2009 Alaska travel blog

Haines Junction, YT - Pinelake Campground - Site 23

View from the campsite of Pine Lake

Well, we changed our minds and decided to bypass Congdon Campground on Lake Kluane and continue on to Haines Junction so we would have all of the bad construction behind us. Then it turns out that all of that gravel road we drove on the way into Alaska had been finsihed up and it wasn't bad at all. The section between the Canadian border and Destruction Bay was still the worst roads we have encountered on the trip. The frost heaves and the attempted repair have made it impossible to maintain any speed at all. It took us 1.5 hours to travel the first 50 miles of it and then it got worse but we still made it into Haines Junction after a 6 hour trip to drive 204 miles. We managed to see a couple of trumpeter swans and a beaver lodge but that was the extent of the wildlife on the way. We did have a resident red squirrel at the campsite though. :)

We are staying at Pinelake Campground which is another excellent government campground. I guess they are similar to our state parks but thy have no hookups at all. There is even a burn ban in the Yukon right now so no brats on the open fire!! The campsite itself is a very nice pull-through with lots of trees and room. The campground is not very crowded, about 50% or less occupancy. There is a sign posted that there is a bear in the area but we haven't seen it.

Tomorrow we go on to Carcross, YT where will will stay while we drive Libby down to visit Skagway, AK.

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