It's just you, your bike and a sunset-drenched view of river valleys, mountains and sky. You found a stretch of singletrack that was more technical than you expected, and the route was challenging—but spectacular. You're stoked, you've never ridden through such expansive mountain vistas, and you’re already looking forward to tomorrow. And the best part? The sun is still beaming down, it’s close to midnight and you're just five minutes from town.
If less-technical trails are what you seek, then you’ll be pleased to find casual, family-friendly rides in and around Whitehorse. Popular routes include Schwatka Lake and the Millennium trail; a curvy path that winds its way around the Yukon River.
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.
From Epic Races to Granny Gear Paces
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.
Road Biking and Cycling Tours
If road cycling is more your style, consider the Yukon for a scenic biking trip. Our safe, well-maintained highways and campgrounds are popular among all bike travelers, from beginners to experts.
With so many scenic drives to choose from, you can opt for a Yukon cycling route that matches your needs and experience. For a shorter, smoother loop, there's the Golden Circle or Southern Lakes Circuit. If you're feeling more ambitious, explore the Alaska Highway or the Klondike to Kluane Loop. For more extreme cyclists, the Dempster Highway offers a unique opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle on a maintained gravel highway.
It’s Time to Start Planning!
Start your journey at the Yukon bookstore known for its great selection of northern titles. At Yukonbooks you’ll find guidebooks, narratives and maps describing everything from short bike rides to long distance road trips. Learn the local natural and cultural history, and find out about traveling in bear country. Read about the essential hikes and bikes around Whitehorse, and get current maps of extensive trail networks like Riverdale and Mount McIntyre.
Contact a Yukon tour operator or outdoor equipment rental company to outfit you with gear or arrange guided mountain biking trips. Mountain bike rentals, gear, storage, repairs, shuttles and other services for cyclists are all available in Whitehorse. If you plan to explore on your own, make sure you have adequate wilderness skills, maps and supplies—even for a day trip. Conditions can be unpredictable in the Yukon—good planning is the key to a safe and successful wilderness adventure.