Grizzly Lake Trail, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon

Grizzly Lake Trail is possibly the most popular hike and backpack trip in Tombstone Territorial Park. It’s for good reasons too. It’s a relatively short, but steep, hike to reach the first expansive view of the Tombstone range, notably Mount Monolith. It’s one of the few maintained hiking trails in the park, it’s a good place to set up basecamp at the lake to explore the park’s backcountry, and the views are stunning.

 
Fall colors.

Fall colors.

 
Delicious juicy mossberries.

Delicious juicy mossberries.

Grizzly Lake Trail

We really wanted to backpack to Grizzly Lake, a 6.8 mile hike in to the designated campsites by the lake, but it wasn’t possible. So instead we did it as a day hike.

 
The view behind me.

The view behind me.

 
 
And in front of me.

And in front of me.

 

The hike up to the ridge is only a couple of miles but all uphill with one very steep and loose section.

Hikers in front of us.
 
Hiking up.
 
The valley we hiked up from.

The valley we hiked up from.

At the first summit, we were rewarded with our first view of Mount Monolith sitting at the end of Grizzly Valley. Mount Monolith is the iconic peak of Tombstone Territorial Park.

Grizzly Valley and Tombstone Range at the end.

Grizzly Valley and Tombstone Range at the end.

 
Mount Monolith.

Mount Monolith.

 

If we had come just for that view then we could have turned around at the first viewpoint. But interested to see what the landscape beyond looked like, we decided to continue hiking out as far as we could with the time we had available.

Continuing past the first viewpoint.
Grizzly Lake Trail

Grizzly Lake trailhead is 8 miles south of Tombstone Mountain Campground. It has ample parking at the trailhead (we even saw a class C, but a fifth-wheel wouldn't fit). The parking lot does fill up quickly.

Delicious mountain water.

Delicious mountain water.

A backpacking permit is required to camp at Grizzly Lake. Registrations can be done online or in person at the Tombstone Park Interpretive Center (right next to the campground). Like I mentioned, it's a popular place to backpack so it may be hard to get a permit. But at the same time, we met three people on the trail who got their permits last minute.

 
Grizzly Lake Trail
 
Grizzly Lake Trail

From what I've read, the backcountry campground sounds really neat with 10 tent pads, a cook shelter, and a grey water barrel. A bear canister to store your food is required and bear spray is highly recommended. Both can be borrowed from the park for a free with a desposit. (Isn't that great!?) And yes, dogs are allowed on the trail and at the backcountry sites. Perhaps the next time we're in Yukon we can visit this area as a multi-day backpacking trip.

We visited this area from August 17 - 22, 2016.


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