care!! I am a local resident in Carcross, I love this Mountain and I think is very important to respect animals habitats! Also I would like to share my feeling about Bicycles,the trail is very narrow for hikers, maybe stick to Montana M, design to ride your wheels. I came across some garbage too! pack your garbage please.. I hike this mountain once a week, I enjoy very much and take care of this place!!
Rufus
May 21, 2016

Great hike. Five minutes in we were surrounded by 8 barking dogs with the owner yelling for them to come back. When they eventually did, I said to the owner, "Sorry we interrupted your day." He glared at me and turned the other way without a word. Fortunately the dogs didn't kill us.
summit seeker
May 18, 2016

summited the peak to the east of the suggested hike taking a sheep trail to the saddle and scrambling up to the rocky top after meandering a bit right to get to the drainage creek (stick to the sheep trails much easier). A not to nice cornice blocked an area close to the peak so a bit of down climbing on the south side was required. Had a beautiful day and the hike entices you to go back and spend days exploring the ridge and other peaks.
Dylan Pratt
April 24, 2016

First time on this hike, started at the crack of noon. It was surprisingly busy, I guess everyone had the same idea that summer has arrived. Cool, cloudy day so good for a steep hike. All snow is melted until the summit so give 'er! Panoramic view is definitely worth the sore legs.
Erin
April 10, 2016

Dry and ready to be used!
JMB
March 29, 2016

Was a bit snowy and icy in morning but easy to climb.
The way down was more slippery on mod and snow.
Did it in 3 Hours
Monday the 28th of March.
Marko Marjanovic
March 10, 2016

We hiked up Caribou on Tuesday. There was a well packed trail at the bottom, and the ridge was snow-free in sections. Snowshoes are not required.

Instead of heading for the normal summit, we took a sheep trail just below the summit that led to the saddle between the normal summit and the higher summit directly to the east. The snow was deeper, and the terrain was steeper. We got just below this higher summit, but a nasty cornice on a thin ridge blocked our progress. It was getting late (we started at 3pm, at it was 6pm by this point), so we turned around without summiting.
Ellie and Blake
October 12, 2015

We did this hike on October 9 2015. it was a rainy and foggy day but the trail and summer did not fail to impress us. The first two thirds would be considered a moderate hike with break taking views of mountain tops and passing clouds. The last third on the way up was quite a bit challenging but it is well worth the struggle once you reach the summit. We completed this trail in 3 hours.
AdglePage
May 14, 2015

First hike of the season 2015! Wow, that incline kicked my butt.
Steve
May 23, 2014

Made it up to the top last weekend. It was a steep trail first hike of the season took half a week to have my legs feeling right again. Signs do say trail is not recommended mid May to mid June for sheep mating
Luke
March 3, 2014

Easy late winter hiking on Caribou this past weekend. Five of us did the summit in about 2 hours without trying too hard. We didn't have snowshoes but that was only a problem for 10 minutes or so. Those ankle high shoes had pretty wet socks though by the end of the hike.

The snow is starting to melt down to earth and rocks at the top, but we had some great fun sliding down on our snow pants all the same.
Sean
October 23, 2013

Hiked up for about 2 hours on Sunday the 20th of October. Snow line was still quite a bit higher than where I stopped and there did not seem to be much snow up there anyway. Trail was dry and in perfect condition for my hike and there were 3-4 other parties on the mountain, hardly surprising with the amazing weather. Whitehorse was dark with low cloud but Carcross had one large picture-frame section of blue sky that fortunately, was right where the sun stood. Amazing day, slight warm breeze, great views as always.
George
August 26, 2013

This website was an excellent resource for planning my hiking options for my Yukon vacation.
I settled on Caribou Mountain for my solo hike (I did have bear spray & bangers with me)on July 29, 2013.
The directions on this site were spot on, and yes, the dogs were there that day, but none were loose.
I spotted goats on the way up. Unlike the ones I had seen in Olympic National Park, these ones were skittish and ensured a 500m buffer between them and me.
3 hours up and 1 1/2 hours to get back. Perfect and it allowed me to enjoy the rest of the afternoon cycling in town.
MLC
August 3, 2013

I live in Nebraska. This is my first time in the YT. I hiked Caribou Mountain today, guided by Brooke of Cabin Fever Adventures. It was a beautiful hike, challenging but not exhausting. Brooke was terrific - - very informational and educational about the terrain, the history of the area and how to not maim myself on the trail. We also encountered the loose dogs early in the hike that are mentioned below, and can confirm that they are aggressive, but we got past them. Great weather all day and overall a great day!
yukonhiker
July 23, 2012

After parking at the bottom of the drive way you take a wide trail off to the left that leads you to an open area, there is a small trail on the right that leads you along the property line. There are some sled dogs in a pen, but there were a couple of loose dogs at well that seemed somewhat aggressive. The trail is quite steep which is to be expected.
Marko Marjanovic
January 7, 2012

There was about a foot of snow on the bottom section of the trail today. Snowshoes helped in this section.

Once on the ridge, the wind was so strong that it was a struggle just to stay upright! Which meant that there was almost no snow at all because it was all windblown. Luckily it was only a few degrees below zero, otherwise frostbite would have been a definite concern.

Leading up to the summit we encountered only a few inches of snow and it was quite crusty and windblown.