North to Alaska 2019 Group R (Rocky Mountain Route)

North to Alaska

Circuit Leader

Joanne Hansen, (970) 376-3012

Lyn Alweis (303)809-0324

 BEFORE YOU GO– Due to weather and road conditions the circuit may not be followed exactly.  Anyone interested in joining should contact either JoAnne Hansen at (970)376-3012 or Lyn Alweis at (303)809-0324. Reservations are advisable, and often required, at the Provincial Parks and other locations on this circuit.  Please carefully review the itinerary and make your own reservations. Canada is a different country and you will need a passport to cross the border.  If you have animals check to see what requirements there are to bring them across the border.  While in Canada make sure you know where you can get fuel, and know that it is very expensive and sold by the liter.  Since Canada has its own currency you may have to pay cash in campgrounds and gas stations.  They rarely take American credit cards, and if you use one make sure it does not have a foreign transaction fee.  Canada has its own currency.  Make sure your phone plan includes Canada, some do not and some charge extra.


Kenai/Soldotna, AK

July 16, 2019 to July 22, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Fishing, river rafting, take a tour of the Soldotna Homestead Museum and Soldotna Historical Society and Museum, visit the K’beq’ Interpretative site, and swim at Stormy Lake Beach. Go to the Soldotna and Kenai Visitors’ Centers and pick up visitor guides to the area to find more to do. Take a side trip to Whittier for a glacier cruise.

Parking Location

Soldotna Elks Lodge #2706 Campground, (907) 262-2706, 8 sites with electric and water, $20. Kenai Elks Lodge, (907) 283-7776, 6 sites, $15/electric

Directions and Other Information

60.5078, -151.07442 (Soldotna)
60.55759, -151.24642 (Kenai)

GPS Coordinates

see directionsClick on link to see Google Map


Anchorage, AK

July 22, 2019 to July 26, 2019
Activity Ideas

Since Anchorage is really Alaska’s only city, this is an opportunity to stock up on food, gas and propane, catch a movie, etc. But also take a 1-hour trolley ride tour of Anchorage. Drive along the scenic byway to Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet along the Seward Highway. The tides here are among the highest in the world. Watch as rushing water ebbs and flows. It’s even possible to spot a Dall sheep, an eagle or even a Beluga whale. This drive is along one of only a handful of roads designated as an All-American Road and one of 150 designated as a National Scenic Byway. There are a number of trails for hiking and biking around the city. Visit the many heritage museums, view the flood plains, and take your bicycle out for a spin.

Parking Location

Anchorage Moose Center #1534, (907) 563-3502, 4211 Arctic Blvd., Anchorage

Directions and Other Information

Dump stations: Alaska Super Service (907) 727-7528, 2756 Commercial Drive, Anchorage; Big Corner Texaco, 1501 West Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage.

Costco, (907) 349-2335, 330 W Dimond Blvd, Anchorage; Walmart Supercenter (907) 563-5900, 3101 A St., Anchorage.

The Muldoon Road/Tudor Road bypass connects Glenn Hwy with Seward Hwy. The two roads connect seamlessly making a loop around the East and South sides of town, avoiding downtown traffic. There are a few traffic lights but traffic generally flows well. There are many restaurants in the first 1.2 miles South of Glenn Hwy on Muldoon. The A’ Laundromat is located approximately 1 block South of Glenn on Muldoon, West side. Small load $3.50, 25c/5 min to dry. There is a Fred Meyer (Kroger) approximately 1 mi South of Glenn Hwy on Muldoon, West side. Free Wi-Fi at the library at the Northeast Community Center, east side of Muldoon across from Fred Meyer. The Wi-Fi is on 24/7, with a strong signal in the parking lot. There is propane for sale at the U-Haul, go 1 block West from Seward Hwy on Tudor, turn left (south) on Old Seward Hwy, go 1 block, on left (east) side. Go in 1st entrance, the tank is immediately on right. The exit route is often congested, if you are in a motorhome try to avoid towing. To get back to Seward Hwy south bound, continue south on Old Seward, turn left on Dowling, and it is 1 block back to the Seward Hwy entrance.

GPS Coordinates

61.18213, -149.89791Click on link to see Google Map


Talkeetna, AK

July 26, 2019 to July 28, 2019
Hosts

Margaret Murray (970) 214-4943

Activity Ideas

Talkeetna is located at the convergence of three glacial rivers overlooking a 20,000 foot peak. Take a white water rafting excursion, jet boat or river boat, or go flightseeing. There are also zipline tours, fishing and hiking. Take a walk around downtown Talkeetna for quaint shops, breweries, and restaurants. The Hurricane Turn Train will take you from Talkeetna to Hurricane Gulch or the Denali Star Route runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks with stops in Talkeetna and Denali.

Parking Location

Montana Creek State Recreation Site, 96 South Parks Highway, Willow, AK (907) 733-5267 Summer camping information, (907) 345-5764 (winter).

Directions and Other Information

Take the Glenn Hwy to the George Parks Hwy, then north to milepost 96.6. The park entrance is on the left. If you reach the Talkeetna Spur Road, you have gone too far. There are 36 Campsites, no RV size limit, with toilets and water, $20/night.
GPS Coordinates

GPS Coordinates

62.103432, -150.059335Click on link to see Google Map


Denali National Park, AK

July 28, 2019 to August 1, 2019
Activity Ideas

Visit Denali National Park – hike the established trails or bushwhack your own way as visitors are allowed to hike almost anywhere in the park, bike all 90+ miles of the park road or as little as you desire, view wildlife, take the bus tour from the Wilderness Access Center near the Park entrance that covers all 90+ miles of the park road, and/or charter a flight to view the Park by air. Enjoy Ranger talks in the campground and Ranger led discovery hikes. Watch a sled dog demonstration. Ride the Denali Park Zipline (907) 683-2ZIP, denalizipline.com. Take a white water raft adventure on the Nenana River.

Parking Location

Savage River Campground, (907) 683-2294, mile 13 on the Denali Park Road.

Directions and Other Information

Camping information: (907) 683-2294, nps.gov/dena; Reservations: (866) 761-6629, reservedenali.com. Savage River Campground will accommodate RV’s up to 40’. No campground in Denali has electrical or water hookups for RVs. There is a mercantile near the park entrance which features camping supplies, food, a shower house and laundry facilities. The mercantile also has a dump/fill station for RV use. $24-$30/night, ½ price for SA pass. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended, and without them you may find the campground full. There are other campgrounds in the park and outside the park.

Denali Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 437, Healy, AK 99743; (907) 683-4636; denalichamber.com

GPS Coordinates

63.717485, -149.257338Click on link to see Google Map


Fairbanks, AK

August 1, 2019 to August 5, 2019
Hosts

Host Needed

Activity Ideas

Take a side trip up the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse and the Arctic Ocean (495 miles one way), soak in the nearby Chena Hot Springs, or take a side trip to Circle Hot Springs, and Manley Hot Springs. Visit the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum. Take a tour of the Running Reindeer Ranch. Hike, kayak, or take a stern-wheeler ride to view wildlife on the Chena River. Hike the Angel Rocks Trail. Visit Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Catch a production at The Palace Theater. Visit the Georgeson Botanical Garden and the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit Gold Dredge No. 8, a National Engineering Landmark that once extracted millions of ounces of gold from the frozen ground. And no Alaskan circuit would be complete without a visit to the North Pole enroute to Delta Junction.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #1551 Campground located on the scenic Chena River (907) 456-1551, 1003 Pioneer Road, for members only. $25 for electric with some non-electric sites too, laundry, showers, and Wi-Fi, no water.

Directions and Other Information

Dump and rinse water free at Airport Way Sourdough (gas, diesel, propane), 1688 Airport Way, at Lathrop St. at rear corner of bldg. N64 50 14.64 W147 45 1.72. Easy access for large rigs towing.

Dump and rinse water and potable water $5, free w/ gas or propane purchase, at Alaska Chevron, 333 Illinois St. Go North from Airport Way on Cushman St (becomes Illinois St), on Right, or go West on Illinois St from College Rd and it will be on the left. N64 50 56 W147 43 8.5. The potable water is at the building. (907) 452-3488.

Propane at U-Haul, College Rd at Johansen Expressway, Southwest corner. Entry from South bound on College only; go past front of building to tank, exit in circle around building and storage rooms. A little tight but doable with a large rig if no other vehicles or equipment in area. Can be congested. Fair price and practices.

Free Wi-Fi at Noel Wien Library, 1215 Cowles St, 1 block North of Airport Way. Closed Sunday (907) 459-1020. fnsblibrary.org

GPS Coordinates

64.84665, -147.72951Click on link to see Google Map


Delta Junction, AK

August 5, 2019 to August 8, 2019
Hosts

Mary Bangham (936) 230-2246

Activity Ideas

Visit the Moose Pond via the 1.5 mile Lost Lake Trail, and bring your camera. The best time to view moose, water fowl, beavers and other wildlife is early morning and about an hour before sunset. Hike Best Mountain Trail and Quartz Lake Loop Trail. Visit the Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum and Rika’s Roadhouse at Big Delta State Historical Park. Take a tour of the Alaska Interior Game Ranch. This is the end of the Alaska Highway, so be sure to get a picture of the “End of the Alaska Highway” sign and a certificate at the visitors center.

Parking Location

Quartz Lake Campground, $15, Delta, AK.

Directions and Other Information

From Alaska 2 (Richardson Highway) turn East on the Quartz Lake Access Road, keep right at the junction of Quartz Lake Access Road and Lost Lake Access Road, and follow to the campground. Free dump, potable water, air & Wi-Fi at Delta Petro-Wash. From Junction SR-2/Alaska Hwy and SR-4/Richardson Hwy go South on SR-4 approximately 0.5 mile and turn right. The dump and water are on the left side of the building next to the fence. There are also fuel pumps, a car/RV wash, laundromat, restaurant and convenience store.

GPS Coordinates

64.197800, -145.828130Click on link to see Google Map


Tok, AK (If there is a problem going on the northern route take the southern route from here to Whitehorse, YT. Check road conditions at www.511yukon.ca or call (867) 993-5566) (Note: If you take the Northern route through Dawson City you will need to ferry (free) across the Yukon River. It is about a 10 minute ride, and lines are long in the morning. The ferry is closed Friday mornings from 5 am to 7 am for maintenance. The ferry accommodates the largest RVs including vehicles being towed. You might have to wait a little longer depending on the size, but be patient and they will get you on board.)

August 8, 2019 to August 11, 2019
Hosts

Joanne Hansen (970) 376-3012

Activity Ideas

Stop by the Mainstreet Visitor’s Center, 1314 Alaska Highway,(907) 883-5775, to find out how Tok really got its name and to get lots of information, including a flyer titled “The Last Great Road Trip” which offers a 10c/gallon discount at Young’s Chevron across the street. Try your hand at panning for gold. Take a walk or ride your bike on the many nature trails and paved bike paths. Relax and get ready for the next leg of this journey.

Parking Location

Young’s Chevron Service, (907) 883-5835, Alaska Highway and East 4th Street, off AK2. 25 spaces, dump station, propane, travel store, water and dump free with fill up. N63 20.0796 W142 59.1292. Park behind station. Plenty of room for large rigs. Verizon service is marginal. Car/RV wash $3/10 minutes. This is a good place to get your RV serviced and your oil changed. Northern Energy Tesoro, boon docking, water, dump, and do-it-yourself car/RV wash all free with fill-up. No stay limit. West of junction SR-1 & SR-2. Small parking lot. Propane available. Good ATT. Laundry & showers at Tundra RV Park next door.

Directions and Other Information

Free Wi-Fi and coffee at All Alaska Gifts and Crafts (turn right at main junction after Visitor Center, go 1 block, on left). Free coffee at Three Bears Market (south side of road, before junction). Verizon 3G.

GPS Coordinates

63.33492, -142.98645Click on link to see Google Map


Chicken, AK

August 11, 2019 to August 12, 2019
Hosts

Margaret Murray (970) 214-4943

Activity Ideas

Pan for Gold, hike the Mosquito Fork Dredge Overlook Trail, and check out the Pedro Gold Dredge.

Parking Location

Chicken Gold Camp and Outpost (520) 413-1480, Electric, Wi-Fi, Coin Showers, free fresh water, dump station ($6/black), $20/night dry camping, $ /electric, discount to SKPs for dry camping only. Reservations for hookups only.

Directions and Other Information

From SR-5/Taylor Hwy MM 66.3, turn South at airport sign, go past “Downtown Chicken” on right, turn left into Gold Camp. Easy in/out. Any size RV. Plenty of room. Level, clean, gift store, good coffee, free gold panning, and free Wi-Fi for campers (time and bandwidth may be limited and slow).

GPS Coordinates

64.069546, -141.941187Click on link to see Google Map


Dawson City, YT (Border Crossing) (Note: If you take the Northern route through Dawson City you will need to ferry (free) across the Yukon River. It is about a 10 minute ride, and lines are long in the morning. The ferry is closed Friday mornings from 5 am to 7 am for maintenance. The ferry accommodates the largest RVs including vehicles being towed. You might have to wait a little longer depending on the size, but be patient and they will get you on board.)

August 12, 2019 to August 16, 2019
Hosts

Margaret Murray (970) 214-4943

Activity Ideas

Visit the SS Keno, a preserved steamship with exhibits. Visit the Jack London Museum and the Dawson City Museum, as well as the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. Drive to the top of Dome Road to take in a view of the city and the confluence of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. August 15th-Annual Discovery Days Celebration, Authors on Eighth, and the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival.

Parking Location

Gold Rush Campground, 1207 5th Ave – downtown Dawson City. There are 10 spaces reserved; $22.88 US for dry camping; $35.63 US for 15 amp and water; free dump. Reserve your spot ASAP by emailing goldrushcampground@shaw.ca – indicate you are with Margaret Murray, give your RV size and type of site preference

Directions and Other Information

Canadian and US Customs offices open 9 am to 9 pm (pacific time) when ferry is in operation (see above note). The best time to catch the ferry is mid morning. Time Zone change – Canada is one hour later.

GPS Coordinates

64.0633980, -139.42693Click on link to see Google Map


Pelly Crossing, YT

August 16, 2019 to August 17, 2019
Hosts

No host needed, overnight only.

Parking Location

Pelly Crossing Campground

Directions and Other Information

30 sites, pit toilets, water spigot, dump at gas station nearby for a few dollars. Showers and laundry across the highway.

GPS Coordinates

62.82480, -136.57945Click on link to see Google Map


Whitehorse, YT

August 17, 2019 to August 21, 2019
Hosts

Lyn Alweis, (303)809-0324

Activity Ideas

Visit the SS Klondike National Historic Site, a vintage sternwheeler ship on the Yukon River. Kayak or hike the Miles Canyon Basalts. Visit the MacBride Museum of Yukon History. Soak in the Takhini Hot Springs. View the wildlife at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Visit the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.

Parking Location

Wolf Creek Campground, Whitehorse, YT, water, restroom, free firewood, $12/night, several pull thrus, shady.

Directions and Other Information

Dump stations at Shell, Quartz Rd and Chilkoot Way; and Yukon Tire (867) 667-6110, 107 Industrial Rd. Walmart #3191, (867) 667-2652, 9021 Quartz Rd.

GPS Coordinates

60.607163, -134.944185Click on link to see Google Map


Watson Lake, YT

August 21, 2019 to August 22, 2019
Hosts

Joanne Hansen (970) 376-3012

Parking Location

Baby Nugget RV Park, (867) 536-2307, Watson Lake, Yukon

Directions and Other Information

Water, electric, 50 and 30 amp, sewer, Wi-Fi(?), laundry, showers, dump station, RV wash, $$/night – BUT – if you don’t need to hook up or clean up there is free dry camping near the airport with room for 6-15 rigs.

GPS Coordinates

60.027820, -129.078827Click on link to see Google Map


Dease Lake, BC

August 22, 2019 to August 23, 2019
Hosts

No host needed, just an overnight stop.

Parking Location

Samaritan’s Purse Ministry Center, Dease Lake Highway, Dease Lake, BC, (800) 663-6500, lnanninga@samaritan.ca

Directions and Other Information
GPS Coordinates

58.4365, -129.9888Click on link to see Google Map


Meziadin Provincial Park, BC

August 23, 2019 to August 26, 2019
Activity Ideas

Day trip to Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK

Parking Location

Meziadin Provincial Park Campground, Meziadin Junction, BC (866) 500-7302

Directions and Other Information

$27/night w/electric; $22/night dry. 66 gravel dry sites. Water at rear of office building. 2 loops, one to left has sites along water. Some sites are 60′. Beautiful lake.

GPS Coordinates

N56.08971 W129.3039Click on link to see Google Map


Tyhee Lake Provincial Park, BC

August 26, 2019 to August 28, 2019
Hosts

JoAnne Hansen (970) 376-3012

Activity Ideas

Hiking, swimming, nature viewing

Parking Location

Tyhee Lake Provincial Park Campground, Bulkley-Nechako, BC, (250) 638-8490, $27/night, reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are available.

Directions and Other Information

Water (no RV fill), showers, dump station ($5 coin operated)

GPS Coordinates

54.708519, -127.040138Click on link to see Google Map


Prince George, BC

August 28, 2019 to August 30, 2019
Hosts

Mary Bangham (928) 207-6411

Activity Ideas

Take a walk through the Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. Visit the Prince George Railway Museum and The Exploration Place Museum and Science Center. Check out the Huble Homestead Heritage Site, open from May to October for guided tours, lunch and shopping in the General Store. Hike, bike or paddle in Eskers Provincial Park. And after you have done all that, stop for a refreshing drink at one of the local breweries or wineries.

Parking Location

Walmart #3651, (250) 906-3203, 6565 Southridge Ave., Prince George, BC (allows overnight parking). Moose Center 928, (250) 563-3060, 663 Douglas Street, Prince George, BC

Directions and Other Information

Prince George Municipal Public RV Dump Station, 18th Avenue & Quinn Street South
Flying J Fuel Stop #0801, (250) 563-1677, Showers, Dump Station, 4869 Continental Way.

53.864677, -122.785368 (Walmart)
53.9189870, -122.77084 (Moose Lodge)

GPS Coordinates

See Directions & Other InformationClick on link to see Google Map


Lac La Hache Provincial Park, BC

August 30, 2019 to September 2, 2019
Hosts

Host Needed

Activity Ideas

Nature trail, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and swimming.

Parking Location

Lac La Heche Provincial Park is on the eastern side of Lac La Hache.

Directions and Other Information

There are 83 sites, C$18/night, with water, flush & pit toilets, and a dump station for $5. Paved roads, tree-shaded sites, some overlook lake.

GPS Coordinates

51.859727, -121.640180Click on link to see Google Map


Skihist Provincial Park, BC

September 2, 2019 to September 4, 2019
Hosts

Host Needed

Activity Ideas

Kayaking, rafting, cycling fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing.

Parking Location

Skihist Provincial Park, water, toilets, dump station $5, dry camping $23/night

Directions and Other Information
GPS Coordinates

50.254360, -121.510947Click on link to see Google Map


Border Crossing, Abbottsford, BC

September 4, 2019
Hosts

None needed

Activity Ideas

This is the border crossing only and should not require an overnight stay.

Parking Location

Cole Rd Recreation Area.

Directions and Other Information

Cole Rd Recreation Area. Overnight Okay. Dump. East of Abbotsford on TC-1, ~2 km E of Whatcom Rd, EB side. Unshaded.

GPS Coordinates

49.05581, -122.17881Click on link to see Google Map


Bellingham, WA

September 4, 2019
Hosts

Jane Mailloux (503) 703-1946

Activity Ideas

This is the end of the North to Alaska 2019 circuit. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves on this circuit. Please direct any comments regarding the circuit to Lu Anne Frost, frostbites57@hotmail.com.

Hiking and kayaking in Larrabee State Park, hiking in gardens and along streams in Whatcom Falls Park or kayak in Lake Whatcom, visit Lummi Island – a rural island with an old-fashioned vibe, hiking in the Chuckanut Mountains, beach access at Boulevard Park.

Parking Location

Elks Lodge #194 Campground, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98229-2904, (360) 733-3333 or 3334

Directions and Other Information

No hookups at the Elks Lodge, but they allow dry RV parking in parking lots.

GPS Coordinates

48.727357, -122.471915Click on link to see Google Map