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Prudhoe Bay to Barrow on motorcycle ????

Hi, i would like to know if is posible to go from Pudhoe Bay (or any other city ) to Barrow, Alaska, for what i found in topomaps, there are some trails, but i have no idea if is possible to travel this trails with a BMW GS. Thanks for any information.
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Sorry, not a prayer with a GS or any other bike. The Canadian tundra is not to be messed with. You'd be lucky to be able to walk it. It's as much water as land.

Wait till you get up there and see it. NO chance.

I think you'll find the "trails" are winter routes when everything's frozen and the going is relatively easy.

In summer the favorite route is by air or by boat.

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THANKS FOR THE INFO, NOW I KNOW WHY EVERYBODY START A PRUDHOE BAY TO PATAGONIA, AND NOT BARROW PATAGONIA, THANKS AGAIN AND GOOD LUCK IN YOUR TRIPS
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happy to help.

Please don't SHOUT - all caps is shouting on the net, plus it's hard to read. If you're a lousy typist like me use all lower case, better.

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Just to make clear; Neither Prudoe bay nor Barrow is in Canada folks! It's Alaska, US, and as former writer saied nobody realy want's to go there exept maybe by plain.
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It's also worth mentioning that the oil companies who have massive installations in the Prudhoe Bay area are VERY environmentally sensitive - to the point of sometimes being silly about it.

I have been to Prudhoe Bay, to the big ARCO - BP complex there, and employees at the complex are forbidden to drive motor vehicles on the tundra whenever it is not frozen solid, lest the vehicles leave tire tracks behind. So, you would have no hope of getting permission to ride a moto through any of the oil lease areas at any time when the ground was not frozen solid. You would have to pass through many miles of oil lease areas to get from Prudhoe Bay to Barrow.

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For your info, here is a picture of the approach to the runway at Prudhoe Bay. I took this photo in July, on one of the very few sunny days that take place each year.

As you can see, the only roads that exist are raised about 3 feet up off the surface of the tundra - making road-building in this area very, very expensive. It would be almost impossible to travel off-road in this area in anything other than perhaps a hovercraft - and even that would be iffy.

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thank a lot for your help guys.
Paneuropean thanks for the info about the oil companies rules and the pic. do you know from when to when is frozen solid? and do you think they will let me ride thru their land? Thanks again for your time
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The land is frozen about 8 to 9 months of the year. There is a 4 week "freeze-up" and a 4 week "break-up" transitional period in the fall and spring.

I doubt very much if the oil companies would allow you to transit any of their property, due to the intense scrutiny they are under (originally by environmentalists, last 2 years by the Homeland Security people). When I was up there, I was a guest of an oil company, I indicated to my hosts that I wanted to see what the land was like, and my hosts said "let's take the plane and look, it's simpler that way."

My recommendation: Forget about it.
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