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    i was thinking of taking a trip down the denali Highway this week end and was wondering if I should take my bow in case I see any bears. Any chance or will it be too crowed on a holiday weekend, or they wouldn't be near the road (say within a mile)?

  • #2

    I have traveled the Denali many times and have yet to see a black bear. However i have often seen grizzly bears withing glassing distance of the highway. If your looking for a brown bear then you probably will see one. On a possitive note glssing on the way up to the Denali near cantwell or Paxson might show a black bear in the mountains!


    • #3
      So, the road is clear, right? What about the trails...are they ridable yet, or is there still a significant amount of snow off the highway?



      • #4


        The road is in good shape (maybe I should say no snow!). The snow is leaving fast. Everything south of the Nenana is pretty much snow free. I'll be heading out that way Wednesday for a few days of griz hunting. The Nenana is running a little high as you would expect. Lot of griz seen this spring so far.
        "To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world."

        (John Muir)


        • #5

          I went down Sat. and came back Sun afternoon. There were lots of people, not caribou crowded but most of the pull outs within 40 miles of Cantwell had people. I found one witha good view and just glassed that until I left. Seen a dozen caribou, a fox, and ac ouple of moose but no bear. It still was fun and I needed the pratice glassing for my (hopefully) Fall 07 Peninsula hunt. Road were snow free but by late afternoon most of the trail were pretty muddy. Not a problem if you have an ATV. In the morning the trails were frozen enough to just drive on with no problem.

          Good Luck.


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