A great year-round destination - most popular with backcountry skiers and splitboarders in the snowy season, but also a great summer hike. Stellar views from the top overlooking the White Pass Area as well as the Chilkoot Trail. According to the BC Gazetteer, there is no official name for this mountain, but other common names include Shallow Peak and Mount Halcyon.
From Whitehorse, drive south to the Carcross Cutoff and turn right onto the South Klondike Highway. After 114 km there is a large parking area
on your right, just after crossing the railroad tracks. This is the Parks Canada Log Cabin Mountain parking lot for the Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site. To get to the trailhead there is a road immediately to the left at the entrance to the main parking lot. Follow this to a smaller parking area at the end. There is a large sign at the trailhead with avalanche terrain information
. Note this road may not be plowed in the winter, and you will have to park your vehicle in the main Log Cabin parking lot.
Check the Fraser webcam below before you head out! In the winter, check weather conditions on the Yukon Avalanche Association
Current conditions at the Canada border, Fraser Camp, BC. Refresh this page to update the images.
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The trail starts from the avalanche sign (at the upper parking area) through the trees and continues along a cutline to treeline. There are several spur trails at the beginning but stay on the most defined trail, which sticks to the right until you find the obvious cutline through the trees.
The cutline takes you straight up to the treeline and should take about 20-30 minutes with 200 m elevation gain. This part of the trail can be wet as there are a few small streams that crisscross the trail. The trail is also rough in spots, with roots, stumps and overgrown areas.
Once in the alpine there is no obvious trail - so you will need to pick your own way up avoiding as many trees as possible (note these are mostly hidden in the winter). There are some small ridges that provide easier walking. You should be aiming for the left (south side) of the main rock face near the top. Being in the White Pass area you will likely encounter snow along the way up, and if comfortable, hiking straight up the snow patches can be a quick and easy way up!
Once on the first false summit, things flatten out to a rocky plateau, and you will need to continue another 500 m to the true summit, which lies to the southwest. The summit is marked by some survey markers and an old wooden tripod marker. The views are stunning from the top looking north to Lindeman and the south end of Bennett Lake where the Chilkoot Trail ends. Looking southwest towards towards the White Pass you can see the beautiful Shallow, Bernard and Summit lakes; Fraser, Feather, and Taiya peaks; Mount Cleveland and Carmack off in the distance; and the tips of the Sawtooth Range. The amazing peaks and glaciers of the coast range are inspiring! Return the way you came up, and take advantage of any snow for a fast and easy descent.
The trailhead is the same as for the summer route described above. The trail is well used in the winter and should be easy to pick up by finding the ski tracks which will lead up the cutline. Once at the treeline pick the safest route up following the various ridges and less steep approaches. Don't simply rely on following other tracks or people in front of you. Pick the best and safest route you are comfortable with. The signage at the trailhead identifies a few features to avoid, such as the gully that runs down the right (northeast face) and several convexities.
There is some fabulous skiing on the mountain, and it's a relatively quick hike up, with lots of space to enjoy fresh tracks.
Please review the signage at the trailhead before entering the area if you are not familiar with the avalanche terrain. Also review the avalanche bulletin and browse the Yukon Avalanche Forum for the latest information on conditions
before you head out. Make sure to have all the appropriate avalanche safety gear and know how to use it.