Steese Highway -
Mile 0 to 29
The Steese Highway (Alaska Route 6) extends 162 miles/260 km from Fairbanks to Circle, a community on the Yukon River just 50 miles below the Arctic Circle.
The first 44 miles/71 km of the route are paved and the remainder is a good gravel road.
A number of wilderness hiking and canoe trails along the route are maintained
by the Bureau of Land Management. These include the Chatanika River Canoe Trail (28 miles long), the Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail (24 miles), and the Birch Creek Wilderness Canoe Trail (150 miles). The following log gives trail access points. If you intend to hike or canoe along any of these trails, be sure to obtain detailed information and maps from the Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks District Office, 1028 Aurora Dr., Box 1150, Fairbanks, AK 99701.
Updates on Road Conditions and Construction: http://511.alaska.gov
mile 86--Interior Ambulance Rescue Squad 911 or 459-6500 or 452-1313 Alaska State Troopers.
mile 162 Circle--Central Emergency Team 911 or 452-1313 Alaska State Troopers.
mile 0-Fairbanks Convention and Visitor Bureau.
mile 1/km 1.6- College Road-Bentley Mall.
mile 2/km 3.2-Junction of Old Steese Hwy.
mile 2.7/km 4.3-Farmer's Loop Road and Birch Hill Recreation Area.
mile 5/km 8-Junction. Chena Hot Springs Road extends 57 miles/91 km to Chena Hot Springs Resort.
mile 6.5/km 10.5-Viewpoint of Fairbanks.
mile 7/km 11.3-Good view of pipeline.
mile 9.4/km 15.1-Goldstream Road.
mile 11/km 17.7-Fox junction. Gas, meals, groceries. The town is named for Fox Creek and is the site of a mining camp founded in 1905.
The Gold Dredge #8 can be found near Fox, and I would recommend a stop to see this incredible piece of equipment. There are informative tours and a chance to pan for gold. At mile 9/km 14.5 on the Old Steese Highway near the Alaska Pipeline viewpoint. See Things to Do in Fairbanks for more detail.
From here, the Elliott Highway (Alaska Route 2) branches off to Livengood (gas, groceries), an old gold rush camp about 70 miles/km 112.6 from here. The road continues on past Livengood
another 87 miles/140 km to Manley Hot Springs (gas, groceries, rooms, meals).
Just 1/2 mile from this junction (on Elliott Highway) is a cold water spring with water piped almost to the
road. For years, many Fairbanks residents have made frequent trips here to get their drinking water. A picnic area (tables, firepits, toilets) is near the spring.
The White Mountain Summer
Trail (23 miles long) begins at mile 27 on the Elliott Highway. The first part of the trail extends eastward over Wickersham Dome, a popular 4-hour round trip hike from the highway trail ends at Beaver Creek
(excellent grayling fishing) where there is a public use cabin (Borealis-LeFevre) available on a reservation basis and for a fee.
Another public use cabin is located at mile 62 on the
Elliott Highway and can be reached by car. For detailed maps and cabin reservations, contact the BLM office in Fairbanks.
Tolovana River Campground is located at mile 57 on Elliott Highway
and has 6 camp sites.
mile 13.5/km 21.7-NOAA Command and Data Acquisition Station.
The station is one of two in the U.S. responsible for tracking and commanding the nations' environmental and weather satellites. Several large antennae are employed to downlink environmental data, which provides the nation with information for its weather forecasts, search & rescue capabilites and ozone monitoring. Visitors can learn about the methods and equipment used to operate the satellites, as well as look at how and why the data is distributed. Tourists who call ahead can coordinate their visit to the tracking schedule in order to watch the whole process in action. Tours are available daily from 8am - 4 pm. Call 907 451-1200 for more information.
mile 13.8/km 22.2-NASA Spaceflight Tracking & Data Network Station.
mile 16.5/km 26.5-Parking. Monument to Felix Pedro, who discovered gold on
Pedro Creek in July 1902.
mile 17.7/km 28.5-Parking.
mile 19.6/km 31.5-Parking.
mile 21/km 33.8-Cleary Summit, 2,233
ft., is a ski area in winter.
This is an excellent spot (along with summits at mile 85 and mile 110) to watch the summer solstice (June 21). During this period, the "midnight" sun never sets. On a clear day, the summit also affords good view of Tanana Valley and Mt. McKinley to the south, and the White Mountains to the north.
mile 23/km 37-Good view of abandoned mining town of Cleary, across the valley, parking.
mile 27.9/km 44.9-Chatanika. Site of old gold mining camp.
Tailing piles-gravel and boulders unearthed and left behind by giant dredges-are mute evidence of a gold field that once produced millions of dollars. For the next 30 miles, the highway parallels
the Chatanika River-grayling, northern pike, whitefish, sheefish.
mile 27.9/km 44.9-Old F.E. Company Camp.
mile 28.7/km 46.2-Abandoned Gold
Dredge, reached by short walk over tailing piles.
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