Connects: Skagway, AK, to Alaska Highway, YT
Routes#: Alaska 98, BC 2, Yukon 2
Length: 98 miles
Road Surface: Paved
Season: Open all year
Highest Pass: White Pass, elev. 3,292 feet
Map (1 detailed pdf file available):
Skagway, AK to Alaska Highway Junction
The South Klondike Highway is 1 of 2 highways connecting Alaska Marine Highway ferry travelers with the Alaska Highway; the other is the Haines Highway out of Haines. The South Klondike Highway, like the Haines Highway, crosses from Alaska into British Columbia, then into Yukon. Also known as the Skagway–Carcross Road, the South Klondike Highway connects Skagway, AK, with the Alaska Highway at Milepost 874.4, 12 miles south of Whitehorse. It is a 2-lane, asphalt-surfaced road, open year-round (with customs at border crossing—be sure to check that customs is open before heading north or south, phone numbers are given in low).
The South Klondike Highway offers some spectacular scenery as it climbs an 11 percent grade from sea level at Skagway to White Pass. The highway then winds through the subalpine landscape of Tormented Valley to Tutshi Lake, Tagish Lake and the picturesque Emerald Lake.
The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Skagway (S) and Alaska Highway (AH) shown.
S 0 AH 97.7 SKAGWAY; all services.
S 2 AH 95.7 Jewell Gardens & Glassworks; showcase garden, glass-blowing studio, gift shop, G-scale railroad and a restaurant.
S 2.5 AH 95.2 Junction with Dyea Road, a narrow, winding, 8-mile mostly gravel road to Chilkoot Trail, Dyea townsite, Slide Cemetery and Dyea Flats recreation area. Check with Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park visitor center in Skagway about ranger-led walking tours of Dyea townsite; almost nothing remains from the old gold rush town. Camping at Dyea Campsite (Klondike Gold Rush NHP) at Mile 6.7. Yea Flats has a city-owned campground.
S 6.8 AH 90.9 U.S. Customs and Border Protection; open daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Alaska Time), 8 a.m. to midnight (Pacific Time) phone 907-983-3144 or 983-2325.
S 14.3 AH 83.4 White Pass Summit (elev. 3,292 feet).
S 14.7 (24 km) AH 83 (133.6 km) U.S.–Canada (AK–BC) border.
S 22.5 (36.5 km) AH 75.2 (121 km) Fraser, Canada Border Services (seen at right); open daily 8 a.m. to midnight (Pacific Time), 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Alaska Time)
S 22.7 (36.9 km) AH 75 (120.7 km) Fraser rest area with viewing platform overlooking Bernard Lake.
S 55.5 (90 km) AH 42.2 (67.9 km) Turnoff for 0.5-mile gravel access to Conrad Yukon government campground.
S 58.7 AH 39 Bove Island Viewpoint; rest area.
S 65.2 (105.5 km) AH 32.5 (52.3 km) CARCROSS (pop. 504); food, groceries, gas, diesel, camping, gift shops, scenic rail tours. Visitor information at the Carcross Visitor Reception Centre (pictured at left).
S 65.6 (106.1 km) AH 32.1 (51.6 km) Carcross Tagish First Nation’s Campground.
S 66.6 (107.7 km) AH 31.1 (50 km) Carcross Desert the world’s smallest desert.
S 67.2 (109 km) AH 30.5 (49.1 km) Caribou Crossing Trading Post has an indoor wildlife gallery (seen below) which includes the world’s largest polar bear mount, a life-size woolly mammoth; a Mountie Museum; as well as dog cart rides and visits with husky puppies. End (or begin) your visit with a stop at their cafe with soups, sandwiches and sweet treats.
S 72.7 (117.6 km) AH 25 (40.2 km) Emerald Lake (also known as Rainbow Lake) viewpoint.
S 97.7 (157.8 km) AH 0 Junction with the Alaska Highway at Milepost DC 874.4. It is 12 miles/19 km northwest to Whitehorse, 262 miles/422 km southeast to Watson Lake.