M'Clintock: West Ridge
Distance: 2 km
Elevation Gain: 250 m (820 ft)
Time: 1.5 hours
Date Added: June 4, 2008
Last Update: August 23, 2018
This is a quick day hike that provides a panoramic view of Marsh Lake, the M'Clintock River, and the Yukon River. Mount Lorne can be seen directly across the valley. There is not much of a trail above the first viewpoint, so use your own route-finding skills.
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From Whitehorse, drive south on the Alaska Highway. After crossing the bridge over the Yukon River (beside the Lewes River Dam), drive for another 9.2 km until there is a small dirt road and gravel pit on the left. Turn onto this road and park in the gravel pit. This turn off is just after a sign for Swan Haven. Note if you reached the M'Clintock River bridge you have gone too far, the gravel pit is about 2 kms before the M'Clintock River Bridge.
From the base of the gravel pit, walk straight up the pit to the opposite corner. Or, if it is boggy, follow the obvious truck trail for a couple hundred meters and walk across to the other end of the gravel pit.
Climb up to the trees and look for a small trail. This trail meanders up the hillside to the first viewpoint, and at times may not be visible for short intervals over rock.
After the first viewpoint, the trail somewhat vanishes. Stay along the edge of the rock face and scramble up a small rocky area to the second viewpoint.
From here, you can head back down after enjoying the views over Marsh Lake, or you can continue to explore a little higher up the ridge.
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