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    Would using horses be of use to get out of the corrador on the haul road, and can a guy camp next to the road up in that area, and do day hunts out past the 5 mile mark?
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    I don't know a thing about horses, but I saw horse tracks last year off the haul road. You can stay along the haul road. There are a few campgrounds up there, there are a few really big pullouts that are off the road a bit, and there are many pipeline pullouts. You should check with Alyeska security, but in the past they have allowed people to camp on their access roads as long as they weren't blocking access.

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    I'm not a horse expert, but I wouldn't take horses up there, unless you're packing into the mountains. The tundra seems like it would be really hard on them. In fact, I think I remember talking to someone who tried it and I believe one of the horses broke a leg.As for your other questions, yes there are places to camp along the road. Most of them are pipeline access roads, so you'd have to be careful there and/or talk to Alyeska. But there are a few that are separate and should be fine, as well as a few campgrounds as oakman said. And yes, you can do day hunts, but they are BRUTAL. It is like no other 10 mile hike you will ever do. The tundra looks like a walk in the park from a distance, but once you get out on it, you learn otherwise.

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    I just came back from the haul road with a buddy and that same question came up about the horses, I personally would not try taking horses because of the tundra but my buddy says a friend of his has taken horses back the 5 miles numerous times with no issues so it is possible to take horses but I would suggest that you be a good rider and know what you are doing. I have also heard of horror stories with people taking horses out but it is possible and would benefit if thats the choice you decide. As far as the camping...everyone hit the nail on the head, there are numerous pulloffs to camp out .....good luck and bring LOTS of sqeeter dope.....

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    The North Slope/tundra is too unstable for horses. Even if you weren't riding them it would be a leg breaker...or at least cause tendon damage.
    If you were going in the mountains....maybe. But a mule would be much better.

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    If you walk/ride a horse out onto the tundra north of the Brooks bring a pistol. You'll need it at some point to shoot the horse.

    I suppose if you could swim/wade the animals across the Sag you could take them up river bottoms. Even then, that's a long bumpy ride in a horse trailer. I would give horses at least one full day to recover before packing in. Even then you're wasting packing potential because they have to haul in hay or grain.

    There are horses used in the Brooks. There's a couple of Fairbanks based outfitters who stage out of the airstrip across the road from the Chandalar DOT camp on the south side of Aitigun Pass. There's also an established horse trail that follows the the South Fork of the Koyukuk upstream from the bridge.

    Having been out there as a hunter and Slope worker if'n I was going to hunt with pack animals I'd use llamas...3 to be exact. That takes nothing off the walk in but it does reduce the pack out (with a single caribou) to one trip. (Llama's can carry about 50lbs each and they eat tundra just fine)

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    Default Horses in the Brooks

    I have seen horses used in he Brooks just off the haul road, there are a few trails believe it or not , I saw an outfitter use a pullout right before slope mountain to go into the west side of the road for Caribou and I'm sure possibly sheep. I see alot of them bring their own hay too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kahahawai View Post
    I have seen horses used in he Brooks just off the haul road, there are a few trails believe it or not , I saw an outfitter use a pullout right before slope mountain to go into the west side of the road for Caribou and I'm sure possibly sheep. I see alot of them bring their own hay too.
    Great information thank you Sir,any other quality info out there keep it comeing,
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