We will cross two borders today. We have visited Carcross, Yukon and when we leave there will soon cross the imaginary border into the northwest corner of British Columbia. We will then later cross a real border, with crossing guards that check our passports to go into Alaska to get to Skagway, AK. The borderlines are very convoluted in this corner of the country but just follow the road and you won’t get lost.
|Cloud capped mountains|
|Yukon Suspension Bridge|
|Rocky terrain on South Klondike Highway|
The Port town for Dyea was a few miles out of town on the Taiya River. The Tlingit people established Dyea as an access point to the interior. The fishing village was on the transportation corridor to the Taiya Inlet and canoes were the only mode of transportation to other villages in the Inlet.
|Dyea Historic Site|
|Historic waterfront trail|
|Chilkoot Trail Outpost|
This route was travelled by over 21,000 gold-rush stampeders, as those fortune seekers looking for gold were called, when the great news of the Gold Rush became known. The trail included the Golden Staircase which was 1500 steps carved from ice and climbed 184 m (600 ft) in just over one kilometer (.6 mile).
The challenge of the Chilkoot Trail was so difficult, it is hard to believe that so many stampeders were able to make that climb, with all the supplies they needed to take with them. Many of them did not make it. Click here to read more of their journey, it is fascinating.