the Lutak Inlet in the Chilkoot Lake Recreational Park
Haines as seen from the Chilkoot Inlet
the road ends at Haines
near the top of the Chilkat pass
at higher altitudes only the white spruce survive
an eagle with a fresh catch
the road follows the Klehini river, with many dead trees in its stream
When you travel the Alaska Highway west of Whitehorse, you can make a detour to the Alaska Panhandle by taking the Haines
Highway at Haines Junction.
During the Klondike Gold Rush eager prospecters walked the streneous 400 km route from Haines to
the Yukon River.
It was known as the Dalton Trail.
Nowadays it is a well paved and very scenic road and includes the
Chilkat Pass that tops at 1065 meters.
After the pass you cross the Canadian-US border and start the descend through the Chilkat Bald
Eagle Preserve, where in autumn and winter large numbers of eagles gather to feed on salmon.
When we traveled here at the end
of May 2007 there was still plenty of snow on the higher segments of the oad.
In Haines we had booked a scenic flight toGlacier Bay including a walk along the beach but unfortunately the weather was to bad to fly out.
We did visited the Chilkat
State Park and the Chilkoot Lake Park, where we witnessed bald eagles fight over a fresh catch.
just before Haines Junction, the St Elias Mountains in the distance
an outhouse with a view
the Canadian-US border
a bald eagle is watching us from above
in the Chilkat State Park they warn for bears but we did not see any