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Hiking Trails

 

Boardwalk – Telegraph Office to Pocket Park

Description/Access:

This boardwalk runs through the Village of Carmacks parallel to the Yukon River and along River Dr. It was constructed in 1995 and has interpretive signs displayed at various sites along the 2.2km trail.

Use:

The trail is used year-round by locals and tourists and is maintained year-round.

 

Carmacks Ridge Trail

Description/Access:

This is a beautiful and easy 5.3km hike which runs along the ridge of a mountain behind Carmacks with views of the Nordenskiold River. Access to the trail is located within the Village of Carmacks at 273 River Dr, a heritage site.

Use:

The trail is used primarily between the months of March to October by hikers, birders, and nature groups, although it is accessible year-round.

 

Coalmine Lake

Description/Access:

The trail starts at the Coalmine Campground, under the bridge, and travels along the Yukon River for approximately 2.3km. The trail is easily identified, and walkers and bikers can use the path. Coalmine Lake is a good location for picnics and swimming for the family.

Use:

The trail is used year-round with the summer bringing out the swimmers and tourists to use the lake. The Ski-Club uses some of the trail in the winter, along with the Yukon Quest dog sled racers, and many snowmobiles. This trail is maintained although erosion continues to work at some of the trail.

 

Ridge Run Trail (also known as 5k by locals)

Description/Access:

This trail runs approximately 2.5km and meets with various trails on top of the ridge. The trail starts at the graveyard hill and near the school. Alternatively, there is a second trail head located between the Nordenskiold Bridge and the Roadhouse.

Use:

The trail is used year-round by the community. The trails are multipurpose and can be used by hikers, runners, bikers, orienteering groups, and ATVs in the summer, and skiers and snowmobilers in the winter. This trail is maintained by volunteers.

 

Murray Creek Waterfall Trail

Description/Access:

This trail travels 2.7km down an ATV trail and takes you to the top of Murray Creek Waterfall. The trail has a lot of steep hills, and hillside runs makes this a fun trail for mountain bikes and ATVs, as well as avid hikers.

The trail starts 8.5km north of Carmacks up Mt. Freegold Rd, approximately 30m after a large culvert on the left. Once on the old road/trail, you will follow this until it almost comes back out again onto the Freegold road. From here, on the left-hand side, there will be a well-used ATV trail, which is not to be confused with an overgrown trail right before it. 

Use:

Murray Creek Waterfall has become a popular site for ice-climbers in the winter and can be accessed by snowmobile, snowshoes, cross-country skis or by foot. In the summer, the falls can be accessed by ATV, mountain-bike or on foot and has gained popularity in recent years. Dogs should be kept on lead once near the waterfalls. 

 


Mt. Berdoe Rd.

Description/Access:

This is a 6.5km trail which rises above the Nordenskiold river valley. The trail starts at the top of the hill 5km south of Carmacks on the North Klondike Highway.

Use:

This trail is maintained by Northwestel and is used year-round for access to their repeater site by vehicles, ATVs and snowmobiles.


Five Finger Rapids

Description/Access:

The Five Finger Rapids trail starts 23km north of Carmacks at a rest stop with a sign, viewing platform and interpretive signs. The viewpoint overlooks the "Five Finger Rapids” named for the rapids created by four rock pillars that divide the waters of the Yukon River. From the viewpoint, there are stairs that take you down the steep slope of the 2km trail to the riverbank which gives you a closer look at the river and its features.

Use:

The trail is a common stop for tourists travelling through the Yukon.

 

Agate Trails:

Miller Ridge Trail

Description/Access:

The Miller Ridge trail is an intermediate trail which runs approximately 5km one-way and provides you with beautiful views overlooking the Carmacks area. This trail is known for it’s red jasper and interesting rock formations. Agate deposits are present 2km from the start of the trail and continue to the end. The trailhead is located 4km up Mt. Nansen Rd and is marked with the sign "Miller Ridge and Mineral Trail” and a small parking area.

Use:

The trail is used for mainly hiking purposes by locals and tourists. The trail is narrow, rocky and wet in places, so good footwear is recommended.

 

Charlie Lake Trail

Description/Access:

This is a 5km, well-marked and easy trail which follows alongside a creek. There is no uphill climbing on this trail, but the terrain is mostly swamp and could be wet in the summer. Agate deposits begin approximately 2km from the start of the trail and continue to the end. The trailhead is located 5-6km North of Carmacks, on the left side of Mt. Freegold Rd.

Use:

The trail is used for mainly hiking purposes by locals and tourists. The trail is wet in places, so proper footwear is recommended.

 

Plume Trail

Description/Access:

This is an easy walking trail which takes you to a marked location where plume agates (possess swirling and feather-like patterns) can be found. The trail stops abruptly at the side of the hill and the agates are hidden in this hillside. The trail head is located approximately 13km south of Carmacks, near kilometre 344 of the North Klondike Highway, on the left. There is a parking lot 1/2km into the trail.

Use:

This is not a well-used trail although use frequency is increasing.

 

Cliffside Trail

Description/Access

This is a driveable trail which has beautiful views overlooking the Yukon River. Agates can be found in a gravel pit not far from the highway. The trail then continues 5km around Five Finger Mountain. This trail starts 8km north of Carmacks on the North Klondike Highway, on the left.

Use:

This trail is used by locals and tourists alike and can be either walked or driven.

 

 

 

Sources:

The Village of Carmacks Council

www.yukonhiking.ca

www.alltrails.com

www.trailpeak.com

https://whatsupyukon.com/Yukon%20Outside/carmacks-agate/