Sea-2-Peaks Cycle Tour > Detailed Itinerary

 

This ten-day adventure provides support for cyclists to experience the most beautiful terrain that Alaska and the Yukon have to offer, while enjoying some of the finer touches in camp. We journey from the interior of the Yukon, over a mountain pass to the sea. Then by ferry we steam along the Inside Passage of Alaska. Once back on our cycles we cross over yet another mountain pass before completing our loop of the southern Yukon and Southeast Alaska. Along the way you will have an opportunity to take a flight over the ice fields of Kluane National Park, the largest non-polar glacier field in the world, raft down the world-famous Tatshenshini River or enjoy a rest day in the spectacular community of Haines Junction. Once, in Skagway, you can choose to go on a mountain hike, ride a helicopter and actually land on a glacier, dogsled on the glaciers, or ride the famous White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, considered the most scenic stretch of rail in the world.  You can also rest and enjoy the many shops and attractions of Skagway, and Haines Junction.


Note: All meals included in this itinerary are listed at the beginning of that day: ( B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner )

Day 0: WHITEHORSE, YUKON

Hopefully you enjoyed your travels and have arrived safely in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital city, nestled among the wilderness. Guests are responsible for accommodation and meals while in Whitehorse. Whitehorse is a splendid little city and we recommend booking some additional time at either the beginning or the end of your trip to see Whitehorse.

Please Note:  Often our guests choose to come to the Yukon several days early, or too depart several days after their wilderness vacation.  Therefore we don't include accommodation in Whitehorse in order to provide flexibility for our guests. If you prefer, we can easily arrange your hotel accommodations in Whitehorse and add these details to your itinerary.


To ensure a smooth start to your trip tomorrow there will be a pre-trip meeting with your guides in Whitehorse at 8:30pm. There will be a short talk about current highway conditions, trip policies, and the plan for the next day. Our transportation system requires personal items to be transferred from your travel luggage into a 70-litre (4300 cubic inch) duffel bag (we will provide this to you at the meeting). All of your personal belongings must fit into this duffle with the exception of your tent, sleeping bag and mat. Luggage that is not needed for the trip will be stored in Cabin Fever Adventures' storage and will be picked up in the morning.

If you wish to fish on your trip but, have not had a chance to purchase a Yukon fishing license, you should do so this evening.  Your guides will let you know where they can be purchased.  

Day 1: Ride West (L, D)

Distance – 58 km (36 miles) Cabin Fever Adventure support staff will meet you at your accommodations at 8:00am. Please finish eating breakfast (not included) by this time. Your duffel bag of personal items will be secured in our support vehicle and we will store all unnecessary luggage items in our storage facility. Next, all cyclist and Cabin Fever Adventures staff will meet at a rendezvous site and depart Whitehorse only after all participants have arrived and appear to have their bikes in proper working order. You begin your ride heading northwest today on the Alaska Highway towards the community of Haines Junction, YT. As you travel west you will follow the Takhini River Valley with views towards the Miner’s Range to the north and large vistas of the Ibex and Kusawa Valleys, and Coastal Mountains to the south.

Day 2: Ride To Kluane National Park (B, L, D)

Distance – 87 km (54.2 miles). Our destination today is Kluane RV Kampground in Haines Junction. You will continue to travel through rolling hills and boreal forest of the Yukon's interior, with the Dezadeash Range to the south and the southern tip of the Rub Range to the north. As you near Haines Junction and Kluane you will notice the impressive and jagged mountains of the outer edge of Kluane National Park. These mountains are distinct in appearance when compared to the much older and softer looking mountains you’ve been cycling through in the morning. They are steeper and appear recently folded and formed.  They are the youngest mountain rage in North America and are still actively growing.

Day 3: Optional Glacier Viewing Flight or Rafting Trip (B, L, D)

Distance – Rest Day. Today is a rest day to enjoy the sights and activities of Haines Junction and  Kluane National Park. You may choose a sight-seeing flight over the Kluane Ice Fields, a whitewater-rafting excursion down the world famous Tatshenshini River or just relax and enjoy the town! The cost of any additional excursions is not included in the price of the trip. You can find out more information on how to book excursions in Trip Information.

Day 4: Riding through Kluane Country (B, L, D)

Distance - 85.6 km (53.5 miles). As you leave Haines Junction you will start a slow and steady climb. There are a number of interpretative pull-offs and geological features to enjoy including a rock glacier that is easily seen from the highway.  You can stop and take a short hike to its base. You will pass the large mountain-lined lakes named Kathleen and Dezadeash. The destination tonight is a Yukon Government campsite, at Million Dollar Falls.

Day 5: Ride into Northern BC and into the Alpine (B, L, D)

Distance - 68 km (42.3miles). Today you will cycle up into the sub-alpine and then the alpine tundra environment for the first time. The trees become sparse and stunted and then shrubs and moss become prominent. The pass is in a broad sweeping valley with large surrounding peaks and immense vistas. Tonight we camp at the Three Guardsman Lake, which is a wilderness camping site.

Day 6: Descend from the Summit into Haines Alaska (B, L )

Distance - 84.3 km (52.7miles). Today you cycle down the pass. Enjoy the descent while noticing the dramatic change in the landscape. The sub-alpine tundra quickly gives way to the lush Alaskan coastal rain forest. The US/Canadian border is partway down the descent. See Trip Information for border crossing details. The last 20 km or so is on the tidal flats of the Chilkat River. Here you will be cycling through a bald eagle preserve where over 3000 eagles congregate in the fall. Tonight will be spent in a hotel in Haines, Alaska. Dinner is not included. Your guide will be able to provide you with a list of dining options. Breakfast tomorrow morning is included.

Day 7: Ferry Ride along the Inside Passage to Skagway Alaska (B, L )

Distance - 4.5 km (2.8 miles). After breakfast in Haines (included) you will need to cycle to the ferry terminal by11:30 am (Alaska time zone) for a 12:30 pm sailing to Skagway. We will arrive in Skagway at approximately 1:30pm. After checking in to our hotels, the rest of the afternoon is time to spend on your pre-planned excursions. Your options are numerous, ranging from dog sledding on a glacier, taking a train ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route Scenic Railway, a flight seeing tour over the ice fields, or walking Main Street and seeing the attractions of Skagway. You are responsible for your dinner and any additional excursions you choose. For information on available excursions while in Skagway please see Trip Information.

Day 8: Up and over the Skagway Pass into Canada Again (B, L, D)

Distance - 48.5 km (30.3miles). Today is the most challenging cycling day of the tour. There is a 14 km ( 9 mile) climb leaving Skagway that rises from sea level to just over 950 m (3000ft). However once over the pass it is downhill to our campsite. This pass is very different in its feel than Haines Pass. The valley is narrower and the ground is covered in different sized rocks, from pebbles to boulders the size of buses. It is an inhospitable and imposing environment, yet beautiful. Toady we camp in northern British Columbia at a wilderness campsite. You will cross the US/Canadian border into Canada today shortly after leaving the town of Skagway. For border crossing details please see Trip Information.

Day 9: Ride through the Yukon's Southern Lakes District (B, L, D)

Distance – 58 km (36.2 miles). The cycling route today will seem easier after yesterday’s climb through the pass. The highway is smooth with rolling hills and an overall elevation loss. Our destination tonight is the scenic Yukon community of Carcross, located at the north end of Bennett Lake. You can visit Mathew Watson General store, the Yukon’s oldest general store. This picturesque business is home to delicious ice cream, Yukon-themed books and souvenirs. We will camp in a local Carcross campground with access to showers close by.

Day 10: Return to Whitehorse, Yukon (B, L )

Distance 72 km (45miles). Today is the last day of your trip. Relax and enjoy the ride back into the city of Whitehorse. You will rejoin the Alaska Highway and head west to your finale in Whitehorse. Your stored luggage will be dropped off at your accommodations, before you arrive. You are responsible for stopping at the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site parking lot on your way into Whitehorse to check-in with Cabin Fever Adventures staff. We want to ensure you have safely arrived in Whitehorse. Once back at your accommodations please either drop off your duffle bag to the front desk or bring it with you to the pre-arranged grand finale dinner, if the group decides to have one. Dinner and hotel not included

 

Please Note:  This trip operates in an expedition format and due to the variables of weather, and the needs and safety of the participants, Cabin Fever Adventures can not guarantee that the itinerary will proceed as listed above.  The itinerary may be modified at the discretion of the guide.


Cabin Fever Adventures expressly suggests that participants book at least one additional day in the Yukon at the end of their trip to avoid problems associated with delays such as, but not limited to:

Cabin Fever Adventures can not be held responsible for any expenses you may incur associated with delays of our wilderness trips.  Delays could be several days in length under severe circumstances.


What if this itinerary doesn’t quite fit your needs?  Cabin Fever Adventures is more than willing to modify an itinerary to fit your needs. We can:

 

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