Connects: Haines, AK, to Haines Junction, YT
Route#: BC 4, Yukon 3, Alaska Route 7
Length: 146 miles
Road Surface: Paved
Season: Open all year
Highest Pass: Haines Highway Summit, elev. 3,510 feet
Map (1 detailed pdf file available):
Haines, AK to Haines Junction, YT
The Haines Highway connects Haines, AK, at the head of Lynn Canal, with Haines Junction, YT, on the Alaska Highway. The highway, open year-round and usually snow-free by May, is a good, 2-lane paved highway that was designated a “National Scenic Byway” in 2009. Allow about 4 hours driving time. Note that border crossing is only possible from 7 a.m.–11 p.m. (AST) and 8 a.m.–midnight (PST).
Noted for its grand views of glaciated mountains and the variety of its scenery—from coastal forests to alpine tundra—the Haines Highway winds through the Chilkat River flats outside Haines before beginning a long climb up to the summit, where it meanders through a wide alpine valley before descending to Haines Junction via a series of long, easy grades.
The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Haines (H) and from Haines Junction (HJ) shown.
H 0 HJ 146.2 HAINES; all services.
H 1 HJ 145.2 Haines Hitch-Up RV Park; full-service sites, laundry.
H 8.3 HJ 137.9 Entering Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
H 21.5 HJ 12.7 Turnoff for Chilkat Indian village of Klukwan; Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center and Bald Eagle Preserve Visitor Center.
H 27.2 HJ 119 Turnoff for Mosquito Lake State Recreation Site (2.4 miles); primitive campsites.
H 33.1 HJ 113.1 33 Mile Roadhouse; food, gas/diesel.
H 40.2 HJ 106 Dalton Cache U.S. Customs and Border Protection; open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily (Alaska time), year-round, restrooms, parking area. The historic Dalton Trading Post (pictured at left) is behind customs station. It was originally the men’s quarters for the NWMP Dalton Detachment in 1898. When the international boundary lie was redefined in 1900, the structure ended up on the U.S. side.
H 40.4 HJ 105.8 U.S.–Canada international border; Alaska–British Columbia border. Time zone change.
H 40.6 HJ 105.6 Pleasant Camp Canada Customs and Immigration office; open 8 a.m. to midnight daily (Pacific time) year-round. No public facilities.
H 59 HJ 87.2 Haines Highway Summit, Chilkat Pass (elev. 3,510 ft/1,070m).
H 85.2 HJ 61 BC–YT border.
H 93.5 HJ 52.7 Yukon government Million Dollar Falls Campground. Views of Takhanne Falls via boardwalk trail.
H 108.1 HJ 38.1 Access to KLUKSHU, a First Nations Village..
H 115.6 HJ 30.6 Yukon government Dezadeash Lake Campground.
H 130.2 HJ 16 Kathleen Lake Campground, Kluane National Park.
H 146.2 HJ 0 HAINES JUNCTION; all services.