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Fish Lake

Distance: 7 km
Elevation Gain: 323 m (1060 ft)
Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy

This trail starts at a high altitude and is so close to Whitehorse that you can get off work and be walking along a ridge in the alpine in no time. Once on the ridge, there are many options and ample opportunity for exploring.

Golden Horn

Distance: 23 km
Elevation Gain: 891 m (2923 ft)
Time: 6.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Golden Horn overlooks Whitehorse and is located behind Mount Sima, the local ski hill. The trail follows the Coal Lake Road up to an ATV trail which leads to the mountain. The views from the top are great - you are overlooking Whitehorse, Lake Laberge, and all the mountains and lakes in the valley towards Carcross.

Grey Mountain

Distance: 12 km
Elevation Gain: 200 m (656 ft)
Time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Easy

The closest alpine hike to Whitehorse - only about 12 kms away! Grey Mountain is a great day hike offering a terrific view of Whitehorse and the surrounding area. You can see from Marsh Lake in the south to Lake Laberge in the north. The trailhead starts only 200 m lower than the summit, which means more alpine walking. It's only 2.5 km to the summit, which is a good turn around point if you don't want to continue walking the ridge.

Ibex Ridge

Distance: 9 km
Elevation Gain: 938 m (3077 ft)
Time: 5 hours
Difficulty: Difficult

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.

Kujo Ridge

Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain: 529 m (1736 ft)
Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

A varied and beautiful trail up into the alpine with gorgeous views of Kusawa Lake and the surrounding mountains. This trail is south of the well-known Kusawa Ridge Trail, and provides a different perspective of the area. This is an especially beautiful hike in the fall and there are many opportunities from the viewpoint to continue farther into the alpine up any of the rocky ridges or towards Jo Jo Lake.

Kusawa Ridge

Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 844 m (2769 ft)
Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

From the summit you are rewarded with a panormatic view of Kusawa Lake and the surrounding area. The ridge is fairly steep and can be quite windy, so be prepared. Sheep and White-Tailed Ptarmigan can often be seen on the surrounding ridges.

M'Clintock: West Ridge

Distance: 2 km
Elevation Gain: 250 m (820 ft)
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

This is a quick day hike that provides a panoramic view of Marsh Lake, the M'Clintock River, and the Yukon River. Mount Lorne can be seen directly across the valley. There is not much of a trail above the first viewpoint, so use your own route-finding skills.

Mount Lorne

Distance: 19 km
Elevation Gain: 1200 m (3937 ft)
Time: 7 hours
Difficulty: Difficult

When you drive south of Whitehorse, you can't miss this formidable mountain looming in the distance. Mount Lorne offers views of Whitehorse, Grey Mountain, Marsh Lake, Bennett Lake, McConnell Lake, Cowley Lake, and numerous peaks across the South Klondike Highway.

Mount White

Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain: 700 m (2297 ft)
Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

This is a nice day hike close to Whitehorse that offers a beautiful view of the Atlin lakes. The trail climbs steeply up to a communications tower before continuing into the alpine. The white limestone of this mountain is not what actually gives it its name - it is named after Thomas White, Minister of the Interior from 1887-1888. Watch for mountain goats along the trail. Please refrain from hiking this trail from April 1st to June 16th because the Mountain Goat population uses the area for nursing and raising their kids.

Spirit Canyon

Distance: 4 km
Elevation Gain: 162 m (531 ft)
Time: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Just barely viewable from the Alaska Highway north of Whitehorse, Spirit Canyon is a beautiful area to explore. The views on the hike to and from the canyon are beautiful, with the expansive Takhini River Valley below and the Ibex Valley to the southeast and the Sifton Range to the northeast. The canyon itself is a special place with big rock walls which are used by rock climbers.

Stony Creek

Distance: 17 km
Elevation Gain: 890 m (2920 ft)
Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

The Takhini high country is a great place for a hike. The valley below is home to the Takhini elk herd, introduced into the area in the 1950s. The trail follows an escarpment above Stony Creek and leads right into the alpine. There are beautiful views of the surrounding area including Kusawa Lake.

Valerie Lake (Copper Trail)

Distance: 14 km
Elevation Gain: 100 m (328 ft)
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy

This trail is part of the Trans-Canada Trail system around Whitehorse. It is a nice forest walk close to Whitehorse with views over small lakes and cool canyons. In the winter, snowmobilers use this trail, which helps pack down the snow so that snowshoes don't have to be worn.