Jackson Ridge

Total Distance: 17 km
Return Time: 2-4 hours
Elevation Gain: 596 m
Difficulty: Easy
Region: Whitehorse
Traditional Territory: KDFN

Named after the creek that flows below the ridge, Jackson Ridge (not an official name) is an easy hike close to Whitehorse. There is no real bushwhacking and the ridge has panoramic views from the Fish Lake area to the Ibex Valley. There are also some impressive rocky ledges and cliffs on the other side of the ridge (SW side). A mountain bike is a great way to shave off 2.5 km of the hike (each way), as the first section is on mostly flat dirt road. The hike is about 2 hours with a bike, and up to 4 hours by simply hiking the whole route.

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Driving Directions

Drive down the Fish Lake road for 9.7 km and turn right on the Jackson Lake Road. You'll reach a fork in the road after 3 km - stay straight / left. You'll reach another fork in the road after 400 meters, stay left again, driving uphill. At the top of the hill (400 meters), pull over and park near the small footbridge.

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Route Description

Cross the bridge and look to your right for a rough ATV trail through the forest. It may be hard to see the entrance to the path, but once you find it, the path is wide and easy to follow.

After 500 meters, you will meet up with the main road that leads to Franklin Lake. Turn left and follow this road along the side of Franklin Lake. You will eventually come to a creek (2.5 km from where you parked). Don't cross it, but rather take the road on your right, just before the creek. If you decided to bike, this is a good place to stash your bikes. It isn't recommended to push your bike up this rougher road, as the road is steep with loose rock, and you may end up doing more pushing than riding.

Walk up the rocky road, as it eventually leads into the sub-alpine. Jackson Ridge will appear on your left. Continue following the road for 4.4 km from the creek until you are at the far end of the ridge, and the road takes a sharp left turn.

Leave the road at this point, and head towards the ridge through the sub-alpine vegetation. You should be able to piece together openings through the vegetation without having to bushwhack. Soon you will be out of the bushes and in the alpine. Once at the base of the ridge, you can choose your route up to the top of the ridge. Avoiding the rocks and staying on the alpine vegetation is the easiest route up.

Once on the ridge, take in the views of the Ibex Valley to the northwest and Fish Lake and Bonneville Lake area to the southeast. You can hike back along the ridge a bit and check out the rocky ledges and cliffs on the other side. Return by the same route.

Route Photos

Hiking back down from the ridge, this shows the sharp left turn in the road in the distance.

Looking up Jackson Ridge. Pick a route around the rocks to the top.

From the top of the ridge, looking towards the Ibex Valley.

Looking back towards the mountains above Bonneville Lakes.

The rocky cliffs on the west side of the ridge.

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