Yukon Territory

Aishihik Road

19 October 2013 - Saturday

The bucket list has included a drive to the abandoned Aishihik Airfield, a remnant of the Northwest Staging Route. Dad worked at Snag Airfield in the 1950s and had pictures of the Aishihik Airfield, so I wanted to see how it compared in present-day.

The airfield is 120 km in on a dirt road. Signs warn that the road is not maintained after the campground. The weather has been dry. Today's weather looked reasonable. A good day to go!

Topped up with fuel at the Otter Falls Cutoff lodge and headed on to the Aishihik Road at about 10 a.m. The weather wasn't looking grand as we headed north.

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Wasn't long before we were tailing someone northbound

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Road varies from good to bad to worse

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Bridges are single lane, some in better shape than others

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Stopped at the campground to stretch everyone's legs. Aishihik Lake is to the right.

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Aishihik Road narrows north of the campground

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Rough gravel in places

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Rustic bridge

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Slick mud ... in the deeper holes we were going sideways, even in 4-wheel drive

Aishihik Road, Yukon
ICK!

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Another bridge, over calm water

Aishihik Road, Yukon
The marshes are nice this time of year

The sky cleared as we continued north. Met a conservation officer on his way out. Stopped and chatted a bit. The only hunting we were doing was with my camera!

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Narrow road again, still northbound

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Nearing Aishihik Airfield

Aishihik Road, Yukon
The old airfield control tower -- now belongs to the Champagne-Ashihik First Nations

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Heading back out, this on the north end of Aishihik Lake

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Water wasn't too high

Aishihik Road, Yukon
The conservation officers have a shack by here, very scenic spot

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Looking west

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Looking northwest, back at Aishihik Lake

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Aishihik Lake in the distance as we're southbound

It took four hours to drive in. Four hours to drive out. The sun was setting at 6:30 p.m. and we had at least still an hour to go to get out.

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Setting sun on the mountains to the west

Aishihik Road, Yukon
Lovely evening

We arrived at the Otter Falls Cutoff lodge at 7:45 p.m. It was a relief to be off the rough Aishihik Road. Ten hours of being jostled around was enough! Fueled up and headed home.

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