From Anchorage on the Cook Inlet to Deadhorse on Prudhoe Bay, the route will traverse the subarctic ecosystem of southern Alaska to the arctic tundra north of the Arctic Circle. The route will pass through some beautiful areas of Alaska, including some of the best places in the world to see the auroras of the Northern Lights.
The Dalton Highway is a highlight of the route and a unique road for many reasons. It was built as a haul road for large trucks traveling from Fairbanks to the oil fields near Prudhoe Bay. The stretch of the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to Deadhorse is extremely remote, especially beyond the Arctic Circle. Three settlements are found along the Dalton: Coldfoot (population of 10 people), Wiseman (pop. 22) and Deadhorse (pop. 25 permanent, up to 3000 seasonal industry workers depending on oil production). From Coldfoot to Deadhorse is 220+ miles of remote gravel road with no services of any kind.
Largely uninhabited by humans, Northern Alaska is home to Brown, Polar, and Black bears as well as moose and other large mammals. Care should be taken to avoid encounters with these animals.
- Start: Anchorage, Alaska
- Finish: Deadhorse, Alaska
- Length: 1680 kilometers (1043 miles)
- Elevation Gain: about 25,000 meters (83,000 feet)
- High point: Atigun Pass at the Continental Divide – 1444 meters (4739 feet)
- Surface: 80% gravel road, 20% pavement of varying condition