A collection of loop walking trails

Fall 2018. WK+PJL's Choice, 12 km is a draft loop-in-progress. Goal is an all-year-round loop.

Rehab – Bugaloo, 8.6 updated

Mother's Gnarly Dream is a 14 km loop with no guarantees! A loop-in-progress with bushwacking on Upper Mother T. Stay tuned....

Spring 2018: Yellow Green BoogaLOOP, 4.6, YellowBrick-ElCamino-MyTrail, 5.6, Lower BugaLOOP, 6.1 km

Fall 2017. Some new loops: Log Trail views, 5.6 km; Above Wolf Creek North, 6.8 km; Between river 'n lakes, 11.9 km; Along river 'n between lakes, 15.4 km; Cheer on the Ravens, 12.4

This collection of loop walking maps is for discussion, not to claim safe trails. Improvements will come as people proof them, by walking them, describing them and waymarking them!

A true Whitehorse tour: over 100 circular walks, hundreds of km of walks. Those marked with an * have a restriction for use by time of year such as: a wetland needing to be frozen; ski tracks that you shouldn't step in; or a trail that crosses a ski trail and isn't to be used during ski season.

Time to walk trails varies depending on fitness, season, footwear (snowshoes or boots), snow depth, frequency of trail use: think 2-3 km/hr for snowshoeing, while 4-5 km/hr is more realistic for summer walking. Winter walking times are slower in soft snow, or when a snowmobile has passed.

Themed walks

Elder Active Walking Group: scenic hikes with hills, mostly without steep, slippery, scary pieces — for those worried about falling and breaking fragile bones, have joint issues, small kids, ...

A set of longer walks starting at the Visitor Reception Center, all over 10 km. This is a draft idea still.

Whitehorse north, Whitehorse south

Takhini River –
Whitehorse North

Whistle Bend –
Middle McIntyre Creek

South-west side of Yukon River

downtown, airport and above-the-airport

Airport Flats – Downtown

Paddy's Pond – Ice Lake

Mount McIntyre

$ Porcupine Ridge North all-season?

Yukon River, east side

Long Lake – Hospital – Magnusson

+ trail entrances for some loops could be better

Riverdale – Hidden Lakes

Miles Canyon – the Lakes

Longer walks

Reckless Raven Yukon 50 Mile Ultra.Web: recklessraven.runforlife.ca: Route; Trail description; Cheer on the Ravens, 12.4

Or the Yukon River Trail Marathon: Yukon River Trail Marathon*, 43.2; Yukon River Trail Marathon*, Legs 1, 4, 21.0; Yukon River Trail Marathon*, Legs 2, 3, 22.2

The broader picture

Whitehorse, the wilderness city. A collection of walking ideas explains this loop walking trails project.

This builds on my Yukon Walking Strategy which looks at how we could become a more walkable community and the Yukon could become a walking tourism destination. See my Walking communities for walks outside Whitehorse. A goal is to make a set of pages of loops walks for the rest of the Yukon.

As you look at this initial collection of trails, think about a group promoting walking like Walk Richmond, or a group organizing a walking festival like Walk Scily or Haltwhistle Walking Festival. Or look at walkAlberta. perhaps we might have a Yukon chapter of the Canadian Volkssport Federation (which needs an updated version of their suggested Northern Director's Walk.)