Alaska 2018 travel blog

View from river at Teklanika CG


The skies were overcast as we left our site at Teklanika. We have really enjoyed the 4 nights here. The views of Denali and the surrounding Alaska Range have been spectacular at times and hidden in the clouds at other times. The weather pattern has been mostly clear mornings and then showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon or early evening – we even had pea sized hail one afternoon.

We have managed our resources very well – we have plenty of fresh water still available and our holding tanks are both ok, and propane is still above 50%. We probably could stay another 3 days with no problems.

For those that have never been to Denali. The only way to “tour” the park and get closer to the mountain is on a bus. There are many narrated tours that roam on a tan colored bus. Riding the “green” bus, you can travel from the main visitor’s center 66 miles to Eielson Visitor’s Center, or another 20 miles to Wonder Lake. Since our CG was at mile 29, we only had to travel 37 miles or 2.5 hours to reach Eielson. The 132 miles round trip from the main entrance is an 8 hour day on the bus. After mile 15, the road is gravel, and it is very narrow as you cross Polychrome Pass.

One trick that we have learned is to make our brewed coffee the night before when we could run the generator and then heat it on the stove the next morning.

Teklanika CG is now on our list of favorite places and we hope to return here again.

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