Yaguun Yakoun Lake is one of Haida Gwaii's prettiest lakes, and also an important Haida cultural area. The lake and surrounding mountains are protected by the Yaguun Suu Haida Heritage Site. It is about 7 km long and reaches a depth of 91 m. A variety of clouds made for some great scenics this weekend. Photographer's paradise!
HlG̱uu Ḵ'aw.was TlldaG̱aaw Mosquito Mountain (1040m) is one the higher peaks on Haida Gwaii, and by Haida Gwaii standards, reasonably accessible. Flavien Mab and I climbed to the western, slight lower (~1020m) summit, as it easier to reach than the main summit. The views from the summit are stunning, revealing a 360 degree panorama of the southern mountains, the west coast the mainland, and the beautiful surrounding alpine area.
The English name does not refer to the insects (we didn't see any!) but rather to the WWII Mosquito bomber. Haida Gwaii's Sitka spruce was the perfect wood for its wooden frame, so a large logging camp was set up nearby to harvest the trees, giving Mosquito Lake and mountain their English names
Alpine sunset People don't tend to equate Haida Gwaii with alpine scenery, but there are some amazing alpine areas here. Although the alpine can start as low as 700 m asl, you have to work to get there, which means many of these gems are rarely visited. The HlG̱uu Ḵ'aw.was TlldaG̱aaw Mosquito Mountain alpine area is one of the more accessible ones.
Friends chillin' on a ridge (950m) in the HlG̱uu Ḵ'aw.was TlldaG̱aaw Mosquito Mountain alpine, enjoying the view of endless ridges in the Daawuuxusda Haida Heritage Site and the Tang.G̱wan Pacific Ocean beyond