This tour explores Canada's Yukon Territory, continuing across the Top of the World Highway into Alaska, and ends in Anchorage. The Yukon Territory has about 1/3 the population density of Alaska and is a vast empty land of forests mountains and huge rivers. The roads are paved, yet in a rougher manner than usual. This is not an easy tour. The daily mileages average 75, and there are many options for centuries available.
The rewards, however, are great! The biking is fantastic, the scenery magnificent, and most of the time is spent on some of the most remote paved roads in North America! Standard mileages are long, but the van is available for any who want a break.
We meet in Skagway, orient ourselves, and have a ball in this scenic, well-preserved, gold rush town. We get on our bikes and cycle to the Gold Rush Graveyard and to the start of the Chilkoot Trail in Dyea. Total cycling: about 15 miles.
After breakfast, we van 15 miles to the top of White Pass. From the top of White Pass, we begin our ride to 'the lakes' through some of the most amazing scenery in the world. We pass through the Canadian Customs station at Frasier and continue to bicycle down from the pass along a magnificent string of alpine lakes into the Yukon Territory. Riding distance: 67 miles. (The aggressive can take the opportunity to get in 15 'bonus miles, by cycling up White Pass; the first four miles are easy.)
From Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon, we van to the 'marge of Lake LaBarge' where we start bicycling north on the Klondike highway. We stop for lunch at Braeburn lodge where we witness ... and consume... some amazingly large food. We continue riding through the vast uninhabited Yukon interior to Carmacks. Riding distance: 80 miles.
We cycle along the banks of the mighty Yukon River. The road offers an excellent view of Five Fingers Rapids, where a rocky canyon breaks the river into five channels. This was a major navigational hazard for the stampeders! Our ride for the day ends at Pelly Crossing Riding distance 65 miles.
We cycle north from Pelly Crossing through the hills and forests. The road moves away from the Yukon River the next few days, entering a trackless and largely uninhabited wilderness. The Yukon is home to some mighty rivers, and we cross two of them today; the Pelly River, and the Stewart River. We divert to the east on the 'Silver Trail' and spend the night in the village of Mayo. Riding distance: 80 miles.
A possible century day as we ride into Dawson City. The first half of the day winds on primitive, but paved highway, through a land of hills and lakes. The road is increasing in altitude, but winding through so much varied terrain, you are scarcely aware of the gradual climb. We reach the Tantina Trench 40 miles from Dawson and take in a beautiful view north across the valley to the Richardson Mountains far to the North. The next 40 miles are all downhill. Rapidly, we descend to the Klondike River, and then continue along its banks the rest of the way into Dawson City, Riding distance: up to 100 miles.
Dawson City! Destination of the gold rush of '98 Dawson was once home for 30,000! Now only 1500 remain through the winter. Many of the original buildings remain, along with a multitude of shops, eateries, and other attractions. We take a van ride to Bonanza Creek in the morning where we try our luck at panning for gold. You can actually wet your feet at the Junction of Bonanza and Eldorado creeks, once the most valuable address in the world! In the evening, we visit Diamond Tooth Gertie's—the first legal casino gambling house in Canada, and see a show with the northernmost Can-Can dancers in the World!
The Top of the World Highway! We take the ferry across the Yukon River (We have now gone too far to be able to expect a bridge!) And startup is the Top of the World Highway. It is 66 miles from Dawson to The Alaskan Border, and it is not an easy start. From the ferry landing, the road immediately climbs steeply over 1500 ft. It crests a long line of ridges that take us all the way to the border. We spend the night in Tok Alaska. 20 - 50 miles of bike riding.
We ride the most scenic parts of the Tok Cutoff to Glennallen. To our left are the enormous volcanoes of the Wrangell Mountains, to the right is the Alaska Range. Down in the valley is the famous Copper River. A truly glorious day of cycling! Roughly 50 miles of cycling
We take a scenic bike ride along the Glenn Highway as we head into Anchorage. We will see the peaks and glaciers of the Chugach range, as we cross the beautiful Copper River Valley. Up to 50 miles bike We finish up with a van ride to Anchorage.
9 Days, 8 Nights $4395 U.S.
Tuesday August 1 to Thursday August 9
PO Box 220803
Anchorage, AK 99522