Day 1: Travel, Set Base-camp, Canoe Lessons. Our staff will pick you up from your hotels starting at 7:00 am. Participants need to have finished their breakfast (not included) by this time. Any final details will be dealt with and we will depart by 8:00 am. We will travel southeast along the Alaska Highway towards our wilderness area of choice. At Johnson’s Crossing we will turn north off the Alaska Highway and on to the South Canol Road. After climbing through a small mountains pass that is home to moose and caribou, we will descend to Quite Lake, where we will stop and have a picnic lunch.
With our appetites satisfied we will continue our scenic drive, arriving to our base-camp in the Pelly Mountains on the shores of the Lapie Lakes, a series of three sub-alpine lakes. Our camp is surrounded my fantastic fishing, stunning mountain scenery and habitat for grizzly bears, moose, and sheep. After making ourselves a comfortable base-camp, we will fill the rest of the evening with introductory canoe lessons and a paddle around the highly scenic Lapie Lake. A scrumptious dinner and pleasant conversation about the days to come will round out our day, or perhaps you might still have energy to go fishing for an alpine lake trout, which these lakes are famous for. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Alpine day-hike into the Mountains. Today our adventure continues. After a hearty breakfast we will take a short 15-minute ride in our shuttle vehicle to our road-head for our alpine day-hike. We call it a “road-head”, instead of a “trail-head”, because in the Yukon there are almost no organized hiking trails. The region is so vast and the usage so low, that trails do not typically form. We will climb through the forest out of the Rose River Valley and reach a large alpine bowl by early afternoon to enjoy mountain views and wide-open spaces. Those that are more adventurous may push on to reach the mountain summit, a 490 m (1600 feet) climb from our starting point. We return in late afternoon to our base-camp to relax, canoe, or fish. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Fishing, River Canoe Trip. Today we will work on learning to catch the arctic grayling and lake trout the lake is known for. Using fly-fishing gear, or spin cast rods, we will teach you some of the basic principles for catching these feisty and tasty trout. We believe in a balanced approach to our fishing. We keep some of the fish to provide food for a fresh wilderness meal, and let the others return to the river to continue on their way. After lunch we will paddle our canoes down the upper Lapie River. This small watercourse is narrow, intimate and home to wildlife such as moose, beavers, and muskrats. A short shuttle will return us to our base-camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Alpine Mountain Bike Downhill Day-trip. Today after breakfast we will get out our bike helmets, pack our small back-packs with a trail lunch and begin a shuttle up a long-since abandoned mining road that climbs high into the Pelly Mountains. Here we will be dropped off and begin our down-hill journey of 16 km back to the base-camp below, stopping along the way to examine wild-life tracks, learn about the effects of elevation and topography on the local vegetation, and to eat our trail lunch. We should be back in camp by mid afternoon, with time for a little relaxation. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Flex-day or rest day. Flex-day/rest day. Based on the energy of the group, our staff will provide options for the day that could include more mountain biking, canoing, or hiking, camp craft activities, or any combinations there off. Of course, sleeping in late and reading your novel by the lake, taking lots of pictures or journaling are all options too. The day is yours and our staff will help you make it just what you want. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: River Canoe Trip. Today we will paddle another section of the Lapie River that is a little bit more challenging than the first and builds on the skills you have already learned. Today’s sections will include some short class I rapids. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Cycle Down the Lapie Valley. Adjustable distance today up to 53.5 km (33 miles) with up to 278 m (910 feet) descent. Today is our final day of the trip and after breaking our camp, we will descend out of the mountains in style, riding our mountain bikes on a down-hill rush following the Lapie River Canyon, with frequent high vantages points looking out over the river far below. Arrangement can be made with your guides to adjust the length of today's ride to suit your individual needs, from not riding at all to riding over 50 km if you wish. We will rendezvous with our shuttle driver and head towards Whitehorse for a 7 pm arrival. Dinner and hotel not included. Includes: (B), (L).
- Dates: seedable dates (first clients to book get to pick the dates. Available mid-June through mid September)
- Skill Level: beginner mountain biking, beginner canoeing, intermediate day-hike
- Fishing Opportunities: Excellent (arctic grayling, lake trout, whitefish).
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