4-wheel drive access road to Mush Lake. One large creek (Alder) to cross with no bridge. Two-wheel drive vehicles with clearance can drive in the first 5 km to Alder Creek when conditions are good. Good mountain biking trail. Shorty Creek trail and the Cottonwood trail branch off the road.
Elevation Gain: 34 m (100'), Maximum Elevation: 760 m (2500')
At the 5.5km fork, take the left trail (the right trail leads to Shorty Creek). From here, cross Alder Creek's many channels for about a kilometer. Travel downstream and follow the posts.
From 7.5km the trail stays high, following numerous small hills and valleys along the right side of the valley. Dalton Creek has a footbridge on your right. The road branches soon. The left trail continues on to Mush Lake, climbing steadily for the next 5 km. The Cottonwood Trail continues along the right trail.
A primitive campsite is located at the end of the trail by the lake. It consists of outhouses, a food cache and a fire pit.
Drive south from Haines Junction along the Haines rd for 54.4 km (33.8 miles). Turn right at the old lodge and follow the Mush lake road. Drive 1km past the gate. Cars park here, but high clearance vehicle can make it further, there is a big dip at the creek here.
There is a great Yukon govt campground on Dezadeash Lake near the turnoff to this trailhead for an overnight stay before or after doing this trip. Also there are nice cabins for rent a few km away on the other side of the lake, with great views over Kluane Park - contact Merle at firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
Topo map above is courtesy of http://www.gotrekkers.com , extracted from TopoTracker DVD for Canada's Northern National Parks (Item #GT1012), an excellent resource to use along with Memory-Map software to explore all the northern National Parks.
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