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Old 03-18-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Question Denali Highway, Which Way Should I Go?

For those who have ridden the Denali Highway, if could only do it once, which direction would you travel: Paxon to Cantwell or the reverse?
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:14 AM   #2
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Where would ur starting point be from ? Like anchorage or north coming into Alaska?

If I was doing it from where I live. I would do cantwell to Paxton , then head up Fairbanks or down to Valdez.

Denali is on my ride list this year .0
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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East to west is much more scenic in my opinion. You'll ride with Denali in your face shield much of the way.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:52 AM   #4
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I did it last summer went in thru Cantwell. +1 khuddy Paxton is really the way to do it.
Rather keep Denali in my faceshield then having to turn around to maybe catch a view.

I think that was the way the road was originally put in?
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:42 PM   #5
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I rode Paxton to Cantwell myself. Its about 30 miles longer from Anchorage to Paxton so I had Denalli in front of me and the shorter pavement home. There is also a good restaurant for breakfast if its open in Cantwell. Good after a night of camping on the hwy.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #6
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east to west is much more scenic in my opinion. You'll ride with denali in your face shield much of the way.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:02 PM   #7
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I will definitely be doing this ride sometime this summer. Are you allowed to camp anywhere along the Denali Highway? Are there area's to pullover and setup a tent? Are there normal full camp grounds?
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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I will definitely be doing this ride sometime this summer. Are you allowed to camp anywhere along the Denali Highway? Are there area's to pullover and setup a tent? Are there normal full camp grounds?

Quick answer to all of your questions is: YES. Which would then be clarified with "Depends..."

There are infinite options for 'wild' camping... if you are proficient and don't need much outside of what you are carrying. There are a couple campgrounds along the way that have a little bit more in the way of pit toilets and actual camp spaces. And then there are a couple of Lodges that have rooms and more services yet.
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[QUOTE=nuttynu;20975861]Where would ur starting point be from ? Like anchorage or north coming into Alaska?

I am the OP and appreciate all your responses very much

My route is not set in stone. Maybe I will just ride it both directions and decide for myself I am planning on Inuvik either before or after this little jaunt into Alaska but maybe a trip to Valdez would be good too.

OK, if I do Denali both ways and end up back in Paxson, and I don't ride to Valdez, would you guys recommend going north or south (most scenic) to get back to TOK and back to Canada?

Or, if I ride Denali to Cantwell, is it worth riding a loop either north or south (again for scenic quality) to get back to Tok?
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:49 PM   #10
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Richardson is way better than going on Parks highway.
If your ride from cantwell to Paxton, you'll have to go up to delta junction to Tok, or Paxton's to Tok... Up to your choice.
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Quick answer to all of your questions is: YES. Which would then be clarified with "Depends..."

There are infinite options for 'wild' camping... if you are proficient and don't need much outside of what you are carrying. There are a couple campgrounds along the way that have a little bit more in the way of pit toilets and actual camp spaces. And then there are a couple of Lodges that have rooms and more services yet.
Thanks. As long as there's a small clear area to throw up a tent, I'm good
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:17 PM   #12
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For those who have ridden the Denali Highway, if could only do it once, which direction would you travel: Paxon to Cantwell or the reverse?
I did it twice and both times I entered from Cantwell and after few miles dropped all my stuff in a bush marked it on the GPS and went to Paxon and back .....this way u can also explore lots of side roads some awesome river crossing and also u can camp anywhere u want....it's a spectacular place
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:09 PM   #13
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I did it twice and both times I entered from Cantwell and after few miles dropped all my stuff in a bush marked it on the GPS and went to Paxon and back .....this way u can also explore lots of side roads some awesome river crossing and also u can camp anywhere u want....it's a spectacular place
Sounds like I may want to spend a few days camping along this road. I may have to pack one of my fishing rods after all
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:37 AM   #14
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I'm coming down from D2D, spending a night at Tok, then west to Delta Junction, south to Paxson, west on Denali Highway to Cantwell (camping somewhere along the way), then down to Anchorage for new tires and a real bed, then Palmer to Tok via the cutoff. I like the 'looks' of this loop and riding all day with The Mountain in my face is not all bad. I'm sure the highway from Palmer back to Tok is less scenic than doing the Denali the other direction but I dislike backtracking.

BTW, I'm going from Tok to Haines and taking the ferry to Prince Rupert on the 27th of June. I have a cabin for four reserved in Haines for the night of the 26th, room for two more if anyone is going that way.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:22 AM   #15
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That is going to by a great trip, from Palmer going to Tok on the Glen hwy is a beautiful ride, on the way between Haines Junction and Haines itself is nothing to sneeze at. Make sure you stop at the Eagle Sanctuary just north on Haines

Your going to have a great time

I"m planning on spending a couple of weeks on Prince of Wales Island this

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