Distance: 17 km
Elevation Gain: 890 m (2920 ft)
Time: 6 hours
Date Added: October 5, 2008
Last Update: December 20, 2009
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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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.
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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