Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge
Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

Hiking Mount Hunt






Have you ever dreamed of hiking in pristine wilderness? Have you ever considered spending unforgettable days at a remote wilderness lodge in the Canadian North? If you have, then you'll want to be part of this unique experience! Spend your days under the open sky on a lake as smooth as glass. Hike above the treeline in the Logan Mountains, where you may encounter caribou, goats and eagles in their natural habitats. Learn about wildlife and plants. Enjoy the comfort of a rustic but cozy wilderness lodge: comfortable beds, shower, sauna and great meals are a welcome change from your days out in the bush.

Requirements for the 4-day hiking trip:
  • Mountain hiking along narrow trails and in trackless country (alpine meadows and boulder fields).
  • You'll need to be agile and in good physical condition for day trips of up to 6 hours and an 800-metre elevation gain.
  • On the first hiking day, you must be able to carry your own backpack with tent, food, sleeping bag and personal gear for about 3 hours; the following days we'll be hiking with light day packs.


ITINERARY

Day 1: Make your own journey to Frances Lake. Our meeting point is at the boat ramp, where we will pick you up by motorboat. From there, it's a leisurely 30-minute ride to our wilderness lodge, where you'll be shown to your private, cozy log cabin. After a hearty dinner in the main lodge, you can relax in our comfortable living room or enjoy the lovely view from your cabin's front porch, looking out across the lake and into the Logan Mountains.

Day 2: After breakfast, we'll leave the lodge and take a pleasant boat ride up the East Arm of Frances Lake. At the trailhead, we'll tie up the boat, shoulder our packs and start climbing up to the treeline. We will be walking on an old hunting trail that follows along a small burbling creek. It will take about 3 – 4 hours to reach the campsite, which will be our home for the next 3 nights.

Days 3 – 4: Day hikes across open tundra will introduce us to a wonderful world of mountains, lakes and creeks. If we are lucky, we'll see caribou, mountain goats and pikas, as well as a wide range of beautiful flowers. Our itineraries are driven by the capabilities and preferences of the group, and there are many possibilities for discovering high ridges, plateaus and summits. We will be hiking mostly in trackless country, but our efforts will be well rewarded by incredible views across fascinating and endless wilderness.

Day 5: After enjoying our final day camping, we'll take down our tents, walk down to the lake and by boat we'll cruise back to comforts of the lodge.

Days 6 – 7: The last days at the lodge are yours to enjoy at your leisure. Relax at the lodge or participate in guided excursions, go fishing, paddle around the sheltered bay or stroll along the lake's beach. A visit to the abandoned Hudson's Bay Company trading post will carry you away into past times. Take your time to fully enjoy your waterfront log cabin and let yourself be spoiled by our kitchen's delicious creations.

Day 8: After breakfast, we will bring you back to the boat ramp and to your vehicle.


THINGS TO KNOW

  • All tours are personally guided by lodge owners Andrea & Martin Laternser.
  • We are experienced, licensed wilderness guides and First Aid-certified.
  • We only take small groups with a maximum of 7 participants.
  • Check out Equipment List Lodge and Equipment List Tours for all you'll need to bring.
  • Any luggage you don't need on the hiking trip can be left at the lodge.
  • This trip is part of the Wild Yukon program (a combined canoe and hiking tour).
  • Upon request and for a surcharge we'll come to pick you up in Whitehorse or Watson Lake or you can fly in by floatplane. We will gladly help you organise your travels. Ask us for more information about rates.
  • Canadian legislation requires you to sign a release of liability and waiver of claims form prior to the beginning of your visit.
  • Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge & Tours is a licensed business under the Yukon Wilderness Tourism Licensing Act and member of the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon (TIA) and the Yukon Wilderness Tourism Association (WTAY).

DATES AND RATES

Duration: 8 days from/to Frances Lake
Dates: July 22 – 29, 2017 (or by reservation)
Rates: for 3 – 7 guests $1750 CAD + GST per person (double occupancy)
  for 2 guests $2190 CAD + GST per person (double occupancy)
  Single occupancy surcharge $240 CAD + GST
  Pick-up or fly-in from Whitehorse or Watson Lake Rates available on request
  Extra lodge day(s) Rates available on request

Terms of Participation

RATES INCLUDE

  • All accommodation (4 nights at lodge, 3 nights camping)
  • All meals
  • Boat transfer from Frances Lake boat ramp to the lodge and back
  • Camping and cooking gear for hiking trip (except sleeping bags and pads)
  • Guided day trips at the lodge
  • Use of lodge amenities including sauna, library, canoes, kayaks and angling equipment
  • Professional guide service by licensed wilderness guide

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation to Frances Lake
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (the lodge is licensed and has a selection in stock)
  • Angling licence (can be purchased at lodge)
  • Hiking gear (boots, clothes, backpack)
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Personal insurance (trip cancellation, medical insurance). We strongly recommend our guests arrange for sufficient insurance coverage before the beginning of their trip.