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Klondike Loop

Connects: Alaska Highway, YT, to Alaska Highway, AK

Routes#: Yukon 2 & 9, Alaska Route 5
Length: 498 miles
Road Surface: Pavement, seal coat & gravel
Season: Hwy. 2 open all year, Hwys. 9 and 5 closed in winter
Maps (2 detailed pdf files available): 
Milepost J 0 to Milepost J 292 (includes Silver Trail) 
Milepost J 292 to Tetlin Junction, Alaska Highway

Alaska-bound motorists taking the Klondike Loop turn off the Alaska Highway about 8 miles north of Whitehorse and follow the Klondike Highway (Yukon Highway 2)  323 miles/520 kms to Dawson City; then take the George Black free ferry across the Yukon River and drive 79 miles/127 km west via the Top of the World Highway across the international border into Alaska via the Boundary Spur Road; and finally take the Taylor Highway 96 miles/154 kms south to where it joins the Alaska Highway near Tok. Driving the Klondike Loop adds about 102 miles compared to just driving the Alaska Highway; it is a popular inbound and outbound route.

All of Klondike Highway 2 between the Alaska Highway junction and Dawson City is asphalt-surfaced and in fair to good condition with some damaged pavement and occasional gravel breaks. Top of the World Highway includes the 66-mile/106 km  Yukon Highway 9 on the Canadian side which is seal-coated (with potholes and gravel breaks), then 13 miles of pavement topping Alaska's Boundary Road west from the U.S.-Canada border.  The Taylor Highway north to Eagle and south to Chicken from its junction with Boundary Road (at Jack Wade Junction) is a narrow, winding, dirt and gravel road with little or no shoulder. From Chicken south to the Alaska Highway, the Taylor Highway is chip seal and pavement with many damaged sections. Drive with headlights on at all times and yeild to oncoming large vehicles on curves.

The Taylor Highway and Boundary Spur Road/Top of the World Highway are not maintained in winter and snow effectively closes these roads from mid-October until April and mid-May. Alaska Dept. of Transportation crews generally plow the Taylor Highway to Eagle in early April.  The Boundary Spur/Top of the World Highway to Dawson City, YT, remains closed until U.S./Canadian Customs opens in mid-May. Opening of the international border is dependant on the breakup of the Yukon River at Dawson City and the resumption of ferry service.

Yukon Highway 2 is open year-round (Alaska Highway to Dawson City). Drive with headlights on at all times and watch for wildlife.

 

The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log 
Miles from Alaska Highway/Yukon junction (J) shown.
  • J 0 Junction with the Alaska Highway at Milepost DC 894.5.
  • J 1.1 Couch Road to Hidden Valley Bed and Breakfast.
  • J 3.6 Junction with Takhini Hot Springs Road; gas bar. Attractions on this side road include: Rivendell FarmYukon Wildlife Preserve, Takhini Hot Springs Campground and Hostel.
  • J 9.8 Sundog Retreat, right on Policeman Point Road.
  • J 20.3 Lake Laberge Yukon government campground. 
  • J 34.5 Fox Lake Yukon government campground.
  • J 55.2 Braeburn Lodge phone 867-456-2867; food, gas, diesel, lodging. Home of the World Famous Cinnamon Buns.
  • J 71.9 Twin Lakes Yukon government campground.
  • J 80.6 Rest area at remains of Montague House, an early-day roadhouse.
  • J 101.5 CARMACKS (pop. 444); all services. Visitor information. Lodging, restaurant, gas, diesel and RV park at Hotel Carmacks and Tatchun Centre. Ice cream, baking and post office at The Barracks, Historic Site 867-863-5095. Attractions include restored Carmacks Roadhouse.
  • J 103.5 Junction with the Campbell Highway to Faro, Ross River and Watson Lake.
  • J 116.3 Five Finger Rapids Recreation Site.
  • J 117.9 Tatchun Creek Yukon government campground.
  • J 118.5 Turnoff for Frenchman Lake Road to Tatchun Lake Campground (5.2 miles), Nunatuk Campground (20.7 miles) and Frenchman Lake (26 miles).
  • J 125.5 Yukon Crossing Viewpoint rest area.
  • J 167.8 PELLY CROSSING (pop. 296); food, gas, camping, lodging. Selkirk Heritage Centre.
  • J 168 Pelly River Bridge and Pelly River Crossing Yukon government campground to west.
  • J 168.8 Viewpoint of Pelly Crossing and river valley.
  • J 205 Ethel Lake Yukon government campground.
  • J 211.6 Stewart Crossing; gas, diesel.
  • J 212.2 Junction with Yukon Highway 11 (Silver Trail) to MAYO (pop. 450), lodging, camping at Bedrock Motel & RV Park; gas, diesel, groceries also available. Visitor information at historic Binet House. There are additional historic Yukon Heritage Attractions. The Silver Trail ends at frontier mining town of KENO CITY(pop. 20), cafe; Keno City Hotel. Attraction: Keno City Mining Museum/Campground; 867-995-3103.
  • J 226.7 Moose Creek Lodge; food, lodging.
  • J 227.1 Moose Creek Yukon government campground.
  • J 298.3 Junction with Dempster Highway to Inuvik; AFD public cardlock gas station with diesel.
  • J 311.7 Klondike River Yukon government campground.
  • J 321.2 Junction with Bonanza Creek Road; access to Dredge No. 4 (8 miles/12 km), Discovery Claim (9 miles/15 km) and Claim 33 Gold Panning.
  • J 321.3 Bonanza Gold Motel & R.V. Park; lodging, camping.
  • J 321.4 Dawson City RV Park and Campground and gas station; camping, gas, diesel, tire repair.
  • J 323.4 DAWSON CITY (pop. 1,879); all services. Visitor information.  Dawson City is a National Historic Site. Town-core tours depart from the Palace Grand Theatre daily in summer. Major attractions here include: Yukon Heritage Attractions, Danoja Zho Cultural Centre, Jack London Museum, Robert Service Cabin. Free government ferry crosses Yukon River from Dawson City to junction with Top of the World Highway (Yukon Highway 9) west to Alaska. Accommodations include: Downtown Hotel, The Eldorado Hotel/Yukon HotelKlondike Kate's Cabins & Restaurant, Bombay Peggy's Victorian Inn & Pub, Bonanza Gold Motel, Westmark Inn-Dawson City and 5th Avenue Bed and Breakfast. Camping at Gold Rush Campground RV ParkDawson City RV Park & Campground and Bonanza Gold RV Park. Shopping for souvenirs and Yukon gold at Klondike Nugget and Ivory on the corner of Front & Queen St. and Maximilian's Gold Rush Emporium phone 867-993-5486 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sandy McClintock, Registered Massage Therapist phone 867-992-5222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • J 323.6 Yukon River Yukon government campground. 
  • J 389.1 U.S.–Canada Border. U.S. Customs (Poker Creek) and Canada Customs (Little Gold Creek) joint border crossing facility operates seasonally.
  • J 389.7 Davis Dome Wayside; beautiful views.
  • J 393 Historic Boundary Roadhouse, dates from about 1926 (closed).
  • J 402.5 Turnoff to EAGLE. Falcon Inn B&B.
  • J 402.5 Jack Wade Junction. Junction with Taylor Highway (Alaska Route 5) at Milepost TJ 95.5 (measuring from the Alaska Highway junction southeast of Tok).
  • J 416.4 Walker Fork BLM Campground to west at north end of Walker Fork Bridge
  • J 423.2 South Fork River Wayside; picnicking, outhouses.
  • J 430.3 Mosquito Fork Dredge Hiking Trailhead to east, parking to west. It is a 20- to 40-minute walk to overlook.
  • J 431.5 Town of Chicken; cafe, gas, diesel, camping, cabins, gift shop.
  • J 432 CHICKEN (pop. 23). Access via Airport Road to The Original Downtown Chicken includes Chicken Creek Café, Saloon and Mercantile, gas/diesel, liquor store, free overnight camping, gold panning. Across the street is Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost, site of Pedro Dredge, with cafe, gift shop, camping and recreational gold panning and mining.
  • J 432.1 Chicken Post Office uphill to west; Jack Wade Dredge exhibit.
  • J 434.1 BLM Mosquito Fork Wayside; picnicking, outhouse.
  • J 449.4 West Fork BLM Campground.
  • J 458.4 Logging Cabin Creek BLM Picnic Area.
  • J 463.4 Mount Fairplay Wayside; interpretive signs, outhouse.
  • J 498.4 Tetlin Junction. Junction with the Alaska Highway at Milepost 1301.7 (Milepost DC 1266.7).

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