LTRVD Episode 7 – The Dalton Highway Part 2

In this week’s episode of the podcast we pick of where we left off, halfway up the James Dalton Highway in Alaska. Also your feedback, more decluttering, and plans to go back to the Keys.

The Dalton Highway

Las week we talk about America’s northernmost and most isolated highway, but we ran out of time halfway. I told you how we left from Fairbanks on the Elliot Highway. Joined the gravel road at the Livengood Junction and then continued to our first pit stop at the mighty Yukon River. From here we passed by most hilly terrain, finger mountain, the Arctic Circle, Graylin Lake, and our second pit stop at the world’s northernmost truck stop at Coldfoot, Alaska.

North of Coldfoot

North of here is the most isolated and treacherous segment of the road. There will be no services for the next 240 miles.

No services
No services for 240 miles

Construction on the Dalton

I wouldn’t recommend going the whole 240 miles with a big rig as some parts are pretty rough and treacherous, but we can still manage to go a little further. Just north of here there’s Marion Creek campground where you can leave you rig and continue with your tow vehicle. A few miles further north we have an arctic village called Wiseman, dating back to the gold rush. Just a handful of people live here permanently but there are two places to stay. One of them is e Boreal Lodge, and the other is the Arctic Getaway Cabin and Breakfast, where we stayed on the way back. These are much better accommodations than those found back in Coldfoot.

Our cabin at Wiseman

The Brooks Range

North of here we’ll start seeing the most striking landscapes this road has to offer. Be sure to spot Sukukpak mountain, made up of marble.

Sukukpak Mountain
Sukukpak Mountain

Also be sure to stop by one of the many creeks and dip your feet in the chilly water.

One of the many creeks

And this is about as north as I would go if you don’t think your vehicle is up to the task. Here we begin climbing the Brooks Range.

Furthest North Spruce Tree

There is one place to pull out and take a break by the Chandalar Shelf. Then it is a non stop climb to the continental divide, located at the Attigun Pass, the highest point in the whole road. At the top you may encounter a herd of dall sheep. You may also encounter snow even in the summer.

Near Attigun Pass

Dall sheep
Dall sheep at Attigun Pass

The North Slope and the Northern Plains

From here we start descending rapidly onto the North Slope. If you’ve made it all the way up here, Galbraith Lake may be a good place to camp.

North slope
The North Slope

Galbraith lake
Galbraith Lake and the Brooks Range

Galbraith Lake and the Brooks Range

North of here is the worst part of the trip as far a road conditions go, at least at the time of our trip. The road is gravel which feel like you are going over large boulders. This area is marginally attractive with rolling hills and no trees. It is true tundra climate. The last 60 miles is the flat northern plains.

The North Slope

Deadhorse, often described as the anticlimactic dystopia at end of our trip, is basically a company town whose sole purpose is support for the oil companies operations. The only was to reach the Arctic circle is by taking a tour, and I strongly suggest it if you’ve made it all the way up here.

Deadhorse Alaska

Midnight sun
Midnight Sun at Deadhorse Alaska

The Arctic Ocean

Gas station at Deadhorse, Alaska

My entire trip has been documented on video at the following YouTube playlist.

Dalton Highway, Alaska

Living the RV Dream website

WRVO Radio Network 1

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