Golden Horn is a 21.4 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 21.4 km Elevation Gain: 927 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

running

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

Start by hiking on the road to the right that leads up towards Golden Horn. You will know when you are at the top of the road when you are above tree-line and find an information kiosk regarding caribou in the area. Continue straight up, along an ATV trail. You will be following this ATV trail most of the way up Golden Horn. It might be hard to see the ATV trail at the very beginning, but make sure you find it before continuing too far, otherwise you'll have to bushwhack. The ATV trail heads south, parallel to Golden Horn, towards the southern end of the ridge. It may seem like you're actually getting further away from the mountain, but continue following the trail as it is much easier than bushwhacking. There are a few muddy, boggy areas on the trail, but they are fairly short. After following the ATV trail south for about 2.5 km, it will turn abruptly left (east) towards Golden Horn. Shortly after, you'll start getting to the flanks of Golden Horn and start to climb up. At this point, the ATV trail starts to become bushier, but it is still fairly easy walking. When the ATV trail ends, you should be higher in the alpine and should see some grassy areas that lead to the summit and avoid almost all of the small bushes. Follow these grassy areas up until you are in the alpine, and then head straight for the summit (slightly to your left). You are rewarded with a 360 degree view from the summit. You can see Cowley Lake and Mount Lorne to the east and even Montana Mountain to the south. Follow the same path back down. From the top, it may be hard to recognize the way you took up, so look for landmarks on the way up so that you don't miss the ATV trail on the way back down.

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muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Great trial with beautiful views of Whitehorse and surrounding area. Sections were extremely muddy, the 3.7 mile section leading to the ATV trail is all loose rock.

6 months ago

Did this trail yesterday and made it to about 300m before the top before the post holing became too tiresome. We had spikes, but needed snowshoes. The first half of the trail is a steady climb along the ATV trail—not much to look at unless you periodically turn around to see the Mountain views through the trees. Once you reach the Caribou information sign, the real trek into the wilderness above the tree line begins. We were able to follow some old ATV tracks most of the way. Snow was tricky at times—again, snowshoes would have been helpful. It took us 4 hours to go out and 2.5 hours to come back—including some brief stops for photos and lunch. The weather was beautiful—sunny skies and mild temps—making the views of the mountains all around us spectacular. The best part about our hike was the fact that we didn’t see another person in any direction as far as the eye could see for 6.5 hrs. If you want to feel alone and small in the vast Yukon, this is the trail for you. Important to note that there were no signs for this trail anywhere so finding the trail head is just a matter of finding the ATV path and heading up, up, up.

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