The Cassiar Highway is a stretch of road that links Alaska with the rest of the world. Hailed as the “rider’s way from Alaska”, the uninterrupted wilderness with breathtaking views will play on your senses. We have sketched an adventurous ride on both dirt and paved surfaces from Anchorage, Alaska to Portland, Oregon. Along the way, you will visit historic Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, dip a toe into the USA at Hyder, Alaska, and explore the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, before eventually landing in Portland, Oregon.
From the largest National Park on the continent, Wrangell St. Elias National Park, to crossing the mouth of the mighty Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon, this ride encompasses all the most scenic morsels of road possible between Alaska and the Lower 48. We even added a free day in Terrace, British Colombia, so that riders can explore either scenic Prince Rupert or the rustic Nisga’a town of Gingolx on the pristine Pacific Ocean coast. These names may not all mean something to you now, but after this ride, they will resonate with you for years to come.
Please note: this is a scouting trip, so be ready to ride long days, and be flexible.
Road Conditions: Paved and dirt surfaces. Average mileage will be 275 miles a day, ranging from 180 to 390 miles in a day.
|Arrival||Departure||*Double Occupancy||*Single Occupancy||*Couples Package|
|September 04, 2023||September 17, 2023||$6,450||$8,250||$11,850|
|September 02, 2024||September 15, 2024||$6,750||$8,650||$12,450|
*Double Occupancy - Base Bike with a Shared Room
*Single Occupancy - Base Bike with Your Own Room
*Couples Package - Two Participants on One Base Bike in One Private Room
|Bring Your Own||BMW F 750 GS||BMW F 850 GS||BMW R 1250 GS|
DAY 1 - Arrival in Anchorage, Alaska
Please arrive before 4 PM this day. A hotel shuttle bus will take you from the airport to the hotel. Stop by our shop in Anchorage, if possible, to handle a bit of paperwork and give your chosen motorcycle a look-over. Orientation this evening and welcome dinner. Stay in Anchorage.
DAY 2 - Anchorage, AK to Tok, AK - 320 Miles
Ride one of the top ten scenic byways on the continent, the Glenn Highway, to Glennallen, Alaska. Continue on the the "Tok Cutoff" past epic Wrangell-St. Elias National Park to Tok, the crossroads of Alaska. Stay in Tok.
DAY 3 - Tok, AK to Dawson City, YT - 185 Miles
Start up the part paved/part dirt Taylor Highway. Stop off in downtown Chicken, Alaska, and take in the sights. Continue to the Canadian border and pick up the Top of the World Highway. Cross the Yukon River by ferry and enter historic Dawson City. Stay in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
DAY 4 - Dawson City, YT to Whitehorse, YT - 320 Miles
Enjoy huge expanses of uninterrupted wilderness. Enjoy lakes, mountains, forests, rivers, and open spaces as you make your way to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
DAY 5 - Whitehorse, YT to Dease Lake, BC - 385 Miles
More of the awe of open country, pure wilderness. Start your day on the Alaska Highway and turn down the beautiful Cassiar Highway. Stay in Dease Lake, British Columbia.
DAY 6 - Dease Lake, BC to Stewart, BC - 246 Miles
Ride the Cassiar south 'til you take a right-hand detour at Meziadin towards Hyder, Alaska. Cross the border from Canada back into Alaska. Stay in Stewart.
DAY 7 - Free Day, Stewart, BC - Up to 100 miles
Cross into Hyder, Alaska today and watch bears feeding on salmon and experience a town lost in time. Stay in Stewart.
DAY 8 - Stewart, BC to Smithers, BC - 205 Miles
Roll back out onto the Cassiar, and head south until its end. Finish the day riding along the Skeena River on the Yellowhead Highway to Smithers, British Columbia. Stay in Smithers.
DAY 9 - Smithers, BC to Quesnel, BC - 300 Miles
Ride up the scenic Skeena River on the Yellowhead Highway, enjoying open wilderness throughout the day. Stay near Quesnel, British Columbia.
DAY 10 - Quesnel, BC to Clinton, BC - 175 Miles
From Quesnel, head south on the Cariboo Highway. Find yourself riding down a corridor of mountains, forests and wild streams and rivers as you head to Clinton, BC. Stay in Clinton, BC.
DAY 11 - Clinton, BC to White Rock, BC - 220 Miles
Ride through world-class ski resort areas like Whistler on your push to the ocean once again. Cross through bustling Vancouver and end your day right at the border with the USA at White Rock, British Columbia. Stay in White Rock.
DAY 12 - White Rock, BC to Quinault, WA - 270 Miles
Cross into the USA and head towards Anacortes, Washington and down Whidbey Island. Take a ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend and down through the Olympic Peninsula to Quinault, Washington. Stay in Quinault.
DAY 13- Quinault, WA to Portland, OR - 225 Miles
Ride from the heart of the Olympic Peninsula to the mouth of the Columbia River. Cross over the Astoria-Megler Bridge from Point Ellice into Astoria, Oregon, and down some choice back roads to Portland. Farewell Dinner in Portland this evening. Stay in Portland.
DAY 14 - Departure Day
Fly home, or keep the dream alive!
THE GEAR TO BRING
MotoQuest guides wear KLIM helmets, jackets, pants and gloves, and we outfit our motorcycles with luggage and accessories from Twisted Throttle. You can view and download our complete MotoQuest packing list here.
MotoQuest Staff on Tour
Included With the Tour
- Hotel Accommodations
- Premiere Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Professional MotoQuest Guide(s)
- Support Vehicle
- Support Vehicle Driver
- Staff Trained in First Aid with Satellite Phone
- MotoQuest Swag Bag
- Photos Taken on the Trip
- Automatic Enrollment in Global Rescue
- Meals on the Road
- Alternative Tours
- Travel Insurance
- National Park Entrance Fees