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Brute Mountain


Distance: 11 km
Elevation Gain: 901 m (2956 ft)
Time: 6.5 hours
Difficulty: Difficult

Brute Mountain is an exciting and challenging hike up to a rocky peak with sweeping views over Bennett Lake, Montana Mountain and Carcross.

Caribou Mountain


Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 1000 m (3281 ft)
Time: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

This hike is steep and to the point. Before long you are rewarded with a view of Bennett Lake, nestled between mountain peaks. The alpine ridge is a pleasure to climb. Please avoid hiking this trail from mid-May to mid-June to avoid disturbing the sheep during lambing season.

Dail Peak


Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 1272 m (4173 ft)
Time: 6.5 hours
Difficulty: Difficult

Dail Peak, named after miner George Dail, offers sweeping views down the Klondike Highway above Windy Arm of Tagish Lake. It is connected via a ridge system to Mt. Matheson and eventually to Montana Mountain. It is the home of numerous Dall sheep and mountain goats. From the top of the ridge, there are tremendous views of the entire surrounding area for miles around.

Montana Mountain


Distance: 15 km
Elevation Gain: 853 m (2799 ft)
Time: 5.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

The Montana plateau is a great area to explore, and Montana Mountain is the highest peak on the Montana massif. It isn't a difficult hike, but you need a vehicle with a little bit of clearance (even a car that doesn't sit too low is fine). The entire hike is above the tree line and the views are always pleasant. The view from the summit and the ridge are fantastic, opening up an ocean of mountain tops in all directions.

Mount Racine


Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 1055 m (3461 ft)
Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Difficult

Mount Racine is a prominent peak at the south end of Tagish Lake's Windy Arm with sweeping views also over to Tutshi Lake and the surrounding mountains. The route is a direct one, straight up the main avalanche path, which is the quickest way to the top and also avoids the most bushwacking.

Nares Mountain


Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 1000 m (3281 ft)
Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Nares Mountain is a beautiful ridge hike that can be enjoyed almost all year round! The slopes are often bare as they are south facing and wind scoured, and of course the proximity to the Carcross desert means much less precipitation. The views are stunning in all directions, and include Montana and Caribou mountains, and Tagish, Bennett and Nares lakes.

Paddy Peak


Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain: 626 m (2054 ft)
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Paddy Peak is the highest mountain south of Carcross along the highway to Skagway. There is a road from the highway that gains over 700 m of elevation, making the hike a quick scramble to the peak. The view of mountain tops and the southern lakes seems endless in all directions.

Sam McGee Trail


Distance: 9 km
Elevation Gain: 618 m (2028 ft)
Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Follow this historic trail up into the alpine below Montana Mountain. The trail was originally made to service the tramway built in 1905 by Sam McGee for a silver mining operation. There are many remnants of the tramway and mining artifacts along the trail. The view from the top is fantastic, with Windy Arm of Tagish Lake below, and all of the surrounding mountains. There are a lot of deciduous trees here, so this is also a great trail to view the amazing fall colours. To extend this hike, you can connect to the Mountain Hero mountain biking trail, or hike up some of the surrounding ridges.

Tutshi Bend Ridge


Distance: 9 km
Elevation Gain: 868 m (2848 ft)
Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Difficult

This ridge is all rock - you won't find much soft ground here. The route is steep scree to the top of the ridge, but the ridge itself offers a sweeping view of Tutshi Lake and the surrounding mountains. The thin ridge is a pleasant walk to the summit.