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Old 08-24-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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Question Best time of year to visit Alaska???

Last year I headed that way in early September but one day I woke up to snow covered roads in Dawson Creek, so I had to head south and re-route my trip.

So I'm planning on give it another try next year, but was wondering, in terms of weather and roads condition, what the best time of year would be to go there.

Also, my intention is to take the ferry either on the way north or south, and ride the other way. So, is it better to take it northbound or the opposite?
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:43 PM   #2
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Your month is June and being on the water before or after wouldn't much matter.
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Old 08-24-2005, 07:16 PM   #3
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What he said...

...I agree with Legion, in that June is the month. As I have stated in other threads this state seems to catch on fire and burn all summer and by July and August many of the beautiful vistas can be obscured by smoke and haze. Many people might not notice having not seen it when the visibility is 300 miles or to the horizon restriced only by the curvature of the planet. As far as the boat ride, my logic says to boat up and ride back. That way you will be headed home in mid to late June. That should give the interior a couple of more weeks to thaw out.
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Old 08-24-2005, 10:48 PM   #4
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Old 08-24-2005, 11:09 PM   #5
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Around on the solstice? Plan on making the Dust to Dawson run. Fun ride. Long road through the middle of nowhere... and the Downtown Dawson Hotel at the end of the run.

Good time.
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Old 08-25-2005, 10:20 AM   #6
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Around on the solstice? Plan on making the Dust to Dawson run. Fun ride. Long road through the middle of nowhere... and the Downtown Dawson Hotel at the end of the run.

Good time.

Dust? Where's Dust???
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Old 08-25-2005, 11:57 AM   #7
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The Best time of year ??.......it ain't now !! I'm here from San Diego to ride Alaska, and have had only one non-rainy day out of 4 days, and today is going to be raining more, and don't see an end to it yet.

I'm still having a great ride though !!

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Old 08-25-2005, 12:03 PM   #8
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Welcome to Alaska it go,s right from this to SNOW

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The Best time of year ??.......it ain't now !! I'm here from San Diego to ride Alaska, and have had only one non-rainy day out of 4 days, and today is going to be raining more, and don't see an end to it yet.

I'm still having a great ride though !!

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Old 08-25-2005, 01:13 PM   #9
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Dust? Where's Dust???
That would be kinda like Anchorage to Dawson. If it is hot and dry like 2004, you will see soon enough where the dust is. This could tie in to your trip back to the lower 48, or be a stop on your way to Alaska. Here is a gallery of some photos from the D2D 2005, and you will also find another gallery of D2D 2004 at the same site.

http://www.living-in-a-postcard.smug...gallery/611523
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Old 08-27-2005, 07:07 PM   #10
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Lot's of people say to do it in June or July. I just returned from Alaska last week. I reached BC at the end of July and spent three weeks in BC,Alaska, Yukon and NWT. We had a really fantastic weather. There was no single day when it rained for more than 2 hours. It was mostly dry. Mosquitos were no worse than they are in Ontario. The only issue I has was that haze on the Top of The World highway and Dempster. Otherwise it was a perfect 4 weeks trip (except for f*!@##@ Winnipeg were we soaked during 12 hours of rain
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Old 08-27-2005, 07:55 PM   #11
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That haze is smoke

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The only issue I has was that haze on the Top of The World highway and Dempster.
Yea, that is why I recomend earlier in the year. I would hate to ride thousands of miles to have the spectacular views obscured by smoke from forest fires.
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Old 08-27-2005, 09:56 PM   #12
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Yea, that is why I recomend earlier in the year. I would hate to ride thousands of miles to have the spectacular views obscured by smoke from forest fires.
Word!

Just over the Canada side of the border, Mid June, during the Dust to Dawson.

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Old 08-27-2005, 11:04 PM   #13
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Yea, that is why I recomend earlier in the year. I would hate to ride thousands of miles to have the spectacular views obscured by smoke from forest fires.
Second week of August, Dalton Hwy headed North to Deadhorse. Past Pump Station 5 or so the smoke cleared out (a bit) and the scenery was gorgeous.




Less than 24 hours later, the winds had shifted and the smoke was clear to Deadhorse. Some of the pictures I intended to take while going South looked like this...




Whereas today on Hatcher Pass it looked like this (with the Alaska Range 'screaming' in the background....

....and the blueberry picking was easy

June is always a good month....
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Old 08-28-2005, 08:26 PM   #14
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how about now??

I'm toying with the idea of riding through Watson Lake on my way to Jasper (from Seattle) - camping or staying with people along the way. Can anyone tell me if this is a good idea or not? I know it'll probably rain, and I have heated gear - I just don't want to get snowed in (or out, and have to turn around 3/4's of the way there).

I'm also not looking forward to setting up the tent in the cold and rain, but I will if I have to

Oops! I suppose I should say that I'll be traveling from Sept 3 - 8th!
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:17 PM   #15
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Oops! I suppose I should say that I'll be traveling from Sept 3 - 8th![/QUOTE]



Well, it's currently 45 degrees here and was 38 yesterday morning in Anchorage at sea level. Elevation gets very cold and you will be going up hill both ways. And stay out of the lake, it's bad for your motor. The weather may be great, give it a go-you can always turn around. Barb
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