Located on the Richardson Highway at mile 197.7, it is often referred to as mile 198 by locals, particularly during the winter.
Many snowmachiners travel here February through May. The multiple pull-offs in this area provide parking and the valley provides access to higher mountain ranges.
In April each year, Isabel Pass becomes home to thousands of Alaskans who travel here with their RVs, enclosed trailers, and snowmachines to partake in the events and watch the Arctic Man race, which is located farther back in the valley.
Having ridden snowmachines for years, Jason and I have spent our share of time in this valley, but always during the winter months. It seemed like the perfect spot for our first official boondocking adventure.
Summer brings different views. The Gulkana Glacier can be seen to the northeast. This glacier, perched on 8,000-foot Icefall Peak, feeds streams that drain into both Prince William Sound and the Yukon River. Following the gravel road into the pass, there are multiple large gravel parking areas. These areas exist as they were once the site of a base camp during the days of building the pipeline. Although nothing remains of this camp except a few concrete slabs.
We spent three nights boondocking in the Pass. Although it became a bit windy the third night, our stay couldn’t have been better. We had quite the panoramic view from our window, and neither of us were complaining about the 1x Verizon reception. Which explains why you didn’t hear from us for a few days.
We ventured out with the pups – you can read all about the fun Leda had HERE.
Jason went out for a few bike rides – he managed some awesome pictures both up on the main highway, looking into the valley and when he biked all the way up close to the glacier.
The wide-open spaces allowed us to do some off leash training with the pups, who seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.
We saw about a half dozen RVs and other rigs drive into the pass, but none who stayed as long as us. And although Jason managed to take some great pictures of a ground squirrel and came across some fairly recent bear scat during his bike rides, we surprisingly saw very little game.
This makes 22 nights we have stayed in our camper. So far, we couldn’t be more thrilled! The solar panels are doing a great job of keeping the battery bank charged up. And we have been conserving water as much as possible. We are finding that most of our water is going to the dog bowl. Go figure.
Now we are headed farther down the road, as we slowly make our way to Valdez.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi, I’m Hillary! Wife and dog mama of two goofy pups. I am a retired 6th grade teacher, but still seek to share and help others at www.teachlikemidgley.com
I enjoy spending time with my pups and my husband. I have a passion for rescues, and would save more pups if I could. I enjoy books and I am a mustang enthusiast. Thanks for reading!