Dail Peak

Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 1272 m (4173 ft)
Time: 6.5 hours
Difficulty: Difficult
Region: Carcross
Date Added: July 26, 2010
Last Update: July 26, 2010

Dail Peak, named after miner George Dail, offers sweeping views down the Klondike Highway above Windy Arm of Tagish Lake. It is connected via a ridge system to Mt. Matheson and eventually to Montana Mountain. It is the home of numerous Dall sheep and mountain goats. From the top of the ridge, there are tremendous views of the entire surrounding area for miles around.

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The start of the trail along the mining road.

After the mining camp, follow a trail to the gulley and then climb upwards.

Misty peaks in the distance.

Following the goat trail towards the misty Dail Peak.

Knit a sweater while taking your lunch break.

Rocky pinnacles above Windy Arm of Tagish Lake.

Walking up the grassy slope towards the top of the ridge.

The view to the east from the top of the ridge.

Looking down over knarly rock pinnacles from a snowy summit.

Descending down the broad ridge. Look over the right edge to see more rock pinnacles.

Do not follow these tempting shortcut gulleys back to the highway.

There are plenty of goats and sheep on the trail.

Windy Arm and the White Range.

Driving Directions

From Whitehorse, drive south on the Alaska Highway until you reach the Carcross Cutof with the South Klondike Highway. Drive south on the South Klondike Highway towards Skagway. After 25 km past the community of Carcross, there is a pullout on the right side of the highway with a yellow gate and a road that leads up the mountain side. Just before the pullout there are old mining structures along the highway. Park at the pullout with the yellow gate.

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Trail Description

Start up the old mining road and skirt around the yellow gate. Follow the road as it climbs parallel to the highway. At the first fork in the road, where going straight would descend, take the left fork uphill. You will soon come to some mining relics and a small clearing. Walk straight to the very end of the clearing where a less established trail contours uphill.

Follow the rough trail, which may have pipes and tubing running towards the gully. The trail stops at the gully. Make your way uphill from here along the goat trail along the ridge. You will follow this ridge for quite a ways up.

Shortly you will come to a small rock face on the ridge which you can either climb straight up or skirt around the right side. You will pass through some stunted trees which should have goat paths leading through them. Higher up, look for a somewhat worn goat trail that will cut across your trail. Follow this goat trail to the left (south) as it heads towards Dail Peak. At any time now, pick your way up the open hillside to the top of the ridge. At the top of the ridge, you will overlook a high plateau which is connected to Montana Mountain.

Make your way to the left (south) up to the rocky section which will feel like a small false summit. From here, continue along the ridge to the base of Dail Peak. The ridge is broad and has some knarly rock formations on the east side (your left). It is a short hike up to the summit from here.

Follow the same trail back. Do not be tempted to descend one of the other gulleys, even though they may look safe and more direct. About three quarters of the way down these gulleys, there are sheer cliffs and waterfalls, which will force you to hike frustratingly back up the way you just came down. It may look promising from the top of the ridge, but will actually take you longer and require a lot of bushwacking if you attempt it.