By Wand Agency
Canada's Yukon is fast gaining a reputation as one of North America’s best mountain biking destinations. Yukon has everything riders are seeking: world-class wilderness, established trails, great bike events and a thriving mountain biking community. Places like Carcross, Faro, Keno Hill, Dawson City and the Yukon River Valley surrounding Whitehorse have hundreds of miles of old mining and moose trails, as well as newer double and single-track for cycling.
Whether your idea of a good ride is carving down the Sam McGee Trail near Carcross or coasting along the paved riverfront trail in Whitehorse, the Yukon has biking routes and events for everybody. Cycling hits a fever pitch in June as riders take to the Haines Highway for a road bike relay from Haines Junction to Haines, Alaska, and teams ride under 24 Hours of Light on the boreal trails of Whitehorse.
From spring until fall, riders can explore trails contouring the sage-covered ridges around Whitehorse, from a rip around warm and inviting Long Lake to the hilly trails, deep forest and panoramic views of Chadburn Lake.
Throughout the Yukon, old mining roads and overgrown bush trails are being re-discovered and re-built by mountain bikers. Around Carcross, riders are re-tracing historic Tlingit trails and mining routes. Near Dawson City, the Ridge Road Heritage Trail traverses the Klondike gold fields, and the hills around Keno beckon with rolling terrain and a colourful silver mining legacy.