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Dempster Highway

HARD 6 reviews

Dempster Highway is a 739.3 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Dawson, Yukon, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 739.3 km Elevation Gain: 18,880 m Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

nature trips

scenic driving

river

views

wildlife

scenic driving
6 months ago

Just completed this scenic drive all the way to Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic Ocean. No flats no repairs no windscreen damage using a Truck camper. Fantastic scenery especially around the Tombstone area. Campsites and fuel availability was very good. We did not have any rain so the road was really dusty but generally in good condition. We had some great days of wildlife sightings and got to experience all day light as we moved further north. Highly recommended.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Spent 4 days and 3 nights in backcountry Tombstone early July 2019 and my mind was blown. Registration at the info centre is a must, along with acquiring your bear barrel. Day 1 was a full (6 hr) difficult hike from the trail head to Grizzly Lake. Some forest/shade/ stable ground to begin, and mostly up. From there on out, lots of exposure, rock jumping, stunning views, and a clear trail. Day 2 was a shorter (4hr) though more intense hike across the Glissade Pass - directly up on loose-ish ground, down scree, then a picturesque trail to Divide Lake. A 4hr return trip day hike to Talus Lake from there, on softer, less vertical and rocky ground. Day 3 we returned to Grizzly Lake from Divide Lake. Ascending the scree was intense, and we lost the trail, but made it! A 3 hr return trip hike from Grizzly to Twin Lakes is possible from here. Day 4 we hiked back out, challenged, tired and sore but in absolutely awe of this raw, mountainous, tundra landscape.

scenic driving
6 months ago

scenic driving
Fri Jun 15 2018

Such an epic adventure up the Dempster. We made it all the way to Tuktoyaktuk and back to Dawson. Road in better shape than expected, no flats or windshield chips. Views around every corner it really is a photographers dream. Or if you’re looking to escape everyday life a few days on the Dempster is well worth it.

hiking
Mon Sep 15 2014

This is what we would call a gravel road. I have not driven the entire length but have driven from the intersection south of Dawson, YT (Klondike Highway) into the Tombstone Territorial Park. The scenery is beautiful, especially as you get closer to the park. There are several trails within the park that are worth hiking. In order to get up close to some of the more spectacular peaks, it will take an overnight backpacking effort which requires a back country permit available at the Park Interpretive Center. Be aware that there are no gas or other facilities from the intersection of the Klondike Highway into the park.

recorded Dempster Highway

hiking
5 months ago