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Chechidla Range
Parent Area: Stikine Icecap
 

Area: 3237 sq km. Location: This range in northwestern BC, about 150km west of Dease Lake and 125-150km SSE of Atlin, lies roughly in between the Whiting and Sutlahine Rivers on the west and northwest and the Samotua and Sheslay on the east. It is flanked on the south by the Cheja Range, an adjunct to the Sawyer Glacier massifs of the Alaska Boundary. The northern boundary along the Inklin River given here includes a broad foothill region which may not formally be in the range but is part of the same formation (and also because there is no other useful dividing line). Terrain: The range is about 60km wide, and the mountainous southern part of it is about 35km across north-to-south, with another 35km of lower mountains and hills rolling north to the Inklin. There are a number of lakes in the midst of the range, draining north, and there are several valleys piercing it, forming passes (it is anything but a contiguous massif).

There is a road along the Samotua, up from its confluence with the Sheslay all the way to the glaciers at the head of the Samotua, but it does not appear to connect to the outside and must be connected with an airfield. Roads up the Whiting River appear to lead in from that river's estuary in the Alaska Panhandle, but do not connect to roads in the upper Sutlahine, which like those in the Samotua and a few in the heart of the range and elsewhere nearby must be airfield-serviced as there are no land connections to other roads (there are roads limning the Taku, also from the Alaska Panhandle, but no connection is shown).

The "back way" to Atlin from Telegraph Creek (for those that are brave and well-equipped enough) is a "road" which is one of the few roads from outside accesses to anywhere near the Chechidla Range, coming near its eastern edge of the Chechidla Range. It comes up the Hackett River from Telegraph Creek and passes the upper Sheslay and the headwaters of the Dudidontu River, crossing the Nakina and coming down the Silver Salmo, Pike and O'Donnell Rivers to Atlin Lake and Atlin.

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