Haines Highway, Yukon Territory & British Columbia
Haines Junction YT to Alaska Border
At Haines Junction travelers can continue north on the
Alaska Hwy or head south on the
Haines Hwy to Haines, Alaska.
Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park is a popular
The Haines Hwy is beautiful, but often overcast and windy.
Even so, the photo opportunities are plentiful!
September is a particularly lovely time of year, with
golden red colours painting the hillsides!
We've driven the Canadian portion of the Haines
2011 and in
This is a favourite route for a day trip.
These pictures are in order from Haines Junction southward. Some were
taken northbound and some southbound, thus it can be a bit confusing.
Northbound on the Haines Hwy, looking towards Haines Junction -
Monument acknowledging the significance of Kluane National Park - September 2009
Kathleen Lake is 26 km (16 miles) south of Haines Junction and is
within Kluane National Park.
Looking north on the Kluane Ranges from the rest area near Kathleen
Lake, in Kluane National Park - September 2011
View of Kathleen Lake from a viewpoint on the Haines Hwy -
Standing on the east shore of Kathleen Lake looking north - June 2008
Similar view as above image, looking north on Kathleen Lake - September 2011
Looking towards the westside of Kathleen Lake from the parking day-use area - September 2011
There are numerous hiking trails in the area. This is the start of the Cottonwood Trail, which can take numerous days to complete.
Start of the Cottonwood Trail in Kluane National Park - June 2008
Trail users see this warning as they head out - June 2008
The national park campground is similar to the Yukon government campgrounds
in that there are no services. However, the overnight fee was more costly
and there has an additional fee of $8.00 per night for firewood. Fortunately, we
still had some firewood from home. The campground was not near the lake
either, although the sites were private and scenic.
Campsite at Kathleen Lake Campground - June 2008
Southbound on the Haines Hwy - September 2011
There's a designated hiking trail up Rock Glacier alongside
Easy parking at the trailhead for RVs and great views from above!
View of Dezadeash Lake from the Rock Glacier Trail - July 2012
The trail is good walking, more difficult descending though because the rocks slip under your feet!
Twenty-four kilometres (14 miles) south of Kathleen Lake is the Dezadeash Lake Yukon Gov't campground. Many of the campsites are along the lake edge.
Southbound beside Dezadeash Lake, before the Yukon Gov't Campground - September 2011
Same view over Dezadeash Lake in March 2013
View from lakeshore by our campsite at Dezadeash Lake - June 2008
Dezadeash Lake Yukon Government campground - June 2008
View of Dezadeash Lake northbound on the Haines Hwy - September
Continuing south, the mountains provide wonderful views near Klukshu.
Southbound on the Haines Hwy near the village of Klukshu - September 2011
This shot taken near the same location as the image above, near
Klukshu - March 2013
Klukshu Village - September 2009
Southbound on the Haines Hwy north of Million Dollar Falls Yukon Gov't campground
The campground at Million Dollar Falls was closed in June 2008 due to grizzly
bear activity. This was very disappointing. However, just north of
the campground entrance, there was a side road that led to a riverside spot that
would make a great boondock spot.
Good boondock spot near Million Dollar Falls Yukon Gov't campground - June 2008
In 2009, we camped overnight at Million Dollar Falls.
Campground sign at Million Dollar Falls - September 2009
Million Dollar Falls Campground - September 2009
Million Dollar Falls viewed from trail near the campground -
Looking west into the Tatshenshini Park from the Haines Hwy -
Snowed in viewpoint overlooking the Tatshenshini-Alsek Park - March
Haines Highway Summit in winter - March 2013
Pictures of the Alaska portion of this road, and of Haines, will be
added sometime in the future, after we have completed the drive all
the way to the end!