Stony Creek


Distance: 17 km
Elevation Gain: 890 m (2920 ft)
Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
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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Scroll below photos for Driving Directions and Trail Description.



Photos


Morning fog encapsulating the mountains on the other side of Takhini River.



Looking up Stony Creek escarpment towards the peak.



Low fog in the valley above Stony Creek.



Stony Creek ravine.



More fog, creeping up the valley towards us.



Near the summit, looking towards the Takhini valley with Takhini River just visible on the right.



Looking east from the summit.



Heading back down from the wind-swept summit with Kusawa Lake in the distance.




Driving Directions

Drive north of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway for about 61 km. When you reach the Takhini River bridge, you have 15 km more to go until there is a gravel pit on the right side of the highway. Turn off the highway at the gravel pit where there is a yellow gate, and make an immediate right before the gate. Follow the road for about 50 m back in the direction towards Whitehorse and park. The trail starts from the east side of the gravel pit.




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Trail Description

From where you parked, walk up the road for 500 m. When you come to a fork, take the right fork up the road. It eventually follows 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 road 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.


Winter

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.