Mount White


Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain: 700 m (2297 ft)
Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Region: Whitehorse
Date Added: June 17, 2008
Last Update: November 1, 2008
Winter: snowshoeing 



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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Driving Directions

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.




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Trail Description

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.



Winter

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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Dwight Gayle
May 9, 2017

Nice short trail that takes about 2hrs round trip on foot.there's a few large trees at the base of the mountain, But except that part its ready to Bike for the 2017 season!!!
Pat & Nikola
May 6, 2017

It's a decent incline right of the get go and we were glad to have hiking shoes as some of the scree is slipery. The trail was dry all the way up to the tower , afterwards there was various patched of snow to dance around.The peak has absolutly amazing views of Marsh lake , little atlin and even the tip of Atlin lake . We plan on coming back when later in the season to keep exploring the plateau and camp up there .
Jason Wright
April 18, 2017

Hiked Mt. White on Saturday (15 April). Trail has some small sections of compacted snow in the shady areas, but the majority of the trail up to and past the antenna is clear. Spotted a pair of bald eagles soaring in the thermals and a merlin too.
Jo
November 6, 2016

Hiked to Mt White on Sun Nov 6. Day started out grey and snowy and kept improving all day. Really windy and cold on the summit though. We were glad we brought down, tuques and mittens. Thanks to whoever hiked this trail yesterday, it made the summit plateau snow easier (up to a foot of snow). Great view of little Atlin, goat tracks and interesting cloud formation all day. We came down under a warm sun and bluebird skies. Met two parties making their way up (2 & 4) so trail to the top should be even better in the next few days. Good fall hike option!
Shailyn Drukis
October 10, 2016

Hiked up Mount White with some friends today.
Took the usual route and continued on past the helicopter pad to the summit. It was a wonderful day for hiking. At first we had to walk through a frosty cloud that blanketed the trees with a lovely layer of frost. Nice and sunny above the cloud. No wildlife sightings, and some snowy/icy patches up top. Took us about four hours with a lunch break and tons of photos along the way.
Miriam
September 2, 2016

Went up to summit solo the other day. Trail head is easy to find and follow. Ther were some sticks leaning on the sign to hikers, in retrospect, I should have grabbed one. Coming down is hard on the knees. There is a faded red cable along the ground from the generator that goes up to the tower so it's pretty clear where you're going. It was a cool misty fall day when I went but this trail gets steep right away and my heart was thumping and calves were burning pretty quick. Doesn't take long to start getting a nice view.
Once at the top I explored up there a bit, saw 9 mountain goats! I kept my distance but it was pretty neat to watch them for a bit. Saw what I believe to be some old signs of a bear digging up roots.
On the way down I munched on some berries (not sure what kind, they were blue but not blueberries).
A couple of grouse were in my path on two separate occasions, impressive how camouflaged they are in this setting. What I believe to be 4 northern hawk owls made an appearance, swooping around, chasing each other in circles above me making little chirping noises. Was pretty spectacular. Later on a flock of over 100 migrating birds flew over. There were many little flitting around in the trees as well, I could only identify white crown sparrow, yellow warbler and was surprised to see a couple robins!
I've been wanting to do this hike for a while and I'm glad I picked a misty fall morning. Was a great day
Matt French
July 6, 2016

July 5, 2016.
Climbed to the radio tower. Took roughly 1:45 to get there; including stops for pics of the surrounding area. Hot, sunny day with little in the way for a breeze; even on the exposed ridges. Bring lots of water on such days!
Trail is well established and following the cable over the rocky sections kept route finding quite easy. Very steep in sections and the dry dust of the trail, mixed with the loose rock made for many close spills on the way down. Would recommend hiking poles on descent, not so much for leg support, but rather balance and speed control.
First solo hike since arriving in the Yukon last September and would recommend this short hike as a good introduction to the peaks in the Whitehorse area.
Kirsten
July 2, 2016

July 2, 2016
Awesome hike, great views, tired out puppy. A winning hike all around. Easy to find,close to whitehorse. Great quick hike.
Loralee
May 16, 2016

I hoped to do the trail this weekend (May Long) but realized it's advised not to. Is there another hike in the area that anyone would suggest?
H.
August 16, 2015

A steep but rewarding hike. Great views and well worn trail. Lots of loose rocks and dirt on some of the trail, which makes for slippery footing on the way down. Leaves are starting to turn up top - lots of yellow coming in.
Judy
July 15, 2015

My daughter and I did this hike on July 7th, 2015. The trail head is very easy to find. We hiked on a very warm day so my 2 litres of water was required. The trail is quite steep and my calves were burning on the way up but I kept moving and it was worth it! The views on top were fabulous and there were lots of goats to watch. We ended up going to the highest point and were able to sit and have lunch without much of a wind.
I knew the way down would be even more challenging and I highly recommend bringing walking poles. I beieve thats what saved my knees.
Great hike, Great Workout!
Mike
February 20, 2015

Snowshoed up partway, there isn't a trail broken the whole way up any more.

We found a lens hood for an SLR-style lens. If you lost one on this trail before Feb 20, 2015 send me an email and you can come pick it up in Whitehorse. mike@mikeotto.ca
Marko
November 17, 2014

We had a great hike up Mount White this weekend. The snow was only a few inches deep in most places, so hiking boots worked just fine. The surface hoar frost crystals were huge!
Victoria
August 25, 2014

This trail is pretty steep! Going up there's some places you have to climb with your hands but the rocks are small enough that's it's fairly easy. On the way down, it can get slippery and I had to catch myself a few times - wouldn't recomend doing this hike in the rain. After the radio tower the hike gets a lot easier. You'll notice a small cave to the right of the large mountain but no trail leads to it, my sister and I were hoping to get to it to explore but it was getting late and ha to go home. Once on the top, small rolling hills seem to go on forever, it's very fun to explore.
If doing this hike in the fall, bring your camera! The low ground covary turns a beautiful red as do the mountains beside and can be very beautiful!
When we reached the top, we saw no mountain goats or even much traces of them ever being there, except some tracks on the ground.
There are a lot of good places on the top to camp it seems, it would be easy to start a fire and the ground is soft and there are some flat parts.
Neil Graham
August 28, 2012

My wife, two daughters and I hiked up White Mountain. What a steep trail, however, the fantastic rambling around available at the top is worth the effort. We didn't see any goats but collected lots of wool off the bushes.
Jen
April 9, 2012

Hiked to the radar tower yesterday. This is a wonderful shoulder season hike--although there was some snow on the trail, it was packed enough not to need snowshoes. About 50% of the trail didn't have snow; it was great to walk on soil again. Gaitors could be helpful--it was slushy and muddy coming down in the afternoon.
Yukon Hiking
August 9, 2011

Thanks Jeff, we've had many people comment on the name of this mountain. We decided to stick with the official name, but you are right, it is more often referred to as White Mountain. The wooden sign at the base of the mountain reads White Mountain as well.
Jeff Fisher
August 9, 2011

I think the name of this mountain is more commonly referred to as White Mountain.