Tally-Ho Mountain

Distance: 20 km
Elevation Gain: 900 m (2953 ft)
Time: 7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Region: Annie Lake
Date Added: August 2, 2008
Last Update: August 23, 2008
Winter: ski touring snowshoeing 

While on top of Tally-Ho mountain, you get a fantastic view down the Wheaton River valley. Bennett Lake can be seen from the top as well. The ridge around the summit is completely open alpine which makes exploring easy. It is also prime habitat for caribou, which can often be seen near the summit.

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Driving Directions

From Whitehorse, drive south to the Carcross Cutoff and turn right onto the Klondike Highway. Drive south for about 17 km and turn right onto the Annie Lake road. After 26 km you will cross a bridge over the Wheaton River. Drive another 6 km to a large pull-out on the left side.

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Trail Description

The trail is actually a road which continues from the parking spot. This road continues into the subalpine and can be followed into a couple of alpine areas. After 1 km you will reach a fork in the road. The right side ascends and the left side descends - stay left.

After a total of about 8 kms you will leave the road and turn left, straight up the steep ridge. There is no trail to the top from here, but it is mostly alpine so you can pick your own way up.

There are fine views once at the top. Continue following the ridge to the summit. Watch out for caribou, hidden behind the rocks!


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May 28, 2017

Not sure if anyone has recently done this trail, but the information is really out of date. I attempted this trail 27/5 and it wasn't passable.
Firstly, the road during the winter slid completely, it was removed from the road - so you can drive now, but it was an indication that a lot of slides had come down Tally ho - which was the case.
I camped at the pullout on the friday and started up the quad trail. After 1km, there is no fork - as listed here - I hiked about 3-4 kilometres - as far as you could go. The quad trail had a slide and about a 400m patch was just boulders from the mountain , but then after crossing the creek it was a nice quad trail again. Continuing up, you could see the mountain had slid over the winter. With the lefts slid with giant mounds of mud and loose sand and rocks. The only way up was following the creek - which had ice-glazed rocks - making it difficult to not slip.
I continued until the last point where there was a waterfall the left was sheer loose dirt and rocks and there was a large patch of snow on the waterfall.
Without saftey gear or knowing the conditions further, I had to turn back.
I had spoken with Hans (the last house at the bridge crossing), he said next time I'm back, he will take me on another trail, which goes around tally-ho on the other side! So will update when this gets done.
But I think the trail has been washed out, possibly once the snow is completely gone and you go with a machete, it might be passable.
Would love to hear if anyone else has done this recently!? Or if anyone would like to go out in late June to re-tackle this again. Let me know :)
January 27, 2016

September 2015 we walked the road to the parking lot for many kilometers with no problems, it sort of contours Tally Ho, we did not leave the road but kept climbing/angling left to plateau where at a height of land there is a small pond in the hollow to the right. The gravel roads then looses elevation and offer several direction options. We took the one to the right and at first climbed steeply to reach another plateau, we kept going straight on road, till we reached a ridge with fabulous views of Lake Bennett and many other Mountains. Open views all day long, easy walking and mostly gradual climbing, a perfect day!
Blake & Ellie
October 27, 2015

If you are looking for a leisurely walk, this is not the trail for you. We hiked Tally-ho on October 26th. The weather was below zero but with the sun shining down on the mountain side we were able to hike comfotably. We followed the gravel trail to a quad trail on the left. This trail ends when you come to a creek at about 2 and a half km from the head of the trail. The creek was rocky and icy so we took our own rout along the tree line just before coming to some mud walls. Since the mountain side was frosty, the dirt was hard and good for hiking conditions. We reached the summit about four hours into the hike. At the top there is a quad road. We followed this but then continued down the moutiain side, off the quad road. It was steep and dangerous at times.Total hiking time was 7 hours
October 25, 2015

Just did this hike today Oct 25th. The pull-out 6 KM after the bridge is obvious to see. There is a route that starts from the parking lot and you follow it for about 1 KM when it meets with another route. Stay left, keep going for another 1.5 KM. At this point (2.5 KM into the hike), there's no more route to follow. The route becomes a creek, and you can follow the creek if you want (which is the trail described on this page). At about 8 KM, just turn left somewhere and attack the summit. There's a lot of summits on the plateau, so it would be good to know in advanced which one is Tally-Hoe.

Or, and this is what I did, just attack the summit at the 2.5 KM point when there's no more obvious trail to follow. It's much steeper, dangerous at points, but you save going all the way around the mountain. There will be a valley in between 2 ridges on the left side of the trail, and I just picked a spot near there and went up. Once at the top, I noticed there was an ATV trail that can bring you even further up in the alpine and the surrounding mountains. Views are great from the top!! I went back down the long way, but wasn't 10 KM. Total time with exploration of 2 or 3 summits up on the ridge was 5 hours total.
July 29, 2015

Hiked up July 26. Seems the trail has been taken out by a slide? It was a scramble to get up it and we did not take the suggested round about route. Instead tackled it face on and it certainly cuts off time. Explored a couple of the peaks overlooking the Weaton River valley, the mountains just go on forever! The decent was a quick steep one coming down the front face along caribou trails. Worked out to just over 8km and 5 hours without exploration of the top included. Highly recommended thigh burner!
July 15, 2015

Hiked up Tally Ho in June. We didn't take the back of the mountain approach. Once the forest clears and the mountain is on your left you can attack it quite easily. The bushwhacking is light and you get to top much more quickly. For our decent we started out going to the road side ridge you see on the map. (the last two pictures above show the view and ridge I speak of) Others in my party out voted me and the decided to proceed down the river valley between the two ridges. DO NOT DO THIS. The front side ridge looked pleasant with a trail on it.. game or human or both. Return with an error on the trail was only 4.5 hours. This way saves you the time and distance of circling around the entire mountain. The level of difficulty does increase somewhat so be ready.
Nick Woz
July 5, 2015

This is a great hike. I would however recommend some edits to the driving directions. The trailhead is not 6km from the bridge, we measured 8km. At about 4km a pullout exists to the left that also has a road you can follow, it is not the trail described here.

June 18, 2015

Hiked this as a day hike on June 13th with a few friends then spent the night by the river. Took about 7 hours total, but we missed the "turnoff" by about 800 km so had to backtrack. There isn't any obvious trailhead that we saw for where you veer off the road, you basically pick a route and start bushwacking. Only small willows though and they clear up pretty fast.

This was a great hike once you start ascending, I think it would be a lot more fun to bike in on the road since that was about 1.5 hours each way. Awesome views though, would definitely recommend this one.
Marko Marjanovic
January 2, 2013

We had a great ski tour up the Tally-Ho road on the weekend. The Annie Lake road is plowed all the way to the parking area. Snowmobiles have packed the trail up to the just before tree-line. In the alpine, the snow has a hard slab on top of sugary snow, which makes trail breaking a little difficult.