Congdon Creek

Congdon Creek near Burwash, YT


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25 kms
7hours
moderate
Hiking
Fall, Summer
Burwash, YT
User xtremepeaks

Elevation gain: 2200ft (670m) Topo Map 115 G/2 Maximum elevation: 1520m(5000ft)

This excerpt from the Kluane Park Hiking Guide is re-printed with the kind permission of the author and publisher.

Hiking to the headwaters of Congdon Creek is easy and interesting. There are also many options for circle routes. You may exit via Sheep ck, Fisher ck, Dickson ck or Nines ck. Each route requires 2-3 days and all have spectacular scenery. This is a favorite area for ewes and lambs in spring.

From the trail that led to the creek bed, continue to a small canyon area, not too hard to walk around. South side of the creek is easier walking, but with a dozen crossings before the canyon at 2km. A large alluvial fan with a small washout on the opposite side must be crossed before you arrive at an area so disarranged, looks like a bomb was dropped. The Sias cabin is on the north side of the creek, 10 minutes from here. The cabin is about 3 hrs from the parking after 6.5 km walk.

Continue along the creek, and there is a tributary 100 m up and across from the cabin leading to a pass above Fisher ck. Another 1km from the cabin is a creek on the northwest (right) side going to Nines ck. Now Congdon ck becomes steeper and requires some bushwhacking. The mountain to the west in front is Right On Mntn, camping at the base is recommended, 8.5 km from the parking. There are many more side valleys to explore here, with inviting and delightful scenery.

Directions:

Drive 17.1 km north along the Alaska hwy from Sheep mntn info centre. There is a sign for Congdon Creek govt campground. The access road is on the left side of the road 200m before the camp entrance. There is a Park boundary sign here, but most vehicles can drive 3km to the end of the flat access road. On the south side of the parking area is a horse trail to a campsite. From here the trail follows near the creek for 1.5kms and ends back on the creek.

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.

More information on this and other Kluane Park trails are in the Kluane Park Hiking Guide, by Vivien Lougheed, available at Park Visitor Info Centre in Haines Junction, at http://www.newstarbooks.com and at http://www.gotrekkers.com.

Trail guide is excerpt from Vivien's book, used with permission. Photos courtesy of Vivien Lougheed, copyright by the photographer.


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