Tutshi Bend Ridge
Distance: 9 km
Elevation Gain: 868 m (2848 ft)
Time: 6 hours
Date Added: May 17, 2011
Last Update: May 17, 2011
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.
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Drive towards Carcross on the South Klondike highway. 38 km south of the Carcross bridge there is a gravel road on the right side of the highway. Park here. The road is on the north side of a creek. If you come to a gravel pit (on the south side of the creek), you have gone too far.
Note: There is no official name for this mountain.
From the highway, walk up the steep gravel road. There is only one fork in the road. Stay left, although they meet up again very quickly.
After about 1.7 km, the road comes closer to the ridge and minimizes the bushwacking required to get to the ridge. Leave the road and head through the trees to the bottom of the ridge. Head up the ridge until you get to vertical rock that would require you to use your hands to climb up. Instead of climbing the rock, head right (north-east) across the steep scree slope in order to come around the other side of the ridge. This is the most difficult part of the trail, but don't be discouraged as it is actually easier coming back down.
After walking on the scree slope for about 300 m, you will notice a route up above you that avoids all the vertical rock. Head straight up and you will come to the top of the ridge.
The route from the top of the ridge to the summit is obvious, but is fairly narrow so be careful if there is still snow on top. From the ridge, you get a great view of the surrounding area and a closer view of Paddy Peak to the west (your left). Follow the same route down.
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