Distance: 5 km
Elevation Gain: 423 m (1388 ft)
Time: 2-3 hours
Date Added: September 4, 2012
Last Update: September 4, 2012
This is one of the most popular trails in Tombstone Territorial Park, and for good reason. Within an hour you get a view of Mount Monolith at the end of Grizzly Valley. The trail is well established, and you can continue along the ridge towards Grizzly Lake for as long as you like.
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At kilometer 58.5 up the Dempster Highway, there is a road that leads to a large parking area on the left (west) side of the highway. The trailhead is signed at the highway, so you can't miss it. The parking area has many parking spots and an outhouse.
You can easily pick up the trail at the end of the parking area in the trees. The trail is very well established (for Yukon standards) and there is a voluntary hiker registration box not long after you enter the trees.
The trail meanders through the forest, gently sloping upwards. Cairnes Creek runs close to the trail at the beginning, and the ground can be muddy at times. Soon the trail starts climbing a little steeper, and the trees start to get smaller and thinner until they finally give way to sub-alpine shrubs.
Continue walking until you get to a small opening with piled rocks, just before you would really start to climb up the ridge. From this spot, you can get a view of Mount Monolith directly to the west.
At this point, you can continue along the ridge or turn around and follow the same route back out. If you want to continue, the trail gets quite steep at first before slowly mellowing out again as you gain access to the top of the ridge. The trail along the ridge is still very well established.