Yukon Territory

Chitina on McCarthy Road to King Mountain Recreation Site on the Glenn Highway, Alaska

28 August 2010 - Saturday

Woke to overcast skies. Steve issued the command, "Time to blow this popsicle stand", so we did. First, had to squeeze through the narrow gap to return to Chitina ...

The gap near Chitina, Alaska
Narrow one-lane gap to return to Chitina from the Copper River

Immediately after the gap is downtown Chitina. 

Downtown Chitina, Alaska
The Hotel Chitina

And then the main street of Chitina ... 

Main street Chitina, Alaska
Chitina's main street

We avoided filling with fuel at Kenny Lake as it was too expensive, a lesson learned on our way into McCarthy. Took the Edgerton Highway to return to the Richardson Highway where we would turn northward to the Glenn Highway. 

Edgerton Highway, Alaska
Edgerton Highway between Kenny Lake and Richardson Highway - N61 43.940 W144 58.599

At Glenallen we didn't fill up at the gas station at the junction of the Richardson Highway and Glenn Highway. It had lineups of 5-10 vehicles at each pump. As we turned west on the Glenn Highway there was a small gas station that wasn't so busy and had plenty of room at the diesel pump for our truck/trailer.

Glenn Highway, Alaska
Heading west on the Glenn Highway near the Eureka Summit - N61 56.380 W147 09.918

The day was cloudy and lackluster. Even so, the fall colours made it tolerable. 

Glenn Highway, Alaska
Westward bound on the Glenn Highway near Tahneta Lake

As with the other Alaskan highways, there are frost heaves and dips & doodles. Although overall this section of the Glenn Highway was not so bad. 

Glenn Highway, Alaska
Westward bound on the Glenn Highway beside Gunsight Mountain - N61 49.606 W147 25.130

The highway passes through a popular ATV/off-road area. Being the weekend, the highway roadside stops were full of trucks and trailers, with families gearing up for rides. Needless to say, there were no quiet spots to pull off for the night!

Glenn Highway, Alaska
Colourful Sheep Mountain along the Glenn Highway - N61 48.677 W147 29.982

The day was just plain dull. 

Glenn Highway, Alaska
Approaching Lions Head (Glacier Point) - N61 48.429 W147 31.424

At the Matanuska Glacier we checked out the campground/recreation site. It was pouring rain. The sites were small. Only one was occupied. The campground didn't strike our fancy so we decided to carry on after viewing the glacier. It was difficult to get a good picture because of the rain ...

Matanuska Glacier on Glenn Highway, Alaska
Matanuska Glacier seen from the viewing area near the campground - N61 47.998 W147 48.820

I was having a boring day with my DSLR so practiced some photography on fireweed by the parking lot at the Matanuska Glacier. 

Fireweed on Glenn Highway, Alaska
Fireweed near the Matanuska Glacier

The weather wasn't improving. It was getting late. Pulled into the King Mountain Recreation Site alongside the Matanuska River, there were some hiking trails, and there were also sites large enough for the "rig" to fit comfortably. 

King Mountain Recreation Site, Glenn Hwy, Alaska
Campsite at King Mountain Recreation Site on the Glenn Highway

Apparently there is a nice view of King Mountain from here. We didn't see it though. The clouds were much too low & thick. Cost for the night was $15. I should have insisted that include a view at the very least!

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