Nares Mountain is a 6.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carcross, Yukon, Canada that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
6.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
997 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

views

rocky

snow

off trail

no shade

no dogs

Note that this route follows up the left ridge to the summit, and while not the true summit of Nares Mountain (which lies due north), this route is more accessible and the views are arguably more dramatic from this vantage above the lakes. From the parking area, head up the gentle open slope to the northeast, making your way to the base of the mountain in front of you. You're aiming for the left ridge, and you may see a path that leads to the right ridge, but don't follow the path. Stay on the left side of the main gully that comes down from the mountain and towards the lake, passing through a willow and poplar stand at the base of the mountain. The open ridge stretches out in front of you and the climbing begins! Once on the ridge, the route is straightforward as you essentially follow it to the summit. Some side sloping may be required along the south flanks/right side of the ridge in order to avoid any treed areas or unnecessary ups and downs. Once at the top there is a plateau that stretches off in several directions each offering a different perspective. From the main high point there are great 360 degree views. Towards the southwest of the summit, there is a little rocky point that looks down to Nares Lake and across to Montana Mountain. There's also another point to check out to the southeast with great views of Tagish Lake, Bove Island, and Lime Mountain (with it's distinctive light-grey dolostone and limestone rock face). Sheep and deer can be seen on the summit. Once you've finished exploring, enjoy the view on the way down by returning on the same route you came up.

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