With the Klondike Highway bordering the northern side of Summit Lake and the White Pass Railway snaking along the opposite shore, views of the lake are a staple on any journey from Skagway, Alaska into the Yukon Territory. You can take in the scenery from the train windows, but if you want the chance to stop at the lake, choose a Klondike Highway bus tour that stops at Summit Lake along with other lakes, parks, and historic sites.xa0 Alternately, you can rent a car and travel the route at your own speed, enabling you to spend extra time relaxing at the lake or exploring the surrounding hiking trails.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Summit Lake is a pleasant spot to stop for a rustic picnic, but there are no picnic tables or bathrooms at the lake.
- If visiting from Skagway, Alaska, be sure to bring your passport for the border crossing.
- There are no campgrounds at the lake—the nearest accommodations are in Skagway, Alaska and Carcross, Yukon.
How to Get There
Summit Lake is located along the Klondike Highway about 47 miles (75 kilometers) south of Carcross, Yukon and 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of Skagway, Alaska. You can view the lake from the White Pass Railway or visit by bus tour or car.
When to Get There
The lake is beautiful all year-round, with sparkling clear water from May through September and an ice-covered surface the remainder of the year. Hiking around the lake is possible in the summer while in winter the area lends itself to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Top Sites Along the South Klondike Highway The scenic Klondike Highway offers a road into the mighty Yukon Territory and is a popular road trip for cruise ship passengers docked in Skagway. After Summit Lake, head to the historic town of Carcross—alive with gold rush history and First Nation culture. Take time to enjoy the beaches along Bennett Lake. Stop for photos at the colorful Emerald Lake—the vibrant green lake makes a great turn-around point for a day trip from Skagway.
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