Yukon - The Next Frontier (Part 2) Carcross and Mountain Hero; Continued from Part 1.....
Just down the road there is more Frontier.
Carcross is a small First Nations town 45 minutes South East of Whitehorse. The prominent feature is Montana Mountain
which hosted many Silver mines at the turn of the Century. Many roads and trails criss cross this mountain and in conjunction with a network of lower trails many riding opportunities abound. The lower trails are funded through the local Carcross Tagish First Nation - Single Track For Success
program. Local youth were hired to create mountain biking trails for the benefit of the community. Ending at Bennet Lake some 40km of trails flow their way down the mountain in some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery.
Professionally built and maintained, the structures, flow and quality of the trails make for an awesome day of riding. A 30 minute shuttle rewards you with a one hour descent. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to hit the Lower Montana Mountain trails and instead took advantage of outstanding weather to bag the crown jewel of the southern Yukon - the Mountain Hero trail.
Carcross and Mountain Hero - the ride.
Mountain Hero trail in Carcross
The Mountain Hero trail is a 30km loop with 1450m of climbing. If you ride it as a loop from Carcross you'd add a little over 10km to the ride (we wussed out and took a road shuttle). Over 75% of the time is spent in the alpine! Below are the pictures and corresponding descriptions. Lacked the self-control to take too many pictures on the descent, but the video will tell the tale.
We headed off with the Boreale crew on the one hour drive to Carcross. Taken at an obligatory stop to enjoy the views. Our destination awaits ....Montana Mountain (2200m) looms in the background.
Take your time and dally around in Carcross - it's a small town but has history and character. Bonus is that it's not yet overrun by cruise-ship tourists.
I had wondered why there were so many cars with sea kayaks in the Whitehorse area. Seeing some of these Yukon lakes, I now knew the reason.
Map of the lower trails in Carcross. This is where you will find the free ride and shuttle trails.
Then we start climbing. The climb is all on old mining roads in the Alpine, starting from 670 m and climbing to 1700 m, with a final single track descent of 1000m. Sylvain and Sharon contemplating the wonders of lots of roads to explore
Climb, climb, climb
Up up up, tough but consistent climb. Carl and Sharon
Ugh... false summit at 1600m
Sylvain and Dave on the road which traverses over to the final singletrack descent
Traversing Montana Mountain. The single track is below us. We're at about 1700m
Obvious marker for the singletrack descent
Sylvain leads the charge as we start the 1000m singletrack descent.
More Dining Opportunities in Whitehorse.
Gratuitous alpine wondrous scenery grouping up before going down shot.
Where else to go in Whitehorse to get some stimulation?
How about some Coffee at the Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters
. A Whitehorse GO TO coffee place frequented by many locals. This is a family run business that will satisfy your caffeine fix.
Katya doing her thing
Whitehorse also has its own Microbrewery! Yukon Brewery
. My favorite was the Yukon Red and Ice Fog. Even Lee liked the Discovery and he doesn't drink! You can go for a tour and sample more then 8 types of beer. They often have new flavours and seasonals to keep things interesting. With no preservatives you can drink this refreshing beverage to your hearts content and not get a nasty hangover the big brews can give you.
Bob gets to make beer for a living! So fun!
Partaking in some cool Ice Fog Yukon Beverage before the Mountain Hero descent
Weather - July and Aug is the warmest time which also boast the longest days. Fall colours start appearing near the end of August.
Brrrr cold winters... nice summer!
For more information on the riding visit one of the local bike stores - Icicle Sports
or Cadence Cycles
Complete story with more pictures, video and GPS Tracks can be found HERE
--- The Montana Mountain trail network
--- Boreale Mountain Biking; Go here if you want a turnkey surprisingly affordable, astoundingly fun mountain-biking experience in a place that is truly one of the must-see's for any mountainbiker.
--- Contagious Mountain Bike Club . This is the site for a 175 person strong riding club of enthusiastic Whitehorse locals
---Award-winning travel and tourism site put together by the Government of Yukon. Many travel sites lack useful information. This is not one of them. It's pretty much a one-stop site for all information about travelling to the Yukon and tourism-related opportunities for all season; spring, fall, summer and winter, We can't thank Jim at the Government of Yukon enough for getting us up here so we could discover what the Yukon is all about.
--- Bike Yukon. This is a fledgling mountain bike portal for the Yukon
--- Driving Force Rentals covers off your vehicle rental needs
--- Air North flies you to the Yukon
--- More about the Carcross-Tagish First Nations & "Singletrack to Success"
See you riding into the Midnight Sun!