Haines Highway

Haines, Alaska

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Paved highway from Haines Junction to Haines, Alaska; 244 kilometers (152 miles). This route was originally one of the famed “grease trails” used by the Chilkat band of the Tlingit Indians to carry rendered candlefish oil, baskets, and seashells inland to trade for caribou hides, moccasins, and birchwood bows made by the interior Athapaskan tribes. Each Tlingit chief had an Athapaskan counterpart with whom he had exclusive trading rights. Trade routes extended as far inland as the site of Fort Selkirk on the Yukon River. 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.

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"Paved highway from Haines Junction to Haines, Alaska; 244 kilometers (152 miles). This route was originally one of the famed “grease trails” used by the Chilkat band of the Tlingit Indians to carry rendered candlefish oil, baskets, and seashells inland to trade for caribou hides, moccasins, and birchwood bows made by the interior Athapaskan tribes. Each Tlingit chief had an Athapaskan counterpart with whom he had exclusive trading rights.

Trade routes extended as far inland as the site of Fort Selkirk on the Yukon River. 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: Haines
Distance: 152
Season: Best late spring through fall
Local Contacts: Kluane National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Haines Highway

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May 2018