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McCarthy Road

between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
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Not as bad as I thought it would be

We had a hard time finding out information about this road before traveling it. We were afraid... read more

Reviewed December 4, 2017
teachcolorado
via mobile
Rough But Passable

We travelled the road to McCarthy in October, 2017. About ten miles at the beginning are paved... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2017
Mnbiker
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St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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  • Average10%
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between Chitina and Wrangle National Park, AK
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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

We had a hard time finding out information about this road before traveling it. We were afraid about traveling it in a rental car. It was not as bumpy as we thought it would be and we saw no railroad spikes in it. Of course,...More

2  Thank teachcolorado
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Reviewed October 19, 2017

We travelled the road to McCarthy in October, 2017. About ten miles at the beginning are paved, intermittently, although subsidence of the roadway makes for some very rough driving in parts. Views are spectacular throughout. Surprisingly, we found good cellphone coverage at McCarthy, probably because...More

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Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

We rented a Ford Fusion in anchorage. After making sure the company would allow us to drive the mccarthy road, we made our way out, not sure what to expect. While the paved portion has plenty of potholes, the dirt portion is bumpy but manageable....More

1  Thank Christian E
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Reviewed January 21, 2017

For 12 months in 2015/2016 we drove our RV from Maine 23,000 miles plus 13,000 miles in our RV including above Artic Circle with 2 months in Alaska. We camped near Chitna and drove the Ford Focus to McCarthy in late August. For such a...More

2  Thank warrenrmarteljr
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Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

It is a beautiful drive. We were in our Ford 350 pulling our 34' toy hauler with a 4 wheeler in it. It took about 2 1/2 hours, there are pullouts and lots of photo opportunities. It's bumpy and if your not towing a trailer...More

3  Thank Carman S
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Reviewed October 20, 2015

You will have to open your eye while enjoying the van ride. The ride will be in an awful bumpy road which is in a very slow ran car. If you will drive is fine, you can stopped as much as you can. There are...More

3  Thank ShavyB
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Reviewed September 6, 2015

After reading reviews and actually talking to someone in McCarthy, I thought this road would be ok. I was wrong. Except for about 10 of the 60 miles, this road was TERRIBLE. Full of potholes. I guess we got it after some days of rain....More

1  Thank Kimberly G
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Reviewed July 24, 2015

My wife, granddaughter and myself travelled the road the beginning of July, 2015. Having travelled the Denali highway the day before, we were able to compare the condition of both roads. This road was well maintained, not as well as the Denali highway, however, still...More

1  Thank Kevin7144
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Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

A fantastic road full of moose, the old railroad (trestle bridges are amazing) leading to the stunning McCarthy & Kennecott areas. Worth a drive but rather bumpy & gravelly. Be wary in wet weather - a fabulous scenic drive!

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Reviewed July 17, 2015

Gravel road, but in fair condition. Can easily be managed in a normal car. A very good experience with fantastic views.

Thank Steen K
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Christine R
October 31, 2015|
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Response from Jamie H |
Hey Christine, Once you get to the end of the 60 mile gravel road, you will park at the Footbridge (or other businesses if you are planning to use their services). Once you cross the footbridge, you would walk about 1 mile... More
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