Landscape

The truly majestic scenery of Haines comes from the glacier terrain that formed the area many years ago. Haines is surrounded by mountains and water. Rising high above the town are the Takinsha Mountains and Chilkat Range to the south, Takshanuk Mountains to the north and Coast Mountains to the east across the Lynn Canal.

Heading northwest from Haines, you will find yourself following the Chilkat River. This river is located in an immense valley carved out long ago by a glacier. To the east is the Lynn Canal, another area that once held a glacier. The Lynn Canal, or Lynn Fjord, is one of the longest and deepest fjords in the world. The fjord measures 60 miles long and more then 2,000 feet deep.

Remnants of Haines’ glacier history can still be seen in Rainbow and Davidson Glaciers in the Chilkat Range. Although no road connects directly to these glaciers, beautiful views can be seen from Mud Bay Road through Chilkat State Park.

Haines is a breathtakingly scenic community. We are reminded of this daily when we look outside. A favorite view for many locals and visitors alike is from Picture Point off Lutak Road. Looking at this view of our community we are reminded everyday of how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful location. Enjoy all the scenery Haines has to offer.