Yukon Territory

Silver Trail, Mayo to Keno City
Yukon

28 June 2008

The fifth wheel was left at the Five Mile Lake Yukon gov't campground while we ventured out for the day, headed towards Keno City. The road was in good condition and it would have been fine to tow along the route, however, it was nice to be 'free'.

Minto bridge on the Silver Trail to Keno
Eastward view from Minto bridge

Minto bridge near Mayo, Yukon
Westward view from Minto bridge

McQuestern River valley on the road to Keno, Yukon
McQuestern River valley on the road to Keno

There is not much that can be seen at Elsa. The town & mine site are closed to visitors. so we carried onward towards Keno City.

Keno City sign, Silver Trail, Yukon

Fortunately, we had not planned on staying at the Keno City Hotel ... and after seeing the Keno City RV park, I am also glad we did not plan to camp in Keno.

Keno City Hotel, Yukon
The Keno City Hotel was closed

This duplex cabin was built by two friends, who wished to stay good friends.

Duplex cabin at Keno, Yukon
Corp & Ryan Cabins

The Keno City Mining Museum is one of the nicer buildings in Keno. It was also very interesting to visit. Lots of old interesting things and some unique displays!

Keno City Mining Museum, Silver Trail, Yukon
Keno City Mining Museum

Keno City Mining Museum, Silver Trail, Yukon
Display in the Museum

Keno City Mining Museum, Yukon
Early 2-wheel motorized transportation on display in the Museum -- love the wide tires!

Keno Hill was the next destination. It is a long climb upward. The road was rough and narrow in spots. The scenery was worthy of the trip. It was VERY cold on top when we visited. The wind was blowing and I'm sure it was trying to snow!

Road to the top of Keno Hill, Yukon
Road up Keno Hill

Keno Hill sign, Yukon
Signpost at the top of Keno Hill

It is hard to see in the picture below, but there is a cabin that can be seen from the signpost. There is a road leading to the cabin, but it was very cold, rainy and windy so this was as close as we ventured, as it was as far as the truck could go!

I can't even begin to imagine why someone would build a cabin THERE !

Old cabin on Keno Hill, Yukon
Cabin on top of Keno Hill

Cabin on Keno Hill, Yukon
Close up view of cabin ... why would anyone want to live here?

On the descent, we ventured onto a side road leading to another cabin. A marmot graced us with his presence, but the dog saw him too and his barking prompted the marmot to disappear before I could get a picture.

Cabin on Keno Hill, Yukon
Keno Hill cabin

View from Keno Hill, Yukon
View from Keno Hill, with rain in the hills

Returning to the campground from Keno, we drove a different route: the Duncan Creek Road. It was a slow & rough drive and definitely not suitable for a fifth wheel. Duncan Creek Road took several hours and was not near as scenic as the Silver Trail.

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