20-Jul-2016 -- This is the 11th out of 11 reports on confluence visits in Canada’s Yukon Territory and Alaska. The story starts from 61°N 137°W and continues from 64°N 139°W.
Even though only 12 out of 89 confluence point in Yukon have been visited, the remaining 77 points are difficult to access. But then I found this confluence to be relatively easily visitable. On our way to the old mining town Keno City (with 16 inhabitants), we branched off from the Silver Trail (which links Klondike Highway at Steward Crossing with Keno City) at a distance of 20 km as the crows fly.
However, after driving 25 km along the dirt road, the confluence was still 11 km away. But after we had crossed the South McQuesten River, the road pointed to the confluence point.
We parked at a distance of 4 km to the confluence although we could have driven another side road much closer. But it was a nice evening and we felt more like hiking rather than driving. The second reason to start the hike earlier was due to bad experiences from other visits where we got stuck using winter roads.
At a remaining distance of 1.2 km, we ran into a camp of semi-professional gold-diggers. They were very surprised to see hikers like us there. One of them drove up to us with his quadbike to find out our whereabouts.
At a distance of 950 m we were prepared to leave the track and ready to start bush-bashing. But we got surprised again: another forest track was pointing nicely to the confluence. Finally, at a distance of 350 m we had to leave the track and climb upwards in a spruce forest. On our way I encountered for the first time in my life wild red currants. They were big, ripe and very tasty.
We found the confluence in a less steep part of the slope in a mixed spruce and birch forest.
After taking the same route back to our vehicle, we camped out wild at a distance of 11 km from the confluence at the bridge over the South McQuesten River. This is a scenic site with wonderful views of the nearby mountain ranges.
This is the last confluence we visited on our trip through Yukon and Alaska. More pictures can be found here.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 20 km
- Distance to a track: 350 m
- Distance of car parking: 4000 m
- Time to reach the confluence from car parking: 70 minutes
- Time at the confluence: 7:46 PM
- Measured height: 884 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 4 m
- Topography: mountainous
- Vegetation: moss, spruce, birch trees
- Weather: sunny, 23° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Red Currants Confluence
The story finishes here.