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Ä'äy Chù (Slim's River) West Trail

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A trail along the west side of the Ä'äy Chù (Slim's River) to Canada Creek and a primitive campsite.


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14.2

Miles

22.8

KM

94%

Runnable

2,985' 910 m

High

2,460' 750 m

Low

1,416' 432 m

Up

1,505' 459 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek

Permits are required for overnight trips and can be can be obtained from the Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre in Haines Junction or the Thechàl Dhâl Visitor Centre. There are several creek crossings and marshy areas, enough to substantiate bringing water shoes.

Need to Know

There is an overnight camping fee of about $10CAD per person, per night.

Description

Starting from the Thechàl Dhâl trailhead, follow the old mining road and cross Sheep Creek. At 2.8 km the Bullion Trail exits to the right and the road narrows to a trail. Cross the boardwalk through a marshy area of Coin Creek and continue on to Bullion Creek where the 5.8 km post is visible. Camping prior to Bullion is not recommended in order to protect cultural resources in the area; however, the Bullion Creek alluvial fan is one of three that are recommended for safer camping.

Crossing Bullion Creek can be difficult in the afternoon or after it has rained or snowed. You may have to cross further downstream where the creek is braided and work your way back up to the trail. Pick up the trail on the other side of Bullion and continue south below the embankment for about 2.5 km where multiple footpaths converge around the base of the Bullion sand dunes (look for the 8km post).

There are two options for the next 6 km. If it is dry in the valley you can travel on the river flats, which is easier, but there will be a few extremely muddy creek crossings. This route choice is not recommended early in the season or after a lot of rain. If it is wet, follow stable ground closer to the mountains.

After passing a pond around the 11 km mark, you'll come to a small alluvial fan at km 12. This is the second preferred camping area along the trail. Cross the next fan at km 13 by following posts and the trail. Marker posts direct you into the trees and uphill through the forest. This bypass route takes you around a very marshy section.

Follow the trail to the large alluvial fan at km 14.3 on the pamphlet map—this is the third and last of the preferred camping areas along the trail. Rock cairns will lead you directly across the fan: look for a path that is lined with rocks leading through a brushy section of stunted spruce trees. You'll pass the 15.4 km marker as you drop off the fan.

Exiting the forest you reach another small fan at 17 km. Posts and rock cairns direct you high on the fan to where it drops down at the 17.8 km post. The trail climbs around a marshy area and continues through the forest crossing another debris flow. You emerge at a boardwalk at km 18.5.

The trail now climbs up steep hills and follows a narrow path above the cliffs. It is the most difficult section of the trail and can make for a long end of the day. After climbing to the 21.2 km post, the trail descends down to the primitive campsite and the 22.5 km post on the flats.

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