Jun 4, 2009 - Canada, Travel, Yukon    1 Comment

Five Finger Rapids

The Five Finger Rapids are quite possibly the best known landmark on the Yukon River and were quite an obstacle for ships to pass on their way north. They are called such because of four islands in the river creating five channels, of which only one, the most easterly, is navigable. The hike down to the rapids is easy, but not the one back as it is an incredibly steep climb up a long staircase.

Five Finger Rapids as seen from the observation deck off the Klondike Highway

Five Finger Rapids as seen from the observation deck off the Klondike Highway

Just a small portion of the stairs that needed to be climbed back up!

Just a small portion of the stairs that needed to be climbed back up!

About halfway down to the Rapids

About halfway down to the Rapids

At level with the rapids

At level with the rapids

spot Miranda ;)

spot Miranda 😉

the Rapids as seen from the observation deck at the bottom of the trail

the Rapids as seen from the observation deck at the bottom of the trail

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