Best roads to ride in Alaska

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Dazzer, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    Hi

    Leigh and I will be arriving in Canada on the 24th August. our bike is being shipped from Korea and should arrive in Seattle just after we arrive in Vancouver. When we get confirmation the bike as arrived we will get the bus down to Seattle and collect our bike.

    We will be riding north to Alaska and would like any tips on best route to ride and sights to see on route north and on our return route south.

    Any info at all will helpful

    Thanks . Dazzer and Leigh

    photos and write up of our trip so far here

    http://www.bmwgs.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=10
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  2. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    bring your snow shoes :vardy
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  3. USBYGS

    USBYGS Riding the World

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    We saw a dozen bears riding up the Cassiar last week...
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  4. windypoint

    windypoint Been here awhile

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    Bring your rain gear for Southeast Alaska. It has been a wet and cold Summer. The Haines Highway from Haines to Haines Junction in the Yukon is one of the top rides in Alaska. I am curious why you waited until so late in the season?:eek1
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  5. ThatGuy

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    I'd say Hathers Pass and the Denali Hwy but you may need to heed Friars suggestion. Weather has been "interesting".
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  6. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    we left the UK at the Start of May. Its been a long ride through Europe Russia and Mongolia. Now were in Korea and covered 14,000 miles .

    Were from Yorkshire in the UK ,so used to wet cold weather and after the 40 plus c and high humidity here it may come as some relief to ride in a cool climate. were still looking forward to it.

    ps get your bike's ready we will try and bring a late summer with us :D

    Thanks

    Dazzer and Leigh
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  7. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    +1 for the Denali Highway. Just made our first trip through. Paxson to Cantwell is the most scenic from what I've been told, and I must agree. If you two are in Palmer and need a place to crash PM me.
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  8. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    Excellent Thank You.
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  9. windypoint

    windypoint Been here awhile

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    If you do find yourselves in Haines, send me a note on PM. I can't offer a bed but I would be happy to buy you guys a drink.
    Ken
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  10. NorthernStar

    NorthernStar Hardly Working in Progress

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    On your way out - you may want to try the Tok cut off from Gakona to Tok thru Slana with a side trip to Devils Mountain Lodge / Nabesna.
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  11. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Its not unheard of to have great weather in Sep, cool nights but nice days.
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  12. crash!!!

    crash!!! Adventurer

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    But still awesome. Do Fairbanks to circle city. That was my best ride this past summer. Also tok to eagle and then back to Dawson is a awesome ride as well! No matter what riding you do in Alaska, it is all phenomenal! Just hit the dirt!:deal

    Crash!!!
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  13. nuttynu

    nuttynu Long timer

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    cold and wet
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  14. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    ThanAll
    I will post again once we have collected our bike from Seattle and we have a better idea of dates that we will be in your area. a Cold Beers sounds great :freaky

    Dazzer and Leigh
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  15. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    That must have been quite a sight. What kind of bikes were they riding?


    :D
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  16. tomasv

    tomasv Check the Czech!

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    Just came back on Sat from 2.5 weeks Seattle - Alaska

    Roads to ride:

    Cassier HWY (make sure to go to Telegraph Creek!)

    Dempster to Inuvik - careful there, I hit a moose there on day 6 of our trip - details later

    Top of the world HWY to Alaska

    Denali HWY to Fairbanks - make a trip to Manley hot springs and take a bath in the green house - AMAZING!

    Dalton to Prudhoe - might be too late

    Hatchers pass near Palmer - AMAZING but careful, we got almost snowed in last week and there was about 1 inch of snow just about 100 elevenation meters above us

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  17. TSD

    TSD Adventurer Wannabe

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    +1 on Cassiar, 37a to Hyder if you get a chance...

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  18. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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  19. oclv454

    oclv454 Been here awhile

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    I'm still in Alaska. Left Tahoe on July 8th. The weather has been pretty good recently. I just went 6 days without rain gear! The mosquitos have quieted down a lot. Pick your days over the high country. I went over Atigun two weeks ago and the next day it snowed and they closed the road for a day. I've been to Hyder, Skagway, Haines, dawson City, Eagle, Chena, Circle, Deadhorse, Manley, Talkeetna, Nabesna, McCarthy, Valdez, Whittier, Seward, Homer and the Spit, Hope, Hatcher Pass, old Denali highway, and points in between. The highlights for me (and everyone is different) have been staying at the Devil's Mountain Lodge in Nabesna, camping on the river on the Cheena Hotsprings road, the Dalton highway (even though it was very muddy the day I went north), and camping on the beach at the Homer Spit Campground (past the Salty Dawg on the right). A couple neat surprises were going through the Whittier Tunnel, lunch in Hope at The Seaview Bar and Cafe, the municipal campground in Seward, Talkeetna, Hatcher Pass, and Atigun Pass. I have to mention the Nabesna road and Devil's Mountain Lodge again. The Ellis's were wonderful at the lodge and you will feel like you are really in Alaska. A couple bummers are that there is no gas in Paxson, the Circle Hot Springs have been closed for years (apparently I was the only person in Alaska that didn't know this), Skagway (ride to Skagway but either turn around right before town or go straight to the ferry, the mud on the road to Manley (slipperyiest I found in all of Alaska), The busses in Denali National Park, and the prices for just about everything up here. Don't look at the weather reports.....it never seems to be as bad as they say. Expect it to rain a bit every day and take it as a bonus if it doesn't. I've had a blast and hate to leave. I hope you have as much fun as I have had.
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  20. AKTroy

    AKTroy BE AWARE OF TRAINS

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    Yeah thats the way ya do it!

    And reminds me I've got to do that Nabesna ride!
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