Laura Stull

Above the Arctic Circle

Laura Stull
Above the Arctic Circle

The Dalton Highway is notoriously dangerous and remote, running 415 miles north along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, across the Arctic Circle and ending at the Arctic Ocean in Deadhorse. Constructed from primitive pothole-ridden gravel, the highway passes incredible views but remains a risky endeavor. 

We set out early Saturday morning intending to drive to Coldfoot (175 miles in) and head back, but Nate was so captivated by the landscape that we decided mid-day to push on toward Deadhorse. The views throughout our three days on the Dalton shifted quickly from boreal forest to vast tundra, through valleys and over steep mountain passes. We saw moose, foxes, musk ox, spruce grouse and snowy owls and slept under a midnight sun.

Such incredible views could only be followed by Denali National Park. We head into the field tomorrow but will be back in a few days with more to share!

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