Haines Junction to Kluane Lake, Yukon
Also see the pages dedicated to Kluane Lake and
Other pages with this section of the Alaska Highway:
The Haines Junction area features mountains. In
Haines Junction be sure to turn right to continue north on the Alaska Highway.
Otherwise, you'll be heading south to Haines on the
The landscape continues to be wonderful
north of Haines Junction.
Heading north on the Alaska Highway from Haines Junction -
The hills above are spectacular in winter too ...
View northward at km 1584, just north of Haines Junction -
View travelling south towards Haines Junction - June 2012
Kluane Lake is one of our favourite areas. On sunny days it is
spectacular. On cloudy days the mountain ranges can be hidden behind cloud and the opportunity to see the distant views is limited.
View of Kluane Lake northbound on the Alaska Highway - June 2013
Kluane Lake, save view as above but in spring -
Looking west from the Alaska Highway towards the Kluane Range, south
of Kluane Lake - June 2012
Kluane Lake Viewpoint, km 1645 (mile 1020), looking north towards
Kluane Lake - September 2013
At km 1636 (historical mile 1053) there is a gravel access road to an
unmaintained historical site, Silver City. This early 1900s trading post & roadhouse included
West Mounted Police barracks. When I was a kid we often
stopped to look at the ruins on our way home from Whitehorse.
Front view of Jack Hayden's homestead -
Front view of Hayden homestead -
See this page for more
of my pictures of Silver City.
Taking the dogs for a walk along the shores of Kluane Lake -
Back on the Alaska Highway, continuing northward.
Leaving Silver City headed north to Kluane Lake -
Kluane Lake - November 2014
Kluane Lake and Sheep Mountain - June 2013
This shows a dust storm on Kluane Lake, alongside Sheep Mountain -
Another view of Sheep Mountain in fall colours -
On the south side of Kluane Lake, there are
many areas to stop and enjoy the surroundings.
I'm fascinated by Sheep Mountain, likely because as a child we spent
many hours looking for sheep on the hillsides.
Approaching Sheep Mountain northbound -
The overhead structure of the Slim's River bridge was removed in
No overhead structure on the Slim's River bridge now -
Slim's River in Kluane National Park - July 2013
Parked at the visitor centre at Sheep Mountain, looking west along
the Slim's River - Sept 2009
Dall Sheep on Sheep Mountain - September 2013
Dall Sheep with fall colours, on Sheep Mountain -
Alaska Highway and Slims River Flats seen from near Soldier's Summit -
View from Soldier's Summit - July 2013
See more images of Soldier's Summit below.
Alaska Highway alongside Kluane Lake - June 2012
Sheep Mountain, there's a reason it is called that!
Keep your eyes open for Dall Sheep just around the next bend - March
See more images of these sheep at
22 March 2014, my drive to Anchorage AK.
Driving northward along the shores of Kluane Lake -
Walking between Kluane Lake and the Alaska Highway -
All my life I had wanted to hike Sheep Mountain. Every time my
family went by on our way to "town" I imagined being on it;
however, we never
stopped. FINALLY, in 1993 we stopped and hiked Sheep Mountain! In 2011 we again hiked along Sheep Creek.
Looking west from Sheep Mountain -
On west side of Sheep Mountain looking west - September 2011
Looking back towards Kluane Lake - September 2011
The zoom lens was getting a hard workout, plus I
was a bit out-of-breath so it was a challenge to hold the camera
steady! The image is also cropped a great deal.
Dall sheep on Sheep Mountain in Kluane National Park - September
Stunning views with fall colours - September 2011
Looking up the west side of Sheep Mountain -
Hiking back down Sheep Creek trail in Kluane National Park -
Soldier's Summit - km 1651 (historical milepost 1061)
Soldier's Summit is where the ceremony officially opening the
Alcan Military Highway
was held in November 1942. In 1992 a trail to the original highway and the ceremony site was improved. Another dedication
ceremony was held, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the
Alaska Highway. It is a short uphill hike, starting at a good parking area
along Kluane Lake.
Trail up to Soldier's Summit - July 2013
Plaque at Soldier's Summit - August 2014
Soldier's Summit - September 2009
View from the old highway alignment near Soldier's Summit - June
A historical survey marker near the shores of Kluane lake - May 2015
Steve fishing Kluane Lake in May 2015
Congdon Creek Yukon Government campground - km
2 km to Congdon Creek northbound -
Congdon Creek tops the list of our favourite stops. As with all Yukon gov't campgrounds, there are no services. Drycamping only. Some of the campsites are along the
lakeshore, and all of the campsites have wonderful scenery.
Congdon Creek campground - June 2008
I have many memories of a hostile lake with whitecaps moving quickly along
It amazed me that on two separate trips the lake was
absolutely calm and mirror flat. Beautiful!
Kayaking on Kluane Lake - August 2014
Rowing on Kluane Lake - July 2015
Looking south over Kluane Lake from Congdon Creek Yukon Gov't campground - July
Looking northward on Kluane Lake from the Congdon Creek Yukon gov't
campground - June 2013
No tenting at Congdon Creek in recent years due to a grizzly in the
area - June 2013
We tent camped at Congdon Creek in September 1993. Since then we
have camped in RVs many, many times without seeing bears.
HOWEVER, in late-September
1997 we were camping along the shores of Kluane Lake just a bit
north of the Congdon Creek campground because the campground was closed for
the season. While our breakfast, we spotted a grizzly crossing
Congdon Creek as it ambled towards the
motorhome. Five minutes later the brown bear popped out of the
bush about 20 feet away and sat down. After debating
his/her options for a few minutes the bear continued walking north along the
shore, prompting us to decide to not take the hike we had planned that
In August 2010 we met this brown bear just north
of the Congdon Creek campground.
Brown bear on the Alaska Highway near Destruction Bay on Kluane Lake
- August 2010
Approaching Destruction Bay northbound -