ALASKA BACKCOUNTRY MOTO TOUR
Dates: July 26 – August 1st, 2018
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Terrain: 60/40 Dirt to Pavement
Activities: ADV motorcycle riding, Historic sightseeing
Our Alaska Backcountry Motorcycle Tour is a motorcycle adventure for those who want to explore the real Alaska and get as remote as you can on the Alaska Highway System. Style of riding ranges from excellent scenic pavement to challenging two-track and ATV trails. Explore Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Denali National Park. Ride an adventure touring motorcycle the way it was meant to, and discover the last frontier.
DAY 1 – Arrive by mid-afternoon. Hotel check-in. Meet the other riders and the staff at the welcome dinner at one of Anchorage’s premier restaurants.
DAY 2 – Anchorage Alaska to Talkeetna, Alaska via Hatcher Pass – Ride North from Anchorage to historic Independence mine before taking a scenic and challenging 40 mile dirt pass connecting up with the Parks Highway. Keep your eyes pealed for Denali, North America’s tallest Peak as you head into Talkeetna, a famous mountaineering town.
DAY 3 – Talkeetna, Alaska to Denali Highway, Alaska. Heading North on the Parks highway the group will enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska range before heading down the famous Denali Highway, the original entrance to Denali National Park. The road parallels the Alaska Range and is widely accepted as the most scenic route in Alaska. Stay at a remote lodge on the Susitna River.
DAY 4 – Free day on the Denali Highway: Explore the mountainous area on challenging two-track and mining roads in the area. Get ready for water crossings, ever changing terrain and abundant wildlife. This is an Alaska most locals don’t even experience. Stay on the Denali Highway.
DAY 5 – Denali Highway to Copper Center area: Finish the balance of the Denali Highway before heading south on the Richardson Highway. The Richardson Highway parallels the Alaska Pipeline for many miles and the scenery transitions from the Alaska Range to the Wrangell Mountains.
DAY 6 – Free Day, Copper Center, Alaska: Explore Wrangell-St. Elias National Park via the Edgerton Highway to McCarthy and Kennicott Mine, or via the Slana Road from Nabesna). Paved option of the Richardson Highway through scenic Thompson Pass.
DAY 7 – Copper Center Area to Anchorage, Alaska: The paved ride home is on one of North America’s Scenic Byways they Glenn Highway. Glaciers flow down from the mountains in the distance and the route eventually narrows into a canyon with views of the Matanuska River and Glacier. Farewell dinner in Anchorage. Fly out or stay an extra night.
-Standard Suzuki V-Strom 650 motorcycle rental
-available motorcycle upgrades to BMW F700, F800, 1200 GS or Honda Africa Twin 1000
-Professional Wilderness guide
-Videographer and trip film
-All transportation from pickup points and back
-Fuel for bikes
-Lunch, snacks and beverages
❏ Photocopy of passport stored in different location
❏ Driver’s license
❏ Photocopy of driver’s license stored in different location
❏ Full face helmet with pinlock or fog resistant shield (unless renting from Wilderness)
❏ Multiple pairs of riding gloves with finger squeegee
❏ Riding jacket with armor
❏ Riding pants with armor
❏ Over the top rain suit
❏ Tall waterproof riding boots that are also comfortable for walking
❏ Thick wool socks for riding
❏ Neck buff or gaitor
❏ Sunglasses, case and cleaner
❏ Ear plugs (not in India you need to be able to hear horns!)
❏ Ziploc slide top bags gallon & quart
❏ Pant layers
❏ Smartwool or cold-weather leggings
❏ Quick-dry pants
❏ Torso layers
❏ Smartwool or cold weather base layer
❏ Quick dry shirts
❏ Fleece or thermal vest/jacket
❏ Warm, comfortable clothes for after riding
❏ Warm hat, stocking cap for after riding
❏ Comfortable shoes for after riding
❏ Enough clothes, socks and underwear for the length of your trip!
❏ Waterproof duffel bag to carry your clothes and nonessentials on the truck
❏ Small day pack for walking around town
❏ Camera + batteries and memory cards
❏ Soap, shampoo, conditioner not all lodging provides these
❏ Toilet paper and moist wipes
❏ Nail clippers, razors, other grooming
❏ Headlamp for around camp
❏ Sunblock: skin and lips
❏ Cash, spread out among luggage to prevent loss
❏ Credit card, tucked away somewhere safe
Paved roads and gravel roads are the main. The out-rides are two-track jeep trails and four-wheeler tracks with rocks, mud and water crossings.
What are the age requirements?
16+ for Moto and Snowmobile trips
12+ for Pack Horse trips
Do you offer trips for women?
At this time the demand for women’s trips is very low and as such we are offering men’s trips only. However if you are interested in women’s trips we want to hear from you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All costs listed on our site are the total per person.
Public trips: We require a $1,000 deposit per person for public trips
Custom/Private trips: We require a $10,000 deposit for all private/custom trips. Once the deposit is received, we will then set up a private booking page for your group to book their spot. We’ll also then pull the dates from our public site.
Where can I keep my luggage during my trip?
If you have any luggage, there will be secure storage available.
What additional bags can I bring?
All belongings you bring will need to fit in the backpack/bag we provide or suggest. Any additional bags will be stored securely. On our Moto trips, the chase truck will carry your sleeping bag and ground pad. Everything else will be in your pack.
Are there opportunities to shower?
On our Moto and Pack Horse trips any rain we encounter will be your shower. There are also creeks and ponds where you can rinse off. We provide Wet Wipes in your backpack for additional cleaning. Bring a small, packable towel if you’d like! Our Snowmobile trip accommodations have showers.