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Old 02-29-2016, 02:00 PM   #1
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Yukon and Alaska 2016

Hi All

We are planning a trip to the Yukon in August and early September

I am hoping you will share your favourite campgrounds, things to do or see.

We are okay with some touristy things and still do moderate hikes up to 10 km or so

Should we take a gold panning class before we go? Should we avoid the cruise ship ports? Will the tiny fuel tank in the Rav be a problem? Are they dog friendly up north like they are in Oregon?

Although we mostly cook at the camper we do love to find a great restaurant or pub too

I have been searching the archives and have some ideas but i know you have found some hidden gems

thank you in advance
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Old 02-29-2016, 02:50 PM   #2
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Hi All

We are planning a trip to the Yukon in August and early September

I am hoping you will share your favourite campgrounds, things to do or see.

We are okay with some touristy things and still do moderate hikes up to 10 km or so

Should we take a gold panning class before we go? Should we avoid the cruise ship ports? Will the tiny fuel tank in the Rav be a problem? Are they dog friendly up north like they are in Oregon?

Although we mostly cook at the camper we do love to find a great restaurant or pub too

I have been searching the archives and have some ideas but i know you have found some hidden gems

thank you in advance
Alan
The Klondike loop with a stop at Tombstone Territorial Park outside of Dawson. (Yukon hint: If you go to Takhini hot springs you want campsite #25.) Only campground in the Yukon that I do not care for is Marsh Lake outside of Whitehorse. My wife recently got a gold detector, we plan on working the old tailing piles this summer, should be interesting.

The only place that isnít dog friendly is Denali National Park. If visiting, I would find a place to board the pooches. September is our favorite time to visit the Yukon. Scott

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Old 03-01-2016, 07:50 PM   #3
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The Klondike loop with a stop at Tombstone Territorial Park outside of Dawson. (Yukon hint: If you go to Takhini hot springs you want campsite #25.) Only campground in the Yukon that I do not care for is Marsh Lake outside of Whitehorse. My wife recently got a gold detector, we plan on working the old tailing piles this summer, should be interesting.

The only place that isnít dog friendly is Denali National Park. If visiting, I would find a place to board the pooches. September is our favorite time to visit the Yukon. Scott

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Thanks for the tip on the campsite...... hot springs are on the list

Some of the U.S. national parks seem to frown on dogs which i get if the area is sensitive

I have never panned or sluiced but it looks like a fair but of work for an old guy. It will be fun to give it a try though.
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I carried a gas 2 1/2 gallon gas can in the Stowaway on the back of the 17, but never needed it (I tow my 17B with a 2010 RAV4 Sport). The only time I came close was when the generator at one of the fuel stops in the Yukon was broken & they couldn't pump fuel. I made it to the next stop with at least a gallon in the tank. Ask for a Campground/fuel list at the visitor center in Dawson Creek (the start of the Alaskan Highway). Very useful for determining fuel stops. We also used both the Church campground guide & The Milepost. I preferred the Church book - the Milepost was very filled with ads & appeared to be designed for large RVs, although the additional information was useful.

I went with friends towing a Scamp 16 with a Toyota Sienna van. A journal of the trip is here.

We enjoyed two hot springs - Chena Hot Springs in Alaska (easy access & a dry campground) & Liard River Hot Springs in BC (a bit of a hike on a boardwalk to get to the spring, dry camping at the campground).

Many of the campgrounds along the highway are at restaurants - while we did cook, there were many times we went to the local restaurant.

While others have stated they didn't have problems getting reservations at Teklanika Campground a few weeks in advance, we made our 2 months ahead of time. When we arrived, there were signs at the entrance to the park stating all the campgrounds were full. The inexpensive rate ($7.00 per night with a senior pass) had quite a few empty spaces at Teklanika even though it was "full".

One advantage of reserving a site at Teklanika is you pay for one day of bus pass even if you stay for a week rather than having to purchase one daily. Unlimited on/off on the busses in the park, the only allowed transportation beyond the campground.
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Alan, had another thought on my ride home. If you are into trains, the White Pass railroad out of Skagway is a great day trip. After the train ride you can take the ferry to Haines, hour and half trip then either head back to Whitehorse or head towards Tok and take the Top of World highway back towards Dawson.

If you do camp at Skagway there is a very nice campground run by the city next to the old Dyea town site out past the slide cemetery. The road out there is not big rig friendly, but made for small trailers. Free, with nice campsites but no water. Nice views of the Dyea inlet with hanging glaciers on the peaks to the west. (Sorry Whitehorse and Skagway residents, this jewel now appears on google maps.) Edit: I just looked on street view and you can actually "virtually drive" out to the flats now. The campground is at the end of the road to the left right before the parking lot for the salmon stream. My, my the world IS getting smaller.

In addition to the Milepost, my favorite camping guide for Alaska is Camping Alaska by Montana Hodges,
http://www.amazon.com/Camping-Alaska.../dp/0762743875 very easy to use and up to date. Have fun, Scott

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Old 03-05-2016, 10:56 AM   #6
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Jon

I read quickly through your blog this and it looks like you had an awesome time.
good tips on the hot springs
My son ordered me the new Milepost but it has not arrived yet
i will use you blog to to help me plan and make s

Scott
We will be looking for some out of the way spots so this is a great tip
we see to be good for 3-5 days off the grid if i take out my portable solar panel
i will check out your guide too

thanks
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Our preferred campsite in Dawson Creek, mile 0 of Alaska Highway, is Northern Lights RV park.
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I second the vote on Laird Hot Springs. A not to miss spot. I plan on stopping there every time I drive the Alaska Highway. I still have not made it to Chena Hot Springs.
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