Klondike Loop

Klondike Loop Locator Map


Connects: Alaska Highway, YT, to Alaska Highway, AK
Routes#: Yukon 2 & 9, Alaska Route 5
Length: 498 miles
Road Surface: Pavement, seal coat & gravel
Season: Hwy. 2 open all year, Hwys. 9 and 5 closed in winter
Maps (2 detailed pdf files available): 
Milepost J 0 to Milepost J 292 (includes Silver Trail) 
Milepost J 292 to Tetlin Junction, Alaska Highway
 

Alaska-bound motorists taking the Klondike Loop turn off the Alaska Highway about 8 miles north of Whitehorse and follow the Klondike Highway (Yukon Highway 2)  323 miles/520 kms to Dawson City; then take a free ferry across the Yukon River and drive 79 miles/127 km west via the Top of the World Highway across the international border into Alaska via the Boundary Spur Road; and finally take the Taylor Highway 96 miles/154 kms south back to the Alaska Highway near Tok. Driving the Klondike Loop adds about 102 miles compared to just driving the Alaska Highway; it is both a popular inbound and outbound route.

All of Klondike Highway 2 between the Alaska Highway junction and Dawson City is asphalt-surfaced. Top of the World Highway is mostly gravel with winding sections and it can be slippery in wet weather. Road construction is underway on the Boundary Road section between the international border and the Taylor Highway at Jack Wade Junction. The Taylor Highway is a narrow gravel road with some steep, winding sections and washboard south to Chicken. From Chicken south to the Alaska Highway, the highway is chip seal and pavement.

The Taylor Highway and Boundary Spur Road/Top of the World Highway are not maintained in winter and snow effectively closes these roads from mid-October until April and mid-May. Alaska Dept. of Transportation crews generally plow the Taylor Highway to Eagle in early April.  The Boundary Spur/Top of the World Highway to Dawson City, YT, remains closed until U.S./Canadian Customs opens in mid-May. Opening of the international border is predicated on the breakup of the Yukon River at Dawson City and the resumption of ferry service across the river.

Yukon Highway 2 is open year-round. Drive with headlights on at all times.

The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Alaska Highway/Yukon junction (J) shown.

  • J 0 Junction with the Alaska Highway at Milepost DC 894.8.
  • J 1.1 Couch Road to Hidden Valley Bed and Breakfast.
  • J 3.6 Junction with Takhini Hot Springs Road; gas bar. Attractions on this side road include: Rivendell Farm Yukon Wildlife Preserve and Takhini Hot Springs.
  • J 9.8 Sundog Retreat, right on Policeman Point Road.
  • J 20.3 Lake Laberge Yukon government campground. 
  • J 34.5 Fox Lake Yukon government campground.
  • J 55.2 Braeburn Lodge; food, gas, diesel, lodging. Home of the World Famous Cinnamon Buns.
  • J 71.9 Twin Lakes Yukon government campground.
  • J 80.6 Rest area at remains of Montague House, an early-day roadhouse.
  • J 101.5 CARMACKS (pop. 444); all services. Visitor information. Lodging, restaurant, gas, diesel and RV park at Hotel Carmacks; lodging, gas, diesel, cafe and dry camping at Sunrise Services (email). Attractions include restored Carmacks Roadhouse.
  • J 103.5 Junction with the Campbell Highway to Faro, Ross River and Watson Lake.
  • J 116.3 Five Finger Rapids Recreation Site.
  • J 117.9 Tatchun Creek Yukon government campground.
  • J 118.5 Turnoff for Frenchman Lake Road to Tatchun Lake Campground (5.2 miles), Nunatuk Campground (20.7 miles) and Frenchman Lake (26 miles).
  • J 125.5 Yukon Crossing Viewpoint rest area.
  • J 167.8 PELLY CROSSING (pop. 296); food, gas, camping, lodging.
  • J 168 Pelly River Bridge.
  • J 168.8 Viewpoint of Pelly Crossing and river valley.
  • J 205 Ethel Lake Yukon government campground.
  • J 211.6 Stewart Crossing; gas, diesel.
  • J 212.2 Junction with Yukon Highway 11 (Silver Trail) to MAYO (pop. 470), lodging, camping at Bedrock Motel & RV Park; gas, diesel, groceries also available. Visitor information at historic Binet House. There are additional historic Yukon Heritage Attractions. The Silver Trail ends at frontier mining town of KENO CITY (pop. 20), cafe; camping at Keno Campground. Attraction: Keno City Mining Museum.
  • J 226.7 Moose Creek Lodge; food, lodging.
  • J 227.1 Moose Creek Yukon government campground.
  • J 298.3 Junction with Dempster Highway to Inuvik; food, gas, diesel, camping.
  • J 311.9 Klondike River Yukon government campground.
  • J 321.2 Junction with Bonanza Creek Road; access to Dredge No. 4 (8 miles/12 km), Discovery Claim (9 miles/15 km) and Claim 33 Gold Panning (email).
  • J 321.3 Bonanza Gold Motel & R.V. Park; lodging, camping.
  • J 321.4 Dawson City RV Park and gas station; camping, gas, diesel.
  • J 323.4 DAWSON CITY (pop. 1,879); all services. Visitor information.  Dawson City is a National Historic Site. Major attractions include: Dawson City Museum, Danoja Zho Cultural Centre, Jack London Museum, Robert Service Cabin. Free government ferry crosses Yukon River from Dawson City to junction with Top of the World Highway (Yukon Highway 9) west to Alaska.
  • J 323.6 Yukon River Yukon government campground.
  • J 389.1 U.S.–Canada Border. U.S. Customs (Poker Creek) and Canada Customs (Little Gold Creek) joint border crossing facility operates seasonally.
  • J 389.7 Davis Dome Wayside; beautiful views.
  • J 393 Historic Boundary Roadhouse, dates from about 1926.
  • J 402.7 Jack Wade Junction. Junction with Taylor Highway (Alaska Route 5) at Milepost TJ 95.7 (measuring from the Alaska Highway junction southeast of Tok).
  • J 416.4 Walker Fork BLM Campground to west at north end of Walker Fork Bridge
  • J 423.2 South Fork River Wayside; picnicking, outhouses.
  • J 391.5 Mosquito Fork Dredge Hiking Trailhead to east, parking to west. It is a 20- to 4-minute walk downhill to overlook.
  • J 431.5 The Gold Panner/Chicken Creek RV Park; cafe, gas, diesel, camping, cabins, gift shop.
  • J 432 CHICKEN (pop. 23). Access via Airport Road to The Original Downtown Chicken includes Chicken Creek Café, Saloon and Mercantile. Across the street is Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost, site of Pedro Dredge, with cafe, gift shop, camping and recreational gold panning and mining.
  • J 432.1 Chicken Post Office uphill to west; Jack Wade Dredge exhibit.
  • J 434.1 BLM Mostquito Fork Wayside; picnicking, outhouse.
  • J 449.4 West Fork BLM Campground.
  • J 458.4 Logging Cabin Creek BLM Picnic Area.
  • J 463.4 Mount Fairplay Wayside; interpretive signs, outhouse.
  • J 498.4 Tetlin Junction. Junction with the Alaska Highway at Milepost 1301.7 (Milepost DC 1266.7).

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