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Old 01-24-2019, 04:05 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Steel Yurt View Post
Sounds like an ambitious trip. Last I checked, Nome is +/-450 miles (as the raven flys) off the existing road system. So, plan accordingly...
Brian W’s suggestion to obtain a current copy of ‘The Milepost’ in advance of travel is prudent. -
An excursion to Prudhoe Bay (+/- 500 ROAD miles north of Fairbanks) via the Dalton Hwy may be an ambitious alternate. - The Dalton, aka ‘The Haul Road’, was pioneered in the late ‘60’s and is the only overland link for goods traveling to/from our North Slope oil fields...
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Yes, the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay as well as the analogous Canadian highway North to Tuktoyaktuk are both already on our list. We understand that there is no direct road route to Nome, but we wanted to explore more of inland Alaska off the main highway system. We know we can drive West to Manley Hot Springs on the Tanana River, but if we want to actually go to Nome, we would have to ship our van. Once there, we can use the small road system running from Council in the East through Nome to Teller on the Bering Strait, North of Nome. Real wilderness roads though and the cheapest I've seen for shipping a vehicle to Nome is about $625. It is also complicated by the fact that you can't have any personal possessions in the vehicle as it is being shipped. Expensive, but it might be worth it to spend a month poking around Nome and the two roads to Council and Teller. I'd love to do it; even with the cost of shipping, it may be cheaper in the long run than securing lodging in Nome for the month and renting a vehicle for exploring.

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Old 01-24-2019, 04:21 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by SierraHawk View Post
We crossed the border in early May, drove the entire loop up to Kenai and got back to Washington in late September. It rained or drizzled 5 out of 7 days. The Top of the World Road gives you a spectacular view north through some of the last true wilderness in the world. Drove to Kenai because we wanted to visit relatives there. If you get to Kenai during a salmon run the place is a zoo though it is interesting to see the dip netting by the locals. On one of the only sunny days in the previous month we took a boat ride out of Seward. It was a good tour in a boat that had two 250HP outboards.

If you have a few extra days consider driving to the Copper River and the copper mine. Good scenery and hiking. In August and September you can pick blueberries and mushrooms along the side of the road. Our return through Tok and along the East slope of the coast range was the most spectacular part of the trip. When we go back we will spend the summer in the he region west of Hanes Junction. Fishing is exceptional on both rivers and lakes.
Thanks for the first-hand information. We already have a trip North to Tuktoyaktuk on our list of travel plans. From all the trip reports and videos I've seen, I think that a trip to Tuktoyaktuk would be more interesting than the similar trip to Prudhoe Bay.

Will definitely add a stop at Copper River to our Alaska trip based on your report. It looks like we'd be near part of the Northern parts anyway as we take Rt 1 onward to Anchorage and then to Homer. Might as well tack on a trip to Whittier too while we are there if only for the trip through the historic tunnel.

The more we pour over the maps the more places we find that we want to go...we can easily spend three or more months seeing only the high points of our list.

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Old 01-24-2019, 07:23 PM   #13
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The “Copper River” destination mentioned is the McCarthy Road to McCarthy/Kennicott in the middle of Wrangell-St Elias National Park. Definitely worth a few days. Take the Edgerton Hwy between Glennallen and Valdez on the Richardson Hwy.

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