Top of the World Highway

Dawson, Yukon

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Gravel road from Dawson City, Yukon Territory, to a junction with Taylor Highway in Alaska; 127 kilometers (79 miles). This highway climbs through the high country west of Dawson City, providing an alternate route into Alaska. It follows the route of an old pack trail that once connected Dawson City with the gold-bearing streams around the Sixtymile River. Eventually, the trail was improved and became known as Ridge Road. Most of the road traverses alpine country, offering expansive views in all directions. It is narrow and winding in sections, and guardrails are rare. It is also prone to potholes and washboards, especially after wet weather. Drivers of large RVs or vehicles towing trailers might want to avoid this road. It is not plowed in winter and effectively closes with the first heavy snow. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Top of the World Highway Professional Review and Guide

"Gravel road from Dawson City, Yukon Territory, to a junction with Taylor Highway in Alaska; 127 kilometers (79 miles). This highway climbs through the high country west of Dawson City, providing an alternate route into Alaska. It follows the route of an old pack trail that once connected Dawson City with the gold-bearing streams around the Sixtymile River. Eventually, the trail was improved and became known as Ridge Road. Most of the road traverses alpine country, offering expansive views in all directions.

It is narrow and winding in sections, and guardrails are rare. It is also prone to potholes and washboards, especially after wet weather. Drivers of large RVs or vehicles towing trailers might want to avoid this road. It is not plowed in winter and effectively closes with the first heavy snow. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Dawson
Distance: 79
Season: Best late spring through fall
Local Contacts: Klondike Visitors Association
Driving Directions: Directions to Top of the World Highway

Recent Trail Reviews

10/29/2003
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This is one of the mowst memorable stretches of roads I have ever been on. The trip starts out by ferry across the mighty Yukon river. Once on the other side of the river you head up a mountain on a 1.5 lane gravel road. I highly recommend using a "moose catcher" on your vehicle.--a metal screen that covers your headlights, radiator, and other vital parts on the front of the vehicle. The year that we did this trip, we encounter a slight detour on the way. It was a one lane mud track, where a pilot truck took several cars one way then made the return trip with vehicles from the opposite direction. It had been raining which made the mud track very slippery and we had a rear-wheel drive vehicle. It was quite an adrenaline rush fish-tailing on this track with a cliff on the left and a sheer drop on the right into a tiny, ribbon of a river below. After appox. 5 miles of the detour we joined the main (1.5 lane gravel) road. At the top of the mountain after the detour there was a little store,"The Top Of The World Jewelry" which I highly recommend stopping at. The scenery on this drive is amazing, if you can take your eyes of the wheel long enough to look. If you are driving to Alaska, this is the only route worth taking from the Yukon into Alaska. Happy Roadtripping! :)



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