The Alaskan Highway

My Ride to The Dalton itinerary has me arriving in Dawson Creek, BC at the end of Day 5. The Alaskan Highway begins here.

I found the following description of the section of the Alaskan Highway I’ll be traveling in the FAQ section of TheMilepost website. I parsed the info to match my travel days.

Sounds like Day 7 will be a fun (challenging) day crossing Summit Pass, the highest summit on the Alaska Highway.

There’s a lot of straight road the first 300 miles of highway, between Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson. [my Day 6]

North of Fort Nelson, the Alaska Highway crosses the Rocky Mountains: Expect about 200 miles of narrow road with curves and hills with 10 percent grades and few passing lanes. This stretch of road crosses Summit Pass (Historic Milepost 392), highest summit on the Alaska Highway at 4,250 feet elevation. You may experience an odd snowstorm here, even in July. After winding through the MacDonald River valley—few guardrails and watch for caribou and stone sheep on the road—the highway straightens out again for the next 140 miles into Watson Lake, YT. [my Day 7]

The stretch of road between Watson Lake and Whitehorse, approximately another 300 miles, is in fair to good condition, with easy curves through wide river valleys and along lakes. [my Day 8]

From Whitehorse to Haines Junction, a distance of 100 miles, it is straight road with poor to fair surfacing with gravel breaks and frost heaves. The next 200 driving miles, from Haines Junction to the Alaska border, consists of long straight stretches of improved highway with wide lanes and generous shoulders; an improved section that winds along the shore of Kluane Lake followed by and a long, often bumpy, frost-heaved stretch of road—in various stages of improvement—from Destruction Bay to the Alaska border. From the Alaska–Yukon border to Tok, the Alaska Highway has curves and grades; it was in poor to fair condition in fall 2016. [my Day 9]

From Tok to Delta Junction, the highway is fairly straight and in fair to good condition, as was the Richardson-Alaska Highway between Delta Junction and Fairbanks. Both these sections of road have straight stretches interrupted by easy curves. Watch for moose. [my Day 10]

5 thoughts

  1. I think maybe you need to trade for a GS for this ride Keith. Maybe a good used one with new tires on it as it may be worn out by the time you get home.

  2. I have really enjoyed your journeys. Today, the bright color of the text is too difficult to read or focus on. It might be my age. :o(

  3. Hey Keith my cousin Jim and I the grady boys boy will be in Tok tomorrow Tuesday and Wednesday on our way to Dawson it was nice bumping into you I’m on the road have a good time on your Journeys

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