Yukon Territory

Keane Lake to Morchuea Lake, Cassiar Highway

10 September 2009 - Thursday

The weather was supposed to be LOTSA rain!  Fortunately, it was only a heavy overcast so photos could be taken as we drove south on the Cassiar Highway.

Cassiar Highway, BC
Southbound on the Cassiar Highway, BC

The day was overcast with light rain in some areas.

Cassiar Highway, BC
Southbound on the Cassiar Highway, BC

Fall colours were just starting; seemed to be later this year than in previous years.

Cassiar Highway, BC
Southbound on the Cassiar Highway, BC

Cassiar Highway, BC
Southbound on the Cassiar Highway, BC

Cassiar Highway, BC
Southbound on the Cassiar Highway, BC

Cassiar Highway, BC
Gnat Pass Summit, southbound on the Cassiar Highway, BC

At Gnat Pass Summit it was COLD. 
A chilly wind was blowing through and we wondered if snow wasn't far behind.

Cassiar Highway, BC
Rest area near Upper Gnat Lake, on the Cassiar Highway, BC

Upper Gnat Lake would have been a good overnight spot, BUT it was COLD!  And windy! We wondered whether the light rain might turn to snow overnight.

The executive decision was made to carry on to another spot waypointed in the GPS - Morchuea Lake, which is about 43 miles south of Dease Lake and south of the Stikine River.  The Morchuea Lake Forest Service recreation site borders the Stikine River Provincial Park, a popular wilderness area.

The road into the recreation site is one-lane, downhill and rough.  Wouldn't recommend it for any rigs larger than ours.  If the weather is wet, 4x4 could be handy if you're towing out of the site.

Morchuea Lake on the Cassiar Highway, BC
Mt. Edziza viewed from Morchuea Lake on the Cassiar Highway, BC

There's a handful of camping spots at Morchuea Lake and a boat launch.  Facilities are primitive.  Usually firewood is not available at recreation sites, but this year the picnic tables had been replaced and the old tables left in the sites for firewood.

We had some neighbours this evening; a couple of hunters.  They seemed amazed to
see a truck and fifth wheel descend the steep, rough road and came over to introduce themselves.  Later in the evening they headed out in hopes of finding a moose. 
Turned out the moose were luckier than the hunters on this day!

Cassiar Highway, BC
Tazz puppy digging something or other at the recreation site at Morchuea Lake, BC

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