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Alaska-Canada-Alaska Ride

Summary

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A sampler of the best of the Yukon and Alaska. This cycling tour combines the most dramatic alpine landscapes of the region. Cycling in a magnificent wilderness scenery. Discover the far north.

Recreational, Road bike
16 days
1119 km / 695 mi
$ 4,250.-
  • 7 Nights in motels.
  • 8 Nights in campgrounds.
  • Meals included (except 4 x breakfast , 2 x lunch, 7 x diner).
  • Guides and full van support.
  • Including ferry tickets: Juneau to Haines, Valdez to Whittier.
  • Camping gear included.

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
16 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Challenging
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
100-120 km / 62-75 mi
Total distance
1119 km / 695 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
20 Jun 2018 - 05 Jul 2018
Private tour for a minimum of 4 riders during 1 June - 30 July.
Please Note: The Valdez to Whittier ferry no longer sails daily and the AMHS has not released 2018 summer dates yet. The departure date may shift by a day in either direction once the 2018 sailing schedule is released.
Start
Juneau (11.00)
Finish
Anchorage (16.00)
Airport at start
Juneau Int. Airport (JNU)
Airport at finish
Ted Stevens Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC)

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 4,250.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 950.-

Itinerary

Day 1:

Our adventure begins as you board the ferry M/V Malaspina for a scenic voyage from Juneau to Haines. The magnificent landscapes of the Inside Passage are sure to keep you glued to your camera. Perhaps you will see dolphins dancing in the bow waves or sea otter lounging in the water. Your guide team will be awaiting your arrival in the port of Haines and then transfer to our delightful hotel in the historic part of town.

Day 2:

Cycling: 28 mi / 45 km, Terrain: flat & small hills
This morning we gather for breakfast and tour orientation, then after assembling the bikes will explore Haines town the rest of the morning. Around midday we set off on our adventure, pedaling a leisurely 25 miles through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Reserve to Mosquito Lake and our first night camped under the vast Alaskan skies. Unlike riders on our annual Alaska Highway Ride who enjoy 24 hour daylight, we enjoy some hours of darkness for a good night's sleep.

Day 3:

Cycling: 66 mi / 106 km , Terrain: mountainous, Passes: Three Guardsman 3215 ft / 980 m; Chilkat 3493 ft / 1065 m
Our ride today is quite a contrast to yesterday's spin, as we roll deep into the spectacular mountains that highlight this section of the bike tour. Early in the ride, we pass through customs into British Columbia, Canada, following the Klehini River. Then up and over, crossing two passes (Three Guardsmen and Chilkat) en route to the Yukon Territory, our third state/province for the day. The landscapes along this stretch are unbelievable, with glaciers draped on mountain tops and cascading rivers dividing the ranges. We bed down tonight at the aptly named Million Dollar Falls.

Day 4:

Cycling: 53 mi / 85 km, Terrain: small hills
More incredible scenery fills our final day on the Haines Highway, taking us along Dezadeash Lake and further north to the town of Haines Junction. In Haines Junction we will intercept the notorious Al-Can Highway, built in a short 9 months during World War II, which will guide us through the balance of the Yukon Territory. We will enjoy indoor accommodation in Haines Junction tonight.

Day 5:

A relaxing day off the bikes is in store in Haines Junction. You might want to visit the Visitors Center for St Elias Park or relax on the porch of the bakery or maybe walk one of the area's hiking trails.
Meals: none

Day 6:

Cycling: 50 mi / 80 km, Terrain: small & moderate hills
Heading up the Alaska Highway (Al-Can) we continue to enjoy the beautiful St Elias Mountains to our left and untouched forested wilderness for as far as the eye can see to our right. Our goal today is the turquoise blue waters of Kluane Lake and Cottonwood Campground, one of the best campgrounds of all our Alaska and Canada trips. The mountains towering above the campground often have Dahl Sheep sprinkled across their upper slopes.

Day 8:

Cycling: 51 mi / 81 km, Terrain: moderate hills
Our last full day in Canada, takes us deeper into this wilderness region, with the Wrangell St Elias Range to our south and miles of untouched rolling forest lands to the north. We'll be bedding down indoors in Beaver Creek tonight.

Day 9:

Cycling: 54 mi / 87 km, Terrain: small hills
We are heading back into Alaska today, after a break for photos straddling the border, we clear customs at Border Town. We will explore the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge visitor center at lunch, then continue to a scenic campground on Jaggar Lake inside the Tetlin Wildlife Refuge. Sitting on the lake shore watching the birds and muskrats go about their daily lives as the sun sets is truly magical.

Day 10:

Cycling: 57 mi / 92 km, Terrain: small hills
A leisurely day takes us to Tok Junction, a favorite watering hole for Alaska Highway travelers.

Day 11:

Again the bikes have the day off and you can catch up on laundry or your diary, shop for souvenirs and gifts for the folks back home or perhaps get a few more miles in cycling more of the Al-Can to Moon Lake Park.

Day 12:

Cycling: 72 mi / 116 km, Terrain: flat then gradual uphill
The third highway of our trip leads us south today, rolling down the Tok Cutoff. The ride starts flat and off in the distance the Alaska Range slowly rises into view. And while the range sports some of North America's highest peaks (including Mt McKinley), our route through it follows rivers for the most part and provides no major challenges ... but lots of photo opportunities. Tonight's campground is on a small farm with beautiful vistas of the Wrangell Range.

Day 13:

Cycling: 51 mi / 81 km, Terrain: hilly
With the Alaska Range fading from view behind us and the Wrangells growing in the distance ahead of us, we roll further down the Tok Cutoff passing the occasional roadhouse and lodge. We are on our way to the historic Gakona Roadhouse where we camp out on their lush green lawn (while the lodge has rooms, they are usually booked for crews of the Alaska pipeline for the summer).

Day 14:

Cycling: 76 mi / 122 km, Terrain: hilly
A short ways into today's ride and we switch to our final highway of the bike tour, the Richardson, Alaska's first highway. We roll through Glenallen, the only city between Tok Junction and the ride's terminus in Valdez. Also along today's ride is Copper Center, an historic agricultural town, plus the informative visitor's center for Wrangell St Elias National Park. We bed down on another old roadhouse, this time at Tiekel River.

Day 15:

Cycling: 53 mi / 85 km, Terrain: small hills then short climb, Pass: Thompson 2771 ft / 845 m
The final ride for the tour is one of the most spectacular, taking us between the magnificent Chugach and Wrangell Mountains Ranges. The landscape is beyond being described as simply dramatic. Lots of photo ops will keep your camera busy, all the way to Valdez. We cross Thompson Pass and enjoy a spin through narrow Keystone Canyon, before reaching the fishing port of Valdez.

Day 16:

The trip ends as it began, with a ferry trip, taking us across Prince William Sound with its glaciers, icebergs and abundant sea life. Perhaps we will be blessed with views of the glaciers calving into the bay, seals and other sea life enjoying the ocean waves and more. After arriving in Whittier, we will shuttle you to Anchorage Airport or the Long House Hotel, where we all bid a fond farewell to our fellow Adventurers.

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

alaska-rental-bike Merida T3 Speeder flatbar road bike, equiped with Shimano Ultegra derailleurs, sturdy V-brakes and comfortable saddle.
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