Valerie Lake (Copper Trail)

Distance: 14 km
Elevation Gain: 100 m (328 ft)
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Region: Whitehorse
Date Added: May 15, 2009
Last Update: May 15, 2009
Winter: ski touring snowshoeing 

This trail is part of the Trans-Canada Trail system around Whitehorse. It is a nice walk near close to Whitehorse. In the winter, snowmobilers use this trail, but this helps pack down the snow so that snowshoes don't have to be worn.

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Driving Directions

Drive south along the Alaska Highway towards Mt. Sima (the local ski hill). When you see the sign for the ski hill, follow it to the right on Mt. Sima road. Drive 2.4 km to a large pull-out on the right and park here.

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Trail Description

To find the trailhead, walk down the wide access trail until you see a Trans-Canada Trail marker on your left in the trees. This is the trailhead. Turn left and continue along the trail, staying to the right.

Valerie Lake is the first stop along the trail. You can relax here in the sun before moving on. From the lake, continue along the trail. At one point you will walk under power lines across a small clearing.

The trail also passes along-side steep, rocky river banks which offer a nice viewpoint. Most of the trail is through spruce and aspen forest.

At the end of the trail you will come to Mt. McIntyre road and an outhouse. You can either turn around and follow the same route back, or turn right on Mt. McIntyre road and follow Copper Haul road back to the trailhead.


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December 12, 2015

Halo and I hiked from the Valerie Lake trailhead up by Polar Lake to the Maclean Lake trailhead and return on Dec 11. Trail is well packed with a skiff of snow so easy walking. There are a couple of large trees that have come down or are hanging over the trail, but nothing too serious.
Was beautiful with all the hoar frost on the trees, perfect temp at -10C
September 21, 2015

Did the trail a day ago. Beautiful hike with many changes in scenery (lakes, views from the river banks, variations in forest vegetation). Closer to the end of the trail, where the trail hits the road where some very muddy sections. Walked back along the Copper trail road, which is shorter than walking back through the forest.
Saw bear tracks by Valerie Lake and markings approx. halfway into the trail.
August 3, 2014

Did the loop on Monday with the pup. Made it in 2.5 hours. Came back the copper trail. Nice hike.
May 18, 2014

Hiked into Valery Lake today with Liz. What a nice little hike! The terrain is so varied and lots of interesting things to see in the forest. Saw the hugest porcupine I've ever seen sauntering along. It was super muddy so I'd like to come back later when its dry. There were some grizzly bear prints in the mud so we just kept on walking and decided to walk the road back just in case...and we didn't feel like walking back in the mucky mud. Fun little walk in the woods.