M’Clintock hike is a very short hiking trail, just outside Whitehorse. But, don’t let the distance fool you. It is short, but very steep. Hence, it is an ideal trail for running and training.
|Type||Out & Back|
|Elevation Gain||210 mts|
M’Clintock hike is a nice half day hike with panoramic views of the Marsh Lake and the starting point of the Yukon River.
Despite of its short distance, this is a moderately rated hike due to the elevation gain. From the parking, you’ll begin to gain serious elevation right away. The initial half of the trail is pretty steep and it gains about 75% of the total elevation in that distance. After climbing this section, you’ll reach the first viewing platform.
From here, the trail kinda disappears. You’ll have to bushwhack and find your own way. There’s also a small rock scrambling section which will take you to the second lookout point.
After a small break and a hot tea, you can follow the same path back to the trailhead.
M’Clintock trail is located on the Alaska Highway, south of Whitehorse. It is opposite to the point where the Yukon River initiates from the Marsh Lake. It is 40 kms from Whitehorse and will take you about 30 mins to reach there.
If you’re hiking here in the Spring, there is a Swan Haven Interpretive Centre nearby, which is a terrific place to stop by and gaze at the Tundra Swans and the Trumpeter Swans on their migratory path north. Don’t forget your binoculars!