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Old 06-03-2019, 06:25 PM   #1
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Planning a trip from Los Angeles thru Alaska

We are planning a trip Mid June from Los Angeles thru Alaska .

Any suggestion's or advise on sights, roads conditions, things to look for would be appreciated.

We are going to Wyoming for the Tiffin rally and then to Calgary for the Stampede.

Then winging it to Alaska and back down the west coast to Los Angeles on an open end time frame 12 - 16 weeks .

Should be a great trip

Thanks for any advise
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Old 06-03-2019, 06:34 PM   #2
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Make sure you get Church' Alaskan Camping and Milepost. Church's also have a book that cover BC and the Northwest.


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Once you get on the Alaskan Highway you don't have many road choices. Everyone is going to the same places.

Returning - I'd suggest instead of the Alaskan Highway take the Cassier into British Columbia.

All you need to find 'what to do' and area maps is to get the Milepost along with Mike and Terri Church's book, 'Alaskan Camping' which includes Canada and the Yukon. You might also get the 'TourSaver' coupon book - buy 1 get 1 free for excursions. One glacier cruise will pay for the book. All can be gotten online but you need to hurry if you're leaving that soon. A bookstore may have the first two books, especially as you get farther north.

It's an easy trip.... just long. Do some siteseeing as you travel so you don't have to double back. Get into your camp spots early afternoon before the tour groups come in. The only reservations we made for the whole summer were for the July 4 weeks and 5 nights in Denali's Teklanika campground. For those we only made them a couple weeks prior as we were driving so we could better judge when we'd be there. As it turned out we were a little early for Denali so on a whim we boondocked at a lovely spot near Denali and the next morning we drove into the park and easily secured 5 additional nights in Denali's Riley Creek campground. Being in the park 10 nights we saw 'THE' mountain 7 of 10 days in full sun. We also saw every one of the big animals living there - more than once.

We boondocked at lot and it's easy to find nice scenic places. The above camping book suggests some spots, also.

Above all - drive slow!! You won't be going at interstate speeds. Sometimes in construction areas it will be very slow and around Tok, Alaska watch for the frost heaves. Some are marked with flags but some are not. Just drive slow. If you look ahead and see a wavy look ahead that is probably a frost heave coming up. Also, in gravel construction areas drive as far as you can to the right in case an oncoming truck comes faster. It will prevent some rock damage. We didn't get any damage on our 40' motorhome or toad. However, we didn't have the full, across-the-rear stiff 'rock guard'. We just had stiff flaps behind the wheels. We actually saw some folks removing that rock guard because it was throwing rocks at the toad's windshield. We saw a large layer on them. We had just traveled the same area and didn't receive any rocks on our windshield.


Don't hurry through Canada or the Yukon. Some places are more beautiful than Alaska.

Have a great time!
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:07 PM   #4
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If you're going to the Stampede, I suggest you go west from Calgary and go up the Icefields Parkway. Go through Ft. Nelson, stop at Lizard Hot Springs to Waston Lake. From there you can go north on the Robert Campbell Highway (beautiful but rough in some places). But that gets you to Dawson City and the ferry to the Top of the World Highway. Also rough but worth doing.

After Tok, (check out the Sourdough RV Campground), go to Valdez. Neat town and great halibut and salmon fishing.

Lots of other stuff to do in Alaska. When leaving (thru Tok again) take the Alaska Higway back to Watson Lake but then take the Cassier as someone else recommended. Stop at Hyder and watch the bears.

You will have the trip of a lifetime! We'll be doing it in reverse order starting in mid-August. Did it in 2005 and can't wait to do it again.
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Oh yeah, what WorldCat said. I'll add a couple suggestions. If you enjoy the art of chainsaw wood carving, plan a stop in Chetwynd, BC. It is less than 90 minutes from Dawson Creek. Take 97 South, instead of North towards Alaska. Chetwynd hosts an international competition annually and places winners and other entries all over town from all the years of competition. Drive around town, park and walk, drive a bit more, park and walk. Marvelous carvings. From Chetwynd, take 29 North back up to join 97 by Charlie Lake. Left on 97 and continue your adventure.

Plan a stop at Muncho Lake for some great, lakeside dry camping and fishing. Beautiful area, and before you get there you will see Folded Mountain by Toad River. There is also full hook up camping at a resort. It's expensive and so is the fuel. There is a great bakery on the E side of the highway, don't remember the name but they had very delicious cinnamon rolls.

Off to Alaska . . .

On the way back, in the Yukon, take a right on Highway 37 just before Watson Lake to take advantage of what Western BC has to offer.

There is a nice Provincial Park on the South end of Kinaskan Lake. Nice park and there are sites right on the shore of the lake. Overnight, a moose left us a gift a couple feet from our stairs.

We saw plenty of wildlife on 37A to Stewart and Hyder. There is a nice campground in Stewart, Bear River. Well worth the side trip if you ask me. The town has a museum. Cross from Stewart BC to Hyder AK to see another glacier. We saw our first (only) wolverine outside of Hyder. Bring your passports, it is a border crossing. You have to come back to Stewart as Hyder has no other exit.

When you hit Prince George, hang a right on 97 to head south. Just before Quesnel, hang a left on 26 to Barkerville. This is an old Gold Rush town tourist place with loads of camping in the area. Not many for full hookups, but some.

It sure is nice to have an open schedule. Enjoy your adventure.
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CalCamp,

I just added Barkerville to our list of stops.

Thanks.
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We saw plenty of wildlife on 37A to Stewart and Hyder. There is a nice campground in Stewart, Bear River. Well worth the side trip if you ask me. The town has a museum. Cross from Stewart BC to Hyder AK to see another glacier. We saw our first (only) wolverine outside of Hyder. Bring your passports, it is a border crossing. You have to come back to Stewart as Hyder has no other exit.
In Hyder, check out the golf cart with a snow plow attachment...that's real commitment! The road to Salmon Glacier is dusty, but the glacier is spectacular...so are the mosquitoes - take the repellent.
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