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The Goldensides Hike In Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon

The Goldensides Hike in Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon

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. But then a ranger showed up while we were putting up our tent and told us another ranger would be leading a hike starting at 7 PM. That 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 schedule at the Interpretative Centre.)

The Goldensides hike in Tombstone Territorial Park

The Goldensides hike in Tombstone Territorial Park

Where is the Goldensides hike?

The Goldensides 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 kilometres round-trip – the perfect length for an after dinner hike. It climbs a total of 210 metres 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 Goldensides Hike

"Looking south towards the campground"

Looking south towards the campground

"Fall colours in Tombstone Territorial Park"

Brilliant fall colours

"Goldensides hike in Tombstone Territorial Park"

I’d never seen anything quite like this landscape before

"View from the summit of the hike"

View from the high point of the hike

"Another view from the top"

Another view from the top

"Tombstone Territorial Park"

You could sit here all day

"Heading back to the Goldensides 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.

"Exploring the Dempster Highway"

Exploring the Dempster Highway

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The Goldensides Hike in Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon Territory

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Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 30 Comments
  1. That’s really an incredible landscape! What a gorgeous park… Can’t wait to visit this time next year!
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Hi Leigh. What an amazing landscape. The colors are out of this world. For some weird reason I’m reminded of an exaggerated paint-by-number! 🙂

  3. wow, some of these photos look like chalk drawings. breathtaking. i think i just added a destination to my bucket list.

  4. I can see why it’s called Goldensides. The wildflowers blooming everywhere are so pretty. This sounds like a hike that even I can do. I’ve always wanted to visit the Yukon, mainly because of Yukon Cornelius from the classic Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer TV show.

  5. With extended daylight and long summer and fall evenings, an after-dinner hike sounds like a nice idea :-). The colors looks gorgeous! (We did some short after-dinner hikes in Jasper over the summer – amazing that you can hike right till 9 pm in the summer!)

  6. What beautiful photos of a beautiful place. Does anyone know if bear spray actually works? I did a hike next to the Mendenhall Glacier outside Juneau once and our guide seemed quite concerned about bears—or he just did that to get our group to stay together.

  7. Wow, these photos (and your Grizzly Lake hike ones) really make me want to go back and visit again in late August. The fall colours really are stunning. We wanted to do the guided hike to Goldensides, but we were never in the area on the right day.

  8. I want to hike in tombstone trail by myself as a independent hiker.
    one thing that I do worry about is that I might lose my way in the middle of trail.
    Is the trail quite visible?
    so I can fine the way easily without GPS?

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