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Mountain Passes in Alaska and Western Canada


Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway

4,739 feet / 1,444 meters

This pass over the Brooks Range is north of the Arctic Circle. Despite its brutal winter weather it carries heavy truck traffic year round to supply the oil fields at Deadhorse on Prudhoe Bay.

Wikipedia article: Atigun Pass

 thumbnail - The summit of Atigun Pass at 4739 feet

The summit of Atigun Pass, where the Dalton Highway crosses the Brooks Range at 4739 feet

where the Dalton Highway crosses the Brooks Range, Alaska

September 3, 2010
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Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range

McLaren Summit on the Denali Highway

4,086 feet / 1,245 meters

Denali Highway climbs gradually to this begtle summit in the Amphitheater Mountains.

Wikipedia article: Denali Highway

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The Denali Highway reaches its high point at Mclaren Summit, 4086 feet (1245 m) high.

Denali Highway, Alaska

August 10, 2013
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Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains

3,886 feet / 1148 meters

Wikipedia article: Hatcher Pass

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The road summit at 3886 feet (1184 m) is just above Summit Lake.

Talkeetna Mountains between Willow and Palmer, Alaska

August 15, 2013
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The Hatcher Pass Road

Thompson Pass is crossed by the Richardson Highway north of Valdez

2,805 foot / 855 meters

This gap in the Chugach Mountains holds the record for greatest annual snowfall in Alaska, averaging 46 feet/14 meters total per year.

Wikipedia article: Thompson Pass

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Worthington Lake, , just north of Thompson Pass, with power lines and buried Alaska Pipeline

north of Thompson Pass, Alaska

September 11, 2010
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White Pass north of Skagway, Alaska

2,864 feet / 873 meters

Historic White Pass was the scene of the Klondike Gold Rush "stampede" of 1898 and is traversed by the famous White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, and the Klondike Highway. It rises a vertical half mile directly from sea leval at Skagway.

Wikipedia article: White Pass

 thumbnail - The summit of White Pass, border between Alaska and the Yukon

International border at the summit of White Pass, between Whitehorse in the Yukon and Skagway in Alaska

north of Skagway, Alaska

August 26, 2010
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Summit of the Top of the World Highway

4,127 foot / 1258 meter

The Top of the World Highway connects Dawson on the Yukon River in the Yukon with Chicken and Tok Junction in Alaska. It reaches a roller-coaster series of summits in tundra near Poker Flat on the US-Canada boundary.

Wikipedia article: Top of the World Highway

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The 4127 foot summit of the Top of the World Highway, on the international border

near the Poker Creek border crossing, Yukon Territory, Canada

August 30, 2010
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Chilkat Pass on the Haines Highway

3,510 feet / 1,070 meters

The Haines Highway climbs from tidewater on the Alaskan coast to above timberline, runs for many miles through tundra, then drops gradually to the Yukon River

Wikipedia article: Haines Highway

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Despite the quick drive up from Haines at sea level, Chilkat Summit at 3510 feet (1070 m) is in tundra.

Haines Highway, British Columbia, Canada

August 7, 2013
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Summit Lake on the Alaska Highway

4,250 feet / 1295 meters

Summit Lake occupies a notch in the barren Northern Rockies and is the highest point on the Alaska Highway.

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Approaching Summit Lake, highest point on the Alaska Highway

Summit Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

August 21, 2010
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Gnat Summit on the Cassiar Highway near Dease Lake

4071 feet / 1141 meters

Gnat Summit is on the Continental Divide. It separates the Stikine River, which flows west to the Pacific Ocean, from the Dease River, which flows north and east into the Liard River, then the McKenzie River to the Arctic Ocean.

Wikipedia article: Stewart-Cassiar Highway

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Just south of Gnat Summit on the Cassiar Highway

south of Dease Lake on the Cassiar Highway, British Columbia, Canada

September 17, 2010
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Heckman Pass on the "Freedom Road"

4879 foot / 1487 meters

The "Freedom Road" climbs from the Bella Coola Valley over Rainbow Range to the Chilcotin Plateau and eventually to Williams Lake. It is noted for grades up to 18% and was completed in 1953 by volunteers.

Wikipedia article: Heckman Pass

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Halfway up "The Hill" leading out of the Bella Coola Valley

Heckman Pass in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

July 17, 2004
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Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park (of Canada)

4360 feet / 1330 meters

Rogers Pass is where both the Trans-Canada Highway and Canadian Pacific Railway cross the Selkirk Mountains. It is noted for heavy snowfall and severe avalanche danger.

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Just west of the summit of Rogers Pass

Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada

August 7, 2005
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Crowsnest Pass

4455 feet / 1358 meters

The Crowsnest Highway is the major east-west route in southern British Columbia and Alberta and is paralleled by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Crowsnest Pass itself is on the Continental Divide, between dainages leading west via the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers to the Pacific, and east to Hudson Bay.

Wikipedia article: Crowsnest Pass

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Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada

July 24, 2003
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