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Alaska Highway Photo Album:
Page 3, Whitehorse to Delta Junction

by Murray Lundberg


A Guide to Alaska-Yukon Highways
Alaska Highway & Canol Bibliography

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Looking east on Main Street from First Avenue in December 2001. Whitehorse - looking east on Main Street from First Avenue in December 2001. For more photos of Whitehorse, click here.

Takhini River Bridge, Alaska Highway

Km 1468.9: At Historic Mile 946 you cross the Takhini River Bridge. There's a parking area at the south end of the bridge, offering pleasant views of the river and mountains.

Elk along the Alaska Highway, December 14, 2012

Elk (Cervus Elaphus) are often seen along the Alaska Highway west of Whitehorse. This is the northern limit of elk range, and although elk do occasionally migrate up from British Columbia, the vast majority of our 300-odd animals in the Yukon are descendants of elk that were imported starting in the 1940s. This photo was shot near Km 1495 in mid-December.

Champagne, Yukon

Km 1504.4: At Km 1504.4 northbound or Km 1518.2 southbound is an old section the Alaska Highway that leads to the Indian village of Champagne. Though only used for village access now, the road is still chipsealed and maintained, though to a lower standard than the main highway.

Kluane Range as seen from Km 1526 of the Alaska Highway

Km 1526: This is the view of the Kluane Range that you get from Km 1526. To the left of the highway, the old road can just barely be seen.

Otter Falls, Yukon

Km 1546: Otter Falls, at the foot of Aishihik Lake (pronounced Ai-shee-ak), is reached by a gravel sideroad leaving the Alaska Highway at Km 1546 (Historic Mile 995). These falls were on the back of the Canadian $5 bill that was issued in 1954 (see it here). The falls are 27km north of the highway. I've also posted a video of Otter Falls at high flow, taken on July 2, 2012.

The bridge across Canyon Creek, Yukon

Km 1547.5: The main feature of this rest area on Canyon Creek (also known as the Aishihik River) is a log bridge that dates back to 1903, when it was built to access the goldfields in the Kluane Lake region. Legendary Yukon character Sam McGee and a partner ran a roadhouse here during that gold rush.

An old Native cemetery at Canyon Creek, Yukon

High above Canyon Creek sits this old Native cemetery. It's accessed by walking across the old bridge and then up the original Alaska Highway tote road.

Highway construction east of Haines Junction, Yukon, in August 2002

Construction east of Haines Junction, Yukon, in August 2002. When possible, the new road is built beside the old so traffic isn't held up any more than necessary. Once the new highway is completed, the old one is torn up and seeded.

Kluane Range as seen from a rest area at Km 1566 of the Alaska Highway

Km 1566: This rest area offers a particularly fine view of the Kluane Range.

Sunrise on the Kluane Range, Haines Junction, Yukon

Km 1575: Sunrise on the Kluane Range, as seen from the airport at Haines Junction in November with the thermometer sitting at -42°C. Speaking of cold, did you know that the men who built The Road had a special mascot, the Kee Bird? Click here to find out more.

A Guide to Haines Junction.

Marshall Creek Road, Yukon

If you're looking for a quiet side road, the Marshall Creek Road at Haines Junction offers that and some history. This 20 kilometer (12.5 mile) long section of the original tote road was abandoned during the first upgrade of that tote road to all-weather standards. It's a dead-end road that's not suitable for large rigs.

Bear Creek Lodge

Bear Creek Lodge, Historic Mile 1022 of the Alaska Highway. In November 2006, a few months after this photo was taken, the lodge was closed forever when the owners declared bankruptcy following a government order to complete a $20,000 septic system upgrade. The sad reality of the modern Alaska Highway is that few travelers stop at these lodges anymore.

Highway construction west of Haines Junction, Yukon, in August 2002.

Construction west of Haines Junction, Yukon, in August 2002. The road through here used to be very narrow and very winding, with no shoulders. You can see one of the old sections of road in the distance.

Highway construction west of Haines Junction, Yukon, in July 2002

Construction west of Haines Junction, Yukon, in July 2002. Waits like this are seldom more than 15 minutes long. It is local custom that motorcycle riders go to the front of such lines, so they don't have to eat the dust of closed-in vehicles.

Boutillier Summit, Alaska Highway, Yukon

Looking north on the highway at Km 1686. The road is on the final climb to Boutillier Summit, at 1,003 meters (3,293 feet) the second-highest point on the highway. In the distance is the Kluane Range. This photo was shot in October 1992 - this section of the highway was substantially upgraded in 2000-2002.

Winter on the Alaska Highway at Km 1686 A late-February look at the modern highway as you go north at Km 1686, with Christmas Creek at the bottom of the little valley ahead.

The Alaska Highway at Sheep Mountain, Yukon

The Alaska Highway heading north towards Sheep Mountain, home of one of the highest concentrations of wild sheep in the Yukon, in September 1990.

Grizzly pawprints along the Slims River, Kluane Park, Yukon - September 1993

Just so you know whose country this is once you leave the pavement! Grizzly pawrints along the Slims River, Kluane Park, Yukon.

A huge blast during reconstruction of the Alaska Highway at Kluane Lake, Yukon

A huge blast during reconstruction of the Alaska Highway at Kluane Lake, Yukon. Patience paid off here - the blast was delayed for well over an hour, so I'd been standing by the side of the highway with my camera set up on a tripod for almost 2 hours when it finally went off in July 1991.

Reconstruction of the Alaska Highway at Kluane Lake, Yukon in 2007

In 2007 the massive highway reconstruction project known as the Shakwak Project reached Sheep Mountain. This photo was taken in a light snow on October 6th, 2007.

Winter driving on the Alaska Highway

Winter driving on the Alaska Highway is enchanting in the extreme, particularly at night when you can easily drive for 5-6 hours without seeing another vehicle. January 1993.

The view from the Soldiers' Summit trail, over Kluane Lake to the Ruby Range of mountains.

Just west of the Sheep Mountain Interpretive Centre at Km 1706, the Soldiers' Summit trail takes you up the original tote road to the spot where the road was opened on November 20, 1942. This is the view from the trail, over Kluane Lake to the Ruby Range of mountains, with one of several interpretive signs explaining the construction. The Alaska Highway can be seen below, winding around the granite cliffs along the lake shore.

Soldiers' Summit, site of the 1942 opening of the Alcan

This is Soldiers' Summit, where the opening ceremony took place.

Camping on the beach, Kluane Lake, Yukon

Me, taking a couple of days off from tour bus driving in July 1991. A good 4x4, a cold beer, and a campsite on the beach of Kluane Lake, Yukon, miles from anybody - does it get any better than this? (actually it does - I didn't have either my kids or my dog with me...)

Driving on the ice of Kluane Lake, 6 miles from the nearest road, the Alaska Highway

Driving on the ice of Kluane Lake, 6 miles from the nearest road. The nearest community to this island is Burwash Landing, Yukon, also 6 miles away. The car has no special equipment. Photo taken in April 1993, during the Burwash Ice Races.

Old Alaska Highway along the Kluane River, June 1, 2011

At Quill Creek, Km 1729, an abandoned section of the Alaska Highway leads 6.7 km (4.2 miles) to the Kluane River and a memorial to Lt. Roland Small of the US Army Corps of Engineers. He was killed here in 1942 when his jeep overturned. See an article about this interesting side road here.

Morning in a motorhome along the Alaska Highway

Morning at Km 1814 on the Alaska Highway, overlooking the Donjek River Valley and the Icefield Ranges. Could you stand to wake up here in the morning? Overnighting is legal in any of these pulloffs along the highway that don't have signs stating otherwise (there are very few of those).

The Donjek River Bridge, Alaska Highway, Yukon

The Donjek River Bridge, at Km 1762, as it was in September 1990. The width and unstable bottom of this river made the bridge one of the most difficult on the highway to engineer. It originally was 6 miles upstream, but the road had to be built over a lot of muskeg to get to that point.

Donjek River Bridge, Alaska Highway

A new Donjek River Bridge being built beside the old one, on July 23, 2006. The new bridge was opened to traffic in 2008.

The White River, looking north from the Alaska Highway bridge.

The White River, looking north from the Alaska Highway bridge.

Permafrost area northwest of Beaver Creek, Yukon

Once past Beaver Creek, Yukon, the character of the country changes as the valleys become very wide. At this point, about Km 1945, the surrounding country is all permafrost, ground which never thaws.

Looking west from Mile 1192, just west of Port Alcan, Alaska. September 1999.

A brilliant sunset at Mile 1192, just west of Port Alcan, Alaska.

Alaska Highway, September 1999

Looking east from Mile 1192, just west of Port Alcan, Alaska.

The new Tanana River Bridge at Mile 1303 of the Alaska Highway

The new Tanana River Bridge at Mile 1303, on July 23, 2010. A particularly nice rest area was built beside it, at the site of the old bridge.

Winter on the Alaska Highway in Tok

Winter at a truck stop in Tok, Alaska. Just before 8:00 a.m. on February 18, 2006.

The intersection of the Alaska Highway and Midnight Sun Drive, Tok, Alaska, January 1993

My favourite sign along the highway! The intersection of the Alaska Highway and Midnight Sun Drive, Tok, Alaska. The signs are lit up by using a flash on my camera on this very dull day in January.

The Alaska Range, about 20 miles west of Tok, Alaska. Photo taken April 2000.

The Alaska Range along the south side of the Alaska Highway about 20 miles west of Tok, Alaska.

The End of the Alaska Highway monument - July 16, 2010

The "End of the Alaska Highway" monument at Delta Junction, Alaska - Historic Mile 1422.

Noon on the Alaska Highway on December 20, 2002

Winter provides some unique experiences. This photo was taken while driving southbound just north of Delta Junction, at exactly noon on December 20. Yes, that's as high as the sun gets! And in 2002, there really was almost no snow in late December.


All photos are © 1998-2013 by Murray Lundberg, and are not to be reproduced without permission.



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