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Old 07-02-2019, 12:45 AM   #1
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Old 07-02-2019, 06:29 PM   #2
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July 1 and you made the trip to Alaska already? Wow! When did you leave?
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Old 07-04-2019, 10:33 AM   #3
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July 1 and you made the trip to Alaska already? Wow! When did you leave?
Left May 5 - my first trip to AK - lots of scouting. Beat the crowds leaving early but the weather was not good. On the Kenai Pen lots of rain and 40 to 49 deg F -only grilled outside once in 48 days - next time I think I will fight the crowds and leave early June
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Left May 5 - my first trip to AK - lots of scouting. Beat the crowds leaving early but the weather was not good. On the Kenai Pen lots of rain and 40 to 49 deg F -only grilled outside once in 48 days - next time I think I will fight the crowds and leave early June
Yes, May 5 is too early if that's when you crossed the border. Many cross into Canada the last week of May and that can make a big difference. That's when we left and lakes were thawed and good sunny weather. Of course, every year is different. You can't count on the weather but it's nice to see most of the snow gone and lakes not frozen.

If you can deal with people until August you'll find that a LOT of them leave at that time. The month of August and to mid-Sept. is very nice with fall color and grizzlies fishing for salmon.
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Yes, May 5 is too early if that's when you crossed the border. Many cross into Canada the last week of May and that can make a big difference. That's when we left and lakes were thawed and good sunny weather. Of course, every year is different. You can't count on the weather but it's nice to see most of the snow gone and lakes not frozen.

If you can deal with people until August you'll find that a LOT of them leave at that time. The month of August and to mid-Sept. is very nice with fall color and grizzlies fishing for salmon.
I’m considering the Aug time frame for next trip - crossed the Can border mid May. Weather in Tok and Anchorage good - Seward., Homer and Valdez in the low to high 40’s and much rain for me
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well go with you next time, bring the crawfish!
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Route/Fuel

Cappeter,

If you don't mind and have the time, can you post the route you took, especially the Trans Canada route, and, fuel consumption/costs ? Doing the same trip late '20 or early '21.

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Old 08-05-2019, 12:54 PM   #8
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Entered Sweetgrass MT, Lethbridge, Dawson Creek, Whitehorse , Tok then Kenai Pen. Pretty much standard- way back did Chicken AK, Top of the World hiway and half of the Dempster(Artic Circle). Spent a little over $3000 on diesel, avg $3.03 per gal about 11.3 mpg
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5/5/19 Home - Lv 6:25AM 236,074
5/5/19 $91.56 35.5 Linden, TX Hi69/IH20 236,408 $2.58
5/6/19 $226.85 76.7 Goodland, KS 237,183 $2.96
5/9/19 $75.00 25.7 Bayard, NE 237,524 $2.92
5/9/19 $91.70 30.9 Casper, WY 237,724 $2.97
5/11/19 $100.00 32.3 Big Timber, MT 238,115 $3.10
5/12/19 $108.19 35.0 Conrad, MT 238,352 $3.09
5/14/19 $223.36 66.1 Grand Prairie, AB 239,123 $3.38
5/18/19 $109.26 28.8 Watson Lake, YK 239,898 $3.80
5/20/19 $107.67 28.7 Whitehorse, YK 240,203 $3.76
5/24/19 $256.89 81.9 Soldotna, AK 241,334 $3.14
6/1/19 $147.11 49.4 Anchorage, AK 241,914 $2.98
6/4/19 $95.00 28.8 Tok, AK 242,496 $3.30
6/6/19 $69.22 17.5 Dawson City, YT 242,693 $3.95
6/9/19 $93.99 24.5 Whitehorse, YK 243,592 $3.84
6/12/19 $202.98 52.9 Whitehorse, YK 243,745 $3.84
6/15/19 $149.30 50.4 Grand Prairie, AB $2.96
6/16/19 $254.10 89.1 Calgary, AB 245,285 $2.85
6/18/19 $229.53 81.7 Casper, WY 246,209 $2.81
6/19/19 $68.34 25.3 N. Denver 30 mi IH25 246,465 $2.70
6/20/19 $155.15 65.2 Ok City, OK $2.38
6/21/19 $66.65 27.8 Lindale, TX 247,466 $2.40
6/22/19 $96.47 37.3 247,805 $2.59


Avg $/gal fuel Delta Miles Total
$3,018.32 991.4 $3.04 11,731

$mile/tot mpg tot
$0.26 11.8
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We are hoping to go to Alaska next year, assuming DH doesn’t get a knee replacement instead. Should know by December. Our big decision is what time of year to go. I would love to start with a week at Yellowstone, leaving there before Labor Day and the crowds, but that seems awfully early. We actually prefer spring and fall trips to most places, and we can stand a little bad weather. I would like liquid lakes though! How much do things close up after Labor Day, in both Alaska and Canada?
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I'd suggest crossing the Canadian border around the end of May and plan to spend until at least mid-August in Alaska and then start the trek south. That could put you in Yellowstone the first couple weeks of September which is a perfect time to be there. We've been in Yellowstone through the third week of Sept. in gorgeous fall weather. Of course, no guarantees.

Things start closing down in Alaska the first week of Sept.

Do your lower 48 touring after the trip; not before. You don't want to wear yourself out before even getting to Alaska.
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