The Dalton and The Dempster

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Big_John, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. Big_John

    Big_John That'll be the day

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    I need some well-ridden, AK locals to chime in.......

    I would like the opinions and feedback from those that have ridden both the Dalton Hwy to Deadhorse and the Dempster Hwy to Tuktoyaktuk.

    I have the chance to ride one or both this coming summer. Is the ride experience about the same on both of them, or are they very different and definitely worth doing both?

    Please offer all the info and advice you have.


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  2. AwDang

    AwDang Enabler

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    The Dempster and ITH end at a beach
    (Technically the Dempster does not go to TUK. You hve to take the ITH from the end of the Dempster in Inuvik.)


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  3. wingtraveler

    wingtraveler asphalt to dirt

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    i'll be doing one or both this coming year also !
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  4. interiorak

    interiorak Breathe now ... Proceed as way opens Supporter

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    Dempster for the far distance world traveler. Dalton for the box checker. Dempster for true wilderness landscape. Dalton a 1000 mile ride adjacent to a long shiney 25 ft wide pipeline. i ride the dalton every year. dempster every two three years. Dalton's a fine ride. Dempster is sublime.
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  5. legion

    legion Honking the Horn

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    Conditions on the Dalton can turn pretty unpleasant but still passable for 18 wheelers.

    Conditions on the Dempster can turn pretty unpleasant and not passable for 18 wheelers.

    Depends on how lucky you are with your weather schedule, your comfort level on a soupy surface, the kind of bike you're taking, and generally what kind of ride you're looking for. It's worth noting that there's a fair amount of help available if the shit hits the fan en route to Deadhorse. It's almost never necessary but an interesting thing to have in your back pocket.

    Either way, learn about the area and what you can see there that you can't elsewhere or either ride will seem perfunctory. Example; know what a pingo is?
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  6. The Dick

    The Dick The Brick Supporter

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    Allow enough time for all possible situations and to truly enjoy and appreciate what you are doing, where you are and the people you will meet, If it is just some f-----g bucket list check mark, watch the movie!
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  7. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric Supporter

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    I agree. These roads (and dempster is my fav) will take you though some incredible areas. Don't rush. The road may not allow it anyway. There are very few places you can ride to that equal this.
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  8. Mark907

    Mark907 Been here awhile Supporter

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    The Dempster and on to Tuk will set you free! This trip up the Dempster is not a trip to take lightly, make sure you got good running gear and watch the weather! You won't be disappointed.
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  9. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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    +1 on Dempster!!! More challenging, more remote, better scenery, and way more of an adventure (but be prepared!)
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  10. Phoenix101

    Phoenix101 Long timer

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    plus you can take pictures like this at 1:30 AM (McKenzie River)

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    this one I think at 10:00 PM

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    Crossing the Mckenzie... she made it

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    locals along the way

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  11. The Dick

    The Dick The Brick Supporter

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    That's why we live here!! Locals
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