Having had a successful trip to the Nahanni Range, I was feeling confident and joyful.
|Leaving Watson lake and the Sign Post Forest|
|Somewhere on the AlCan Hwy|
My goal for the day was to go up the South Canol Road and camp by Quiet Lake.
|So these guys pull up and start taking |
pictures of my bears on my bike
|South Canol Road (cutting through the heart of the |
Yukon between Ross River on the Campbell Hwy
and Johnsons Crossing on the Alaska Hwy)
|A beaver on the South Canol|
|One of the jewels of the South Canol|
|Shhhh!!! Quiet Lake|
|View form camp|
|I took a bath here|
|Sun going down|
It is my understanding that this is launching point for many paddlers who wish to tackle the Big Salmon River and then paddle the Yukon River when it joins it much farther north. I made a note and added this to my ever growing bucket list of things to do before I check out.
|More Sun Down pics|
|An hour later|
|45 minutes later...|
|Another 10 minutes...|
|Road equipment from the 1940s used to create the South Canol|
|On the way to Lapie Lakes|
The next morning I passed by the hwy maintenance camp and saw some old graders and trucks form the 1940s … the original equipment used to build the road, which was built to accommodate the first ever oil pipeline built in the north. From there I passed Tower Peak and then found my way to Rose River. The views opened up and the mountains rose all around me the farther north I traveled. It was an incredible morning ride. I passed Mt Cyr and then Caribou Mountain before arriving at Lapie Lakes. The sun was out, it was warm and absolutely gorgeous.
|GRZLEE.. yep that's what it says :-)|
|One of many lakes in the Lapie Lakes area|
|Looking North across the tundra. Barite mtn in the middle.|
|The northern end of the Canol Road ... Lots of glacial silt|
I ended up on the Robert Campbell Highway ( a dirt hwy that connects Watson Lake to Carmacks) and headed east to my next destination at Ross River, the North Canol Road.