Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

Bullion Plateau Trail

Trailhead:
Tachäl Dhäl (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre
Distance:
12 km one way
Time:
6.5 - 9 hrs return trip
Elevation Gain:
885 M (2900')
Maximum Elevation:
1620 M (5300')
1:50 000 Topographic Maps:
Congdon Creek 115 G/2 , Slims River 115 B/15

*It is recommended that individuals hike in a group of 4 or more people for this trail.

Overview

The Bullion Plateau is a great but strenuous day hike for those wanting to experience the sub alpine and alpine areas in the north end of the park. Abundant wildflowers and excellent views of the Slims River and Sheep Creek valleys are some of the highlights of this hike. Great views of Red Castle Ridge, as well as a glimpse of the toe of the Kaskawulsh glacier can be seen.

Description

After checking in at the Tachäl Dhäl (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre, you can drive or hike up the valley for 2.6 km. Here you will find a small parking area. The trail begins at the locked gate, and follows the old Alaska Highway for 2 km at which point Sheep Creek crosses the trail. Creek crossing shoes are recommended, as your feet will get wet crossing this small creek. Once across, continue along the trail for about 10 minutes until the trail forks at the 2.8 km signpost. The Bullion Plateau trail follows the branch to the right.

The trail climbs steadily through a forest of spruce and poplar and into the sub alpine dominated by willow thickets. It passes a 6.8 km signpost, and continues rising ultimately reaching above tree line. A signpost marks km 9.3, continuing from here the trail becomes less evident as the path is not clearly defined due to overgrowth and loose rock slides covering the trail. If you choose to continue, follow the trail leading right from the 9.3 km post. Views of the Sheep Creek valley will soon appear. The trail cuts along the side of the mountain descending gradually to a meadow where a signpost marks km 12.0, this is a beautiful spot and the end of the trail. Alpine flowers are abundant, and views of Red Castle Ridge dominate. From here you may return the way you came, or adventurous hikers may consider the following options.

Option 1: An old road that loops to the left at the 12.0 km post. This overgrown road follows willow and alder bushes back over the mountain, into green meadows that cross the summit of the Bullion Plateau, ultimately returning to the main trail near the 9.3 km post (see attached map). This road is overgrown and route finding is necessary. This option provides hikers with variety and additional views of the surrounding area, as well as ample opportunity to practice wildflower identification along the way.

Option 2: At the 12.0 km post an old overgrown road leads off to the right and descends to Sheep Creek. This can be used to connect Bullion Plateau with the Sheep Creek trail across the valley. Route finding skills will be required for this section as bushwhacking and several creek crossings are necessary.

Comments

*Please Note: All overnight camping is prohibited on this trail. For more detailed information please contact parks staff at the Haines Junction Visitor Centre or at the Tachäl Dhäl (Sheep Mountain) Visitor Centre.

Bear sightings are common in this area. Review recommendations for travel within the You Are In Bear Country brochure. All bear sightings should be reported to the staff one of the Visitor Centres.

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