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Old 05-12-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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AlCan Highway Road Condition

We made it to Anchorage Wednesday the 9th from California. This post is intended as a general road condition report but keep in mind the road condition will change as repairs are made or additional summer traffic wears on the roads.

There were frost heaves south of Whitehorse this year, some pretty bad but mostly marked with red flags. That section of the road has been good the last few years so the winter must have been colder with a faster warm up than usual. The bad conditions started about one hundred miles below Whitehorse.

The road was pretty good past Whitehorse to Lake Kluane and then poor again from the lake to the Alaska Border, as usual.

We went south at Tok towards Glennallen and then to Chugiak. In general these roads in Alaska were good but with a few frost heaves to watch out for. Most are marked, but not all.

The best advice I have is to slow down thru these sections to about 45 mph to give yourself time to slow down even more as you come to a section of frost heaves. If your trying to travel at the speed limit you may not have time to get slowed down enough.

In general, except for the section below Whitehorse, the roads were better this year than many years in the past. We have traveled the road every year since 2001 so we've seen the good and the bad.

Good luck everyone, slow down and have a safe trouble free trip.

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Thanks for that info! We will be leaving California and caravanning from Montana with friends, headed for Denali. I am so glad we checked this out! Do you have any other advice or information to share about your trip?

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Yep, bring all the money you have, fuel was $5.65 a gallon in Dawson Creek, and $5.87 in Whitehorse. It's $4.50 in Anchorage.

Cost me $1905 to drive from Sacramento to Anchorage.

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Wow! It's gonna be an expensive adventure for sure! Safe travels back to Sac. We are leaving from Pittsgurg, CA on June 8th
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Just a little update on the area, tho not the ALCAN. We are presently in Whitehorse and we were told this morning that the Top of the World Highway was just opened this morning at 9. We are headed that way in the AM.
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Just a little update on the area, tho not the ALCAN. We are presently in Whitehorse and we were told this morning that the Top of the World Highway was just opened this morning at 9. We are headed that way in the AM.
Be prepared to get dirt/ dust in every crevice of your RV including inside all draws and closets. It's fun though. Enjoy.
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Be prepared to get dirt/ dust in every crevice of your RV including inside all draws and closets. It's fun though. Enjoy.
It was a great drive. Took it slow and enjoyed the views. It had rained the day before, so we had no dust. There was one detour we had to take, because the main road was still full of snow! We stayed at a real nice BLM campground at mile 49 at West Fork, I guess around 20 miles south of Chicken. There were only two of us in 25 sites.....not many folk up here yet. We are presently in Fairbanks.
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We just finished and in Fairbanks sitting next to a nice river. Other than some poor weather, the roads were not too bad except from Whitehorse to US boarder. Very little dust or construction, but saw where they were getting ready. Gas is high along the way, but better than expected.
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It was a great drive. Took it slow and enjoyed the views. It had rained the day before, so we had no dust. There was one detour we had to take, because the main road was still full of snow! We stayed at a real nice BLM campground at mile 49 at West Fork, I guess around 20 miles south of Chicken. There were only two of us in 25 sites.....not many folk up here yet. We are presently in Fairbanks.
Thanks for the report. Very lucky for you that it rained.
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We are moving up the road towards Dawson Creek. Reached Prince George today no issue so far on Hwy 97.
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We are in a caravan of 3 class As. We have reached Fort Nelson and are staying at a nice little rv park, the Triple G. It has been rainy, but the sun just peeked through.
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Post s one pictures along the way and throughout your trip please
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The road from Fort Nelson to Whitehorse is fine one repaired washout between Watson Lake and Whitehorse. From Fort Nelson we stopped at Laird River Hot Springs nice Government Campground the large sites are back in but the hot springs are worth the stop, Watson lake was OK but we were trapped for 3 nights because of a washout. We got out of there on Monday it was an easy drive to Whitehorse. Left there on Wednesday planned to stop at Pelly Crossing but missed the turnout went on to Moose Creek Government Campground nice campground but mosquitoes were a nightmare. Arrived in Dawson City on Friday will leave on Sunday to go over the Top of the World. Drove part way to the top in our Toad, roads seem to be fine some rough spots but we were expecting that so we are driving slow.
If you want pictures we have a blog going at rvingtrips.blogspot.com, DW is doing the naritive and I am up loading the pictures.
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