Best Arctic Ocean Option

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  1. LuceCannon

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    I'm planning an Alaska Ride from CO. I was wondering if getting to the Arctic Ocean is best at Prudhoe Bay (via Dalton Hwy) or Tuktoyaktuk (via Dempster Hwy)? Anybody have any recommendations or preferences between the two? I understand that getting to the ocean requires a paid escort via oil company at Prudhoe bay. Any issues reaching the ocean at Tuktoyaktuk?
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  2. AwDang

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    Tuk is the easy button. Ride right up to the beach and jump in

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  3. Rollin'

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    If you want to ride to the Arctic Ocean you can't do that in Prudhoe Bay.
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    It appears that a bus tour can be had at Deadhorse for $69 per person. See http://www.deadhorsecamp.com/arctic-ocean-shuttle/. I guess my real question is whether I should ride the Dalton or Dempster Hwy, or both? Has anyone ridden both? Are they basically the same ride experience? Is one better than the other? Wildlife, scenery, etc.
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  6. Rollin'

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    I have done both and if I went back I would ride to Tuk again.

    Deadhorse 2012 - https://advrider.com/f/threads/top-of-the-world.827740/
    Inuvik 2015 - https://advrider.com/f/threads/back-to-the-arctic-circle-inuvik.1086309/
    Tuktoyaktuk 2019 - https://advrider.com/f/threads/back-to-the-arctic-tuktoyaktuk.1396549/

    I think the Dempster Highway is more scenic and Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk are more interesting than Deadhorse and the Dempster Highway will get you to the new highway to the Arctic Ocean.
    If my goal was to ride to the Arctic Ocean I would be riding to Tuk.

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  7. LuceCannon

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    Rollin', Thanks for the great reply. I went through your 3 ride reports. Good stuff. Based on your reply, I'm leaning toward Tuk.
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  8. AwDang

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    Budget At least 4 days. Theres so much to see and take pics of that time can get away from you. I regret pushing thru it too fast.
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  9. lagbc

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    I'll second Dempster Highway. Did both, Dempster in 2017 and Dalton in 2018, and would go back to Dempster again as road to Tuk wasn't open yet + it's more scenic IMHO.

    + There is actual town at the end. Dead Horse feel like a work camp (and it is).
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    Thanks lagbc, I'd pretty well already decided on the Dempster based on Rollin's reply. From Fort Worth Texas, I've got 38 days planned out to make the trip. It seems like there are multiple hotel opportunities at each city or area where we plan to stop. Generally planning about 350 miles per day, with a rest day every 6 or 7. Here's a summary of my plan.

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  11. knight

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    I think heading to remote areas of the far north without a tent , sleeping bag and some food is both stupid and irresponsible

    Long ago ,being prepared in the north was a requirement of the law

    Many events could change your plans on where you plan to stop , ie fires , rock slides , ferry breakdown etc
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  12. Alcan Rider

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    As the good replies have already indicated, Tuk will provide the best Arctic Ocean experience... as well as quite a wilderness ride getting there. You won't forget it for a long time!
    One thing I didn't see mentioned - time of year you'll be making this trip. Bear in mind that Tuk is w-a-a-y up north. And that means that spring is going to be a lot later in arriving than it is down in Colorado. If you look at some ride reports posted by riders who made - or attempted - the trip in early June, you will see that some of them had more than a little trouble. Don't push the season. Give those far north gravel roads a little extra time to thaw out and then dry up - you'll be glad you did.
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  13. LuceCannon

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    Again, thanks for all the advice. We depart CO in mid July, so we will be in AK in late July. We are also planning to take camping gear as an insurance policy against unexpected issues.
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    Now for another question. We both ride BMW R1200GSA. Any recommendation for tires on the 10K mile trip? We expect we’ll have to replace them about halfway, at least the rear. Should we use 90/10 (street/gravel), 80/20, 50/50, etc? Mitas, Metzler, Bridgestone, etc?
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  15. AwDang

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    Street tires will get you the whole trip, qualifier; weather dependent.
    Plan for pavement 80/20 or better up to the Yukon. Plan a 60/40 for the Dempster, again, weather dependent.
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    Yep, we had our share of problems: https://advrider.com/f/threads/20-days-to-play-heading-north-to-the-arctic.1335007/
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