Taylor Highway

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Alaska Route 5 marker

Taylor Highway

Taylor Highway highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Alaska DOT&PF
Length160 mi (260 km)
Major junctions
South end AK-2 (Alaska Highway) at Tetlin Junction
Major intersectionsTop of the World Highway at Jack Wade Junction
North endFront Street in Eagle
CountryUnited States
BoroughsUnorganized Borough
Highway system
AK-4 AK-6
Fall colors along Taylor Highway

The Taylor Highway (numbered Alaska Route 5) is a highway in the U.S. state of Alaska that extends 160 miles (258 km) from Tetlin Junction, about 11 miles (17 km) east of Tok on the Alaska Highway, to Eagle.

Route description[edit]

The first 60 miles (97 km) of the highway is paved; the rest is gravel. The highway is closed to automobile traffic from October through April, but is used by snowmobiles in the winter. The large Fortymile caribou herd roams near the highway. The highway also provides access to the Fortymile River National Wild and Scenic River system.


Wagon trails had supplied Eagle, Chicken, and the historic Fortymile Mining District since the nineteenth century. The Fortymile Road was established in 1951 and later renamed in honor of ARC President (1932–1948) Ike P. Taylor. It connects to the Top of the World Highway 96 miles (154 km) from Tetlin, at Jack Wade Junction, allowing road access to Dawson City, Yukon during parts of the year. It is 79 miles (127 km) from Jack Wade Junction to Dawson City.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Unorganized Borough.

Tetlin Junction00.0 AK-2 (Alaska Highway) – Tok, CanadaSouthern terminus of Alaska Route 5 & Taylor Highway
Chicken66106Airport RoadTo Chicken Airport
Jack Wade Junction96154 Hwy 9 (Top of the World Highway) – Dawson CityWestern terminus of Top of the World Highway
Eagle160260Front StreetNorthern terminus of Alaska Route 5
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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