Valerie Lake (Copper Trail)
Distance: 14 km
Elevation Gain: 100 m (328 ft)
Time: 4 hours
Date Added: May 15, 2009
Last Update: May 15, 2009
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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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.
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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