collapse
Guided Moose And Black Bear Hunts

Author Topic: Driving to AK  (Read 894 times)

Offline Jim/WA

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Oct 2013
  • Posts: 41
  • Location: Vancouver
Driving to AK
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:49:10 AM »
Anyone ever drive up to Prince Rupert and take the ferry to Ketchikan (then to Hollis)? I'm working out the details of a July/August trip to Prince of Wales and have been kicking around the idea of taking my truck/slide-in camper instead of flying + renting a car. The cost isn't much more than the cost of airfare (not counting fuel). Is it worth the effort?

Offline jamesfromseattle

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 297
  • Location: Seattle
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2017, 11:57:39 AM »
I haven't done it, but it sounds like a great trip.  I also did the math and came up with similar numbers.  We are planning on doing a deer hunting trip in 2019 or 2020, but are leaning towards flying due to time constraints.  Sure would be nice to take a truck full of gear, though.  Maybe throw a couple kayaks or an inflatable boat on the roof, too.

Are you going to hunt or fish?

Offline Skillet

  • Business Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+12)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jun 2009
  • Posts: 4036
  • Location: Sitka / Everett
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 12:09:16 PM »
I've done the Bham to Sitka with a vehicle before, and think your plan is a good one.  Be aware you do not get to sleep in your camper on the car deck, but they do allow a few short access periods per day.

Pro-tip: If you have any space, advertise a few weeks in advance on CL in WA and CLand SitNews in AK that you'll be heading their way and can haul something for a small fee.  Freight to Craig and other communities on POW is a killer.  Great way to defray costs and make friends on POW,  :twocents:
KABOOM Count - 1

"The ocean is calling, and I must go."

Offline Jim/WA

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Pilgrim
  • *
  • Join Date: Oct 2013
  • Posts: 41
  • Location: Vancouver
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 01:10:51 PM »
-It's intended to be a group fishing trip but I get more time off so I may stay awhile and do an exploratory, solo deer hunt after the August opener. I've got more tolerance for steep, wet, devil's club infested hillsides than my east coast buddies so solo suits me just fine.

-Thanks for the heads up on the freight idea. I probably will have extra room on the way up.

Online boneaddict

  • Site Sponsor
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 42870
  • Location: Selah, Washington
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 01:11:26 PM »
Didnít take that route, but drove up to moose hunt in AK.  It was a fantastic trip.  Plus I could bring all my gear up and meat home.
My website.....DDK Photography
http://ddkphotography.pixels.com

Offline Fl0und3rz

  • Political Topics
  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • Legend
  • ******
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 25641
  • Location: W. WA
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2017, 01:26:02 PM »
Good luck on your trip.  In-laws do that trip frequently.  It's beautiful country.

Offline W_Ellison2011

  • Non-Hunting Topics
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: May 2011
  • Posts: 460
  • Location: Graham, Wa
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2017, 04:14:48 PM »
It was 5 years ago but the wife and I did the trip. Lived in Ketchikan for the summer. The drive is super nice. We saw bears, moose, elk, deer, big horn sheep, and a wolverine along our drive up. We went up in May. Just make sure you make your reservations for the ferry in advance and know your total length including trailer, width, and height I believe. My 65 year old parents just did the drive from Onalaska, Wa. up to Prince Rupert this past summer when we all went up for a family fishing trip. The wife and I flew this time but they drove and had TONS of fun. My father was calling me at least 2-3 times a day telling me about bears and moose walking across the road in front of them. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. They had to go around a couple fires this last summer and it took them a little longer to get up there than expected but they had preplanned a couple extra travel days thankfully. Good luck and ENJOY it! Its a fun drive and the fishing is waaayyyy better than here in Washington. Silvers were averaging 10-14 lbs for us and the pinks run every year up there.

Offline Boss .300 winmag

  • Best Biggie Blogger
  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (+6)
  • Explorer
  • ******
  • Join Date: Oct 2010
  • Posts: 10073
  • Location: Skagit Valley
  • DAN-O CAN'T TAKE BIGGIE PICS
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2017, 04:34:17 PM »
I've done the Bham to Sitka with a vehicle before, and think your plan is a good one.  Be aware you do not get to sleep in your camper on the car deck, but they do allow a few short access periods per day.

Pro-tip: If you have any space, advertise a few weeks in advance on CL in WA and CLand SitNews in AK that you'll be heading their way and can haul something for a small fee.  Freight to Craig and other communities on POW is a killer.  Great way to defray costs and make friends on POW,  :twocents:

POW? :dunno:
"Just because I like granola, and I have stretched my arms around a few trees, doesn't mean I'm a tree hugger!
Hi I'm 8156, our leader is Bearpaw.
YOU CANNOT REASON WITH A TIGER WHEN YOUR HEAD IS IN ITS MOUTH! Winston Churchill

Keep Calm And Duc On!

Offline jamesfromseattle

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Scout
  • ****
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 297
  • Location: Seattle
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2017, 04:48:01 PM »
I've done the Bham to Sitka with a vehicle before, and think your plan is a good one.  Be aware you do not get to sleep in your camper on the car deck, but they do allow a few short access periods per day.

Pro-tip: If you have any space, advertise a few weeks in advance on CL in WA and CLand SitNews in AK that you'll be heading their way and can haul something for a small fee.  Freight to Craig and other communities on POW is a killer.  Great way to defray costs and make friends on POW,  :twocents:

POW? :dunno:

Prince of Wales Island.

Offline actionshooter

  • Site Sponsor
  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Apr 2007
  • Posts: 4521
  • Location: Olympia
Re: Driving to AK
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2018, 10:39:02 PM »
I kicked around hauling up a 18' sled but the cost on that was pretty steep. I did do a Caribou/Moose float 3 years ago and drove to Fairbanks from Olympia. Towed a small trailer w/ a freezer and generator for the meat. Works awesome if you have the time.
Rainier Arms Shooting Team

 

* Recent Topics

WTB: Vortex 10x42 Binoculars by WAElkhunter89
[Today at 07:46:02 PM]


Bowhunterforever's huckleberry bull moose early hunt by Roobugsdad
[Today at 07:36:51 PM]


Sultan basin by Tiger1358
[Today at 07:27:30 PM]


Twisp hunting accident by h2ofowlr
[Today at 07:27:19 PM]


2018 Wyoming elk hunt by trophyhunt
[Today at 07:25:12 PM]


Same deer? by Dan-o
[Today at 07:23:33 PM]


First Deer for a New Hunter by Blacktail Sniper
[Today at 07:21:34 PM]


Sign up for Trapper Education class December 1st by Humptulips
[Today at 07:18:16 PM]


Incredible moose by trophyhunt
[Today at 07:16:26 PM]


No Deer but Plenty of Wolves by bigmacc
[Today at 07:15:07 PM]


blacktail deer pre-rut by hawks33
[Today at 06:57:30 PM]


GMU 454/460 by jcamp86
[Today at 06:52:11 PM]


Target #1 by fishnfur
[Today at 06:43:07 PM]


Look what I found! by AL WORRELLS KID
[Today at 06:42:17 PM]


New Mexico Unit 51/52 by WoolyRunner
[Today at 06:41:23 PM]


River Shore by HaydenHunter
[Today at 06:36:45 PM]


No sight of deer for the last few miles.. by jnordwell
[Today at 06:36:36 PM]


wolf? by LITTLEBUCK
[Today at 06:33:23 PM]


Treestands and rattling by fishnfur
[Today at 06:30:18 PM]


Yakama Nation Sheep Tags by huntnfmly
[Today at 06:26:44 PM]