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The Denali Highway leads from Paxson on the
The highway is now little used and poorly maintained, and closed to all traffic from October to mid-May each year. Only the easternmost 21.3 miles and westernmost 2.6 miles are paved; whether the remainder should be paved as well is a continual source of debate.
Travelling west, the
The first 45 miles winds through the Amphitheatre Mountains, cresting at Maclaren Summit, at 4,086 feet the second highest road in
The rough gravel surface makes driving slow, but the scenery is truly extradordinary, in some ways nicer than the extension of the
Services are scant along this road. Tangle River
Fishing for grayling and lake trout is decent, if not spectacular, in any of the clear water (i.e., unglaciated) streams.
Because the area is hunted heavily, larger mammals are much less common than in