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 1.2 AH 96.5 RV camping at Garden City RV Park phone 907-983-2378.
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 to Chilkoot Trail and Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and campgrounds; ranger-led walking tours (check with park visitor center in Skagway) or self-guided.
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 907-983-2325.
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; open daily 8 a.m. to midnight (Pacific Time), 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Alaska Time) phone 867-821-4111.
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 (pictured at left); 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 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.