Monarch Mountain

Distance: 7 km
Elevation Gain: 700 m (2297 ft)
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Region: Atlin
Date Added: July 1, 2008
Last Update: August 23, 2008
Winter: snowshoeing 

If you're in or around Atlin, be sure to do this hike - it offers some great views of Atlin Lake & Atlin Mountain as well as Teresa Island, the 2nd tallest lake island on the planet. Monarch is not the highest mountain in the Atlin area, but it is a great short day trip that gets you up to the sub-alpine to view the other majestic peaks.

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Driving Directions

Coming into Atlin on Highway 7, at the T-junction turn left onto Suprise Lake Road (right goes to Atlin on Discovery Ave). Take a right on Warm Springs road. Continue for 3.5 km until you reach a moderate sized parking area on the right hand side of the road that has a trail sign.

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Trail Description

At the parking area there is a sign that points to the trail across the road. Cross the road to get to the trailhead. The trail is easy to follow and climbs steadily at a moderate grade.

The trail crosses a road and a driveway at the beginning. You will soon get some unobstructed views of the surrounding area. There are a couple of benches along the path that offer good resting points with great views.

The summit is a good picnic spot, but if its windy you'll have to find some shelter behind trees. There is some room for exploring at the summit down to some tarns or around the rocky ridges.


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Glenn Rudman
May 24, 2015

Hiked to the top on May 24, 2015. Glorious day. Beautiful views towards the lake most of the way up and great views to the east at the top. Fours hours return trip (stopped a lot to look for birds plus had lunch at the top).
The parking and trailhead are on Warm Bay Road, not Warm Springs Road.
Stephen Bentley and tanker
May 4, 2015

Did the hike May 1st. Beautiful views of atlin and the lake. Still deep snow at the top so wear good boots but it's worth it. I lost my bear spray somewhere near the summit so it's yours if you find it
July 11, 2014

Last weekend we went up Monarch Mountain. It was a crappy day but the views were still pretty great. It was pretty chilly at the top (there was still snow in some areas) so I was glad to have my ever-present thermos of hot tea to drink in the shelter of some rocks.

If you have weak knees, maybe bring trekking poles for the descent. There's also a nice beach walk just below the parking lot.
Yukon Hiking
August 19, 2013

Thanks Sophie. After double checking, we changed the distance along Warm Springs Rd to 3.5 km.
August 19, 2013

Beautiful hike with a high ratio view/effort! It was windy at the top, but was easy to find bushes to hide from the wind. We calculated 3.5 km on the Warm Springs Rd before getting to the parking (it has a sign "Beach Trail Recration Park"), not sure if it was an error on the website?