TOMBSTONE FALL COLOR HIKES & DAWSON GOLDRUSH

Date 2021: August 25 to 31
Duration: 7 days from/to Whitehorse
Group size: 4 to 6 guests

Skill Level: Intermediate
Rates: $ 2365 CAD per person + 5% GST , based on 4 guests
Single supplement $ 490 CAD per person + 5% GST

This day-hiking trip will combine easy to moderate hiking with plenty of time for taking pictures and capturing the fall colors. This week long trip brings us up north into the alpine tundra of central Yukon close to the Arctic Circle and finishes off with a visit to the historic gold rush town of Dawson City. Off the beaten track, your guide will lead you on mountain hikes where you will enjoy great vistas with good chances to see wildlife. Our base camp will be at the Tombstone campground, in the heart of Tombstone Territorial Park. Hiking destinations will be chosen according to the weather and the group desires. We will have ample opportunity to observe nature, take pictures and enjoy spectacular scenery of the rouged mountains of the Patagonia of the north. The nights will be spent under a dark sky with great opportunities to capture millions of starts and hopefully also the northern lights.  At the end of the trip we let the gold fever grab us in the stunning historic town of Dawson City.

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Your journey itinerary

Day 0 (August 24): in the afternoon meeting with participants and guide

 

Day 1: Whitehorse
Early in the morning pickup at your hotel and drive to Tombstone territorial park. The 580km drive on the North Klondike Highway and the Dempster Highway will take most of the day.

 

Day 2: Tombstone Campground
Endless vistas with great fall colors will accompany us and there are several interesting stopping points to stretch our legs. We don’t want to miss to watch the water swoosh through the Five Finger rapids on the Yukon River! The last hour of the drive will be on the Dempster Highway, a well maintained gravel road, which bring us up into the rugged Tombstone Range. At the campground we pick a campsite and set up camp for the next few days. The Interpretive Centre invites just a short walk away. The campground offers spacious campsites, outhouses, fresh water, tables, benches and a fire pit. If the weather turns chilly on us, we can use the cooking shelter with its woodstove to warm up. We will be sleeping in tents and cooking on the propane stove.

 

Day 3 to 5: Day hikes along the Dempster Highway.
Your guide is well familiar with the different trails in the area. If the weather permits, destinations such as Grizzly Lake Trail, Angelcomb Peak, Goldensides Mountain, Charcoal Ridge or the more challenging Surfbird Mountain, Mount Audney or Fold Mountain are options. Daytrips are between 3 hours and 7 hours of length. All of the more challenging hikes will have us hiking without a trail and crossing creeks without a bridge. Wilderness pure! To reach the trail head of the different hikes we will have to drive every day for a short distance. All hikes are in the open tundra and provide great views. Wildlife is abundant but it needs some luck to actually spot them. Overnighting at the campground in tents.

 

Day 6: Dawson City
It is time to break camp and leave the rugged mountains behind, the gold fever is calling. A two hour drive will bring us to Dawson City. We will have the whole afternoon to explore the charming historic gold mining town. In the evening you have the choice of mingle with the locals in one of the many bars, enjoy a great dinner in on of the fine restaurants or visit the gambling hall Diamond Tooth Gerties to get the authentic Dawson experience. The brave ones may want to try the sour toe cocktail!

 

Day 7 (August 31) : Back to Whitehorse
After breakfast we will drive back to Whitehorse where we will arrive in the evening. Once more we will be astonished by the vast and beautiful landscape of the Yukon.

Journey details
Included
  • All transportation described in this itinerary
  • Hotel in Dawson City
  • Tent accommodation in Tombstone Campground
  • All meals during the camping trip
  • Professional guide services for the duration of the trip
  • All group equipment for camping and the hiking trips
  • Tents and cooking gear
  • Park fees and admissions
Excluded
  • Trip cancellation, travel and medical insurance
  • Meals in Whitehorse, Dawson and on the road
  • Hotel in Whitehorse
  • Additional cost for single accommodation
  • Items of personal nature and souvenirs
Add-ons

Are you interested in relaxing at a cozy cabin on a secluded lake? Our wilderness cabins are situated at Dalayee Lake, nestled in the rolling hills of southern Yukon, not far from Whitehorse.

Things to know

Camping is the only option if you want to stay in Tombstone Territorial Park. Nearest community is Dawson City, about 110km away. The granite mountains of the Tombstone range guarantee for spectacular vistas. Good timing for the fall colors, the hills will likely be painted in red and yellow! It is possible to see northern lights. Changes in the itinerary due to weather and trail conditions are a possibility. You will be required to sign a release of liability and waiver of claims prior to the trip.

Hiking in Tombstone Territorial Park offers:
  • Backcountry hiking in one of the last true wilderness areas left on the planet.
  • Undisturbed nature, solitude.
  • Easy access to the arctic tundra and mountain vistas.
  • Observation of wildlife.
  • Study of plants and their adaptation to the environment.
  • Great photo opportunities.
  • Great outdoor experience and enjoyment.

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