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Hiking in Kluane

Hiking is the most popular activity in Kluane with trails for novice walkers right up to the most experienced hikers. Whether you want a 15-minute self-guided, interpretive trail or a 5-day excursion over mountain passes and roaring creeks, Kluane has it!

For hiker safety, all overnight trips into Kluane National Park require registration at the Haines Junction or the Tachal Dhal (Tachal Dhal) Visitor Centres. During registration, it is possible to get information on trails, weather forecasts, trail/area closures, and much more information that will make your trip an enjoyable one. In most cases, this registration also permits a campfire, but camp stoves are preferred. Campfires may be restricted at certain times during the season or disallowed in some areas. Fees apply.

For more information please visit: Kluane National Park and Reserve Web Site

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King's Throne Trail to Cirque

Distance: 5 km (3 mi)one way
Trailhead: Kathleen Lake day-use area 27 km (17 mi) south of Haines Junction on Haines Hwy.
Time/Difficulty: 4 - 6 hours / Difficult
Elevation Gain: 548 m (1800')
Maximum Elevation: 1280 m (4200')
Mountain Bike/Ski: No/No

First 1.5 km follow the old mining road on a section of the Cottonwood Trail. The trail then leads off the road at the base of the mountain and up through the forest to tree-line. It then switchbacks up a steep, rocky slope to an alpine cirque.

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King's Throne Trail to Summit

Distance: 5 km (3 mi)one way
Trailhead: Kathleen Lake day-use area 27 km (17 mi) south of Haines Junction on Haines Hwy.
Time/Difficulty: 4 - 6 hours / Difficult
Elevation Gain: 548 m (1800')
Maximum Elevation: 1280 m (4200')
Mountain Bike/Ski: No/No

First 1.5 km follow the old mining road on a section of the Cottonwood Trail. The trail then leads off the road at the base of the mountain and up through the forest to tree-line. It then switchbacks up a steep, rocky slope to an alpine cirque.

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Kokanee Trail at Kathleen Lake

Distance: 0.5 km (0.3 mi) one way
Trailhead: Kathleen Lake Day Use Area
Time/Difficulty: 10 - 30 min / Easy
Elevation Gain: 3 m (10')
Maximum Elevation: 730 m (2400')
Mountain Bike/Ski: No/No

Wheel chair accessible board walk trail along the shore of Kathleen Lake.

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Auriol Trail

Distance: 15 km (4.5 mi) loop
Trailhead: 7 km south of Haines Junction on Haines Road
Time/Difficulty: 4-6 hours or overnight / Moderate
Elevation Gain: 400 m (1300')
Maximum Elevation: 1160 m (3800')
Mountain Bike/Ski: Yes/YesOne of Kluane's cut trails. Starts in spruce and aspen forest, branches into a loop after 2 km, and climbs up to the sub-alpine above Haines Junction. Some bridges over creeks. Access route to alpine and peaks of the Auriol Range. Primitive campground at top. Popular ski trail.

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Alsek Valley

Distance: 22.4 km (16 mi) one way
Trailhead: 10 km (6 mi) north of Haines Junction on Alaska Highway
Time/Difficulty: 1 - 3 days / Easy
Elevation Gain: 90 m (300')
Maximum Elevation: 610 m (2000')
Mountain Bike/Ski: Yes/No

 

 

 

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St. Elias Trail

Distance: 3.8 km (2.4 mi) one way
Trailhead: 60 km (37.5 mi) south of Haines Junction on Haines Highway
Time/Difficulty: 2-4 hours / Easy
Elevation Gain: 120 m (400')
Maximum Elevation: 880 m (2900')
Mountain Bike/Ski: No/Yes

Old recreation road that leads up to a small lake. Primitive campground at lake. Exciting ski trail.

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Cottonwood Trail

Distance: 85 km (53 mi) loop
Trailhead: 27 or 55 km (17 or 34 mi) south of Haines Junction on Haines Highway
Time/Difficulty: 4 - 6 days / Difficult
Elevation Gain: 520 m (1700')
Maximum Elevation: 1310 m (4300')
Mountain Bike/Ski: No/Yes
 
 

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Rock Glacier Trail

Distance: 0.6 km (0.4 mi) one way
Trailhead: 50 km (31 mi) south of Haines Junction on Haines Road
Time/Difficulty: 0.5 - 2 hours / Easy
Elevation Gain: 90 m (300')
Maximum Elevation: 790 m (2600')
Mountain Bike/Ski: No/No

Self-guiding interpretive trail which is well maintained with sections of board walk or arranged rocks.