The Alaska highway skirts the Wrangell St Elias Park in Alaska, which turns into Kluane National Park once you cross the border into the Yukon. Kluane is home to Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest peak. The front range of Kluane looks a lot like the Rockies, but with a lot fewer tourists. We decided to camp in Haines Junction for three days, as we were not permitted to tent camp in more remote sites due to the number of grizzlies that could be expected in these sites as this was peak berry season.
Haines Junction is a small town of a few hundred people, at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the road to Haines Alaska, on the coast. It is the main gateway to the southern part of Kluane Park, and has numerous campgrounds and RV sites as it is a popular rest stop for people traveling to and from Alaska (in fact some of the local shopkeepers liken the RVers to migrating animals, as they see the same people year after year doing the Florida/Arizona/Alaska/Vermont/Florida loop).
Kluane has some of the biggest icefields outside the arctic area, but what the brochures don’t tell you is that it is a week long hike or a plane ride in to see these glaciers. As we did not have that much time, and the weather was not conducive to flying small planes in the rugged mountains we did a 15km loop in the front range, which took us into the sub alpine terrain below a cirque with a small glacier.
The route back to Whitehorse was very scenic, and makes one realize that there is a lot of geographical diversity within two hours drive of Whitehorse, from the Southern Lakes, to the Yukon river valley to Kluane park.