Driving west of Whitehorse you pass through the corridors of the ever-increasing mountains, as they rise towards the seamlessly never setting sun. We are headed towards Kluane National Park where the mountains have been thrust skywards and are a part of the largest ranges on the continent. Mount Logan, Canada’s largest mountain, rises not far from the parks edge.
The drive takes 1.5 hours to get to Haines Junction, which passes by quickly due to endless views of the grand landscape. You arrive at Haines Junction, a small town nestled at the foot of the impenetrable Kluane Range. To get to our destination we head north with the peak and glaciers looming on our left. Our final destination by vehicle is Sheep Creek Trail, which is located 70km north of the shore of Kluane Lake.
The hike begins in the wide spread delta of an age-old glacier path and the valley that continues up matches anything seen in Banff or Jasper but with not a soul in sight. The trail follows a small offshoot gorge with small river that has carved into the landscape. Views are abundant within 30 minutes of moderate effort hiking. We unfortunately had to quit our hike early due to our dog, one that we are housesitting and it is somewhat out of shape. We welcome the shortened hike to relax on the edge of Kluane Lake. It is 10pm and the sun still sits high in the sky.
This part of Canada keeps on getting larger the more I explore. It seems endless. Many have come to seek gold, wealth or to escape; I seek to explore and take in a part of the world that few have visited, and where in one of the last frontiers the environment still holds strong
The view down Aay Chu’ Valley, otherwise known as Slim’s West.
Close encounter with a young Grizzly. He was wandering the side of the dirt road as we were returning from our hike. He stopped no less than 20 feet away to check us out; curious yet docile at the same time. Such powerful creatures they are.