Saturday, June 8, 2013
Landmark Gap on Denali Highway - June 4, 2013 - still lots of snow
We drove in on the eastern end of the Denali Highway this past week from Paxson to MacClaren River Lodge. There was still plenty of snow! Above is a photo of Landmark Gap from the Denali Highway. Below is a photo on the other side of the highway.
We got to MacClaren River just about the time the road crews from Cantwell drove in. The western half of the highway had been experiencing numerous road washouts for the past week. Road crews said the road to the west was "kinda sorta fixed" but there was still plenty of work to be done and they didn't recommend cars or RVs drive it.
The road between Tangle Lakes and MacClaren River was no cakewalk either. Lots of soft spots in the road, water running alongside washing away the shoulder, and water across the road in several spots. The descent from MacClaren Summit to the river was the worst with multiple soft spots, cracks in the roadbed, and eroded areas where water had been running across the road.