Yukon Territory

Whitehorse to Million Dollar Falls on the Haines Road YT

24 May 2013 - Friday

Decided to get an early start to our weekend and headed out Friday evening, planning to stay overnight at Dezadeash Lake Yukon Gov't campground.

Our trip starts on the Alaska Highway heading towards Haines Junction.

Alaska Highway
Heading northwest on the Alaska Highway from Whitehorse to Haines Junction

Alaska Highway
The colours were intriguing approaching Haines Junction

At Haines Junction we continued straight through for the Haines Road.
There was still some snow here and there, and ice on the creeks & rivers.

Haines Road
Southbound on the Haines Road south of Haines Junction

Kathleen Lake campground was open but we wanted to stay at a Yukon government campground. Kathleen Lake costs $16/night for camping plus an additional $8.80 per day if you wish to have a campfire. Yukon gov't campgrounds are only $12/night with free firewood.

Haines Road
Entrance to Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park

Dezadeash Lake campground was gated and closed! Too much snow, it seemed! So we carried on southward, not sure where we'd sleep for the night.

Haines Road
Southbound on the Haines Road near Klukshu

We checked a few spots but nothing felt quite right.  Soon we were at Million Dollar Falls Yukon Gov't campground. There were only a handful of campers so there were many sites from which to choose even though it was about 9 p.m.

With the long hours of daylight it was deceiving! In winter's darkness, 9 p.m. is bedtime at our place, yet with summer's long hours of daylight it is usually 11 p.m. before we crawl into bed.

Million Dollar Falls campsite
Campsite at Million Dollar Falls - table and fire pit to the left of the truck at the back of the site

After setting up camp, it was time to walk the dogs. There is a nice maintained trail along the falls. The water was running high and murky.

Haines Road
Water flow through Million Dollar Falls

Back at camp it was time for sitting around the campfire and doing nothing much of anything.

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