Dezadeash River Trail
Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain: 39 m (128 ft)
Time: 1.5 hours
Date Added: June 7, 2017
Last Update: June 7, 2016
This trail is a pleasant flat walk along the Dezadeash River Valley in Haines Junction, with great views of the Auriol Range and nice boardwalks and interpretive signage along the way. The trail would be great for anytime of year, including for cross country skiing/nordic touring or fat tire bike riding in the winter.
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From within Haines Junction drive south from town, past the turnoff to the Alaska Highway, as if you were continuing to Haines, Alaska. At the edge of town before crossing the Dezedeash River bridge there is a large open grassy parking area on the right with some old buildings. Park here and there will be a large trail sign with a map and some outhouses at the trailhead.
The trail is wide, flat and well maintained along the entire way. There is a small loop at the end of the trail which provides some variety to the 'there and back' style trail.
Note: Overnight trips in Kluane National Park and Reserve require registration and approved bear resistant food canisters. Please visit the Park's website for details.
The trail passes through poplar forests, wetlands and spruce forests with boardwalks provided over any wet areas. There are many nice view points along the way of the Auriol Mountain Range to the south and great opportunities for birding as well.
Follow the main trail for most of the way, you'll pass by a large wooden viewing platform with two levels after the 1.6 km mark. At this spot there is a less defined trail that leads to the right away from the river valley, you can ignore this and stay on the main trail. The actual fork in the trail lies at about the 2 km mark, where you can follow the loop. Once you've completed the loop you can continue back the same way.
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