St. Elias Lake
Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 120 m (394 ft)
Time: 1.5 hours
Date Added: January 24, 2010
Last Update: January 24, 2010
St. Elias Lake is a short hike with great rewards. There is a campground at the lake, which is nestled between tall mountains. This trail is great for beginner backcountry camping because it is a short trail to a campground with amenities. It is also great to do with kids.
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From Haines Junction, drive towards Haines, Alaska for about 60 km. There is a pull-out on the right-hand side of the road and a sign will indicate the St. Elias Trail.
The trailhead is right off from the highway pullout. The trail has a few ups and downs, but becomes relatively flat near the lake. All in all, it's an easy trail, and easy to follow.
The trail meanders through the trees for a couple of kilometers and then opens up with views of two surrounding peaks. The trail remains out of the trees all the way to the lake.
The lake has campsites, a food cache, and an outhouse. There is a great view of the surrounding peaks from the lake.
The trail is often tracked for x-country skiing in the winter. Snowshoeing is also a great option. Once you get to the lake, if it is frozen you can continue right to the opposite end of the lake.Note: Overnight trips in Kluane National Park and Reserve require registration and approved bear resistant food canisters. Please visit the Park's website for details.
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