The Silver Trail connects Mayo, Elsa, and Keno City with the North Klondike Highway. Also known as Yukon Highway 11, the Silver Trail was given its name due to the history of silver mining in the region. The road is paved as far as the Mayo Airport, and is unpaved from that point to Elsa and Keno City.
If there is one thing that typifies Silver Trail area, it is accessibility. Nowhere else can the traveler find such easy access to a mountain top experience or to the human history of an era. Be sure to stop at the roadside pullouts to learn more about this historic area.
Points of InterestDevil’s Elbow Wetland km 10 (mi. 6) Discover the age-old movements of the moose, the river, and the Na Cho Nyak Dun, the “Big River People.” Interpretive panels lead you on a 750 m (less than 0.5 mi.) walk to a viewing deck overlooking the Stewart River Valley and its important wetland habitat for moose and waterfowl. Stewart River Lookout km 19 (mi. 12) Waterfowl nest int he adjacent sloughs, while swallows feed overhead. In the evening or early morning, you may be lucky to see moose feeding on aquatic vegetation. Binet House, Mayo km 52 (mi. 32) A restored heritage building in Mayo (corner of Second and Centre streets), Binet House is home to displays on area history, wildlife, geology, and local permafrost studies. Nearby is a monument marking the start of the Prince of Wales Trail and the local section of the Trans Canada Trail Five Mile Lake Campground km 57 (mi. 35) A trail around the lake provides access to a wetland that is particularly active in early June. Mule Deer are sometimes seen in the hillsides. Wareham Lake km 60 (mi. 37) Wareham Lake was created in 1951 when the Mayo River was dammed to provide electricity to the mines of Elsa and Keno. The dam now provides power for use as far north as Dawson. Minto Creek Bridge km 64 (mi. 40) A variety of habitats draws wildlife to this rich wetland complex. Panels interpret the human and natural history of the area. Mount Haldane km 76 (mi 47) Watch for the turnoff to the northeast just before Halfway Lakes. Follow a gravel road 3.5 km (2 mi.) to the trail head. This 6.5 km (4 mi.) trail leads to the summit of Mount Haldane, which offers wonderful opportunities to view subalpine fauna and flora. Estimated time is 6 hours return. A trail guide is available at the Binet House in Mayo. Signpost Hill, Keno City km 111 (mi. 69) This area is renowned for its arctic butterflies, but there is fare more than that to see. Collared Pika and Hoary Marmots are commonly seen. The Signpost Road, which can be driven (not suited for RVs), leads 10.5 km (6.5 mi.) to the milepost sign on top of Keno Hill. Lean more about alpine wildlife at the Keno Hill Alpine Interpretive Centre, beside the Keno City Mining Museum. Pick up your copy of Viewing Alpine Wildlife on Keno Hill and Exploring Keno Hill: Stories of a silver deposit, or any of the other free brochures.