We turned off the Alaska Hwy and traveled on Hwy 2 called the Klondike Loop along Lake LaBerge (85 miles long) from Whitehorse towards Dawson City. This highway takes us into Alaska more north at Chicken, AK. We crossed the Yukon Bridge and had several views of this awesome river.
We stopped at a viewpoint to see the Five Fingers Rapids on the Yukon, named by early miners for the 5 channels or fingers, formed by the rock pillars that are a serious navigational hazard. The safest passage is through the nearest, or east, passage. There was a trail starting with 219 steps down and a .6 mile trail to get a closer look, but it was very cold & windy and threatening showers, so Larry & I didn’t go.
Sure enough, the showers hit, but not for too long. It helped keep the dust down on the dirt portions of the road. We arrived at Pelly Crossing Campground which was all but deserted. I think we only had one other camper near us. It was very lush and green, moist and VERY mosquito-y. We sat around a campfire for a short while before we tired of waving the bugs away. We were not bitten since we all had "OFF", but it was annoying having them swarm around our faces.
Pelly Crossing was established as a ferry crossing & construction camp at the Pelly River.