Kujo Ridge


Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain: 529 m (1736 ft)
Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Region: Whitehorse
Date Added: October 2, 2016
Last Update: October 2, 2016
Winter: snowshoeing 



A varied and beautiful trail up into the alpine with gorgeous views of Kusawa Lake and the surrounding mountains, and opportunities to connect to Jo Jo Lake. This trail is south of the well known Kusawa Ridge Trail, and provides a different perspective of the area. This area is especially beautiful in the fall and there are many opportunities from the viewpoint to continue farther into the alpine up any of the rocky ridges or towards Jo Jo Lake.


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Driving Directions

Drive about 65 km north of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway until you reach signs indicating Kusawa Lake campground on the left side of the highway. Follow this dirt road past the Takhini River campground to the Kusawa Lake campground (23 km off the highway). Drive past the campground and then past a bridge, for another 800 m. On the right there is a pullout into a large clearing and parking area.




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Trail Description

Be warned, from the parking area there is no defined trail for the first 900 m but several options, all requiring route finding skills as you pick your way through the forest towards the base of the mountain slope to the west. If you head slightly northwest you will reach a creek which you can boulder hop alongside (if the water is not too high) heading west (there is no need to cross the creek). Note this creek is the same creek you follow for the Kusawa Ridge trail (just on the other side). Before the creek reaches a canyon and heads more northwest, a well-defined trail can be picked up on a small narrow ridge to the left. Alternatively, you can also reach the start of the trail from the parking area by picking your way through the floodplain forest of willow and poplar or the adjacent spruce forest, there are many animal trails throughout this area. Both options are shown on the google earth image.

Once you reach the actual trail, it heads quite steeply uphill through first spruce and then aspen forests. Thankfully there are many little view points along the trail where you can take a quick break and catch your breath while enjoying the views of Kusawa Lake. The trail begins to follow above another creek drainage to the southwest. As you gain elevation the aspen trees become shorter and more stunted, until eventually disappearing altogether once you reach the alpine. The trail continues over rock and lichen and becomes less defined. Enjoy the views from the open alpine and head back down at your leisure.

Note if you want a longer hike, to the southwest of the viewpoint there are some small ridges and peaks worth exploring and a small alpine lake. If you continue west from there, you would eventually get a view of Jo Jo Lake. These options would add another 12-20 km (return) to the distance listed for this hike. There are many options for backcountry camping in the area if you want to make this an extended trip.

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