Distance: 7 km
Elevation Gain: 323 m (1060 ft)
Time: 2.5 hours
Date Added: June 22, 2008
Last Update: November 1, 2008
This trail starts at a high altitude and is so close to Whitehorse that you can get off work and be walking along a ridge in the alpine in no time. Once on the ridge, there are many options and ample opportunity for exploring.
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From the top of Two Mile Hill in Whitehorse, drive 2 km north on the Alaska Highway and turn left on to Fish Lake Road. Follow this road until you reach Fish Lake (about 15 km). At Fish Lake, you can find parking right away, or try to continue driving for another 600 m to the trailhead along a narrower road.
The trailhead starts at the north end of the lake where the narrow road veers left. The trail continues straight from here. Once the trail starts climbing, it becomes braided and muddy due to frequent horse rides up to the ridge. After an hour or less, you will be above the treeline and have a view of Fish Lake. Continue climbing to the top of the ridge to get a panoramic view of the Bonneville Lakes and Boundary mountain ranges.
At the top of the ridge you have many options. To the right (north) is a nice ridge to explore. To the left (south) is a small summit to climb which can continue on to even higher ridges. Straight ahead (west) is a path down to Bonneville Lakes.
If you choose to go down to Bonneville Lakes, there is a path along the close side of the lakes that continues south to the end of the lakes. There are places to pitch a tent along the lakes, the most obvious spot being at the very south end of the lakes, about 6 kms from the top of the ridge.
Follow the same trail as the summer path. The total time is roughly the same. Snowshoes are recommended.
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