Day 0: Arrival in Whitehorse. This denotes the day or days spent in Whitehorse before the listed start date of the trip.
Day 1: We will begin our trip in Whitehorse. Almost immediately after leaving Whitehorse, we will turn off the Alaska Highway and head north on the Klondike Highway. The route is a mix of forests, open bush and bare hills. There are some great scenic delights along the route and we will stop to enjoy some of them. We should arrive in Dawson City in the late afternoon.
Day 2: The day will be spent in Dawson City. You will be mostly on your own to allow you to focus on your own interests. We will take those who are interested to visit the original gold fields and to the top of the Dome, a hill overlooking Dawson.
Day 3: In the morning we will set out for Klondike Corner and the beginning of the Dempster Highway. The highway follows the North Klondike Valley, flanked on either side by high mountains. After approximately 2 hours we will reach our campsite at the Tombstone Mountain Recreation Area. After setting up camp we will hike into Grizzly Valley, our first opportunity to see the country up close. Our high point will provide us with views of Mount Monolith – the most spectacular of the Tombstones.
Day 4: As we leave the campground, the road climbs to a viewpoint of the Tombstones, then crosses its high point at North Fork Pass and levels out into sub-arctic tundra. Our short driving day will bring us to our campsite at Engineer Creek. In the afternoon, those who wish to, can join us in a hike up Sapper Hill to get a close view of the castellations (rock formations resulting from wind and frost erosion). Those who prefer to stay behind can spend the morning in more relaxing pursuits.
Day 5: Our road will take us along more spectacular castellated ridges, reminiscent of the Great Wall of China. We will cross the Continental Divide again through the Ogilvie Mountains and will pass into a region untouched by glaciation. In mid-afternoon we will stop at Eagle Plains Hotel, the first community and gas station since Klondike Corner. The highway winds back and forth along a ridge that provides a spectacular view of the Ogilvies. We will reach the Arctic Circle (66.5 N) in less than an hour. Rock River Campground, our campsite, is not far from here.
Day 6: We begin heading south on our return journey. From Eagle Plains, we will return to Tombstone Campground.
Day 7: Leaving the Tombstones we will drive to our cabins on Lake Laberge for a relaxing close to our trip.
Day 8: We will spend the day at Lake Laberge cabins.
Day 9: Our last day! – hard to believe that it is here already! We will return to Whitehorse in the afternoon.