Circle City sign
Eagle Summit looking NE Photos Courtesy Ed.
Eagle Summit is well above timberline. This is great country for ptarmigan hunting in August or September, but Eagle Summit is best known for the summer solstice. Though it doesn’t ever get completely dark during summer nights in Fairbanks, the sun does set at least briefly every night. But on June 21, if the sky is clear, the added elevation at Eagle Summit means watchers can see the sun that never sets. At midnight (true midnight, not daylight savings time), the sun dips against the northern horizon but never quite sinks below it.
The last 35 miles of the Steese Highway, from Central to Circle (also known as Circle City), runs mostly through lowland forests of spruce and birch. Circle, 162 miles from Fairbanks, was erroneously named by area miners in the late 19th century who thought the town site was actually on the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, the Arctic Circle is about 50 miles farther north.