Yukon Territory

Anchorage AK to Tok AK - Glenn Hwy and Tok Cut-off

28 March 2014 - Friday

Similar to my one-day drive to Anchorage, I was making the drive home in a single day.

Again, weather was spectacular and road was in great condition. Started at 5:30 a.m. Alaska time (6:30 Yukon time) in the dark at Anchorage. Even at this early hour, the streets and highway were busy.

And I couldn't take pictures until there was some light in the sky.

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Sun wasn't up yet as I headed east, this about 40 miles east of Palmer - N61.80193 W148.06406

At the Matanuska Glacier, the light was brightening!

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Matanuska Glacier - N61.79826 W147.79914

At 7:25 a.m. Alaska time, the sun hit the mountaintops!

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Evidence of sunshine - N61.79717 W147.76631

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The sun was lighting more as I stopped to look back at Lions Head - N61.80366 W147.54344

Highway elevation about 3,300 feet.

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The sun rising at Eureka Summit - N61.85295 W147.37156

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Very scenic at 3,000 ft elevation - N61.91194 W147.27626

Filled with fuel at Glenallen and carried on to the Tok Cut-off.

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At Chistochina - N62.56554 W144.66736

Stopped where the highway crosses over the very wide Chistochina River.

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Looking southward over the Chistochina River - N62.60243 W144.63774

It was 10:30 a.m. AK time, after five hours on the road, it was time for a bit of a break. The scenery looking into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve was worthy!

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Time for a break - N62.71625 W144.13287

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Mount Sanford on the left and Mount Drum on the right

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Mount Sanford's peak

An hour later, I was nearing the turn-off to Nabesna Road, a rough gravel road that takes travellers into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. 

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Eastbound on the Glenn Highway near the junction of Nabesna Road - N62.71849 W144.07958

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A rough spot just before the Nabesna Road junction - N62.71823 W144.06367

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Interesting snowy mound in the distance - N62.73453 W143.83328

In Yukon, pavement breaks are noted with flags. In Alaska, there are signs.

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Sign with flags! Must be a bad one - N62.82984 W143.70331

Arrived at Tok at 11:40 AK time, six hours after leaving Anchorage.
Turned right to head south on the Alaska Highway, see part two for the day... 

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