Originally Posted by Doggonehappy1
Thanks for all the advise and experience sharing Jack. We are leaving MD in about a week, doing the fall
end rather than the spring. It’s a bucket list trip for my husband, who has been there many times but mostly flying in small planes for work. I really don’t want to wreck our sweet trailer or be jostled to death so he may leave me and the trailer in a campground while he travels the gravel roads of the Dempster and the Dalton.
Fall starts early in AK and the Yukon as well. We left for AK last year on August 10th, a late start for sure. But we tend to cover a lot of miles on travel days, more than most here are comfortable doing. We covered 11,000 miles, multiple nights in Edmonton, Fairbanks, Denali, and Homer, and on the return, multiple nights in Omak, WA, and four nights at Yellowstone. Arrived home on September 10th.
You have to be really comfortable in your TV and towing in general. Otherwise, its better to leave in early June and take a longer trip like most sane people do.
I would certainly not do it in any shorter time. Distance from my home in NC is about the same as yours from Maryland.
I too found the main Alcan was in fine shape in 2018 and was a non-event as far as the drive. And we came back the Cassiar Highway which was also in excellent shape. Earlier trips this was not the case. We took the Cassiar in 2002 and had over 100 miles of deep mud. We were on a motorcycle that trip so it was an adventure to remember! This time there was about 1/4 mile of gravel on the entire Cassiar.