ALASKA BACKCOUNTRY MOTO TOUR
Cost: $5,500 (includes bike rental and 7 nights lodging)
Dates: August 2nd – August 9th, 2020 (2 spots left), August 1-7th, 2021 SOLD OUT, August 8-14, 2021
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Terrain: 80/20 Pavement to Dirt
Travel: Arrival in Anchorage: anytime on arrival day. Early afternoon is ideal. Departure from Anchorage: Flights on the final day must be red-eye flights or fly out the following morning.
Activities: ADV motorcycle riding, Historic sightseeing
$1,000 deposit due to reserve spots. Full balance due 60 days before departure.
(contact us for alternate payment plans)
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, Hatcher Pass and Denali National Park and the amazing wilderness in-between. 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.
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 peeled 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 on the red eye 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
-$100k of emergency evacuation insurance
❏ 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
❏ Multiple pairs of riding gloves at least one waterproof pair (finger squeegee is a nice option)
❏ Waterproof Riding jacket with armor
❏ Waterproof Riding pants with armor
❏ Over the top rain suit (if your jacket and pants aren’t waterproof)
❏ Tall waterproof riding boots that are also comfortable for walking
❏ Tall mid-weight socks for riding
❏ Neck buff or gaitor
❏ Sunglasses, case and cleaner
❏ Ear plugs for snoring
❏ 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
❏ Headlamp for around camp
❏ Sunblock: skin and lips
❏ 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.
I am a very new motorcycle rider is the trip for me?
We specialize in and enjoy teaching brand new riders. Whether you have street experience and no off-road experience or little motorcycle experience at all we will help you learn and master the basics by the end of the trip. We have a sweep guide that will make sure you have a great experience and can ride your own ride. Approximately 50% of our guest are new riders.
I’m an experienced motorcycle rider, will I be bored?
Absolutely not! Our lead guides are trained to ride just a bit faster than you. We know what it’s like to be on a trip and feel like you can’t go as fast as you want so we’ve designed the trip to allow experienced riders to rip at the front of the pack and not have to worry about the rest of the group keeping up.
What are the age requirements?
-16+ for Moto, UTV and Snowmobile trips
-10+ for Pack Horse trips
-No age requirement for UTV passengers
Where do we sleep?
We provide one-person tents for all tours except for our Alaska trips where we stay in lodges. Two-person tents are available upon request.
Can I bring a C-PAP machine?
Yes, if you have a portable C-PAP machine we can charge it nightly with the inverter on the chase truck or lodge on the Alaska trip. On horseback trips we will not have any power available.
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 specific to the trip. Any additional bags will be stored securely. On our Moto/UTV trips, the chase truck will carry your sleeping bag and ground pad. Everything else will be in your pack.
Are there opportunities to shower?
Yosemite Moto Trips: creeks and lakes
Grand Canyon Off-Road Trip: wet-wipes
Death Valley Moto Trip: wet-wipes
Alaska Trips: hot showers
-All costs listed on our site are the total per person and all-inclusive (aside from travel to the meetup point and additional accommodations not listed)
-Public trips: We require a $1,000 deposit per person for public trips
-Custom/Private trips: We require a group 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. Please contact us for dates and info.