Caribou Mountain


Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 1000 m (3281 ft)
Time: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Region: Carcross
Date Added: June 7, 2008
Last Update: April 13, 2011
Winter: snowshoeing 



This hike is steep and to the point. Before long you are rewarded with a view of Bennett Lake, nestled between mountain peaks. The alpine ridge is a pleasure to climb. Please avoid hiking this trail from April 1st to June 16th to avoid disturbing the sheep during lambing season.


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Photos


Enjoying the colourful lupins in bloom.



Slogging up the trail to the ridge. Bennett Lake in the background.



Soaking in the view of Spirit & Emerald Lakes.



The steep ascent to the ridge.



On top of the ridge.



A well deserved break on the summit.



Following the ridge back down.


Winter


Ascending the ridge on Caribou Mountain.



Low clouds hovering over Bennett Lake.



White-tailed ptarmigan, hidden in the snow with it's winter plumage.



Continuing up the ridge towards the summit.



Descending the ridge before the daylight disappears.




Driving Directions

From Whitehorse drive south on the Alaska Highway towards the Carcross cutoff (South Klondike Highway) and follow it for 45 km (6 km north of Carcross). As soon as you cross a small stream (which may be dry), there is a driveway on the left that runs parallel with the highway. Park at the bottom of the driveway where there is a small parking area.




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Trail Description

Please keep dogs on a leash if they tend to leave your side, as there is often a dog on the private property at the end of the driveway as well as sheep up on the mountain.

Start by walking up the driveway for about 250 m till you reach a trail to the left. The trail is easy to follow through the trees to the first open ridge (about 550 m).

At the open ridge, turn left and follow the trail up towards the mountain. The path continues to climb up through a couple of stands of aspen. Soon you will be through the trees and on the ridge in the alpine. Walk up the ridge towards the first main summit. Once you can see the other side, you've made it! Explore some more, or turn around and follow the same path back.

There is a larger peak to the east that you could hike to extend the trip, though you will be adding considerably more elevation gain and time.


Winter

Follow the same trail as the summer path. The total time is roughly the same. Note the ridge can be ravaged by winds in the winter, which often scour the ridge of snow creating drifts on the lee sides. It is a steep route so also be cautious of potential avalanche danger.