Yukon Territory

Top of the World Hwy, Yukon

Alaska/Yukon Border to Dawson City, Yukon

The Top of the World Highway, also called the 60 Mile, traverses the mountains between the Alaska/Yukon border and Dawson City.

The Taylor Highway is 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.

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 Poker Creek. There is also a one hour time difference, 12 noon in Alaska is 1 p.m. in Yukon. 

This page starts at the Alaska/Yukon border and moves east to Dawson City.
On a sunny September day, it is amazing!

Taylor Highway, Alaska
Canada and US Customs - border crossing ahead - July 2011

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.

Yukon border on the Taylor Highway & Top of the World Highway
Love arriving home to Yukon! - July 2011

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!

Top of the World Highway, Yukon
Looking back at the buildings at the border crossing - September 2010

From the same spot, look east and see the Top of the World Highway twist its way across the mountain ridges.

Top of the World Highway, Yukon
Top of the World highway eastbound from the Yukon/Alaska border - September 2010

Further east there is a good spot off the highway to overnight.

Top of the World Highway, Yukon
Overnight camp spot on the Top of the World - July 2011

The Top of the World Highway
Evening walk with the dogs, no traffic because Customs was closed!

Back on the road heading east to Dawson City ...

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
Looking to the north approaching Swede Dome eastbound - September 2010

A truck at the entrance to the old mining road that goes to Swede Creek...

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
Trucks exiting from the mining road near Swede Dome - September 2010

A few kilometres later is 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.

We visited Clinton Creek and overnighted near Forty Mile in 2012.

Road into Clinton Creek & Forty Mile
Rustic road into Clinton Creek and Forty Mile - September 2012

Back onto the Top of World highway heading towards Dawson City.

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
Top of the World Highway is gravel - September 2010

RV on the Top of the World Highway in Yukon
RV headed towards Alaska on the Top of the World Highway - September 2012

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
View northward from the Top of the World Highway - September 2010

Still, the mountains go on forever.

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
View from Top of the World Highway - September 2010

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.  

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
View from the rest area at the top of the hill approaching Dawson City - September 2010

Then onward and downward to Dawson City!

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
View from the highway, looking southward on the Yukon River - September 2010

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.

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
View of Dawson City from the west side of the Yukon River - September 2010

The highway continues downhill to the Yukon River and its ferry crossing. 

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
Signs for the Yukon River campground and Dawson City, just 2 km - September 2010

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
The highway is paved approaching Dawson City - September 2010

At last! The Yukon River and signs indicating the ferry crossing is just ahead.

Top of the World Highway in Yukon
Approaching the ferry landing to cross the Yukon River into Dawson City - N64 04.616 W139 26.685

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.

Dawson City, Yukon - Klondike
Sign on the west side of the Yukon River, at the ferry landing - September 2010

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.

Yukon River, Dawson City, Yukon
George Black ferry on the west side of the Yukon River

To see more of Dawson, visit my page of the historical buildings in the city.