On or about June 1, I am heading out on the GS to the Arctic Circle and Alaska. Below are the general plans for the trip. I have included a number of roads that I personally want to ride, ride again or roads that were recommended to me. If there are any other recommendations of nearby roads I have not included, sights I shouldn’t miss or places I should visit, I would certainly like to know about them. I will be armed with a compliment of professional photo gear and plan on making this a photo expedition as much as a great ride. The trip should cover 8500-9000 miles (unless I decide to ride the Dalton Highway up to Deadhorse) and should last 23-30 days. As of now I do not plan on making the trip up to Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay.
I will be camping most of the time, with an occasional hotel when the mood strikes.
~ 1350 miles
To begin the trip, I am going to head out of Denver to US 40. Heading north on US40 through Steamboat Springs, CO, Vernal, UT, up through Dinosaur National Monument and on to Rock Springs, WY. I will continue on US 189/191 through Grand Teton N.P., Yellowstone N.P., and on into Montana. I will continue on from Three Forks, MT. on US 287/89 to St. Mary, across Going to the Sun Road to Whitefish, MT. From Whitefish I will head north on US93 to Kimberly BC. I have never been to Kimberly, but I am told it is a really neat German influenced mountain town.
~ 1700 miles
From Kimberly I will head north to Golden on Hwy-95 to Golden, BC and east on TC-1 to Kamloops, BC. From Kamloops I will head north on Hwy-97 to Prince George, east on 16 to Kitwanga, north on Hwy-37 (Cassiar Hwy) to the Alaska Hwy and on to Whitehorse, YT.
~ 2050 miles
From Whitehorse I will head north on Hwy-2 (Klondike Hwy) to Dawson, YT. From Dawson I will make the trip to Inuvic, NWT and back on Hwy-8 (Dempster Hwy). I will continue east to Fairbanks and south to Anchorage.
~ 2100 miles
I will depart Anchorage and head back to Whitehorse, continue on the Alaska Hwy to Dawson Creek, BC, southeast to Grande Prairie, AB then south to Jasper, AB. From Jasper I will take the Icefields Hwy to Banff.
~ 1250 miles
Heading out of Banff I am going to take TC-1 a few miles east to Hwy-40 south, continue on 940 to Coleman, AB. I am told that 40/940 is great forestry road in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
Then I will continue east to Lethbridge, AB and south through Great Falls, Billings, Casper, Cheyenne and back home.
As I said above I welcome any suggestions, warnings or recommendations. Any suggestions about camping in BC, YT and NWT would be greatly appreciated.