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    Default when do summer-only roads open again?

    I was wondering when Fishhook-Willow road and the Denali road from Cantwell to Paxson would be open again for the summer. Thanks

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    Memorial Day to Labor Day it's open.
    I hope that helps.
    Just recently, two guys got stuck out there (I think that was about 2-3 weeks ago). It was completely unplowed.
    Are you planning a trip?

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    Oh. That reminds me. I answered my own question; I drove the Denali Highway this weekend from Cantwell to Paxson, spending saturday night at Clearwater Creek wayside. It was fine. There was latent snow off in the tundra that increased with altitude, and the lakes are still frozen, but the road was clear. Muddy and potholed in places.

    I have not attempted the Fishhook-Willow road yet...

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    sorry - posted twice

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    Default Fishhook Willow road

    They open the Fishhook-Willow road as soon as the snow is gone. Last year it wasn't until about mid-June. I just post-holed the actual pass road in Hatcher Pass to ski at Summit Lake about a week ago, and then skiied down it back to my car. The road probably won't be open for another 3-4 weeks.

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