Golden Circle Tour
Bike from Haines to Skagway along the historic trade and gold rush routes to the Klondike!
July 3rd – 11th, 2021
August 7th – 15th, 2021
Cost: $2995 per person (Single supplement $450)
Duration: 9 days, 7 riding.
Riding: 360 miles over paved roads, see Route Map
Follow the historic trade and gold rush routes to the Klondike by bike!
You start your ride in the Alaskan town of Haines heading up the Haines Highway to the Chilkat Pass in British Columbia Canada. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in spectacular vistas of Kluane Provincial Park, home to some of North America’s tallest peaks. Continue to Haines Junction, before turning onto the ALCAN and pedaling 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 over the Coast Mountains to historic Skagway, AK.
This tour is vehicle supported and combines comfortable wilderness camping with stays at local B&Bs and hotels. We dine on locally harvested gourmet Alaskan cuisine. Your local guide informs you about the history and ecology of the region and caters to your needs. 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. Join us for an unforgettable journey!
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. We stop for a visit to the historic Tlinglit village of Klukwan and the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Center. The night is spent in a unique lodge before we cross into Canadian wilderness. 27 miles.
Day 3 – 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. 68 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 – Ride into Haines Junction where the Haines Road joins the Alaska/Canada Highway. Head east on the ALCAN over rolling hills. To our destination at a native cultural site near the historic trading post of Champagne, where we make camp for the night. 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 – 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 hotel while enjoying the sights and sounds of this colorful town and your memories of biking the Golden Circle. We’ll have a celebratory dinner out in town. 55 miles.
Day 9 – We’ll meet for a farewell breakfast together. Following breakfast you may choose to explore historic Skagway on your own, travel home or extend your vacation either regionally or statewide. Travel by ferry or small plan to Juneau at the end of the trip.
Due to the long distances between lodges on this route, we use a combination of wilderness camping and indoor lodging. Our wilderness camping experience includes spacious tents, comfortable sleeping pads, warm sleeping bags, and comfortable pillows. Our fully outfitted trailer also includes a full camp kitchen, charging for electronic devices, and extra supplies to make a comfortable camp. We use a few Yukon Government Campgrounds, which offer pit toilets, a cooking shelter with warming wood stove, and cut wood for campfires.
We also utilize the following lodging on our tours. Note that due to group size and availability, some of these options are subject to change. Please contact us about details for a specific trip.
In Haines, the Hotel Halsingland is a historic building that dates back over a century to the original Fort Seward US Army outpost. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
An Alaskan-style lodge with wood beam construction, the Funny Farm has long catered to the local heli-ski industry. the comfortable accommodations include a espresso shop and a communal area with couches and a pool table.
The conveniently located Yukon Inn in Whitehorse offers comfortable hotel rooms and easy access to downtown Whitehorse.
Built in 1897, the historic Skagway Inn Bed and Breakfast offers victorian style rooms located on Broadway in Skagway.