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PASSAGE NORTH

------The Passage north from Washington through coastal British Columbia to Southeast Alaska is one of the finest wilderness voyages possible in a small boat. These tales record a few experiences to give a flavor of this marvelous trip to the north.

TRAIL WALKING

-----There are many hikes to be made ashore by the adventurous. Most communities have hiking trails to lakes or up mountains in their vicinity. Provincial Parks or the National Forest Service also builds and maintains many trails in British Columbia and Alaska. Trail maps are available in most communities.

-----The following photographs are from three hikes taken on our 2006 passage north. One walk was to Punchbowl Lake in Misty Fiords, another up a mountain near Craig, Alaska, and a third a beach walk at Myers Chuck. These photos are representative of hikes in the Northwest.

PUNCHBOWL LAKE

-----Forest Service rangers told us that this is one of the best maintained trails in the area. It was a rugged and slippery hike. At the end of the trail one has access to the lake via a canoe or a rowboat, complete with paddles and oars. There was also a lean-to available for hiker use.

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Big Bear!

CRAIG MOUNTAIN HIKE

-----This hike begins near the marina in Craig, Alaska and ascends a mountain just east of town. This hike is also rather steep and slippery and it is difficult for the rangers to maintain due to dead falls from old timber. The views are outstanding.

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The Reward

THE BEACH AT MYERS CHUCK

-----This is a short, easy walk to the beach near Myers Chuck. The walk begins near the town dock and leads to a beautiful beach overlooking Clarence Strait.

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(06-06)

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