|Northern Nature Viewing Region|
|Monarch Mountain/A Xéegi Deiyi Conservancy|
|Atlin Mountain & Lake from Monarch Mountain: Krista Kaptein photo||Alpine Flowers on Monarch Mountain: Krista Kaptein photo|
|A moderately strenuous hike up the Monarch Mountain trail , accompanied by flowers of every colour, provides spectacular vistas of the town of Atlin, Atlin Lake, the Llewellyn Glacier, Teresa Island, and peaks within Atlin Provincial Park.|
|Geographical Description||Glacial-fed Atlin Lake is 4 miles wide and 85 miles long, in a wide wilderness valley|
surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
|Area/ Trail Length||3 km trail one-way, 762m elevation gain.|
|Seasons to Visit||Spring & summer for flowers, year-round for views.|
|Viewing Highlights||Stunning wilderness vistas of lake, valley, mountains & glaciers. Atlin Mountain features a gravel glacier.|
A multitude of spring flowers of every colour, including stonecrop, lupine, phlox, mountain-avens.
|Other Features||The town of Atlin has many historic buildings from the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. The museum is also worth a visit.|
|Main Access||3.7 km south of Atlin on Warm Bay Rd (1.2 km south of Pine Creek campground) Atlin is a 2 to 3 hour drive from Whitehorse Yukon or Skagway Alaska.|
|Cautions||Be aware of bears.|
Moderately difficult trail, lightly travelled wilderness area; you need to be in good physical condition and be properly equipped with good hiking footwear, rain gear, food and water.
Atlin does not have cell phone service.
|Facilities||Parking area. Bench at lookout at 1000m elevation.|
|Other Recreational Activities|
|History||Atlin is a small isolated community on the traditional lands of the Taku River Tlingits. Current population is 300 to 500 full-time residents. During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, the population was 10,000. Many buildings from that era still exist. |
In the 1920s Atlin was popular as an exotic tourist destination. There was no road to the settlement, requiring tourists to travel up the Inside Passage through the British Columbia Coast and the Alaska Panhandle and via passes through Alaska and a series of lakes in Yukon and British Columbia. The journey ended when the M.V. Tarahne (and other lake boats) took the tourists across the lake to stay at the large three story Atlin Inn (built by the White Pass and Yukon Route company). It was during this time it was nicknamed the "Switzerland of the North" because it is surrounded by mountains in much the same way as Switzerland.
|BC Parks iNaturalist Project|
|Wildlife Viewing in the Skeena Region|
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