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Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

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Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

I am driving from Haines to Anchorage in late December. I will be driving a Nissan Titan 4x4. Is there any advice or precautions that I should take. How are the roads? Is this a one day trip? Do I need to take extra gas? Is there a place to sleep and eat along the way?

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1. Re: Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

You'll want to get a copy of the Milepost. www.TheMilepost.com . In my opinion it's the best guide to the drive.

You'll need your passport since you are driving through Canada. I'm hoping you know & understand the rules that go with that...

In the summer I've done it one day. I'm not sure I'd want to push it that hard in the winter. I'd suggest overnighting in Tok.

Have extra food, water & cold weather gear in the car. Have a flashlight and tow strap, just in case.

You can eat and fuel up in Haines Junction. You can also eat at the Talbert Arms in Destruction Bay. You might need to top off in Beaver Creek, just before you cross the border. Leave Tok with a full tank and top off in Glennallen.

Watch your speed. The roads can be anywhere from dry pavement, wet snow, 2 feet of snow, blowing snow, etc... It just depends...

2. Re: Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

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3. Re: Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

I drove it twice in the last five winters, and the advice is pretty good. But I would add that you should calculate your distances and times ahead of time so you have fewer unexpected surprises. Also Yukon time is one hour different from Alaska time, and that must be calculated in your arrival at Burwash Landing for gas or food. They closed at 10 PM the two times we went through, and we barely got in on time to tank up and overnight.

The first year we left Haines late and found lodging closed or not answering a knock and we had to push on to Tok, which was quite a stretch. The second time we overnighted in Burwash Landing / Talbert Arms (yes, also called / next to Destruction Bay, but you can determine that from the Milepost or internet). The food and rooms there are good.

Firearms are best not brought along. Pistols are forbidden in Canada and long guns take an involved pre-regestration process, something you don't want to attempt cold, at the border.

Fast Eddie's in Tok is a great place to stop for food, on the right side as you are entering Tok. Other places are acceptable as well.

Hope for cold weather so the tires grip better!

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PS Fill up to stay above half a tank at all times and you will have no trouble if some intermediate gas station is closed.

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4. Re: Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

We've stayed several times in Tok at Young's Motel which is adjacent to Fast Eddie's and both are fine.

Jumper cables, flashlights, warm gloves, hats, warm layers....

Will you have a pet? If so, you need special, current paperwork from the vet.

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5. Re: Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

Its Talbot Arms, not Talbert, and its in Destruction Bay, not Burwash. You can't miss it, its right on the highway and you might want to top up your fuel there. The Burwash Landing resort might be open, 15 km farther west, but Talbot Arms is a better bet.

Serious winter clothes, a sleeping bag and candles and matches. A Bic lighter is better- it lights every time even when its wet. Keep it in an inside pocket- the butane lights better when its warm.

Real winter tires, NOT all season radials. Maybe a little extra extra weight in the truck bed too.

There should be basic accommodation and food at Beaver Creek just before the border. Buckshot Betty's and the 1202 should be open. The 1202 has fuel. I'd keep the fuel topped up on the Canada side- the Junction, D Bay and Beaver Creek, and throw in some fuel de-icer if your truck is alcohol tolerant.

Sorry, I don't know anything about the Alaska side. I only trucked as far as Beaver Creek.

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6. Re: Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

Always fill up at all gas stations you find, 100 or so miles between stations.

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7. Re: Driving from Haines to Anchorage in December-any advice?

You should fill fully gas. It takes more than 15 hrs so you should caculate different time between 2 places.

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