Driving the scenic Klondike Highway
Klondike Highway is the name of a very scenic yet challenging drive linking the Alaskan coastal town of Skagway with Yukon's Dawson City, heart of the Klondike.
Is the Klondike highway paved?
The road is totally paved. It was opened to traffic in 1979. For much of its length, the road generally follows the Gold Rush Trail, the route used by prospectors in the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. The journey is divided into two sections: the South Klondike Highway (from Skagway to Whitehorse) and the North Klondike Highway (from Whitehorse to Dawson City).
Where does the Klondike highway start and end?
The road 708km (440 miles) long running south-north from the coastal town of Skagway in southeast Alaska to Dawson City, on the Yukon River in the Yukon, in northwest Canada. The route includes the Alaska Route 98 (USA) and Yukon Highway 2 (in Canada). It is the primary transportation link between Southeast Alaska and Canada and along the way you’ll find large trucks hauling various commodities.
Is Klondike Highway challenging?
The drive is pretty challenging due its remoteness and the weather. It has very steep parts, hitting an 11% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The road tops out at 1.010m (3313ft) above the sea level by Chilkoot Pass.
How long does it take to drive Klondike Highway?
To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 8.5 and 10 hours. The drive runs through a stunning alpine scenery and peaks that are covered with snow all year long. Along the way you’ll see unique landscapes, beautiful lakes, even some old mining structures.
Pic: Olivier Forbes-Bouillon