Monarch Mountain/A X‚egi Deiyi Conservancy is located immediately east of the town of Atlin and is culturally significant to the Taku River Tlingit First Nation. It is highly valued by local residents for its natural, historical, and recreational values. The traditional Tlingit A X‚egi Deiyi, or shoulder mountain trail, extends from the beach on the Atlin Lake shoreline to the small lakes at the top of Monarch Mountain.
There is a 5.3km long hiking trail that originates near Atlin Lake and leads to the summit of Monarch Mountain, where one will find incredible views on a clear day. The trailhead is marked at a pull-out 3.7km down Warm Bay Road. The Monarch Mountain Trail is the most popular and widely-used trail in the Atlin region. Please respect the privacy of people using the two small lakes on the summit plateau for spiritual activities by giving them plenty of space.
Hunting is allowed in the conservancy. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Three archaeological sites at the base of the “A Xéegi Deiyi” trail found just outside of the conservancy boundary highlight the significance of the area. These sites are at the mouth of Pine Creek (a key grayling gathering place) and are important spiritual sites for prayer and cleansing ceremonies. In addition to the trail and archaeological sites, documented Tlingit traditional uses include berry picking, hunting and trapping.
The dominant ecosystem in the Monarch Mountain/A X‚egi Deiyi Conservancy is the spruce-willow-birch shrublands. An area of Boreal White and Black Spruce also occurs on the lower slopes on the western side of the conservancy.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.