Backpacking in Kluane National Park, Yukon

Canada, Kluane National Park, Slims River, Yukon, tent

Sunrise along Slims River, Kluane National Park in the Yukon, Canada.

Canada, Kaskawulsh Glacier, Kluane National Park, Slims River, Yukon, tent

Cozy tent above the cold Kaskawulsh Glacier, Kluane National Park.

Canada, Kluane National Park, Slims River, Yukon, bear

Following fresh grizzly bear tracks up the Slims River valley.

After hiking up King’s Throne near Kathleen Lake, we were starting to get excited about the possibility of doing a backpacking trip in Kluane National Park. (Pronounced: “clue on ee”). Plus, we still had a pretty good weather forecast in the Haines Junction and Kluane area of southwest Yukon, while all of Alaska still looked rainy. So we headed out for a three night trek along the west side of Slim’s River to the Kaskawush Glacier and back. With all the grizzly tracks, river crossings, the glacial valley, desolate mountains, and trailless miles, this trek definitely felt quite wild. And although a week prior we had never even heard of Kluane National Park, our memorable trek here ended up being one of the highlights of our summer!

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2 thoughts on “Backpacking in Kluane National Park, Yukon

  1. Gday Jack
    I really enjoy your beautiful shots and the places you get to. Here in New Zealand we get to spend a lot of time wading rivers and, without trying to be a smart bastard, here’s a link with some basic info on how we cross rivers safely. http://www.mountainsafety.org.nz/assets/images/About%20river%20safety(1).pdf In the pioneer days river crossing deaths were very common and it was called ‘The NZ Death.”
    Keep that camera handy! Glad we don’t have bears to think about in our hills…

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