Arrive on your own into Haines, AK by 2pm. You can take the Alaska Marine Highway ferry, or a regional flight on Alaska Seaplanes or Harris Air from Juneau, Alaska. After checking in at our hotel, we have an afternoon bike fitting and orientation at 3pm, followed by a 20-mile out-and-back ride to Chilkoot Lake. The mostly flat route serves up great views along the fjord, with mountains all around as we start our four-day tour. This area is covered with stands of Sitka Spruce, buzzing with the calls of native birds. And if we're lucky we might catch a glimpse of a bear or two! We return to freshen up before our evening meal together. Dinner included.
Cycling: 21 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,843? / -1,843?; Van transfer: 15 minutes
After an early breakfast we depart for a ride on the Haines Highway to the tiny town of Klukwan, where we stop in to the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Center. The center preserves the history and language of the Tlinglit people that have lived in the area for more than 10,000 years. We tour the center and have lunch on the grounds. After lunch we cycle four miles downhill to the Chilkat River, where we'll float for approximately two hours. The river takes us through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where thousands of bald eagles feast on the abundant salmon in the river. If you'd rather not do the river float, you can ride 19 miles back to the hotel, or hop in our van to take you there. Dinner is on your own, with many walkable and bikeable options. Breakfast and lunch included.
Cycling: 24 miles, Elevation gain/loss +1,081? / -1,035?
Pack your bags and grab your passport! After breakfast, we catch a 45-minute ferry ride to Skagway, the trailhead of the Klondike Gold Rush. We?ll drop our bags at the hotel and have a moment to explore downtown Skagway, including the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. After lunch together, then board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad for our 1pm excursion train to Fraser, British Columbia. We climb out of the rainforest and into alpine tundra and glacial lakes. A quick shuttle takes us to Log Cabin, the crossroads of the Yukon Railway, Klondike Highway and Chilkoot Trail. We?ll bike a gentle 11-mile rise back to the US and once across the border, we?ll be rewarded with an exhilarating 15-mile descent into the coastal rainforest back to Skagway. After all that excitement, we gather at Skagway Brewing Company for dinner and conversation about our day on the road. All meals included.
Cycling: 27 miles, Elevation gain/loss +816? / -3,594?; Van transfer: 20 minutes; Ferry transfer: 45 minutes; Train transfer: 90 minutes
We have breakfast together at a locally famous caf� before departing on our last ride together. From our hotel, we hop on the gravel road out of town and pedal towards Dyea, once a boomtown during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890?s. Along its tidal flats we see scores of aquatic birds: herons, eagles, seagulls, terns and many more. We'll likely see some local mammals as we ride along this expansive river ecosystem. The out-and-back ride is just over 20 miles, but shorter options exist if anyone has an early departure. After our ride, we bid each other farewell from the hotel. There are multiple flights connecting to Juneau in the afternoon, and a later option to take the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Juneau. Breakfast included.
Cycling: 21 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,328? / -1,328?