Fish Lake Loop

MODERATE 7 reviews

Fish Lake Loop is a 15.9 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
721 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

snow

This trail starts at a high altitude and is so close to Whitehorse that you can get off work and be walking along a ridge in the alpine in no time. Once on the ridge, there are many options and ample opportunity for exploring. The trailhead starts at the north end of the lake where the narrow road veers left. The trail continues straight from here. Once the trail starts climbing, it becomes braided and muddy due to frequent horse rides up to the ridge. After an hour or less, you will be above the treeline and have a view of Fish Lake. Continue climbing to the top of the ridge to get a panoramic view of the Bonneville Lakes and Boundary mountain ranges. At the top of the ridge you have many options. To the right (north) is a nice ridge to explore. To the left (south) is a small summit to climb which can continue on to even higher ridges. Straight ahead (west) is a path down to Bonneville Lakes. If you choose to go down to Bonneville Lakes, there is a path along the close side of the lakes that continues south to the end of the lakes. There are places to pitch a tent along the lakes, the most obvious spot being at the very south end of the lakes, about 6 kms from the top of the ridge.

hiking
2 months ago

Fish Lake Loop is fantastic up to the summit, with a nice view of the surrounding valleys, peaks, and lakes. The hike starts a bit steep but has several forgiving flat stretches and there's a nice breeze up on the ridge.

Everything behind the final ridge is worth skipping - the descent is a bit too steep and overgrown, and the view in the far valley isn't worth the extra time it takes to get there. This also had the most bugs of any trail we’ve done up here, and had quite a few swarms follow us.

4 stars if you only go to the summit and loop back from there - that part is definitely worth it.

2 months ago

Great trail near from Whitehorse !

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike with awesome views. Still lots of snow, and lots of melting at the lower elevations. Saw some wild flowers and an eagle.

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Friday, September 08, 2017