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Susan Jul 6th, 2002 02:24 AM

What is the road to Coldfoot out of Fairbanks like?
We are planning to drive from Fairbanks to Coldfoot but I am worried about 150 miles on a gravel road. Does anyone know what it is like and how long it will take?

A Jul 6th, 2002 03:55 AM

If you will be using a rental car check to be sure you are allowed to drive unpaved roads. When I rented a car in Alaska (twice) it was made clear to me that I was not to drive on unpaved roads.<BR>You can read a mile by mile description of the Dalton Highway in The Milepost available at most bookstores.

Paul Rabe Jul 6th, 2002 05:44 AM

Couple things to know, from one who drove to the Artic Circle -- in a rental vehicle!<BR><BR>If you have an accident or a car breakdown, it may well be 100 miles to the nearest PHONE. Be ready to handle car and first emergencies.<BR><BR>The huge trucks driving these gravel roads are being paid to get their cargo up to the oil fields as quickly as possible. They are NOT paid to make your traveling easier. I was passed several times by monster trucks going much faster than I felt safe driving in my compact car! This can be quite intimidating on a road not designed for easy passing. Be ready to pull over and get out of the way of these things.<BR><BR>The scenery is pretty desolate along the highway (at least as far as I went), with not much in the way of mountains, wildlife, or magnificent forests. Don't drive up to catch great Alaska scenery; you'll get a lot more of that on the Kenai Peninsula. Go there only for the experience of saying you've gone to a pretty extreme part of the USA.<BR><BR>BTW, the rental people said that their prohibition on driving on gravel roads simply meant they would offer no aid if the car broke down on such a road. We took a chance of a having to buy a new car if there was a crash, but it ended up being almost no problem at all.

Susan Jul 7th, 2002 03:29 AM

Thanks a bunch, just what I needed to know!

Paul Jul 7th, 2002 10:49 AM

Make sure you set aside money for at least a new windshield.

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