Clyde Inlet to the Maw

Clyde Inlet to the Maw near Clyde, NT


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
70 kms
1 day8hours
difficult
Hiking
Summer
Clyde, NT
User xtremepeaks
This is a nice backpacking trip from Clyde River, exploring the tundra, the ridges overloong the bay and the inlet and camping in the valleys along some fast flowing crystal clear streams.

Can do various daytrips from camps to hike up some small summits and get good views over icefields and jagged peaks. Can see many icebergs in June and July from the Maw and other hilltops.

There is one very interesting mountain called Mt Kacheena. It is not an official name. Was first climbed by a local teacher, who named it after his daughter, Kacheena Morrison. It is the peak west of Sawtooth that has a very steep cliff over looking the valley to the west(see photo below, 2nd from bottom). But it is an easy walk up from the other side. Check the jar on top, its top is very rusted by now and maybe hard to open. Second ascent by Istvan Hernadi (yours truly, trailpeak editor) then of Ottawa in 1989.

The local outfitters can help with transportation, logistics & camp-fuel needs.

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The waters of Patricia Bay and Clyde Inlet are perfect for exploring using a small packraft from Alpacka Raft. Packrafts get you to some wild places, and the fjords of Baffin Island are no longer an obstacle to the backpacker!

Directions:

From Clyde River on Baffin Island head to the west and go around Patricia Bay keeping south of Sawtooth Mountain. Head towards Clyde Inlet in a SW direction going across rough rocky tundra by following valleys and over rounded hills.

The Maw is a rocky outcrop overlooking the inlet just before a wide unnamed river is reached.

To arrange pick up by skidoo or boat from Clyde Inlet, it is best to carry a satellite phone with you. Use an Iridium satellite phone with coverage of the far north. Contact Greg Smith at 604 250 4155 or info@outboundcommunications.com or see their website. They will rent or sell hand-held equipment, and can help with service contracts or pre-paid airtime cards.


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