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Dawson’s Midnight Dome

No visit to Dawson is complete with a stop at the scenic Midnight Sun Dome. Featuring a panoramic vista of Dawson City and a second bonus view of the Yukon River valley and take in the Ogilvie Mountain Range.

You can drive to the viewpoint by turning onto the aptly named Dome Road just outside of town. The winding road will take you right to the top. It’s about a 10-15 minute drive.

You can also hike the trail right from town. The trailhead is found right off of 9th Avenue and King Street. There are a few access points to get onto the trail (9th Avenue Trail) that lead to the dome. An easy one is to follow King Street away from the river (only six blocks). When you reach the end of King street follow the path that veers to the right. You’ll come across the trail as it follows the hillside to the left. As it gains elevation for a mile until you reach a large slide (Moosehide Slide). Cross the slide near the base and continue until you reach a junction.

The left fork of the junction provides access to the community of Moosehide, part of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in settlement. You need permission to use that part of the trail. You can reach their office at 993-5385.

Take the right fork at the junction take the trail to the right where the trail will turn into a steeper climb. Elevation gain is 1,700 feet and roundtrip distance is about 5km depending on where you hook up to the trail.