Skagway, Alaska isn’t the easiest place to get to, but when you live in the Yukon it’s one of very few places to visit. My husband and I lived in Watson Lake, Yukon for 13 months in 2012-2013. We took a trip to Skagway on the May long weekend (Victoria Day).
I have to tell you that it was quite a drive. You literally are driving in the middle of nowhere and driving up and over the rockies through the Chilkoot Pass. Chilkoot Pass is famous for being the trail that miners used in search of gold. They arrived in Skagway by boat, and had to hike with their belongings up and over the mountains. This is what it looked like for us.
Very nerving to drive up and over the rockies from an already isolated and less-populated place like the Yukon to tiny little Skagway. Most of Skagway’s visitors come by way of cruise ship. I think it’s about 6,000 people per day during the high season.
Skagway was a welcome change from isolation in Watson Lake, Yukon. B and I had a really great time.
We only had a 3 days, and that included the 7+ hour drive to and from. We managed to squeeze in a hike. We did a brief couple of miles on the Yakutania Point trail to Smuggler’s Cove.
Near the end we stumbled upon a Pet Cemetery!
And, back to the Yukon!