Mount Adney

Total Distance: 8 km
Return Time: 5.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 630 m
Difficulty: Difficult
Region: Tombstone
Traditional Territory: THFN

Mount Adney is a challenging and rewarding hike in the Blackstone Range in the Tombstone Area. This hiking route is to one of Mount Adney's rocky sub peaks with a magnificent 360 degree view.

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Driving Directions

The trailhead is located at approximately kilometre 88.1 of the Dempster Highway. This is about 16.5 km north of the Tombstone Territorial Campground. Either park off to the side of the highway, or turn off on to the nearest gravel patch.

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Route Description

From the parking area, orient yourself in the direction of the southern ridge of Mount Adney (on your left). This route provides a more gradual and easier ascent than the more direct but steep northwest face. The southern face also has the added benefit of faster snow melt in the spring.

Once you have your bearings, pick your way across the open tussock plain for the first 1.5 km. It will take longer than you think. The terrain here is uneven and boggy in places so watch your step and try to stay dry. There is also a small creek crossing within 350 m.

Once at the base of the mountain you will begin a gradual ascent up the southern ridge. There are some steep sections but the terrain is fairly stable with grassy, lichen encrusted slopes. The rocky outcrops and grassy hills almost feel like they transport you to the Scottish Highlands, all you need is some mist or fog.

For the final ascent, the route becomes even steeper and rockier, and you will have to pick your way up through the rocky outcrops and spires to reach the very top. A head for heights is needed and there's a bit of scrambling involved so watch for loose rocks. Stay to your left as you ascend to the top in order to avoid the steepest sections.

The hard work is rewarded once you're sitting on top of the peak, as it feels like you have conquered a real mountain. Enjoy the views and return the same way down.

Note: Alternately, instead of climbing to the peak suggested in this description, you can opt for a longer hike by continuing along the southern ridge to the true summit of Mount Adney (Altitude: 1,920 m).

Route Photos

Starting out on the hike, the rocky peak in the distance is the final destination.

Crossing the open tussock plain.

The gradual ascent of the southern ridge. Background views of the North Fork Pass(right/south) and the Yakamaw Creek Valley (straight/east).

Getting closer to the peak!

The steep final ascent.

Rock hopping to the top.

View from the peak, looking west to the true peak of Mt. Adney.

Looking towards the Blackstone Valley to the north.

Enjoying the view from our perch.

Descending back down the southern slope to the trailhead.

Satellite View

Route Comments

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Elaine September 28, 2020
I hiked this with my dog in early September 2020. The gravel pit at km 88 makes an excellent parking spot. There is a small trail that goes past the three pulsa mounds, but disappears quickly in the tussock tundra. The tussock tundra leading up to Mount Adney is indeed quite damp in spots and slow-going, but you can circumnavigate the wettest parts.

We ascended directly up the ridge nearest to the road, sticking to the more open terrain and avoiding the denser bush. It was a bit of a leg-burner; the first ridge to the left (south) might have been a slightly less steep option. The rocky outcrops make for some fun scrambling, and offer excellent viewpoints of the surroundings. If we'd have had more time, the ridge walk to the true summit looked like it would have been lovely.

Sean Clarke September 30, 2018
I hiked this back in early August (2018) after driving past and thinking 'that looks fun'. It was fun. Brought two dogs up with me. Went directly up closest face trying to avoid small brush. The bottom was kind of marshy.

Pieter Leenhouts September 22, 2018
This was a great hike. A colleague and I made it to the forward peak before the summit. Note that there is no identifiable trail other than elk trails leading in all directions, and to follow the GPS track, you must bushwhack (tundra-whack if you will) your way up to the edge of the greenery. At first I attempted to follow the GPS track while attempting to find a trail. After making it up 1/3 of the way of the East face I headed south towards the shallow valley and found a relatively smooth path to the south of the river bed. Once near the top of the stream bed I headed straight up the relatively flat face to the suggested summit which was relatively easy going. There were many burrows of what was likely the collared pika (Ochotona collaris). Since we were on the move to avoid looming dark clouds we didn't take the chance to stop and watch for pikas but their characteristic startled chirp could frequently be heard as we rounded each bend. Initially we followed the given GPS track up the north edge of the slope, and the many tufts of grass made it hard going. On our return we took our reversed path down the southern slope and then followed the valley river bed. Once the brush got heavy, we took a beeline for the gravel pit (trailhead) where we parked. It was much smoother surface, easier going and drier. Attached photo is our route superimposed over the track offered on this website: