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Stampede Trail

Monday, July 11, 2016

Alt Names

The Magic Bus Trail, 142 Bus, Fairbanks Bus, Into the Wild, Stampede Road, Teklanika River, Savage River, Eight Mile Lake

Last Known StatusOpen

Originally an old mining road built in the 1930‘s, this rugged trail begins outside Healy, Alaska and heads west and eventually connects with the Bus 142, the infamous shelter that was used by ill-fated hiker Christopher McCandless portrayed in the Jon Krakauer book and the 2007 film "Into The Wild" directed by Sean Penn.

The trail itself is not overly challenging but it eventually crosses the Teklanika River which is fast moving with deep and very cold water. This river is extremely dangerous and drownings have occurred when riders and machines have been swept away by the deceptively powerful current.

It is advised that you do not attempt to cross the river, especially during the summer months as glacier melt and rainy weather increase the river current and depth significantly.

Although crossing is sometimes feasible when the water is lowest (late winter / early spring), there is no specific time frame when crossing is advised.

If you wish to get to the bus you may be better off contacting a helicopter tour service. Another alternative is to check out the movie prop bus that was featured in the film and while downing a cold one at the nearby 49th State Brewery.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityHealy, AK
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From: Anchorage, AK
1) Take SR-1 east about 35 miles
2) Turn left (north) onto SR-3, continue about 64 miles
3) Turn left (west) onto Stampede Road, continue about 4 miles
4) Park at any of the side pullouts.

Note: Stampede Road is paved for the first 4 miles, and is reachable by most vehicles to mile 5, after that high clearance 4WD is required.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandState Forest

RATINGS

Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

REGULATIONS

Permit Required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedno trailblazing
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.

FEES & PASSES

Parking ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoDenali National Park And Preserve
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755-0009
(907) 683-9532
(907) 683-2294
denali_info@nps.gov
www.nps.gov
Contact InfoDenali ATV Adventures
P.O. Box 593
Healy, AK 99743
(907) 683-4288
info@DenaliATV.com
www.denaliatv.com
Contact InfoDenali Jeep Backcountry Safari
(907) 683-4404
info@bestofalaskatravel.com
www.bestofalaskatravel.com
Contact InfoEra Helicopters LLC
(800) 843-1947
www.eraflightseeing.com

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Stampede Trail

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TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1700 to 2100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NE)Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (907) 452-8181
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SE)McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SE)McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (SE)McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379
Swimming Swim AreaHealy, AK
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (S)Talkeetna Campground and Boat Launch (907) 733-2604
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