I was wondering if anyone in Alaska knew of a way to visit the Bus in the summer via Helicopter? I am going in the summer of 2009 and would like to visit the bus.
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I am not aware of any helicopter tours that go there.
There have been a few threads this forum in the past couple of years about going there. The biggest problems with going there in the summer are (1) river crossings that are dangerous if you are not experienced (and even if you are) and (2) very primitive backcountry hiking and camping to get there and get back.
I have been in Denali several times, camping at Wonder Lake and doing day hikes. As familiar as I am with the park, I still have not done backcountry camping. You would need to be sure you are very adequately prepared. It is a daunting excursion and one that I would not recommend unless you have already had experience hiking in Denali's backcountry.
From what I have read, it is easier to get there in the winter when the rivers are frozen. Earthsong Londge actually leads a tour there in the winter, though as you can imagine it is not cheap.
Note that two women planned a rather simple one night backcountry camping trip in Denali last June. Though they were unprepared from the start, their 1 night expedition ended up being 6-7 nights. Denali is not a place you want to go to unless you are familiar with its terrain and have experience in trail-less hiking.
Not to discourage you, but I want to give you a very realistic picture of the monumental task it is.
I think they towed that bus out of there last spring not sure where to, but they wanted to remove it so that other folks wouldn't find themselves in the same predicament......
>>I think they towed that bus out of there last spring not sure where to, but they wanted to remove it so that other folks wouldn't find themselves in the same predicament......
With all due respect to those wishing to visit it, I think that is by far the best thing they could have done, if it was indeed towed out.
I'm pretty sure the bus is still there. The Denali Chamber of Commerce discussed moving it last year but never did. Also, Earthsong Lodge is advertising dogsledding tours that stop by the bus.
Well, I have to smile. I skied into that area in 1972 on my first winter trip with my ski buddies. The Stampede Trail went in about 1 mile and the rest was on cross country skies. A beautiful trip. Last September I spent a week at 8 Mile Lake on the trail and mountain biked in up to the Savage river. The last few miles were through a lot of water and stream bed, an interesting experience. I will go back.
The bus is still there, as the trail is simply too narrow for anyone to have taken it out. They should / could helicopter it out to Healy where the site can be reconstructed and safe a lot of tourists pain and expense.
You can take four wheel Jeep or Ranger trips back to about mile 12 or so and have quite a good time at it. I waved to the happy people as they drove and splashed past me ( I pulled my bike out of the trail for them and grinned at them as the grinned at me. We were all happy to be there).
Yes, I expect you can charter a helicopter to get in, but expect to pay thousands of dollars for their time and expense. That is the reality of flying in Alaska. Do a Google search, there have been some interesting adventures with people heading in, perhaps the most imaginative starting from inside the park and floating the river- and guessing at their take-out point. They busted brush across miles of tundra before they found the trail and mountain biked out.
Well maybe not "towed", but I'm pretty sure that it mentioned in one of the extra scenes on the movie that it was removed.......
They had a "fake" bus that was positioned in the woods not far from Healy so they could film most of the movie. That one was moved.
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