Total Distance: 3 km
Return Time: 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 76 m
Traditional Territory: RRDC
This is a short hike in Faro with a great view of the beautiful Van Gorder Falls, which plunges out of a rocky canyon. It starts right from town and is a great way to spend an hour.
The community of Faro is located along the Robert Cambell Highway via the North Klondike Highway from Whitehorse. Head to the Visitor Centre in the middle of town on Campbell Street. There is ample parking here. If you want an even shorter hike, start from the cul-de-sac at the end of McQueston Road.
From the Visitor Centre, the trailhead is located back at the John Connolly RV Park and Campground (just 100 m north on Campbell Street from the Visitor Centre). Watch for hiking signs along the way. The trail leaves the RV park and heads into a beautiful mixed forest with birch and spruce trees. Shortly, the trail crosses Ross Road and then back into the forest beside several commercial/industrial properties. After about 700 m on the trail you will reach the junction with the other trailhead at McQueston Road. Look for the smaller hiking footpath to the falls.
Now that you are on the main trail, it is a pleasant short hike to the falls. You will head up a small hill and then down through an old wildfire area. There are interpretive signs along the way. After crossing a bridge over Van Gorder Creek, the trial heads steadily uphill until you reach the viewpoint of the falls. There is a viewing platform here