(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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