The Denali Highway is one of my favorite rides. I stayed in Paxon Lake campground – which was ok. There is a water pump and decent outhouses. The walk in tent sites are right down in the water – some a bit swampy. I pulled out my mosquito head net for the first time. So far, I have been fine with a little repellent and a campfire.
I headed back to mile 135 on the Parks Highway and stayed at K’esugi Ken campground. This is a new campground and a nice spot to stay. Most of the sites are secluded – the trees block your view of Denali from your site (except tent site 4), but there are some short trails to enjoy the view. The night was a bit overcast with some rain. Waking up early, I took a hike to the top of the mountain … Read More
I spent the night with my cousin in Wasilla. The deep fried halibut with homemade tarter sauce was even better than I had in Seward. We came up with a game plan for the rest of the trip. I started off from Wasilla taking the Hatcher Pass – a dirt road from the top was a great ride.
The rain continued to pour down – leaving no doubt the the mountain at mile 135 was not to be seen. Looking at weather reports, the best place to minimize the rain was Seward or Homer. I had a lot of riding through the rain. I passed quickly by Anchorage and found myself in awe of Chugach State Park and the Kenai Penninsula.
The word Talkeetna means convergence – named after the convergence of the Talkeetna, Chulitna, and the Susitna rivers. My convergence story begins with an acquaintance I met at Cheena Hotsprings. She was an interesting woman who had spent many years of her life in a homesteaded cabin in the wilderness. In her experience, she felt the best views of the Denali peaks were from outside the park specifically mentioning mile 135. Providing directions by mile # is a common practice … Read More
A nice lady that I met while at Cheena Hot Springs told me to skip going into Denali park. The best views of the mountain are from the South side at around mile 135. I had already reserved my spot for the 11 hour Denali transit bus ride to Wonder Lake. You can drive your own vehicle the first part of the road, but to really see the park, you have to take a bus. I was interested to find … Read More
I left camp north of Fairbanks heading south toward Denali. There are still a lot of views on the Steese Highway that I had to stop and enjoy. I stopped briefly in Fairbanks to resupply, then on I went. I didn’t have a reservation (the place I tried to reserve near Denali, sent me a cryptic email, but basically they had had no vacancy). The weather was getting overcast and I started to have concerns about my Denali 11 hour … Read More
Circle was established in 1893 as gold was discovered in the Yukon. It sits on the banks of the Yukon river and was an important site for offloading goods shipped up the Yukon and then transported to a number of mining camps. The miners named ther settlement “Circle” ad they believed it was on the Arctic Circle. The actual Arctic Circle is still about 50 miles north. On my was to Circle, I stopped at a pullout with a view … Read More