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Old 09-14-2016, 09:08 AM   #11
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Just the drive to Valdez is jaw dropping. From the top of Thompson Pass on down have your cameras out. Get a local map because there are more roads and trails than you can imagine in this little town.
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Avoid Pink Mountain BC, do plan a stop at Toad River BC. Watson Lake YT prices are sky high, Whitehorse is nice but congested. Cottenwood CG on Kluane Lake is nice but 30a only and wifi only at the office area.
Agree completely! Pink Mountain and nearby Sikani Chief campgrounds are the pits. Toad River was our favorite campground for the entire Alaska trip and Haines Hitch-Up was a not-so-close second (no views at Haines--or nearly anywhere else--to match Toad River's!).

Junction 37 was old and poorly maintained and had no WiFi, but it did have long, FHU, pull-through sites with some privacy. It was the only reasonably priced campground in Watson Lake, so we stayed there going and coming on our Alaska trip. Hi Country RV Park in Whitehorse also had a little privacy between pretty narrow sites and good WiFi only at the office. It had much better upkeep than Junction 37, but it was also more expensive.

We also stayed at Cottonwood, but most campgrounds in YT and Alaska are only 30A. Many are generator-powered (no power lines), so that was one reason for taking a 30A-only RV. For those needing 50A power, you will often have to either generate it yourself or do without one AC unit. You shouldn't need AC most of the trip anyway once you leave the US and Alberta. You also shouldn't expect good WiFi in any campground on an Alaska trip and you won't even have cell service along much of the route.

"Privacy" between sites is relative in Alaska and YT because many (most?) private RV parks are just gravel parking lots with hookups. Provincial and state campgrounds generally have larger (but not necessarily longer) campsites with more space between RVs and more scenic views. But few public campgrounds have hookups and many have no water (too cold for exposed hydrants) or sanidumps (permafrost, shallow bedrock, or nearby waterways prevent leachfield construction). Probably the nicest public campground we stayed in on the entire trip was at Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park on the Alaska Highway in BC. And a dip in the hot springs pool was wonderful!

BTW, overnighting in pull-outs along highways is legal in most of Alaska and YT unless posted. So, if your RV is equipped for boondocking, you don't always have to find a campground if you are just "travelin'" and not sightseeing.
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Surprisingly McCarthy had good cell power and with my Verizon hot spot internet was fast. Since it is pretty much all private property all you get is a parking spot for $20 a night but a location and view out of this world.
That is if you are brave enough to drive that washboard pot holed road all the way in and back out. I did and survived ok.
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That is if you are brave enough to drive that washboard pot holed road all the way in and back out. I did and survived ok.
Yea, we took the van shuttle from the Kenny Lake Campground and had two flat tires on the trip to McCarthy. Fortunately, the van service has repaired tires on spare wheels stashed along the route and a tire repair shop in McCarthy fixed the second one while we were visiting Kennecott. I am glad we decided not to take our truck and, especially, our trailer to McCarthy!

We stayed at Kenny Lake twice, once to go to visit Kennecott and then head down to Valdez and once on our way back from Valdez going to Palmer. We never stayed in Anchorage, but used RV parks in Palmer and Wasilla and a state park in Eagle River on our way through it.
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