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What is your personal best secret road in Alaska? Care to share?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by strsout, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. strsout

    strsout Banned Camp

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    I'm planning my Alaska 2010 trip this coming July and I would like to get some nice places, really unique, that can be done in 5 heavy bikes. It means not mud or soft sand, but paved, bad paved, gravel, compact it's ok.

    If you know a place that worth take a detour would you care to share?

    The general plan is leaving California, go to Cassier hwy, Dassow, Dampster, Chicken, Tok, Fairbanks, Deadhorse, Denali, cut across hwy 8, Tok again, Skagway, Ferry to Prince Ruppert and back home.

    Thank you for your thoughts.
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  2. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    Have you had a chance to read the robust trip reports in the Alaska section?
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  3. strsout

    strsout Banned Camp

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    Yes. Many of then. Good info there that I already collected! :)


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  4. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

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    Some of the best scenery in AK is south central.... Kenai peninsula, Seward, Valdez, and the Chitna/Kennicott/McCarthy area. Most of interrior AK is pertty much the same and by the time you do Prudo you will have seen it all. Denali hiway is probably the best of that no doubt.

    Anchor Point is as far west as you can drive in the hemisphere without a boat trip involved.
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  5. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil Supporter

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    The road to Dassow should be a pretty unique one already. I've never heard of it. :confused

    Coming up the Cassiar, a side trip out to Telegraph Creek is in order. Not really "unique", but one missed by many. And while certainly not "unique", the side trip from the Cassiar to Stewart/Hyder and on up to the Salmon Glacier is one you should plan on.

    Before you ever get as far north as Kitwanga (the beginning of the Cassiar in the south) you might consider taking the Bella Coola Hwy west out of Williams Lake, B.C. to the coast. Spectacular trip! :nod

    Something a little different north of Fairbanks that might interest you - if it's not raining: At about Mile 18.5 on the Dalton Hwy you first encounter a stretch of pavement as you enter a right hand curve -
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    Instead of following the curve, go straight ahead on the old road. It's only about 5 miles of the old stuff, but you'll soon realize why the state spent millions of dollars to by-pass it. :lol3

    A hint: If you want help from Alaskans, get yourself a Milepost and learn the names of our highways. "...hwy 8..." :baldy Had to look at a map to see what you were talking about. :scratch Lived here since before there were numbers and I still don't remember them.
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  6. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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    You could run up the Steese Hwy from Fiarbanks up to the Yukon River. It runs over a high summit, and through historical mining areas. Its about 160 miles, with the first 60 being paved, and the rest gravel. You probably won't see any bikes on it either.
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  7. AK Charlie

    AK Charlie Born Again

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    Hey ole geezer. Maggie told me you lived here before the Stone Age.:ksteve I know she wouldn't lie, she's not that kinda girl.

    Anybody that comes to AK and doesn't see Homer has missed the BEST part of AK. That's IMHO. Going to Kodiak for some riding next week so when I get back I'll really appreciate Beautiful Homer even more. And I know we do get some rain, but not as much as Seward and it NEVER gets as cold as that Glenallen area:ksteve

    Check out the web cam at Hallobay.com. It's only part of the pic. of the Homer spit.

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  8. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

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    If you're in the Palmer area, Hatcher Pass is a good 50 miles ride over a mountain pass and down to a town up north. first 1/3 of it is paved, the rest is fun compacted stuff. Wish I had some pictures...
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  9. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    Saltery Cove Road on Kodiak. :evil
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  10. Denalidirt

    Denalidirt High Plains Drifter Supporter

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    Head up to chicken or even Eagle.
    Denali hwy

    The best roads in Alaska are dirt.
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  11. BARB

    BARB Long timer Super Supporter

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  12. GRIZ

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  13. akkurt

    akkurt Rode hard

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    About a mile or two after you leave the pavement on the Palmer side, watch the right for the road to Archangel. Nice ride can be muddy in places, only about 5 miles but great scenery. Might have to dodge hippies near top, but not nearly as bad as Homer...
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  14. ThatGuy

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    The mud or hippies? :rofl

    I love the Denali Hwy and Resurrection Creek road(?) along with the Wagon Trail, both in Hope.
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  15. ColininKodiak

    ColininKodiak (not in Kodiak)

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    I'd like to see 5 big heavy bikes do this.
    My vote is for Anton Larsen road in Kodiak.
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  16. akkurt

    akkurt Rode hard

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    Muddy hippies...

    oh wait, thats bluegrass...
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  17. legion

    legion Honking the Horn

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    After careful consideration and review I've decided that the best ride would be Spicy's avatar.
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  18. KL5A

    KL5A Bugs are the new black

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    Archangel

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    The traffic thins out after the Reed Lakes trailhead.

    Depending on your bike and abilities, the Lucky Shot trail gets you into some nice country

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    Although gravity can get pretty strong here on occasion

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  19. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    :getiton :ricky
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  20. BigDog71

    BigDog71 Adventurer

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    65 miles of gravel nirvana...

    BD
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