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Golden Canyon

International > N America > Canada > Yukon Territory


  • *Developing routes here should involve consultation local developers and climbers; and should be focused on tradition style with as little bolts as possible. **

    Sunny all day except for the more northern areas that see sun in the afternoon. Fairly secluded. Great granite and seriously beautiful views down the canyon.

    Golden Canyon is located on First Nation settlement land. The First Nation has expressed concern about increased traffic on their settlement land. Please consider climbing in smaller groups and absolutely ensure that you pack out any waste. Consider heading in for day trips and refraining from camping at the site near the entrance of the canyon. If you wish to camp in the area, there are maintained sites available along the trans-Canada trail. To get there, continue along the road where you parked by the start of the walking trail, and you'll see the campsites eventually on your left.

    "If you are developing a new crag, do some homework. Large parts of land fall under First Nations Land Claims agreements and may be subject to special regulations or considerations. Using land for recreational purposes is allowed under most Land Claims agreements, however modifications to the land such as bolting and cutting trails is usually controlled. Failure to comply with Land Claims agreements could lead to closure of the crag. If you have any questions about a particular area or crag let us know at and we'll do our best to answer."
    From the first edition of Ryan Agar's guide book to the area: Yukon Climbing Guide.

    Climbing access inquiries can also be directed to

Getting There

From town take the Alaska Highway north to the Klondike Highway. After 9km or so you will see signs for Takhini Hotsprings. Take a left onto Takhini Hotsprings road and follow this almost to the end (close to Bean North Cafe). Take a left onto Takhini River road and follow this for another 7km or so. You should cross a small wooden bridge over Flat Creek, and then enter a marshy area. Often times this is really muddy, so unless you have a 4x4, you may want to park here (on the right). From here you can walk another 2.5km to the trailhead, which is near a pond and should have a sign that declares the land ownership. It's about a 10min walk from here. The trail will at one point join another trail, at which point you should turn right. Head up into the canyon.

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