Stony Creek

Distance: 17 km
Elevation Gain: 890 m (2920 ft)
Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Region: Whitehorse
Date Added: October 5, 2008
Last Update: December 20, 2009
Winter: ski touring snowshoeing 

The Takhini high country is a great place for a hike. The valley below is home to the Takhini elk herd, introduced into the area in the 1950s. The trail follows an escarpment above Stony Creek and leads right into the alpine. There are beautiful views of the surrounding area including Kusawa Lake.

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Driving Directions

Drive north of Whitehorse on the Alaska highway for about 58 km. When you reach the Takhini River bridge, you have 15 km left. On the right side of the highway is a large gravel pit with a gate. Turn off the highway and make an immediate right before the gate. Follow the road for about 50 m and park.

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Trail Description

From where you parked, walk up the road for 500 m. On your right will be an ATV trail which is a little narrower than the road. Take the ATV trail which will follow Stony Creek up above the escarpment. After 4.5 km the trail leaves the escarpment and climbs towards the peak in front of you. The trail ends after about 7 km.

From the end of the ATV trail you can make your way up the peak in front of you. Spread out to minimize damage to the fragile lichen. It's just over 1 km to the summit from the end of the ATV trail. Follow the same route back.


Dog Owners If you bring a dog on this trail in the winter, make sure it is on a leash. The Stony Creek trail is a snowmobile route on an active trap line. There are baited traps, which could be deadly for your dog.


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April 21, 2017

Don't go with a loose dog. Even in summer there are traps around. We went up late August and my dog found a trap with what looked like a fresh cross fox in it. A group of men on the trail warned us about our loose dog because the last time they were hiking this trail a women's dog was injured then died later from getting caught in a trap.
Andrea Altherr
March 10, 2017

Great conditions for skiing. Hard packed base and 5-10cm soft snow on top of it. Couldn't get any better!
May 15, 2016

Back again to get the right trail! Made it to the top this time - wildflowers already out although some tarns still frozen and lots of snow on the East faces. Easy hiking all the way, although the lower part of the road is now in active use (mining signs) and as a result, the surface is loose (sand mostly). Would be tough biking. One of the trucks we saw was dragging a grader/rake up the road (as we left). Description is spot on and estimated time is accurate for fit folk. You can easily spend more time on top.
Leah & Curt
July 31, 2015

We did this trail yesterday. Beautiful hike with stunning views of kusawa lake, takhini river and ibex valley.
It's a fairly steady incline for the entire 8km to the summit area. Lots of small steep hills.
We did 16km total because we off roaded a bit. Excellent ATV trail though!
We came home with sore feet, exhausted bodies but lifted spirits at our accomplishment!
Points to mention:
There is NO water source to filter from so bring plenty of it!!!
It took us 7.5 hours with our rest stops.
You'll see mining stuff along the way.

July 29, 2014

Don't miss the right turn just after the start of the hike!

The dirt road makes a sharp right turn just a few hundred metres or so into the hike. It also continues straight ahead. Deep in chat, we missed the turn and merrily continued along the road which became a gradually disappearing path, into the creek ravine that just gets deeper and deeper. Ended up bushwhacking out of the ravine onto the other side. It was nice walking for quite a while up the western edge of the ravine. We thought we could do a loop up that one side and back on the trail. But it got nasty so we descended into the ravine and bushwhacked over the creek and up the other side. Much better to stay on the trail and avoid the bush!
May 12, 2014

Did this hike on Sunday, May 11, in a group of four. The entire trail was snow free and only a few small sections of the 4x4 road were muddy. Great day hike with only gradual elevation gain. We completed it in just over 6 hours, with plenty of breaks in between. Lots of ptarmagin in the alpine, and 5 dall sheep were spotted on an adjacent mountain.

Note: There is good potential for overnight camping with lots of alpine walking and a few lakes to explore once up on the summit.
Alastair Cook
September 2, 2012

On September 1st a group of us hiked this trail. The weather was cool and cloudy, but visibility very good. The trail is indeed very good and easy to follow and great views at all times. There were a couple of old mining artifacts along the way... a log structure housing a machine that ran a sluicing operation of sorts, and at the bottom of a ravine near the creek, another wooden building which was somehow involved in the same operation no doubt. It is well worth the effort to make it to the very top of the,the summit, as the 360 degree views are breathtaking. It was extremely windy at the summit, but it felt right.
We took longer than the suggested hike time of 6 hours, but not too much more.
I would also debate the allocation of EASY to this trail..admittedly it's well marked but its overall elevation gain of nearly 3000 feet and 17km distance requires stamina and determination nonetheless.