Date 2019: July 26 to August 1
Duration: 7 days from/to Whitehorse
Group size: 3 to 7 guests
Skill Level: Intermediate
Rates: $ 1990 CAD per person + 5% GST for 3 to 7 guests. Single supplement $ 170 CAD per person + 5% GST
The Cottonwood Trail is a 85 km partial loop with trailheads at Kathleen Lake and the Mush Lake Road. The trail varies from a rough narrow road to single track; it follows the shore of alpine lakes, passes through stands of spruce and poplar; crosses two mountain passes, and follows through open meadows. Tis trail is regarded as one of the best hiking routes in the park. For the adrenalin thirsty, the highlight of this trail may be the adventurous creek crossings.
There are only few bridges on this trail so hikers must be prepared to wade across creeks in order to cross. A great variety of northern plants and a variety of wildlife including Dall sheep, mountain goat, grizzly and black bear, ptarmigan, owl, moose and others inhabit the area.
This route requires good fitness, since our backpack will be weighted with all our equipment and the food.
This backpacking tour can be combined with a canoe trip on the rivers Teslin or the Big Salmon.
Kluane National Park Reserve is located in the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory, bordering on British Columbia and Alaska. Kluane National Park (pronounced “Kloo – wah – nee) covers an area of 21,980 square kilometers. It is a land of an impressive diversity. The extensive mountain massive of the Wrangell – St. Elias chain is part of the Kluane National Park. Mount Logan, 5959m, Canada’s highest mountain, is within the park boundaries. The park has one of the most extensive non-polar ice fields in the world. The park protects valleys and alpine tundra that yield a unique array of plant and wildlife species. Kluane has the largest diversity of pacific and arctic flora north of the 60th parallel. The gateway to activities in the park is Haines Junction, which is about 160 km west of the Yukon’s capital, Whitehorse. Kluane and its American counterpart, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, were jointly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.
Link: Kluane National Park