I’ve been wanting to do Caribou Mountain for ages, (especially because everyone posts about it on Instagram). So when I bought a new pack this past weekend I was pumped when we decided to test it out on a hike up Caribou! It had been a while since I had done any intense physical activity, so not going to lie, it killed me a little. But I learnt some important lessons on this hike. Continue reading to find out more about this awesome Yukon hike!
Caribou Mountain is a gorgeous hike in both the summer and the winter and takes around 4 to 5 hours round trip. It is along the South Klondike Highway towards Carcross, which is about an hour drive from Whitehorse, Yukon. You will see Caribou Mountain along the left side of the road (if you are driving from Whitehorse to Carcross), and will see a driveway that is parallel to the highway. You can park your car there, but make sure not to block the driveway! There are usually other cars parked there as this is a popular hike.
This hike isn’t ridiculously difficult, but the first half is very steep (I was feeling pretty rough by the end), so make sure you come prepared.
I had recently purchased a new backpack for my trip to Mexico and for future backpacking trips, and decided I could break it in on this hike! I bought an Osprey brand pack that holds 72 litres and by golly its amazing! So comfortable and so versatile! I can use it as a day pack or for multi-night backpacking adventures, as well as my luggage for trips overseas! It was a little chilly out so I made sure to pack my backpack with several extra layers of clothes, as well as my camera, water bottle and some snacks!
Get The Look!
I was lucky enough to go on the hike with some very resourceful young gentlemen, which made it a little more exciting than any hike I had ever been on! Halfway up the mountain, we found a small patch of trees that we decided to rest in for a few minutes. The boys got to work and soon enough we had a fire going and lunch heating up over the flames! Not going to lie, those sausages, oranges, and Nanaimo bars were what got me through the rest of the hike.
On winter hikes, a small, controlled fire can be exactly what you need to warm up and give you that last boost of energy. Just make sure you are obeying all fire laws and that you aren’t building fires during wildfire season!
At The Top:
Unfortunately, due to dinner plans in town (I need to figure out my time management skills), we had to turn around before reaching the top of this hike. But I’m going to do it again ASAP and I’ll let you know what it’s like!
Did I Learn Anything?
Yes! As I said previously, we weren’t able to get to the top of this hike in time. This hike made me realize that yes, view from the top is great, but sometimes the journey to get there is what makes the trip unforgettable… How cheesy right? But true nonetheless.
To look up more hikes in the Yukon, go to the Yukon Hiking website, or stay tuned for more of the Hike With Me blog series!