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Friday, March 31, 2017
The Magic Bus Trail, 142 Bus, Fairbanks Bus, Into the Wild, Stampede Road, Teklanika River, Savage River, Eight Mile Lake
|Last Known Status||Open|
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.
|Nearest City||Healy, AK|
|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.
|Our Rating||Very Good |
|Recommended Stay||1-2 Days|
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|Spark Arrestor||Yes||A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.|
|Whip Flags||Not Required|
|Maximum Vehicle Width||No Restriction|
|UTVs / SXS||Permitted|
|4x4s / Jeeps (registered)||Permitted|
|Dune Buggy/Sand Rail|
|Two Strokes /|
2 Cycle Engines
|Camping||No Restriction||(camp anywhere)|
|Cross Country||Prohibited||stay on trail|
|Emergency / Law Enforcement|
|Insurance||*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.|
|Contact Info||Denali National Park And Preserve|
P.O. Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755-0009
|Contact Info||Denali ATV Adventures|
P.O. Box 593
Healy, AK 99743
|Contact Info||Denali Jeep Backcountry Safari|
|Contact Info||Era Helicopters LLC|
|Miles Of Trail||25|
|Elevation||1700 to 2100 ft.|
|Trail Maintenance||Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained|
|Hazards||Few||(hazards assumed marked but use caution)|
|First Aid||30+ Miles (NE)||Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (907) 452-8181|
|Gasoline||1-5 Miles (SE)||McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379|
|Diesel||1-5 Miles (SE)||McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379|
|Water||1-5 Miles (SE)||McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379|
|RV Hookup||1-5 Miles (SE)||McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379|
|RV Disposal||1-5 Miles (SE)||McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379|
|Campground||1-5 Miles (SE)||McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379|
|Conv Store||1-5 Miles (SE)||McKinley RV Park and Campground (907) 683-2379|
|Swim Area||Healy, AK|
|Water Body||On Site|
|Boat Ramp||30+ Miles (S)||Talkeetna Campground and Boat Launch (907) 733-2604|