Distance: 7 km
Elevation Gain: 323 m (1060 ft)
Time: 2.5 hours
Date Added: June 22, 2008
Last Update: November 1, 2008
This trail starts at a high altitude and is so close to Whitehorse that you can get off work and be walking along a ridge in the alpine in no time. Once on the ridge, there are many options and ample opportunity for exploring.
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From the intersection of the Alaska Highway and Hamilton Boulevard/Two-Mile Hill in Whitehorse, drive 2 km north on the Alaska Highway and turn left on to Fish Lake Road. Follow this road until you reach Fish Lake (about 15 km). At Fish Lake, you can find parking right away, or try to continue driving for another 600 m to the trailhead along a narrower road that leads right, along the berm at the lake outlet. There is signage at the parking area at the trailhead.
The trailhead starts right from the parking area with a well-worn trail. It is quite gradual at first. Once the trail starts climbing, it becomes more braided and can be muddy due to frequent horseback tours up to the ridge.
After just under and hour of hiking, you will reach the treeline with a short uphill section remaining to reach the saddle on the ridge with a view of Fish Lake as well as the Bonneville Lakes and Boundary Mountains on the other side.
At the top of the ridge you have many options to explore. To the right (north) is a nice ridge to explore. To the left (south) is a small summit to climb which can continue on to even higher ridges. Straight ahead (west) is a path down to Bonneville Lakes.
If you choose to go down to Bonneville Lakes, there is a path that goes down close to the lakes and then continues south to the end of the lakes. There are places to pitch a tent along the lakes, the most obvious spot being at the very south end of the lakes, about 6 kms from the top of the ridge. Add extra time for any additional exploration.
Follow the same trail as the summer path. The total time is roughly the same. Snowshoes are recommended and in the alpine expect high winds and potential wind-packed snow and drifts.
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