This is a great trail. It takes off from the edge of Kathleen Lake and heads straight up the side of a mountain, through deciduous forest until you start up a scree slope. There is a path in the scree with cutbacks to make it an easier climb. The view of the undisturbed forest below is breath-taking. Be on the look-out for pikas and grizzly bears, both spotted when I hiked the trail.
From the Kathleen Lake Campground (south of Haines Junction) just follow the signs. The King's Throne is the peak to the southwest of the lake. Check it out and enjoy the views.
Nearest accommodation is across the road from Kluane Park at the Kathleen Lake Lodge offering cabins, hot showers, a cafe and camping spots.
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Posted By: benfast
- Wed Sep 07 01:23:30 UTC 2016
UpsideAmazing views, not too long but still challenging and makes you work. Good for doing in small groups, you can still talk during the hike! DownsideSteep scree in some areas, and if you do it later in the day the sun isn't in the cirque (can get colder). CommentReally enjoyed this, my first mountain hike in the Yukon. Found the hike challenging but enjoyable, would have liked to have a pole or two for the descent.
Posted By: wanderlust
- Wed Aug 22 00:59:00 UTC 2007
UpsideShort hike for great views. DownsideThe scree is steep in places, sketchy on the downhills CommentI would give this hike a moderate rating - the switchbacks are steep, but last about 15 minutes. Anyone in half decent shape could do this hike without trouble. Yes, scrambling to the top would be difficult, but most people stop at the lip.
Posted By: xtremepeaks
- Sat Nov 12 04:34:32 UTC 2005
UpsideExcellent views of the lake, peaks and valley. Easy access. Trail length is 6-10 km return, and 2-6 hours depending on how far you go. DownsideLoose rock, scree, bad footing in places. CommentCan continue the ridge to the summit of the mountain for even better views. Some parts of the ridge would be rated very difficult hiking on narrow very steep path with some cliffs and exposure.