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Alaska/Hawaii / Re: Alaska -Dalton Highway
« on: June 02, 2022, 02:09:57 am »
Issues with bears on the dalton highway are not common, but do happen occasionally.  I would just practice good bear country camping, and if you are worried, don't cook where you are sleeping, and it should be fine.   I wouldn't worry about it.

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: Alaska -Dalton Highway
« on: March 09, 2022, 12:59:49 pm »
The bugs are not too bad outside the late June/early July to mid July window, when they can be fairly bad.  YMMV of course.

Alaska/Hawaii / Re: Alaska -Dalton Highway
« on: March 08, 2022, 10:07:35 pm »
This might be too late, but I think the Dalton highway is bikable from mid June to mid August.  June will have a bit less traffic I think, bug August might have more colors.  Late June the bugs will pick up, and by early July they would be fairly bad. 
I have only done it north to south, and suppoidly the wind tends to blow that direction, but I don't have any actual data to back that up.  The tourist traffic is pretty low, however there are lots of big trucks hauling stuff.   The road isn't particularly dangerous besides the truck traffic, and bears are not a big deal, however I would find a bear proof way to store your food.  I have a writeup from roughly 10 years ago here:
A more recent writeup from soneone else can be found here:
Though lots of others are available online.  have a great trip!

General Discussion / Re: Food storage in the Arctic
« on: October 22, 2016, 02:29:55 am »
A ursack or a bear canister would work fine.  You can borrow a bear canister from APLIC ( in Fairbanks.  If you are just biking the haul road / dalton highway, then you can hang food from the alaska pipeline, as it is easily accessible for almost the entire route.   

I biked the route several years ago, and have a writeup here:

RE mud on the dalton - the road is treated for dust, and treatment causes the mud to be very sticky. Normally it isn't bad when it is raining, but it can be awful when the road is drying out after the rain stops.  The road drys really fast though, so just take a break until the surface dries out.

let me know if you have any other questions.  I live in Fairbanks, alaska.

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