On our way back to the AlCan we paused at the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve which is hard to describe without using superlatives: It’s the largest wilderness and national park in the U.S., containing 9 of our 16 highest peaks. It’s bigger than 6 Yellowstone National Parks. It has 4 mountain ranges with 300 mountains. Of its 3k glaciers, one is the size of Rhode Island, and another is 75 miles long. The stats don’t stop.
On a clear day anywhere near this place, the mountains of the park dominate the landscape.
In the Yukon town of Whitehorse we turned toward Skagway on the South Klondike Highway. From there the road follows the rivers and lakes and the railroad about a hundred very scenic miles down to the coast.
Skagway is a lovely little port at the north end of the Inside Passage, with 832 permanent residents. The other 9k people there were visitors from 4 cruise ships, which stop here each day from April to October. The place seems able to maintain its character and sense of Gold Rush history.