Distance: 7 km
Elevation Gain: 323 m (1060 ft)
Time: 2.5 hours
Date Added: June 22, 2008
Last Update: November 1, 2008
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.
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From the intersection of the Alaska Highway and Hamilton Boulevard/Two-Mile Hill in Whitehorse, drive 2 km north on the Alaska Highway and turn left on to Fish Lake Road. Follow this road until you reach Fish Lake (about 15 km). At Fish Lake, you can find parking right away, or try to continue driving for another 600 m to the trailhead along a narrower road that leads right, along the berm at the lake outlet. There is signage at the parking area at the trailhead.
The trailhead starts right from the parking area with a well-worn trail through the trees. It is quite gradual at first. Once the trail starts climbing, it becomes more braided and can be muddy early in the season or after a rain.
After just under an hour of hiking, you will reach the treeline with a short uphill section remaining to reach the saddle on the ridge with a view of Fish Lake as well as the Bonneville Lakes and Boundary Mountains on the other side.
From the saddle you have many options to explore. To the right (north) is a nice mellow ridge to explore via a ATV trail. To the left (south) is another trail that leads up to a small summit. The views from here are even better than from the initial saddle and only add 2 km round trip and 70 m elevation gain to the hike distance here.
From this first summit you can continue on to an even higher ridge beyond (Summit 2). This adds a bit more distance and elevation gain (an additional 2.4 km and 120 m elevation) but if you have the time it is definitely worth it. There is a less defined trail here, which then disappears close to the ridge and becomes quite steep.
Follow the same trail as the summer path. The total time is roughly the same. Snowshoes are recommended and in the alpine expect high winds and potential wind-packed snow and drifts.
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