Ride to Alaska

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by tugs4fun, May 6, 2004.

  1. tugs4fun

    tugs4fun Adventurer

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    On July 9th my son and I load our 2 KTM 950's on the Alaskan Ferry in Bellingham Washington bound for Haines Alaska. The ferry ride is 3 days and leaves us in Haines at noon. We thought of heading for Valdez and then over to Kenai and then up to Denali. We really don't have a strict plan.
    We have only about 2 1/2 weeks time for our little adventure.

    Does anyone have suggestions of routes and places to go. We like to do less highway and more scenic gravel roads if possible.

    We would also like to know who else may be going to this area at that time?
    We sure would appreciate any feed back from guys that have done this trip before.

    Tugs
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  2. 12ride

    12ride Been here awhile

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    Ride the Denali highway. It runs from Cantwell to Paxson. It is 135 miles - the last 20 are paved (Paxon end). Very scenic and can be rough in stretches. A great ride. 12ride.
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  3. Rocket Ron

    Rocket Ron Been here awhile

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    Tugs,

    Sleep on the Solarium(sp) Deck. Saves money and is much better. You are sleeping with the inside passage all around you!! If all the cots are taken you can tape your tent to the flight deck. I've done it before. It's great! :D :thumb
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  4. akrider

    akrider mild adventurer

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    check this site: akrider.com

    Lots of good pictures of different areas of the state.

    Its hard to see and do it all in 2 weeks. You can make a big loop but its hard to go see everything.

    Haines to fairbanks----

    Fairbanks to Denali--126 miles
    Denali to Paxson across the Denali Hwy
    Paxson to Valdez---186miles
    Valdez to Glennallen 115miles
    Glennallen to Anchorage 189 miles
    Anchorage to Kenai/Seward/Homer
    Then you have to back track to leave the state........

    lots of different ways to see the state and stay mostly on pavement.
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  5. Tehamaddmh

    Tehamaddmh Adventurer

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    Your plan sounds awsome!

    Would you have a website address or other info about the ferry (reservations, fares, schedules, etc)?

    thanks

    Richard
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  6. d0gWateR

    d0gWateR Goat Stuntaz DSMC

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  7. AntWare

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    RR, is that a first come first served type option, I like the idea of camping on the deck, is there a charge for that?
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  8. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Firwst come/first served. No charge. It's great. Did it from Skagway to Prince Rupert last june.
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  9. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    First come/first served. No charge. It's great. Did it from Skagway to Prince Rupert last june.
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  10. AntWare

    AntWare Lost In Translation

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    Thanks Marty, :thumb
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  11. Rocket Ron

    Rocket Ron Been here awhile

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    I found the schedule in the Mile Post. The phone # for the Bellingham office is (360) 676 8445. There ara also several ticketing agencies. I could not find a web address but I think the Mile Post web site would have a link. WWW.themilepost.com I found it was easier to just call. The schedules can be confusing to look at if your not used to them.

    The cots are first com first serve, so is the room on the flight deck. If the ferries are crowded take one at a off time. Mine left Haines at 2:30 am(?). I was told that time had less people booking passage and a better chance to get a cot or room on the flight deck. This is included in the cost along with all the the other free services the ferry provides. You can also camp out in the interior seats. :1drink
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  12. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Rather than start in the middle of the night, just start in skagway. That's where the trip begins and I can tell you that by the time we picked up folks in haines an hour later, there were no cots or space available. Tie you bike down and head for the solarium deck. Grab a cot, put some gear on it and your job is done. Unless it is really cold, try to get in between rather than under the overhead heaters. They will fry you.

    Have fun...I may go back again this june. :D
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  13. 1150Anchor

    1150Anchor Happiness is a warm wife

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    Tugs,

    Consider riding Haines to Valdez, ferry to Whittier, Whitter to Kenai, Kenai to Anchorage, Anchorage to Denali, Denali to Cantwell, Cantwell to Paxson ( Denali Highway), Paxson to Delta, Delta to Tok Junction, Tok to Dawson City, Yukon, Dawson City to Whitehorse. Here's a link for Alaska Marine Highway http://www.akmhs.com :thumb
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  14. racer

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    Go to Palmer north of Anchorage and take Fishhook Road up to Hatcher Pass Road. Hatcher Pass is not open until late June due to snow. The road is about 30 miles long and will take you over to Willow. North of Willow take the Petersville Road, it about 25 miles, or further depending on how rough you want to make the ride. You'll have to turn around and come back down. Good views of Mt. McKinley on clear days. Denali Highway as mentioned. South of Paxson take turn off to Chitina. Put as much gas in your tank as possible and ride the McCarthy Road. Its 65 miles of old railroad bed. No gas in McCarthy, population 26. You can ride up to the Kennicott Copper mine that is now abandoned. Have fun, I'll be up there at the end of this month.
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  15. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    I would get off the ferry in Prince Rupert and then ride the Stewart Cassiar Hwy stop in Hyder on the way then ride to Scagway. Ferry over to Haines then decide where you want to go from there. I would highly recommend going to Dawson and taking the Dempster up to Inuvik. The Dempster is 500 some odd miles of dirt road and well worth the trip. One thing I recommend taking is a pair of tiedowns they come in very handy on the ferry.
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