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The start of the Goldensides hike in Tombstone Territorial Park
The start of the Goldensides hike in Tombstone Territorial Park

Goldensides Hike in Tombstone Territorial Park

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One of the great and super accessible hikes to do in Tombstone Territorial Park is the Goldensides hike. It wasn’t even on our radar until a ranger showed up while we were putting up our tent in the campground. He was trying to drum up support for a ranger led hike starting at 7 PM.

The Goldensides hike sure beat sitting around our picnic table so we decided to go. (As a side note, during the summer, there are ranger led hikes most evenings. Check the hiking schedule at the Interpretative Centre.)

The Goldensides hike in Tombstone Territorial Park
The Goldensides hike in Tombstone Territorial Park

Goldensides hike trailhead location

The hike starts at KM 74.5 on the Dempster Highway. The trailhead is well-signed and easy to find. From the Tombstone Interpretative Centre it is at most, a 10 minute drive north.

The hike itself is only 3.4 km round-trip – the perfect length for an after dinner hike. It climbs a total of 210 m and can be done in about 90 minutes.

If it’s a nice day you’re going to want to give yourself more time to explore and take photos at the top. Even though it’s a short hike, it’s prudent to take warm clothes, rain gear, water and a can of bear spray.

Hikers on the Goldensides trail
Hikers on the Goldensides trail
Superb scenery and stunning fall colours on the Goldensides Hike
Superb scenery and stunning fall colours on the hike
Looking south towards the campground
Looking south towards the campground
Spectacular fall colours on the Goldensides hike
Spectacular fall colours on the Goldensides hike
I'd never seen anything quite like this landscape before
I’d never seen anything quite like this landscape before
A blast of red on the Goldensides hike
A blast of red
View from the high point of the hike
View from the high point of the hike
Such an incredible landscape
Such an incredible landscape!
You could sit here all day
You could sit here all day
Heading back to the trailhead
Heading back to the trailhead

If there is still some daylight at the end of the hike, then a drive to one of the many informal viewpoints along the Dempster Highway would be worthwhile, especially since dusk  (and dawn) is when you’re most likely to see wildlife.

Wide, open roads with not another vehicle in sight
Wide, open roads with not another vehicle in sight

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An easy hike on the Goldensides Trail in the Yukon's Tombstone Territorial Park off the Dempster Highway

 

 

 

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