Distance: 109 km
Elevation Gain: 461 m (1512 ft)
Time: 9 days
The Atlin to Juneau Icefield Traverse is a a multi-day ski traverse from Atlin, BC to Juneau, Alaska. The route follows along six different glaciers (Llewellyn - Matthes - Taku - Southwest Branch - Lemon Creek - Ptarmigan) for a total of 109 km. Prepare yourself for numerous days of nothing but snow, ice and rock as you travel across this huge landscape. The route described here, including distances and duration is based on flying onto the Llewellyn Glacier from Atlin, skiing across the icefield, and descending via the Lemon Creek Trail to Juneau.
Distance: 2 km
Elevation Gain: 213 m (699 ft)
Time: 1 hour
This short hike in the Atlin area starts from the Como Lake Recreation site. The trail does climb fairly steeply in parts, criss-crossing a mountain bike trail, but the views make up for it on the way up and down. The viewpoint (turn-around spot) has gorgeous views of Atlin Lake, Graham Inlet of Tagish Lake, and Mount Minto (K'iyan').
Distance: 15 km
Elevation Gain: 655 m (2149 ft)
Time: 4 hours
The alpine of the Eldorado Creek Valley is a beautiful area south of Atlin, near Sentinel Mountain in the Johnson Range. This is recommended as a backpacking trip with 1-2 nights in the alpine and adding on a side trip up Sentinel Mountain and its extensive ridge. The views along the ridge are beautiful, especially if you get over to the western extent which offers sweeping views of Atlin Lake and the distant icefields. Add distance, time and elevation if you are hiking Sentinel Mountain and its ridge (add 8-10 km return and another 500 m elevation gain). Note Sentinel Mountain and the ridge can also be accessed from Burdette Creek from the south, where the Atlin Alpine Society rents a hut.
Distance: 7 km
Elevation Gain: 700 m (2297 ft)
Time: 3 hours
If you're in or around Atlin, be sure to do this hike - it offers some great views of Atlin Lake & Atlin Mountain as well as Teresa Island, the 2nd tallest lake-island on the planet. Monarch is not the highest mountain in the Atlin area, but it is a great short day trip that gets you up to the sub-alpine to view the other majestic peaks.
Distance: 5 km
Elevation Gain: 504 m (1654 ft)
Time: 3 hours
Ruby Mountain is a beautiful and accessible hike near Surprise Lake, northeast of Atlin, BC. It is part of the Atlin Volcanic Field, and red coloured tephra adorns the summit and flanks giving it that red 'ruby' look. The route is straightforward and the hike is less than 5 km return with about 500 m elevation gain. There are some rocky sections and a bit of exposure at the top to add to the excitement. Watch for Dall's sheep and caribou in the area and give all wildlife a wide berth.