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Question Anchorage to Prudhoe - Realistic # of Days?

I am planning a ride from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay. Very early planning stages.

For those that have done it, what do you think is a realistic estimate of the number of days it would take one way, assuming average weather (May or July) and road conditions?

Thanks in advance.

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I am planning a ride from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay. Very early planning stages.

For those that have done it, what do you think is a realistic estimate of the number of days it would take one way, assuming average weather (May or July) and road conditions?

Thanks in advance.
I rode from Fairbanks to Denali NP back to Fairbanks and then to Coldfoot this June in one day. It's about 260 miles from Anchorage to Fairbanks so that would be a nice easy day trip.

From Fairbanks to Coldfoot its about 255 miles of which a good portion will be gravel on the Haul Rd., so that would be another easy day trip. And then the last 242 miles of gravel to Deadhorse with no stopping points.

I rode from Coldfoot to Deadhorse in the morning and rode back to Coldfoot after lunch on the same day and rode back to Fairbanks the next day. There isn't much to do on a bike north of Fairbanks but ride.

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Re: Anchorage to Pruhoe - Realistic # of Days?

Depends on the motorcycle you take and weather. I took my LT from Fairbanks, to Coldfoot in a day. Then from Coldfoot to Deadhorse in another day. Same on the way back. The gravel road is not nice to an LT. I took my time to get there and back.

I saw and heard people doing Fairbanks to Deadhorse in a day. But there where in dual purpose motorcycle and not street bikes.

My .02 $ worth I would give myself the two extra days from Fairbanks to Deadhorse and back.

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Been on the Haul Road a number of times just not on a motorcycle. Typical weather really translates into anything can happen that far north. Your scheduled time means nothing in that part of the country. Was stranded for 5 days once, while Caribou hunting, north of the Brooks Range, because road washed out due to flood. Seen snowstorm in August and June in the Brooks Range close the road down till the snow removal crews could clear a path as well. Road can be anything from extremely dusty to mud that sticks to everything and slick as ice.

Gas stops are few and far between. I have also seen a few motorcycle riders and cagers temporarily stranded due to tire and equipment failure. The road is hard on tires, especially street tires. Expect huge pot holes, frost heaves and loose gravel and rocks. The truckers transporting to Prudue can really tear up the road based on conditions.

I have also been on the road when it was in excellent condition, hard pack, and a great run all the way. It really just depends on Mother Nature and local conditions. But the road always set its own time table.

I am not trying to discourage you, just the opposite. Just be prepared: gear, food, shelter. And donít forget the DEETS repellent and a head net. I live in the south and Alaska mosquitoes make ours look like a mild inconvenience. Personally I would never do that trip without a firearm; I carry a .375 Thompson Contender w/ 210 GR Barnes X bullet custom load or Ruger .41 Mag w/custom load. Based on experience, bears can be a problem if you plan on camping at all or get stuck somewhere. Had a North Slope Grizzly come in on my brother and me a few years back while hunting. Not as big as a Coastal Grizzly but he had our attention.

None of the above has stopped me from going and it is a part of the world few ever see! Itís more than doable but you can easily screw up a street bike if things are less than ideal.

Go for it and if thing are not ideal be willing to adjust and change your plans.


May we never find the end of the road!


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I agree with Perry. We were lucky when we went to Prudue with the weather. It had not rained in days and did not rain while we went. There were a few construction crews out doing maintenance on the haul road. They wet it down to pack it. They also put new rock down which you have to run over and it can be rough. Still glad I went.

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Perry's post is spot on about the Haul Road. I too was lucky with just a light rain and some slick roads but doable on the LT.

Have a great time on your trip Bob, whatever the conditions you will have an adventure for sure. Take what you can to be prepared for on the road repairs, bulbs, tire patch, duct tape, ect. and have fun.

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Perry's post is spot on about the Haul Road. I too was lucky with just a light rain and some slick roads but doable on the LT.
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Thanks so much. I would love to take my RT but so many are saying to get a dual sport for the trip. I am still undecided on which bike to take.

It appears that Fairbanks to Prudhoe will be 3-4 days one way from most of the feedback. We will plan on 4 and pray for good weather.

Thanks again for all you input. It has been valuable.

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There is someone who rents KLR's in Fairbanks...ping a KLR list or ADVrider for the name. Ride your RT on the long parts of the rest of the the trip and beat someone else's KLR on the haul road. Simple.

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I am planning a ride from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay. Very early planning stages.

For those that have done it, what do you think is a realistic estimate of the number of days it would take one way, assuming average weather (May or July) and road conditions?

Thanks in advance.
Keep us posted on your plans. I am going up to Anchorage next summer. Not sure if I am flying or taking the LT. I won a one week GS rental in Anchorage at the '08 CCR silent auction.

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Re: Anchorage to Pruhoe - Realistic # of Days?

I've always wanted to do that, actually, from Tijuana to Prudhoe Bay and back. I've done a lot of research and hopefully will be able to do it 2 summers from now.

From what I've gathered, looks like the best time to do the trip, weather wise, is August. But then again, it'll be a crap shoot, but you'll get better odds then.

Good luck and have fun on the ride. Would love to hear how it went.

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Keep us posted on your plans. I am going up to Anchorage next summer. Not sure if I am flying or taking the LT. I won a one week GS rental in Anchorage at the '08 CCR silent auction.

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We have set a firm date. I and another riding buddy will leave L.A. on July 13 (weeding anniversary is on the 12th or we would go sooner ). We will ride up the coast as far as we can to meet our third rider near Seattle, Kent actually. From there we will probably head for Alaska on July 15.

My only issue is that I really can only afford 2 weeks for this trip and I may end up having to turn around before I want to if we have some down time for repairs and/or weather, which from what I have read one or both of those will be an issue by the end of the trip.

Another question for those that have done it - is it realistic to do it in 14 days?

Thanks again.

Bob

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If you are willing to ride 542 miles every day of your allotted 14 days. I estimate LA to Prudhoe at 3800 one way (7600 roundtrip). To go that far with no R&R time to see the great sights the area offers seems hard to imagine? You will also miss the lower half of the state. "Denali N.P., Anchorage, Homer etc".

May we never find the end of the road!


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We have set a firm date. I and another riding buddy will leave L.A. on July 13 (weeding anniversary is on the 12th or we would go sooner ). We will ride up the coast as far as we can to meet our third rider near Seattle, Kent actually. From there we will probably head for Alaska on July 15.

My only issue is that I really can only afford 2 weeks for this trip and I may end up having to turn around before I want to if we have some down time for repairs and/or weather, which from what I have read one or both of those will be an issue by the end of the trip.

Another question for those that have done it - is it realistic to do it in 14 days?

Thanks again.

Bob
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If you are willing to ride 542 miles every day of your allotted 14 days. I estimate LA to Prudhoe at 3800 one way (7600 roundtrip). To go that far with no R&R time to see the great sights the area offers seems hard to imagine? You will also miss the lower half of the state. "Denali N.P., Anchorage, Homer etc".

May we never find the end of the road!


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We have decided to ship the bikes up to Seattle. That will save 4 days off of the trip for more riding up in Alaska. Thanks for all the input.

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