Haines Highway, Alaska Alaska, United States
The Haines Highway connects Haines, Alaska in the United States with Haines Junction Yukon, Canada passing through the province of British Columbia. It was designated a National Scenic Byway on October 16, 2009. The road is extremely well maintained, the scenery stunning, plenty of pull-outs allow you to stop to admire the view.
The Haines Highway connects Haines at the head of Lynn Canal, with Haines Junction on the Alaska Highway. It is open year-round and is known for its glaciated mountains and the variety of its scenery - from coastal forests to alpine tundra - the Haines Highway winds through the Chilkat River flats outside Haines before beginning a long climb up to the summit, where it meanders through a wide alpine valley before descending to Haines Junction via a series of long, easy grades.
Here is what you'll experience when you drive down this highway:
- The Takhinsha Mountains, which is a part of the Chilkat Range, forms a spectacular backdrop - Mt. Emmerich, the most prominent of the peaks.
- Mt. Ripinski trailhead - known great for hiking & paragliding in united states
- Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, consisting of 48,000 acres of valley-bottom along the Chilkat, Kleheni, and Tsirku Rivers. This section of this route is the main area to spot the bald eagles during early October until late February.
- Klukwan - a cultural Tlingit Indian village
- Chilkat River bridge - You can spot mooses here
- 33 Mile Roadhouse - RV park, convenience store, gas
- View of Saksaia Glacier to the west
- Three Guardsmen Lake - The Chilkat Pass areais very popular among the birdwatchers, as over 82 species of birds have been recorded here, including gyrfalcons, snow buntings, 3 species of ptarmigan, red-throated loons, wandering tattlers and Smith's longspur.
- Haines Summit - At 3,493 feet it is the highest point on the highway is very popular among snowmobilers
- Nadahini River culvert
- Million Dollar Falls - a km from the road, this 33 camp site is operated by the Yukon government, it has picnic tables, outhouses, cooking shelters, water, hiking trails and a network of boardwalks, stairs and observation decks for viewing the falls.
- Klukshu, a seasonal Native fish camp
- Kathleen Lake Campground - is 1 km away from the road to the left of the highway where crystal waters are backed by the mountains of the Kluane Range. Exceptional hiking, boating and camping await visitors. It has 39 camp sites, outhouses, picnic tables, hiking trails and a boat launch. You can also fish in the Lake for trout, Arctic grayling, Kokanee and whitefish.
- Dezadeash River bridges and hiking trails