The condition of the road varies during the course of the Summer Season (May-September), and travel is not advised during the Winter Months (November-April). If you do choose to drive down the McCarthy Road in the Summer you should keep the following in mind:
- It is a 60-mile gravel road.
- There are many potholes and frost heaves along the way.
- There are narrow sections of road and soft shoulders.
- Sharp rocks and old railroad spikes can cause flat tires, you should always travel with a spare.
- Landslides have been known to occur on certain sections of the road, blocking progress.
- Travel is slow going, and you shouldn’t go any more than ~35 miles per hour.
- Always allot more time to travel the road than you think you need, we recommend 2-3 hours from Chitina (where the road begins) to McCarthy.
If you have questions about alternative transportation options in and out of the McCarthy/Kennecott Area, you can refer to our Transportation Page.