Kusawa Ridge

Distance: 8 km
Elevation Gain: 844 m (2769 ft)
Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Region: Whitehorse
Date Added: October 13, 2008
Last Update: October 13, 2008
Winter: snowshoeing 

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.

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Scroll below photos for Driving Directions and Trail Description.


Hiking up the ridge with the summit in the background.

The careful ascent up the ridge with Kusawa Lake in the background.

Soaking in the view of the long waters of Kusawa Lake.

The view north from the summit.

Descending the ridge. Never a moment without a beautiful view.

Having fun on the ridge, trying to create a new landscape.

Driving Directions

Drive about 65 km north of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway until you reach signs indicating Kusawa Lake Campground on the left side of the road. Follow this dirt road past the Takhini River Campground to the Kusawa Lake Campground. Drive another couple hundred meters past the campground and park just before the bridge. The trailhead is on the right.

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Trail Description

You can start the trail by following the path through the trees just before the bridge, or you can start by following the creek if it is not too high. Either way, you will eventually be following the creek on the north (right) side for about 1.6 km. Then you will leave the creek and follow a path through the trees towards the base of the ridge. The path can be braided and hard to follow at times, so just keep heading towards the base of the ridge. A worn trail is visible on the ridge.

At the base of the ridge you will start to climb steadily. The path up the ridge is more defined and easier to follow. The path will eventually disappear when you get to the rockier section. From here, pick a path up towards the summit. Soak in the beautiful view of the surrounding area and follow the same path back down.