Gambler Gulch, Keno

Gambler Gulch, Keno near Mayo, YT


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
18 kms
7hours
moderate
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Mayo, YT
User InsaWag
GAMBLER GULCH (Distance about 16 km return), Elevation from 3120 ft to 4900 ft Nice hike through an abandoned mining town from the 1920's to an old mining camp in a gulch. Scenic view into valley with several lakes and mountain ranges. Starting in Keno City (Elevation 3120 ft, N 63o 54' 36"; W 135o 18' 05"), on an unserviced road with rough sections. At 4.8 km (Elevation 4100 ft, N 63o 57' 05"; W 135o 17' 10") turn right and the HIKE ONLY Trail begins. The trail passes by an old log cabin and the remains of the tramline. The trail leads to a tall metal building, (Elevation 4.900 ft, N 63o 57' 14"; W 135o 15' 03") a recent mine shaft (DO NOT ENTER). You are above tree line now. Continue on the trail till you reach a junction, (right turn (East) leads to Faro Gulch) Turn left (North) and after descending a few 100 meters you can see various old buildings over a wide area, which are witness to the silver mining boom in the 1920's. Follow the descending trail to Gambler Gulch and it's old mining camp (Elevation 4.606 ft, N 63o 57' 4.2"; W 135o 14' 84"). From here you either return and explore any of the other numerous trails in this alpine region or you continue a short distance downhill (NNW). This is a particularly nice stretch, overseeing the McQuesten Valley below and the Ogilvie and Patterson mountain ranges in the distance.

Back on a bush road (Elevation 4.060 ft, N 63o 57' 33"; W 135o 16' 00") turning left (NW) you return through Wernecke, the old mining town from the 1920's to Keno City (approx. 5 km).

Keno City: Charming frontier town in Yukon, Canada. Boomtown in 1920s silver mining heyday. Now a quiet hamlet (25 people), home to an eclectic mix of artists, miners and old-timers. Lots of accessible trails in spectacular mountain setting. Several lakes with great fishing nearby. Lodging, food, bar, museum.



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