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Kluane Lake and a day for doing nothing

2 September 2009 - evening exploring

After supper it was time for another exploration of the area. 
We drove along the old Alaska Highway near the shore of the Lake. 

Near Kluane Lake, Yukon
Kluane Lake shore, looking towards the south west

First we headed towards the local airfield on the south side of the lake, where the  Arctic Institute's Kluane Lake Research Station is located.

Silver City airfield, Yukon
Silver City airfield near the Kluane Lake Research Station of the Arctic Institute of North America

Nearby was the site of a lodge along the old Alaska Highway alignment near Silver City.

sign by the old Alaska Highway, Sheep Mountain Lodge
Sign along the old Alaska Highway by Kluane Camp and Sheep Mountain Lodge

The highway has been re-routed through this area so no longer passes by this landmark, the Sheep Mountain Motel which is on the south side of Kluane Lake.

sign at Kluane Lake, Yukon
One of the historical roadside lodges, now bypassed by the new Alaska Highway

While photographing in this area a grizzly crossed the road behind our truck. 
Thus, I only got one picture of the mailbox.

Mail box, Silver City, Kluane Lake, Yukon
Interesting mailbox near the Arctic Research Station on the south side of Kluane Lake

Deciding that a grizzly trumped my desire to take pictures, we headed back towards Congdon Creek campground.

The evening was lovely so the trailhead to Soldier's Summit beckoned.  Located near the park information centre, this is a hike along the original Alaska Highway roadbed.

Soldier's Summit trail sign
Sign at the start of the trail to Soldier's Summit 

Soldier's Summit monument
Monument at Soldier's Summit 

Hike up to Soldier's Summit along Kluane Lake, Yukon
Soldier's Summit with Kluane Lake to the right

Slim's River from Soldier's Summit along Kluane Lake, Yukon
Slims River towards the Kluane Ranges with the new and old Alaska Highway on the right.

Hike up to Soldier's Summit along Kluane Lake, Yukon
The critters that give Sheep Mountain its name 

Ground squirrel hunting by Soldier's Summit, Yukon
Jake and Tazz had their own ideas about what was interesting 

Back at the parking lot and the start of the trail, the setting sun provided a nice contrast.

Alaska Highway by Sheep Mountain, Yukon
Slims River bridge with Kluane Lake in foreground and Alaska Highway on the right

We continued to explore some of the side roads, hoping to find a good spot to camp next year. 
There were numerous places off the highway that provided good views and private camping. 

Along Kluane Lake, Yukon
Looking across Kluane Lake towards Outpost Mountain and the Kluane Ranges

As the sun set at 10 p.m it was colourful.

Sunset on Kluane Lake, Yukon
Sunset on Kluane Lake 

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