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TVtommy 11-18-2012 11:27 AM

Dempster or Dalton?
I need an education....

If given the choice, is one a better ride then the other?

Thanks in advance.

beemerphile 11-18-2012 11:30 AM

Dempster, no contest.

nuttynu 11-18-2012 01:09 PM

Where are you riding to and from?

I have only experience the dalton. .. Nice road, but can get nasty when wet.

Most these guys might tell you to search the forum.

TVtommy 11-18-2012 01:57 PM

2014 out of Chicago....the goal wound be Inuvik.

Reading ride reports too.

ThatGuy 11-18-2012 07:40 PM

When saddled having to make the same decision I chose the Dempster. Weather was great and I had a blast. Very scenic plus I got to go back to Dawson. :deal

Kul Mom 11-18-2012 09:34 PM

Dempster, for sure. But weather should control. Both if possible.


AK Bob 11-19-2012 01:22 PM

Why Just One?
I mean comming from Chicago, your so close.

Go with order of importance / proxcimity.

D2D - 2013



Last year I went to Sedalia. and what the heck Key West was close..


oclv454 11-21-2012 09:02 PM

If you have the time, do the Dalton. It's as far as you can go in that direction. Do the Dempster when you have less time.

Cal 11-21-2012 10:29 PM

You may never get back up there again so take enough time to do them both! I thought Atigun pass on the Dalton was very scenic and the tundra after was awe inspiring. The Dempster was just totally awe inspiring and 2 ferry crossings add to the adventure.

TVtommy 11-23-2012 09:12 PM

I with I had infinite time for this ride. It's looking like a three week trip minimum if I ride out of Chicago....a big chunk of time for a working man like me, but a life time of memories. :D

marbee40 11-24-2012 11:03 PM

Tough decision. Bragging rights (not THAT big of a deal, but...) would be the Dalton. Overall beauty for me was Dempster. Dempster seemed more of a challenge. Either one will kick your hiney if they are significantly wet.

Dempster had so many changing views....almost like a different part of the world with each turn. Yes, the ferry crossings are each a gem. Inuvik is certainly a better place to overnight. Ain't nothing to see on the "Slope" really. Even though you are at the northern-most point, you really aren't as you can't go poke your toes in the Arctic anymore.

Either way it's an adventure you won't forget. Seems like I did both in a huge hurry. If I had to do it all again, I'd likely go slower and take a better camera.....but then I wouldn't get to haul ass and that has a joy all it's own.

Saw LOTS more animals on the Dempster.

Good luck!

yukonkarl 11-27-2012 11:56 AM

the best is Dempster and Dalton

TSD 11-27-2012 02:04 PM

I'd Do the Dempster
I did the Dalton last year and was a bit of a challenge for a newbie in the rain. Like others have said, Prudhoe Bay is not worth much more than "I did it" rights... The Pass was nice and saw a fair amount of wildlife. I ended up running from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks in one shot on the way back - rained the whole way...

Think I'll try the Dempster next time... A bit more of a destination if you ask me...

Either way - you'll have a blast.

ScooterboyII 12-08-2012 04:13 PM

I guess I'll be doing the Dempster in June after the D2D.

Kul Mom 12-08-2012 04:49 PM


Originally Posted by ScooterboyII (Post 20206636)
I guess I'll be doing the Dempster in June after the D2D.

Good choice!

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