19-Jul-2016 -- This is the 10th out of 11 reports on confluence visits in Canada’s Yukon Territory and Alaska. The story starts from 61°N 137°W and continues from 64°N 145°W.
Driving the famous route from Tok on the Taylor and Top of the World Highway, we stopped in the Gold Rush town Dawson City for two nights. We visited this confluence as a side trip from Dawson City as it is only 20 km away and easily accessible due to the existing network of gold mining infrastructure. From the Klondike Highway, the Hunker Creek Road towards Gold Buttom comes as close as 1.8 km to the confluence. This is where we
parked our vehicle and set off on foot.
The hike to the confluence offered changing environments. First, we had to climb a steep hill upwards (we opted to hike on the ridge rather than in the valley as valley tend to be overgrown with shrubs). We then came through a spruce and then through a birch forest.
The confluence itself is located in a valley, about 20 m from a creek in a spruce forest with mossy wet and soft ground.
We walked the same way back and visited some active and former gold mining sites. In the evening we saw the famous Cancan Show.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 1800 m
- Distance to a track: 1800 m
- Distance of car parking: 1800 m
- Time to reach the confluence from car parking: 50 minutes
- Time at the confluence: 1:41 PM
- Measured height: 553 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: hilly, in a valley
- Vegetation: grass, moss, spruce
- Weather: cloudy, 17° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Gold Rush Confluence
The story finishes at 64°N 136°W.