Distance: 6 km
Elevation Gain: 700 m (2297 ft)
Time: 3.5 hours
Date Added: June 17, 2008
Last Update: October 1, 2018
This is a nice day hike close to Whitehorse that offers a beautiful view of the Atlin lakes. The white limestone of this mountain is not what actually gives it its name - it is named after Thomas White, Minister of the Interior from 1887-1888. Watch for mountain goats along the trail. Please refrain from hiking this trail from April 1st to June 16th because the Mountain Goat population uses the area for nursing and raising their kids.
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Drive south from Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway towards Jake's Corner (about 80 km from Whitehorse). Turn right at Jake's Corner onto the Tagish Road. Drive for 2 km and turn left to follow the signs to Atlin, BC. Drive for 6 km to a road on the left (east) which leads to a gravel pit.
From the trailhead, southwest end of the parking area, the path first leads into the trees and soon uphill to some steeper sandy sections. The elevation gain is relentless with some switchbacks along the way. The steeper sections can get slippery and muddy during a rain or after a frost. Hiking poles are a big help on the way up and down the steep sections.
After 2 km of hiking, you will reach a Northwestel radar tower. It is another 1 km from here to the top. The summit is a plateau spotted with white limestone rocks. There is ample opportunity for exploring the range at the top. Add more time if you venture further along the ridge.
There are spectacular views looking south to Little Atlin Lake, Mount Minto and even further down to the main Atlin Lake.
Follow the same trail as the summer path (occasionally spotted with goat tracks). If the snow is only a few inches deep, hiking poles will be invaluable on the steeper, slippery sections. Add an extra hour to the total time.
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