Grey (Canyon) Mountain

Distance: 12 km
Elevation Gain: 200 m (656 ft)
Time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Region: Whitehorse
Date Added: August 4, 2008
Last Update: March 29, 2009
Winter: ski touring snowshoeing 

The closest alpine hike to Whitehorse - only about 12 kms away! Grey Mountain is a great day hike offering a terrific view of Whitehorse and the surrounding area. You can see from Marsh Lake in the south to Lake Laberge in the north. The trailhead starts only 200 m lower than the summit, which means more alpine walking. It's only 2.5 km to the summit, which is a good turn around point if you don't want to continue walking the ridge.

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Driving Directions

From the S.S. Klondike in Whitehorse, cross the bridge onto Lewes Blvd and make a left at the lights onto Alsek Road. After 400 m, make a left at Tutshi Road (there is a sign indicating the cemetary and Grey Mountain viewpoint). Follow this road all the way to the communication towers at the top (about 10 km). Park in the parking lot at the communication towers, but make sure to leave room for workers. Note that road conditions can be variable. Sometimes cars can drive all the way up, sometimes you need a vehicle with higher clearance.

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Trail Description

The trailhead starts right from the communication towers. There are many trails along the ridge which end up at the same place - follow the most developed trail to prevent further erosion. After 2.5 km you will reach the summit and have a great view of the surrounding area.

If you want to continue walking along the ridge, follow one of the main trails towards the second, lower peak. The trail can be faint at times. To continue on from the second peak to the third, you will have to descend out of the alpine. This requires some very moderate bushwacking to the other side where you will ascend towards the third peak. There isn't much of a trail at some points, so pick your own way if necessary.

The third peak offers the best view of Whitehorse. From here, turn around and follow the same route back. Although this hike is close to town, there is evidence of bear activity such as bear droppings and digging marks. Act as you would on any other trail, making noise at intervals so as not to surprise a bear when you climb over a crest.


The top of Grey Mountain is excellent for a showshoeing or ski touring day trip. When the road narrows and there is a sign that says 'unmaintained', it is best to use the large parking area. It takes about 1.5 hours to walk from the parking area to the communication towers, depending on the condition of the road.


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November 30, 2016

My husband and I did the "Easy Money" trail on Grey Mountain yesterday. It was a really snowy day! Easy Money is a nice snowshoe through the trees. Definitely has its steep parts, but you are rewarded with a cute little bench at the top of the trail (not the top of Grey). It was a very foggy day so we didn't have a clear view - but would be a great lookout on a clear day. Definitely chilly in the top open area, but a great snack/hot chocolate stop! :)
July 2, 2015

We went on Canada Day and it was great quick hike, took only a couple hours to go up to the summit and back. It was quite busy but an amazing way to spend Canada Day!
June 26, 2014

Beautiful trail, BUT...this has obviously seen more usage in the past few years. As you close in on the summit, the earth is greatly disturbed. Paths intersecting everywhere. This is sensitive alpine vegetation that is being trampled. Please hike with care, and stay on the obvious paths!
June 22, 2014

I drove up to the Antennas in a 1995 Toyota Corolla which certainly does not have any kind of road clearance at all. 98% of the road was fine in first gear. Just before the top I scraped the bottom of the car a bit - nothing severe. So it can be done, but you need to go slow over the bigger holes and protruding rocks near the top.

I would describe the hike from the first peak to the second peak as 'moderate' to difficult, depending on how much you are packing in and what speed you want to go at.

It is a very doable hike. Its impossible to get lost. The view are tremendous.
January 25, 2014

I did this climb 2 feet and a heart beat all the way .....from start to finish.....twice to be exact. sure its an easy hike but wow extraordinary! i was in katimavik, youth program, me and me mates did it, from our house in riverdale 3 1/2 hours up 1 1/2 hours down. mid december. still have a rock from the top. beautiful memory! 1999
May 27, 2013

Did this hike today (May 26, 2013) and while the road is a bit rough, the only reason we didn't go all the way to the top in a 2002 base model cavalier was because of the snow that was still covering the road. It was absolutely phenomenal in terms of views, weather and complete lack of bugs. I haven't done anywhere near all the hikes Whitehorse has to offer but this will stay near the top for views and lack of ridiculous effort.
June 16, 2012

Did this hike starting from the antennae. The drive up is a bit perilous, there are no railings at some spots and it's a long way down. If you're not comfortable with this kind of driving you may want to stop at one of the many parking areas located on the road leading up.

The hike itself is extremely rugged, at some places it is unclear as to where the trail even is. There is only one general direction to go, however, so getting lost is not an issue. The ruggedness warrants a sturdy pair of (preferably waterproof) hiking boots, there are many jagged rocks and uneven surfaces, mixed with some spongy marshes created by meltwater. My friends did the hike in sneakers but their feet did get a little wet.

The duration will most likely depend on how frequently you stop. People with less hiking experience will probably want to take frequent rest stops, as there are some steep inclines, and the views are so magnificent that you might spend a lot of time taking pictures. We walked close to the ridge end and it took us a couple of hours or so.

I highly recommend this hike, even if you are just passing through Whitehorse, as it is a very short drive from the city and won't take you any longer than an afternoon to complete.

Included is a panoramic view from the summit.
Marko Marjanovic
June 9, 2012

We were able to drive all the way to the communication towers today in a small, low clearance car.

The ridge was mostly dry and the sun was out (18C this evening). We walked to the first summit, which took roughly 45 minutes at a leisurely pace.