The Top of the World Highway, also known as the 60 Mile, traverses the mountains between the Alaska/Yukon border and Dawson City. On a sunny day it is so very scenic. On a sunny September day, it is amazing!
The Taylor Highway is the the route's name in Alaska, between Tetlin Junction (Alaska Highway) and the Jack Wade Junction where the Taylor Highway turns northward to Eagle. Between the Jack Wade Junction and the Alaska/Yukon border there is a 13 mile (21 km) connector called the Boundary Spur Road.
This page starts at the Alaska/Yukon border and moves east to Dawson City.
For more images of this route, see each day's photologue:
The border station is known as Little Gold Creek on the Canadian side. On the American side, it is called Boundary or Poker Creek. There is also a one hour time difference, 12 noon in Alaska is 1 p.m. in Yukon.
For each border crossing, I have all our paperwork on the truck's dash in a folder. A few questions from the Canadian Border Agent and we're back on the road.
Just east of the border crossing there is a good spot to pull in and look over the scenery. I sometimes wonder how cold and miserable this spot would be in winter! The highway is not maintained in winter so is impassable to traffic. It is a "must do" in winter by snowmobile!
From the same spot, look east and see the highway climbing even higher!
A little further east there is a good spot off the highway to camp overnight. It used to be a viewpoint many moons ago.
Further along, there's another good boondock spot, not quite as exposed to the wind!
Back on the road heading east to Dawson City ...
Approaching Swede Dome and a truck at the entrance to the old mining road that goes to Swede Creek.
A few kilometres later is a junction for the road to Clinton, a closed mining town, and Forty Mile, a historical site in Yukon. A half-century ago (or thereabouts) Clinton was an active asbestos mine. I remember visiting as a kid and being astounded by the HUGE dump trucks moving about the mine.
Back onto the Top of World highway heading towards Dawson City.
Still, the mountains go on forever.
Before the long descent to the Yukon River there is a rest area announcing that Dawson City is very near. There are also some trails in the area for stretching the legs.
Then onward and downward to Dawson City!
During 2010, the road was very quiet due to the construction on the Taylor Highway on the Alaska side of this route so we took the chance of not impeding others so I could take some pictures of the Yukon River and Dawson City from the west side of the river.
The highway continues downhill to the Yukon River and its ferry crossing.
At last! The Yukon River and signs indicating the ferry crossing is just ahead.
The ferry continuously toils across the river ... one way then the next way then back again. When tourist season is at its peak, there can be waits of up to three hours, especially when there are RV caravans waiting to cross.
However, there were few in line in 2010 because of the road troubles on the Taylor Highway. Many travellers were avoiding Dawson City and the Top of the World Highway. Plus mid-September is too late in the season for many ... there were no waits on this day.
The "landings" are nothing more than dirt ramps leading down to the river's edge. The ferry drifts a bit downriver then approaches the landings under power, ramming the ramp up onto the dirt. The crossing takes only a few minutes.
To see more of Dawson, visit my page of the historical buildings in the city.