Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 210 m (689 ft)
Time: 1.5 hours
Date Added: June 10, 2009
Last Update: August 29, 2012
This is one of the most popular trails in the park. It is close to the campsite and is an easy walk that provides great views down along the Dempster Highway, the North Klondike valley to Tombstone Mountain, and the mountains and ridges to the west.
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Drive to kilometer 74 on the Dempster Highway and look for a sign with Goldensides trail on it on the west side of the highway. Drive up to the microwave tower and park (be sure to leave space for maintenance vehicles). You can also walk to the trailhead from the territorial campsite. There is a large, blue Goldensides sign at the trailhead.
From the trailhead sign, follow the well established path (for Yukon standards!) as it meanders through the shrubs. The trail is easy to follow and it makes its way up to a small ridge below and to the north of Goldensides Mountain. After 1.5 kms, the trail forks, where you can take the path to the right to the top of a rocky platform with an interesting vertical rock column.
Back to the fork, the path to the left continues up to the end of the ridge where you get a fantastic view of the valleys, mountains, and ridges to the west. Mount Chester Henderson is on the immediate right (north), and Mount Robert Henderson is the peak in the distance at the far end of the same ridge.
When you are ready to return, follow the same route back out. On your way back, the view to the east is still amazing, as you will be looking down the North Klondike valley all the way to Tombstone Mountain. You can see the top of Mount Monolith in the distance as well.
It is possible to scramble up to the summit of Goldensides from the end of the trail, but Park staff do not recommend it, as the sides and summit of Goldensides are quite fragile. To get to the top, you have to scramble up the steep, rocky south side and then continue a little further to the highest point where you get a 360 view of the area.
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