Fish lake is one of the most popular hikes near Whitehorse due to its close proximity to the city and relatively easy trail. Because of this, I have done this hike many times, and always enjoy myself. Continue reading to find out more about this hike and my time hiking it in the snow and wind.
Fish Lake: Hike #3
Fish Lake is the perfect lazy day hike, as I like to call it. If you’re feeling kind of bleh but still feel the need to get out into nature and breathe in that fresh mountain air, then this is the hike for you. Being from 2 to 3 hours round trip (with some exploring at the top), and a short 20 minute drive from downtown Whitehorse, this is also an ideal after work hike. You can be up, down, and home with time for dinner.
This hike is pretty easy going and has a steady incline for its majority. The last 10 minutes are the most steep, but at that point you are out of the tree line and gifted some spectacular views in return for your efforts. Because of its proximity to town, you will very rarely find yourself alone on the trail. So don’t get too nervous when you hear something tromping around in the bushes up ahead!
At The Top:
There is a main lookout point at the top of the mountain, giving you 360 degree views of the surrounding Fish Lake area and mountain ranges. You can easily continue hiking along the mountain peaks as they form a large basin. One thing I was surprised about was the amount of wind! Holy man! It can get to the point where you can lean into the wind and not fall over. This can be pretty fun, but if you try it, don’t blame me if you fall on your face!
What I Learned:
Gotta keep up the slightly sappy “what I learned” section on these posts! This hike was really enjoyable, and we got to explore around the top, which is something I don’t normally do. As yet another hike in the winter, it had snowed the day before, and we were the first ones there. Breaking trail in knee deep snow is not the best thing in the world and it took a lot of work. Normally, I would have said “screw it” and turned around once we got out of tree line and saw no more footprints. But forging our own path was fun and showed me I don’t need to always follow in others footsteps!
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