Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain: 700 m (2297 ft)
Time: 3.5 hours
Date Added: June 17, 2008
Last Update: November 1, 2008
This is a nice day hike close to Whitehorse that offers a beautiful view of the Atlin Lakes. The white limestone of this mountain is not what actually gives it its name - it is named after Thomas White, Minister of the Interior from 1887-1888. Watch for mountain goats along the trail. [It is asked that you refrain from hiking this trail from May 15 - June 15 because the goats may be having kids.]
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Drive south on the Alaska Highway towards Jake's Corner (about 80km from Whitehorse). Turn right at Jake's Corner, drive for 2km and turn left to follow the sign to Atlin. Drive for 6km to a road on the left (east) which leads to a gravel pit.
From the trailhead (behind a generator), the path first leads into the trees and soon uphill to some steeper sandy sections. After 2 km, you will reach a Northwestel radar tower. It is another 1 km from here to the top. The summit is a plateau spotted with white limestone rocks. There is ample opportunity for exploring the range at the top.
Follow the same trail as the summer path (occasionally spotted with goat tracks). If the snow is only a few inches deep, hiking poles will be invaluable on the steeper, slippery sections. Add an extra hour to the total time.
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