A Fall colours evening on Mount Mac at Whitehorse

The weather hasn’t been great lately, but despite the clouds, the Fall colours are getting really pretty around Whitehorse. When my friend Karla asked if I wanted to go out shooting after she got off work on Wednesday (September 6), I was in. I suggested that we take the Tracker up Mt. McIntyre (known locally as Mount Mac).

The light in my back yard that morning was lovely. Although it almost looked like a storm light when I shot the first photo, a bit of blue sky behind Golden Horn held promise.

Fall colours in my back yard at Whitehorse, Yukon
I met Karla in town just after 5:00 pm, and we started up Mount Mac. The access road that I’ve always used has been blocked, but we soon found the new route that goes through the Lobird gravel pits. By 5:20 we were well up the mountain road.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
The yellows along the lower part of the road were really nice even under the cloud cover, but it was the reds up high on the mountain that I was really looking forward to photographing.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon

The views quickly get to be quite stunning on the Mount Mac road. The road also quickly gets very rough, though, and most people seem to hike the road. We saw that some vehicle had recently straddled a big rock and put a hole in their oil pan – we followed a trail of oil until their engine probably seized, and they got towed out. Not paying attention can get very expensive on roads like this 🙁

There was a storm at the south end of Fish Lake. We hoped that it would stay down there so we could get a bit of walking in.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
Progress up the mountain was quite slow, as we made a lot of stops for photos. The next photo was shot at 5:35, looking to the northwest over Fish Lake.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
The road ahead, at 5:41.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
Once you reach the top of Mount Mac, there’s an aviation navigation facility. A good 4×4 can skirt around it and continue for many miles along the ridge, down into a couple of valleys, and far beyond.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
This is within a few hundred meters/yards of the Whitehorse city limits. Is it any wonder that we proudly call it “The Wilderness City”?

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
At 6:00, we were looking down on the Mount Sima ski area, with the Yukon River beyond.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
I hadn’t brought Bella or Tucker, but Karla’s little Meeko was having a ball – she even flushed some ptarmigan a few minutes before she settled down for a photo session, seemingly quite pleased with herself 🙂

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
From the Mount Mac ridge, the view to the east extends to Marsh Lake, about 45 minutes southeast of Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon
At about 6:15, we started back down the mountain. By the time we got halfway down, the rain had reached the spot where we’d been on the ridge. Perfect timing.

Fall colours on Mt McIntyre at Whitehorse, Yukon

Our entire outing only took a couple of hours. It’s pretty amazing to be able to have an experience like that so close to home.




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A Fall colours evening on Mount Mac at Whitehorse — 2 Comments

  1. This was a spectacular trip – especially that last shot! Wow, I love the look of that country. I could see getting up there way early in the morning and around making a hot lunch and an afternoon hot drink break, just taking a few photos each hour, while walking around a bit and keeping an eye out for weather moving around the hills and mountains.

    That was some neat little adventure you had!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. When we start thinking about leaving the Yukon, it’s the ability to have incredible little wilderness adventures within very short distances of our front door that always swings the balance in favour of the Yukon. We’ve yet to find another place that offers this combination of amenities and adventures.

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