From some angles the King’s Throne looks like a King’s Throne, hence the name. It’s an easy climb or a tough scramble.
10km (6.2mi) in distance to the summit, about 6hrs return, moderately strenuous.
You have the choice of a 457m (1500ft) climb to rock glacier. Or — if conditions are good — continue to the top, total ascent being 1,250-metre (4,100-foot) above the lake.
The views are spectacular all the way up, so there’s no need to top out. Especially if it’s windy or you get “weather”.
You need to find transport to the Kathleen Lake campground 32km (20mi) south of Haines Junction, Yukon. We stayed there one night after our descent.
You will not feel rushed during the long days of the northern summer. It was light out until perhaps midnight when we were there.
Atop the King’s Throne you’ll be inspired to adventure deeper into this, the largest protected area of the world. But there are very few established trails. You’ll likely be bushwhacking. Or paddling.
Contributor Kelly Mock from Whitehorse suggests (instead) a spring ski tour of the most famous long trail in the park, Cottonwood.