After arriving in Whitehorse, Sandra, Gogo and me decided to take
the guided tour of the SS Klondike. The rest of the group went into
town for shopping, reading email, ... . SS Klondike was one of the
sternwheelers on schedules trips between Whitehorse and Dawson
City during the goldrush and after. It has some briliant 1st class
cabins and dining rooms. But I'd not want to travel 2nd class... .
The tour was very interesting and we got to know a lot about the
ship and the way people traveld those days.
After SS Klondike we all met in front of the laundromat and started
cleaning our camping gear. From me previous treks I knew about
whta to expect. It can be very hard and boring to clean all the
gear after a long trek. But this time it was so easy. Although
we were only a small group of seven and it was very windy, which
made tent cleaning hard but drying the tarps very easy. But time
actually flew by and after successfully repacking (such that we
had easy access to what we needed on the ferry), we went to a
Mexican place for a short lunch (almost takeway) before leaving
Highway 2 takes you through a very scenic landscape with lots
of lakes embedded in a wide rock plateau. But we had no time for
hiking any more. So we just stopped, took some pictures and off
again to Skagway. The last bit of the road takes you up to white pass.
Canadian border is a bit before white pass and then you drive through
nomans land for quite a while. From White Pass the new highway
parallels the historic Chillkoot Trail, one of the two ways
for the gold diggers to get out of Skagway and the only one
leading to Whitehorse (where they took SS Klondike to Dawson City).
Just imagine hiking Chillkoot Trail with all the gear they
Read about Skagway and the way back to Seattle on the ferry-page...
- SS Klondike guided tour
- From Haines Junction (Pine Creek) drive Alaskan Hwy 1 east to
- After Whitehorse take Hwy 2 south to Carcross. For Carcross
continue on Hwy 2 south to Skagway.
- You will cross the border into the U.S. at White Pass.
Hints and Tips
- Efficient gear cleaning saves you a lot of time, which will
allow you to see Skagway.
- If only a few people want to see SS Klondike from the inside,
the other guys can do the shopping for breakfasts (and lunches)
on the ferry.
- Hope you have good (dry) weather and not too much wind in
Whitehorse for the cleaning session.
- The big parking in front of the laundry or in front of the many
grocery stores is a good spot for cleaning. You can even use the
fence near the laundry to hang up your tent tarps to dry.
- Stop somewhere on the way to Skagway and have a look at the many
small lakes in the rocks.
- Be prepared to enter the U.S. again (passport).
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