Total Distance: 14 km
Return Time: 4.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 867 m
Region: Annie Lake
This mountain is located directly west of Tally-Ho Mountain and offers arguably more spectacular views for half the amount of effort. The route is straightforward following a well-maintained exploration road that goes all the way to the top of the mountain.
From Whitehorse, drive south on the Alaska Highway to the Carcross Cutoff and turn right onto the South Klondike Highway. Drive south for about 17 km and turn right onto the Annie Lake Road. After 26 km on the Annie Lake Road, you will cross a bridge over the Wheaton River. Around 7.9 km after the bridge, you will reach a large pull-out on the left in a gravel pit with a rougher road leading into the forest. This is the trailhead. Note there is a similar looking pull-out with an ATV trail about 4 km after the bridge as well, but make sure you keep going to the second one on the left at 7.9 km after the bridge.
Follow the dirt road that leads into the forest from the pull-out. In less than a kilometre you will reach a fork in the road. Follow the road to the right (the left road takes you to Tally-Ho). The road leads gradually uphill through the mostly pine forest and eventually into the sub-alpine. The views are pretty beautiful looking back down the Wheaton River and Partridge Creek valleys. Once out of the trees you'll be able to see the main ridge of Mount Anderson above you on the right. Continue following the road, which goes past the ridge and slightly left to cross a small creek.
Shortly after the creek crossing there is another fork in the road (this is about 4 km into the hike). Follow the road to the right. It will contour around a small hill and up to a saddle where you'll finally get a view to the west. Here you'll also see the remnants of mineral exploration activities. The road continues now to the right (north) and heads straight up, for the final 180 m elevation gain up to the peak. You'll pass the Yukon Avalanche Society weather station. The north face of the mountain dramatically gives way to rocky cliffs below, that tower over the Wheaton River Valley. The views to the west showcase the Mount Bell and Carbon Hill area across Becker Creek. You can also see the Mount Skukum area as well as the distant, snowy spires of Radelet Peak in BC.
Enjoy the views and return the way you came. It is tempting to continue following the ridge down to the east, and looping back to the road, but this is not recommended as the ridge down to the road is steeper than it looks with lots of loose rocks.
Anna October 12, 2020
Hiked this one yesterday, the description for both driving to the trailhead and the hiking route are very accurate. Wide and straightforward path to the top. Icy section just before the small creek and a little bit of snow at the top.