Day 1: Mountain Biking. Adjustable distance today up to 25 km (15.5 miles) with up to 458 m (1500 feet) climb, 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 cycling wilderness area. At Johnson’s Crossing we will turn north off the Alaska Highway and on to the South Canol Road. Here we will part way with our support vehicle and stretch our legs on our mountain bikes. As we cycle north away from the Teslin River Valley, we begin to climb into a sup-alpine area rich in moose and bear habitat. This rolling terrain of dwarf birch is characteristic of areas of the Yukon much farther north, and has a lonely northern character. That night we will make our first camp on the banks of a small Yukon stream just north of the summit of this mountain pass. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Mountain Biking. Adjustable distance today up to 56 km (34.8 miles) with up to 140 m (460 feet) climb. After a scrumptious breakfast we will continue on our way, coming to Quite Lake by mid-to-late afternoon. Here we will make camp for the day and spend the rest of the afternoon fishing, and canoing on Quite Lake. All equipment included but those wishing to fish will need to purchase a Yukon Fishing license before leaving Whitehorse. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Mountain Biking/Fly-Fishing. Adjustable distance today up to 57 km (35.4 miles) with up to 458 m (1500 feet) climb. After breakfast we will continue north towards the Pelly Mountains. As the valley closes in on us and the Pelly Mountain grows up around us, we will stop for the night on the shores of the Rose River, a swift flowing river with excellent populations of Arctic Grayling fish. This campsite provides a perfect opportunity to learn the basics of fly-fishing and a lesson will be provided to those who are interested (use of fly-rods and tackle included). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Mountain Biking. Adjustable distance today up to 35 km (22 miles) with up to 458 m (1500 feet) climb. Arrival at Lay-Over Camp. Today we continue to climb into the Pelly Mountains in the Rose River Valley, crossing this playful river several times before passing the source of its waters, the quaint Rose Lake. Now we are firmly in the sub-alpine, just a few hundred feet below the tree-line. Shortly past Rose Lake, we cross the height of land and begin to descend the Lapie River Valley.
We will camp that night on the shores of Lapie Lake. This small chain of three lakes all bare the same name and are collectively known as the “Lapie Lakes”. Our camp is surrounded my fantastic fishing, stunning mountain scenery and great grizzly bear, moose, and sheep habitat. After making ourselves a comfortable base camp, we will spend three nights here. A scrumptious dinner and pleasant conversation about the days to come will round out our day, or perhaps you still have energy to fish for an alpine lake trout, which the lakes are famous for. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Day hike. 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 form. You simply stop you vehicle along the road and hike off into the wilderness! We will climb through the forest out of the Rose River Valley and reach a large alpine bowl by early afternoon to enjoy a well-deserved lunch, 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 6: Alpine Mountain Bike Descent. Adjustable distance today up to 16 km (10 miles) with up to 610 m (2000 feet) descent. 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 in a high-alpine saddle and begin our down-hill journey of 16 km, descending 610 m (2000 feet) back to the base-camp below. Along the way we will stop to examine wild-life tracks, and learn about the effects of elevations and topography on the local vegetation. After a trail lunch we should be back in camp by mid afternoon, with time for a little relaxation. Please note: Of course, sleeping in late and reading your novel by the lake, taking lots of pictures or journaling in camp are all options too. The day-trips are optional and you can partake in as many or as few of them as you wish. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Canoe trip. Today we will work continue to perfect our fly-fishing technique as we pursue the arctic grayling and lake trout the lake is known for. 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 twisty, 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 8: Mountain Biking. Adjustable distance today up to 27.5 km (17 miles) with up to 156 m (510 feet) descent. Today we will say good-bye to our base-camp on the Lapie Lakes and continue descending the valley, with frequent views of the Lapie River. We will camp that night on the shores of the Lapie River at a beautiful campsite of sand and trees. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Mountain Biking: Homeward Bound. Distance today up to 26.5 km (16.5 miles) with up to 458 m (400 feet) descent. Now we must say goodbye to the South Canol Road as we finish our descent on mountain bikes of the Lapie Valley and reach the Robert Campbell Highway. Here we will rendezvous with Cabin Fever Adventures staff and begin our 5-6 hour drive home to Whitehorse for an approximately 7:00 pm arrival. Dinner and hotel not included. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
- Dates: seedable dates (first clients to book get to pick the dates. Available mid-June until August)
- Skill Level: intermediate mountain biking, beginner canoeing, intermediate day-hike
- Fishing Opportunities: Excellent (lake trout, arctic grayling, whitefish).
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