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Old 04-18-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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Another Alaska Question

WE are heading to Alaska this summer June through August. We will be taking the Cassiar Hwy on the way back south and want to visit both Hanies and Skagway. So the question is do we drive to Hanies take the RV on the Ferry to Skagway or should we drive to Skagway and then just take the Toad over to Haines for a day trip. Don't think we want to drive the RV to both as that would require a lot of backtracking. Looking for recommendations.
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We took a one way train ride ( bus return ) to Skagway from Whitehourse (Yukon ) http://www.wpyr.com/ . It was most enjoyable and we had the whole day to spend in Skagway. Also on the way down the Cassiars Hwy. we camped right on Dease
lake. It was in 04. There wasn't any sites. We parked parallel to the lake. The owner was building an RV park and gave us all the fire wood we could burn. Sorry but can't remember the exact spot. The owner also took us 5 miles up the lake or river and dropped us off in a canoe which brought us right back to his property. It was one of those lucky finds.

Hold the presses. Tallulah remembered. It was Dease River Crossing RV and Campground. http://www.karo-ent.com/deaseriv.htm
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Dave,

I would go to Skagway with the RV. Lots more to see and do. Check out the small boat harbor while your there. Then take a boat somewhere. Or as Cliff mentioned the train runs up along the pass taken during the gold rush(dead horse pass ???). Stops at the US / CA border and goes back. Or visit the original town location across the bay (it sank), I would have to dig up my notes and the brain doesn't work too good this time of night. We took a hi speed ferry to Juneau. On our way in we were greeted by a BB with 3 cubs, one white (Indians consider them holy), there were also two other sets of triplets BB cubs in the area. One of our top stops.

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Dave & Jeri:

Well, we don't think there's a right and wrong way to visit the Haines/Skagway area, but as we departed Alaska we cut South at Haines Jct., and drove on down to Haines. (That's one beautiful drive). After spending a couple of the best weeks of our whole Alaska trip in Haines, (bear viewing, eagles everywhere, salmon fishing, day tour boat down to Juneau, etc.) we DID put our 40 ft. MH and Honda toad aboard the ferry and hopped over to Skagway for a week before heading East over to the Cassier for our stay down at Hyder/Stewart. It was all so easy, and, as you said, we didn't have to back-track from Haines. Incidentally, Haines is one of the best kept secrets for visiting. It's laid back, but, it's ALL ALASKA!! Think you'll like it.

By the way, DON'T miss visiting the Salmon Glacier out of Hyder/Stewart. It's one of the most spectacular glacier viewing episodes you'll likely experience. Pick a clear weather day however before driving up to the glacier from Hyder.

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Also Hyder had ( in 2004 ) a viewing stand to observe Grizzly Bears feeding on Salmon. I have a 45 minute video of none stop action. Hope it's still there for you.
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Also Hyder had ( in 2004 ) a viewing stand to observe Grizzly Bears feeding on Salmon. I have a 45 minute video of none stop action. Hope it's still there for you.
It was still there in '08, we went 3 times and saw GB's every time. Some even came to great us on are way in.

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Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. Even though we have plenty of time and the cost is about the same I think we are going to drive straight to Skagway and then take a couple of day trips to Haines on the ferry maybe with the Toad. We are for sure going to Hyder I think the viewing stand is still there.
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Leaving for AK first part of May, Planning on taking it slow and easy and camera ready. We are planning on 14 - 15 weeks total. See ya on the ALCAN
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The viewing stand or board walk was still in Hyder last year. And be sure to drive the road beyond the viewing area for the two or three other glaciers and the gold mining area and talk with the bear man with the pictures near one of the glacier stops. Also on the Cassiar There is no fuel and the camping is far between also. There is a camp area just before Boya lake free. And Boya lake has a nice CG.

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We did the same thing as chickadee (#4) and are 100% in agreement with him. When you leave Skagway about the same time as the train, you will stop many times for pictures across the canyon (recommended).
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