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Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Stranded in Iowa, Apr 7, 2006.
i did this highway last summer end of july and had perfect weather,70deg f. it's 90% dirt..i rode my v-strom 650 and it is easy.i went from denali park to valdez in a day.
Don't worry about it, Just enjoy the ride. You'll find gravel, pavement, rain, and if your lucky a little snow.
It should be a great time.
Alaska is FANTASTiC !
Hey Kyle-I'll try to order the optional "good weather" package for you when you get here but no guarantees!
The Denali is a good choice. The ends are paved, about 20 miles past Paxson and 8-10 miles past Cantwell. The condition can range from fantastic to impassable, depends on the rain and degree of maintenence.
You don't need a gun unless you are venturing well off the pizza delivery grid. There are about 3 places I carry and it's doubtful that you'll be going there on a KLR...maybe one place, I might be convinced to take you to my "secret" fishing hole.
Rememebr to keep in touch when you get here!
There is no "old" Denali highway, and no road parallel to the Denali. There are a few side roads, the Valdez Creek mine road, Clearwater creek trails, etc, so I'm wondering about this map!
Here is my Denali pic from last summer. It rained so hard all the way across, that in places the water was 2 feet deep. I met some tourers on a rented 1200GS and they turned around. I ain't that easily swayed.
No other road exists, really!
I have used ATV's across those valleys and chased wolves all the way to the Glaciers, on my sno-gos. No other road alongside.
All other roads run perpendicular to it.
But no matter the weather, Denali Highway is in fact "The Great One!" Of many in Alaska.
Even with the torential rain that I saw across the Denali Highway, it was a good hard surface, not slick or spooky.
One of the close easily completed routes. But understand it is still prety remote, no cell phones, real phones, or 7-11's. Your all alone, yet as we are seeing more and more public traffic. On one of our rides we didn't see but one other vehicle. All the way across, yet I did see an OLD 70's Honda 750 with bald tires at Gracious House (link). The guy was all alone, and he seemed unafraid of his impending doom. Oh well so much for tourists....
I caged it across the Denali a few years ago, after it was raining-the road by Brushkana was 6" of mud. As we were hitting the pavement at Cantwell, a couple of full bagger hogs were going in. I did not see a bright future for them...
WOW! the "Best Bridge Ever" award goes to
I agree w/ Gus and 5... there's no road in the area that you're talking about.
There was one though.
About 6 or so years ago I took my family camping back in there. Pitched camp on the north side of the Denali Hwy about 1/4 mile off the road. One of the guys on the camping trip used to head up security for some mine that's back in there and knew the area really well. We had a few 4wheelers and I followed the others back to a river w/ an old log cabin beside it. Long abandoned, it was still better than no tent in my book but not by much.
Close to the cabin was a river that looked like it was probably crossable on foot but you'd need to rope off just in case and you'd be dead cold on the other side. I'd imagine that the water level there varies wildly and at that time there were still snow patches and it was probably early June or so.
Jutting out from the other side though was a wooden bridge base w/ some rotted timbers still poking out over the far side cut bank. Not much of it there but enough to tell that at one point it must've been a well built wooden bridge. Long enough ago though that whatever road led up to it on the side of the river we were on had been reclaimed. Near as I recall though it looked like there might be some roadbed left on the other side.
A guy could get back to that cabin and the bridge stump at the time on a GS w/ less effort than it took Friar, 5, and I to get back up that old boulder strewn mining road in the Willow District last year. Terrain was different too. No boulders / some muskeg / some serious muck holes in spots. Might not be the case this summer. Regardless, it ain't a road by any standard and may no longer be a passable trail.
The chances of you running into it w/out some serious effort are zero but I suppose it might be reported on some maps of the area.
Yeah, you just keep thinking that if you have to cross it while it's wet!
looks like a case of double double vision
The "Grizzley Man" was a flippin idiot. The bears finally got tired of putting up with him. He wouldn't have lasted that many seasons in Spenard. You haven't offended anyone here. Stop by when you are in Anchorage. Barb
you said it Barb! no great loss.
Barb, you got the best pic's. and the best gear in Town
Last shot of Denali highway I have
Cool, I want more!
how about Gusgus taking this one of me rockin on the demster last summer
this is up in Hatcher pass this is way up a trail that is almost a trials bike trail.:eek1