Yukon Territory

Kluane Lake hiking and drive home on the Alaska Hwy

24 June 2012 - Sunday

The morning was clear and bright. 
Each morning the dogs enjoy a walk and this morning was no exception.

Hiking at Congdon Creek
Ursa and Kodi were both alert for bears, only this was a squirrel that caught their attention!

After packing up at the campsite, it was time to meander our way home.  The plan was to stop and stroll often. First stop was at a large rest area alongside the shores of Kluane Lake.

Hiking at Kluane Lake, Yukon
Looking west from the shore of Kluane Lake

Hiking at Kluane Lake, Yukon
Still alongside Kluane Lake, looking eastward

We pulled into the parking area for Soldier's Summit, where the Alaska Highway was officially opened in November 1942.  The well-groomed trail to Soldier's Summit provides great views of Kluane Lake.  We also explored a bit off the trail.

Hiking at Kluane Lake, Yukon
Looking down at the Alaska Highway with the driveway into the parking area for Soldier's Summit

Hiking at Kluane Lake, Yukon
The old & original Alaska Highway above Kluane Lake, looking eastward 

Past Soldier's Summit the old highway grade continues. 
Eventually a magnificent view of the Slims River valley presents itself. 

Hiking at Kluane Lake, Yukon
The Slims River and Kluane Ranges, with the visitors centre on the lower right

Hiking at Kluane Lake & Soldier's Summit on the Alaska Highway
Looking to the east as we walked back to Soldier's Summit and the trail to the parking lot

After a nice lunch we continued southward on the Alaska Highway.
The mountain ranges continued to impress with the brilliant blue sky.

Driving from Kluane Lake south on the Alaska Highway in Yukon
Looking west from the Alaska Highway

Driving from Kluane Lake south on the Alaska Highway in Yukon
Approaching Haines Junction southbound

Driving from Kluane Lake south on the Alaska Highway in Yukon
On a sunny day, the views cannot be beat!

It was enjoyable to get out for a night.  This time of year there is 24 hours of daylight in this area.  It is easy to lose track of time and not eat or sleep on schedule. 

 

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