Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

Kathleen Lake - Kluane National Park, Yukon

19 June 2008 - Thursday

More rain this morning in Teslin. There wasn't much improvement as we drove north.

It continued to be overcast through Whitehorse. It was still raining when we reached the Pine Lake Yukon gov't campground near Haines Junction. So we carried on and thought Kathleen Lake on the Haines Highway would be a good alternative.

Kathleen Lake is within Kluane National Park. We have seen numerous pictures of the lake but had not stopped to visit. The clouds mingled with the mountains as we hiked along the east side lakeshore.

Hiking at Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park, Yukon
Looking west across Kathleen Lake from the east shore

Hiking at Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park, Yukon
Looking north on Kathleen Lake, from the east shore

Hiking at Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park, Yukon
Again, looking west from near the boat launch area

There are numerous hiking trails, including the Cottonwood Trail. This trail can take days to complete, but people from the campground headed out on it for just a few hours exercise.

Start of Cottonwood Trail, Kathleen Lake, Kluane
Start of Cottonwood Trail in Kluane National Park at Kathleen Lake

People heading out on the trail were given a good reminder of where they were.

Grizzly bear warning at Kluane Park & Kathleen Lake
Warning sign at the start of the Cottonwood Trail near Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park

The national park campground is similar to the Yukon government campgrounds in that there are no services. However, the overnight fee was more costly than the Yukon Gov't sites, and there was an additional fee of $8.00 per night for firewood. Firewood was free at Yukon Gov't campgrounds.

The campground is not near the lake, although most of the sites were private and scenic. This evening the campground was busy with a group of tourists on an "adventure tour". The campground also had some people there for the annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay. These people race their bicycles from Haines Junction YT to Haines AK.

Camping at Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park, Yukon

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