The anchor leg rider may face serious headwinds on this leg and riders may find working together against the wind helpful. This leg hugs the Chilkat River and is generally flat approaching Haines. The river widens and there are signs of civilization. The road is narrow here and there isn’t much shoulder.
Once in Haines, the riders and drivers stay right at the Y intersection and about 1 km further, drivers are sent right up a hill to get into the parade grounds the back way where there is vehicle parking. Riders continue straight following the signs, up the next steep hill to the right.
There is the opportunity for a final short downhill sprint to the finish in front of the parade grounds. Here the cheering spectators and early finishers can relax with their hard-earned beers at the Beer Garden watching the riders finish.