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Ride Details

Dates: June 2 or July 28, 2018

Distance: up to 360 miles, 37-60 daily

Cost: $2850 - $3595

Rider Level: All Levels

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Golden Circle Tour, Haines to Skagway AK

Tour Details: June 2-10, 2018 or July 28-5  $2850 8 day/8 nights (Sat-Mon) 8 days /10nights and all ferries $3595. (Fri-tues)

Travel Logistics: Fly in and out of Juneau. Arrive in Juneau 1 day prior to allow time to catch the morning ferry to Haines. Bring your passport, we do spend several days in Canada

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner on all cycling days, 4 nights hotel lodging, 4 nights camping,camping supplies, your choice of road, hybrid or touring bike, van and guide support, ferry tickets to and from Haines and extra lodging in Juneau can be booked for you by Cycle of life adventures.  Please call the office for details.

While Haines and Skagway are only fifteen miles apart by water, the bike route travels 360 miles through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Alaska and Canada. On this ride you pass by three National and Provincial parks that compromise the largest protected wilderness area in the world. 

You ride in the footsteps of northern pioneers like the gold rush stampeders of 1898 and the US Army troops who constructed the Alaskan-Canadian Highway (ALCAN) during WW II.  Finally, marvel at the tales and culture of the native people of Southeast Alaska and the Southern Yukon.

You start your ride in the Alaskan town of Haines, heading up the Haines Road to the Chilkat Pass in British Columbia, Canada.  Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the spectacular vistas.  You continue to Haines Junction, YT on the border of Kluane Provincial Park, home to some of North America's tallest peaks.  You then turn onto the ALCAN and pedal toward the capital of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse.  Your journey continues along the Yukon River as you bike south turning onto the Klondike Highway on your way to historic Skagway, AK.

This tour is vehicle supported and includes stays at local cabins, B&Bs, minimal camping and hotels.  We dine on locally harvested gourmet Alaskan cuisine.  You will have your choice of touring bikes, road bikes or mountain bikes included with your price. No need to ship your bike. Just bring your pedals and seat. This tour provides a wonderful introduction to life in the north and lets you experience the vast wilderness of Alaska and northern Canada in comfort.  Alaska

Day 1-Travel to Haines Alaska on the State ferry or by small plane from Juneau for the start of your tour.  After checking into your room, we will fit you to a bicycle at our shop.  The afternoon is free to explore the coastal community of Haines.  We meet for an orientation in the late afternoon, followed by dinner at one of our fine restaurants.  The night is spent at a B&B.

Day 2 - You mount your bike in the morning and cycle along a glacial-fed river through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.  You pass through Canadian Customs and camp in the Tatshenshini/Alsek Provincial Park by the banks of the Klehini River in British Columbia, 47 miles.

Day 3 - You gradually wind your way up the Chilkat Pass breaking out above tree line.  Just fifty miles from the coast, the scenery changes from rain forest to alpine tundra.  The evening is spent camping at Million Dollar Falls in the Yukon Territory, 50 miles.

Day 4 - Today you bike through Kluane National Park, a land of majestic mountains, expansive lakes and open vistas.  The night is spent at a quaint and rustic B&B near Haines Junction YT, 37 miles.

Day 5 - You bike into Haines Junction where the Haines Road joins the Alaska/Canada Highway.  You head east on the ALCAN over rolling hills.  You camp at a native cultural site near the historic trading post of Champagne, 60 miles.

 Day 6 - You continue southeast towards the Yukon River, crossing several tributaries as you pedal into Whitehorse.  The capitol of the Yukon Territory is a city of 25,000 hardy folks living on the banks of the mighty Yukon River. You are on your own for the evening and the meal of your choice for dinner. The night is spent in a hotel, 54 miles.

 Day 7 - You bike southeast on the ALCAN for a short distance then turn south on the Klondike Highway.  The coastal mountains beckon as you pass through the small community of Carcross.  You skirt the massive headwater lakes of the Yukon River.  You camp along the lakeshore, 55 miles.

Day 8 - After leaving the Yukon and reentering British Columbia, the coastal mountains rise around you as you bike towards the historic White Pass to take you to the coast.  A narrow gap leads you to a thrilling fifteen mile descent to the coastal town of Skagway, Alaska.  You relax at your B&B while enjoying the sights and sounds of this colorful town and your memories of biking the Golden Circle, 55 miles .

Day 9 - You enjoy a farewell breakfast together at the Mile Zero B&B. Following breakfast you may choose to explore historic Skagway on your own, catch the ferry back to Juneau or extend your vacation either regionally or statewide.

    

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