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Old 10-04-2008, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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Has anyone driven the Dalton highway all the way to it's end?
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Cave Creek, AZ USA
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Lots of stories on this on some of the motorcycle BBS's. It's not an easy trip. I'd love to do it someday.
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Old 10-04-2008, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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well, I don't have the b*lls to do it all the way to the end but I would probably want to do it to the Arctic Circle north of Fairbanks.
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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I did the Haul Road last September, letting someone else do the driving and be responsible for blown tires, etc. But it was a thrill of a lifetime! The round trip between Fairbanks and the Arctic Circle, stopping for lunch and dinner at the Yukon River where there's a place to eat with decent food, and a bathroom break in Joy going up and at Finger Rock on the way back toward the Yukon River, takes a minimum of 15 hours, usually 16 or more hours depending on weather and road conditions. My trip took 15 hours in perfect driving weather. Wet, mushy surface, falling rain or snow, and ice and snow on the road, take longer.

Driving on the Haul Road amounts to extreme conditions, especially since there's no help available and no resources. There's nothing at the Arctic Circle except a photogenic sign. So if you need a place to sleep or get vehicle help, you have to go north to Coldfoot or south to the Yukon River, both of which are hours away from the Arctic Circle.

Car rental companies in Alaska specifically prohibit driving on unpaved roads. So it's a great idea to pay professionals to do the work, since they've been doing it since the pipeline was finished and they really know how to do it. I recommend Arctic Circle Drive Adventure w/ Northern Alaska Tour Company

You should ask your questions on the Alaska forum. The people who know the really important information you need are on that forum.
Here are some threads on the Haul Road:

Driving the Dalton

Dalton Highway Tips/Info

Haul Road

Haul Road Experiences

Fuel on Dalton Highway

The Dalton Highway in October, November.

Alaska: What's The Dalton Road Like In Winter?

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Old 10-07-2008, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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great bit of information, thanks allforcats!!
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:41 PM
 
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I'll be working all up and down it this winter as soon as i finish up this work in Nome... Get me out of here!
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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I traveled the entire length of the Dalton Highway with a van shuttle service just this past August -- from Fairbanks to Deadhorse. It was fascinating. I definitely would do it again. Before my trip, I read lots of horror stories about the Dalton Highway -- potholes the size of basketballs, 18-wheelers whizzing by at 100 miles per hour and forcing you off the road, need 2 week's worth of food and camping supplies, etc. Granted, I was lucky to travel in fairly good weather, but I still would say those reports are greatly exaggerated. There are a couple of hairy sections on the highway -- mostly closer to Fairbanks -- but most of the road is in pretty good shape, and more than half of it is gravel with a sealant (which is almost as good as paved). And there is a 50 mph speed limit throughout the length of the highway, which the trucks seem to obey (though we traveled on a Friday, and there was a lot of oncoming traffic of long-haulers going to Fairbanks for the weekend). The scenery is AMAZING throughout. We saw lots of private cars, even one sedan, on the road -- it looks like, if you play by the rules, you'll be fine. At Atigun pass, we met up with a group of 4 bikers from Australia, who had flown into Deadhorse and were now biking on Dalton Highway all the way down to Fairbanks. Now there's a trip!
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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yes we drove the dalton in Sept of 2005. we rented a car from artic outfitters. Drove up in 2 days and back in one. great trip and am planning on doing it again in sept of 2010. Went to the artic ocean also.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:17 AM
 
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Post in Alaska forum for more info, probably some oil workers there that run it every week.
I took the parks highway only as far as Denali then planned to cut over on the Denali highway but got a flat tire, hairy enough on the remote Denali highway. Drove back the 400 miles to Anchorage and the rental car agency on a donut tire.
Officially I don't think you are supposed to take the rental cars on gravel roads, i.e. - north of Fairbanks.

Dalton highway is not that remote however - it's a main trucking biway up to the oil plants on the arctic (otherwise it wouldn't exist).
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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It's definitely one of those must dos for me. I was just looking at some photos the other day and it's quite spectacular.
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