Cassiar Hiway 37?

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  1. jprism

    jprism Got Miles & Smiles

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    On my return trip from Alaska, I am planning to ride highway 37 south from Watson Lake to Kitwanga and then turn east on highway 16 to Jasper. I have heard that 37 can be pretty rough going...is that true or is it just frost heaves with construction areas.
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  2. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Mostly gravel but a good road. Was raining a bit when I rode it in 2011, but no issues. Its definetly a must do for a ride to the north. Don't forget to stop by Hyder, AK and Stewart, BC!! Not far out of the way on 37A just a bit north of the intersection with 16 at Kitwanga.
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  3. willys

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    Gravel...??????

    I don't remember any gravel??? Done it twice now once in perfectly clear weather and once in the drizzle and pouring rain......mucho wildlife...so much you just give up counting! Research Telegrapg Creek just west of dease lake. You can either motel/hotel at Bell II or camp behind it....camping is cheap, a bed isn't! Hyder/Stewart is great also but you must go past them to Salmon Glacier......
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  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    That road has been paved for years, but you can encounter construction zones when the road is being repaired.
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  5. ggemelos

    ggemelos Been here awhile

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    I rode 37 in July of 2012 coming back from Alaska. I do not remember too much gravel, but it can get pretty cold. Gas is also scarce, I was riding a Ducati Monster with a 160 mile range and would never pass up a gas station without filling up. I had a spare gallon of gas, but never needed to use it. There is a great restaurant at Tatogga Lake that is worth stopping at, it was the best food by far along the entire road. The other options were all pretty bad. Enjoy the trip.
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  6. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Gravel??? Sure was gravel when I rode it in the rain in 1991. They paved most of it in the following years. Roommate went up in 94(?) and mostly paved by then.:wink:

    Did Hwy 20....Bella Coola and back last summer and then headed north to do the Nisga'a and then to 37 at Cranberry Junction and some ways North but the weather was real shitty in July. Fine by me....I'll try again next summer.:wink:

    Be ready for the weather at any time of the year up there.:clap
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  7. charlesdarwin

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    Yep, very nice ride. Make sure you go to Hyder, eat at The Bus.
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  8. super21

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    I rode it from Watson lake in aug 2010 on my bagger. No gravel at all but there was a fire up by Watson lake and I had to get an escort. Gas can be a problem so get it when you ca. It is a pretty ride with lots of bears along the road.
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  10. dungbeatle

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    Came down in 2012 and was a great ride, ton of wildlife so beware and no night riding. Some scattered construction but good news, bikes go to front of line.
    Telegraph creek is most definetly worth do a bit of research on for a visit, history and the views are fantastic.
    Gas is rare so fill up when available for worry free riding, lots of stop to take i so do not be in a hurry and soak it al up.
    Sid emote if you are camping, do not try and find a place in Watson Lake, we found it to be very unfriendly to bike camping, we rode just west of Cass junction and a fully equipped camp ground is there with laundry and the works.
    Have a great ride.
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  11. corney

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    True that, and make sure you get Hyderized! The bear watch is cool as well.

    Stay on the Canadian side in the campground. It is nice the Hyder campground is to close to the dusty road up to the glacier. Which reminds me make it up to the glacier as well!
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  12. NVHOM

    NVHOM nvhom

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    I also rode the cassiar in June of 2012 and2011 It was paved all the way except for 1 mile section in 2011 near good hope lake. The side trip to Telegraph creek was the best part of either trip. This June I plan on going back again just to do that road,this time all the way to the end at glenora. Going back to Ontario by way of crows nest pass and along Canadian border Looking for a partner who likes to rough camp
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  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    any gravel you might find on that road now is just recent road repair, likely a washout which is a common occurrence on that road.

    the Cassier is great with some fall color...

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    the Telegraph Creek road is cool too...

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    little traffic on that road, but the few native drivers encountered have their foot to the floor, use caution. also, don't ride that road at night, like i did.
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