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Canada : British Columbia

15.5 km (9.6 miles) WNW of Muncho Lake, BC, Canada
Approx. altitude: 1789 m (5869 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 59°S 54°E

Accuracy: 13.3 km (8.2 mi)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Muncho Lake, looking north, near Stawberry Flats #3: North of Muncho Lake, looking south #4: North of Muncho Lake, looking south, Sentinal Range #5: Muncho Lake Viewpoint sign #6: Terminal Range sign #7: NASA Landsat satellite image (early 1990s)

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  59°N 126°W (incomplete) 

#1: Muncho Lake, looking south from Muncho Lake Viewpoint

(visited by Dave Patton)

During August 2003 I drove through British Columbia and into the Northwest Territories on a combined confluence hunting and sightseeing trip. I started close to 49°N and went as far North as 61°N, covered 6,200 kilometers (3,850 miles), did 7 successful confluence visits, and had another 12 confluences that are incomplete. I made a map that shows the route, and the confluences in the order they were done, with the successful ones shown with black markers. The incomplete visits are a mix of actual attempts and situations where I drove somewhat close to the confluence, and included a 'visit' as a way to document the confluence location for future visitors. The first confluence on the trip was 52°N 121°W.

17-Aug-2003 -- After my incomplete "visit" to 59°N 125°W I continued westerly along the Alaska Highway, enjoying the scenery, and making a number of stops to take pictures. Before long, I was entering Muncho Lake Provincial Park, and the wonderfull scenery continued.

Near the south end of the lake, near the Strawberry Flats campground, I took a picture looking north up the lake. I continued north along the highway, crossing 59°N. At that point, the confluence is 13.27 kilometers to the west, in rough terrain in the Terminal Range, at the headwaters of the Trout River.

At the north end of the lake, at the Muncho Lake Viewpoint, are a couple of signs. The wording on the 'view sign' is 'MUNCHO LAKE, Elevation 817 meters (2680 feet), "Muncho" means "Big Lake" in the Kaska language, At 12 kilometers long (7.5 miles) it is one of the largest natural lakes in the Canadian Rockies'. The features indicated on the sign, from left to right, are: Sentinal Range, Alaska Highway, Muncho Lake, Peterson Mountain, and Terminal Range. In my photo taken from the viewpoint you can see all these features. North of the lake I took a couple of photos of the Sentinal Range.

Normally I try and find an old logging road, or recreation site, to camp for the night, but in the Muncho Lake area, other than the highway, there aren't many roads. I continued north on the Alaska Highway, past Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park, and then turned off onto the Mould Creek microwave tower road. On the way up the road, I met a minivan with a family coming down. Once I reached the top, and saw the view, I realized that they had perhaps been up there to watch the sunset, as it was just past 9:30PM when I arrived at what would be my camp spot for the night.

The next confluence on this trip was 60°N 128°W.


 All pictures
#1: Muncho Lake, looking south from Muncho Lake Viewpoint
#2: Muncho Lake, looking north, near Stawberry Flats
#3: North of Muncho Lake, looking south
#4: North of Muncho Lake, looking south, Sentinal Range
#5: Muncho Lake Viewpoint sign
#6: Terminal Range sign
#7: NASA Landsat satellite image (early 1990s)
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