Hey everyone, I'm going to be staying in the Denali area for about 3 months this summer and I'm hopin someone who is familiar with the area could tell me what type of riding to expect. More specifically I'll be staying/working at the McKinley village resort and I will be shipping one bike there for my stay. I am from the east coast and do a lot of road riding and mtb riding. I basically need to figure out if riding a road bike in that area is practical or if I should send my rigid mtb/touring bike instead.
You should ship both of them. Seriously. If you can only ship one it has to be the mtn bike so you can ride back into the park. I've ridden from Teklanika to Polychrome twice this season already (the park opens in a few weeks but you can drive to Tek) and am going a third time this week. It's stunningly beautiful and in summer you can take a bus out and ride back at night or just ride out and back or out and camp and back... The road North of the park sucks. It's highway with a small shoulder in some places with rumble strips..double rumble strips in some places. It's better here and there but nasty chip seal in many places. But there are a lot of dirt trails to have fun on. Here's a short 3min video I posted in some other forums you might enjoy seeing from a week or two ago at Polychrome Pass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVet90TA_AI