Distance: 9 km
Elevation Gain: 938 m (3077 ft)
Time: 5 hours
Date Added: June 7, 2020
Last Update: June 7, 2020
This is a challenging hike in the Ibex Valley up to a ridge with dramatic cliff faces and spectacular views of the sinuous Ibex River and impressive north face of Mount Ingram. This route is especially beautiful in the fall.
NOTE: This hike has been updated, to document the actual trail that heads up to the alpine. The old route that started from the Ibex Valley Road has been removed.
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From Whitehorse drive north on the Alaska Highway. Approximately 11 km past the North Klondike Highway junction look for a sign for the Old Alaska Highway (Mile 929-934) on the left. This will be the second entrance to the Old Alaska Highway (Mile 929-934). Follow this road for 2.3 km and take a right on Scout Lake Road (a less maintained road). You will follow the Scout Lake Road for a total of 7.7 km. There are some rougher and rutted sections of the road, so a vehicle with good clearance is nice to have.
Note watching your odometer and having a GPS are very useful, as this area has many side roads and trails off the main road. For example, you will pass a road down to Scout Lake at km 3.6 of the Scout Lake Road (on the left) and another road down to Cub Lake at km 5.7 (on the left), just keep to the main road.
At km 7.7, you will take a right onto rougher road. Stay on this road for just over 1 km, sticking to the main road, ignoring any side roads and keep left at any major intersections with other main roads. Eventually the road will come to an end, where the trail starts. There is enough room to park and turn around.
This mountain is unnamed so we are referring to it as Ibex Ridge due to its location over the Ibex Valley. This is not Ibex Mountain, which is located 25 km to the south within the headwaters of the Ibex River.
From the end of the road, head southwest for a short moment to an open meadow. There is a faint trail through the meadow, that heads across the slope and then eventually uphill and more northwest. Watch for the odd rock cairn along the way. Once you near a massive boulder, you will find a more well-defined trail through the trees.
The trail is easy to follow once in the trees and there are rock cairns and wooden posts marking the way all the way to the alpine. It is still a steep trail but no real bushwhacking. It is about 2.2 km from the trailhead until the alpine, with nearly 500 m of elevation gain.
Once in the alpine, after a final wooden post, there is no longer a well-defined trial. You will see a rocky, partly-vegetated slope up to the ridge. Pick your way up, avoiding as much bushwhacking as possible. Once above this, you are on an open ridge and it is much more gradual elevation gain. You will get your first of many spectacular views over the dramatic south face of the mountain and across the Ibex River Valley over to Mount Ingram. You will want to go higher and higher as each new viewpoint offers another spectacular rock face and evermore views down the Ibex River Valley.
Watch for Dall sheep in the area and keep any dogs under control. The ridge continues for many kilometers, but the route described here to the 'Ridge Viewpoint' provides a good amount of hiking with rewarding views. The viewpoint is 2.4 km short of the main mountain summit, which requires a 100 m descent and then a further ascent up to the summit. We recommend that you take the same route back regardless of how far you go on the ridge.
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