Mon­tana Moun­tain

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

Moun­tain Hero packs much of Yukon’s his­tory, cul­ture, and wildlife into a stren­u­ous yet re­ward­ing ride on Mon­tana Moun­tain, which lies 72.5 km south of White­horse in Car­cross, Yukon.

“The moun­tain bike de­vel­op­ment on Mon­tana Moun­tain has been a re­ally pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Sammy Salter, pres­i­dent of the Con­ta­gious Moun­tain Bike Club in White­horse. “The Sin­gle­track to Suc­cess pro­gram has re­ally helped lo­cal Car­cross/tag­ish First Na­tions youth re­con­nect to a land­scape that holds such spir­i­tual value for its peo­ple. It’s a priv­i­lege that we’re al­lowed to bike in that area.”

Moun­tain Hero be­gins with a chal­leng­ing climb along old min­ing roads to­ward Mon­tana Moun­tain’s sum­mit. Old min­ing ru­ins from the sil­ver boom, which came just af­ter the Klondike Gold Rush, lie along the climb. As the trail en­ters the sub­alpine en­vi­ron­ment, stun­ning views of the Yukon land­scape stretch in all di­rec­tions. It’s pos­si­ble to spot cari­bou along this sec­tion, as well as the oc­ca­sional griz­zly bear, so rid­ers are en­cour­aged to carry bear spray.

“The de­scent is called the Sam Mcgee Trail,” says Salter. “It’s a fast and flowy down­hill that goes from this stun­ning alpine meadow down into a beau­ti­ful bo­real for­est. The tricky part is get­ting back, but lots of peo­ple ei­ther leave a shut­tle ve­hi­cle at the end or ride the road back to Car­cross.”

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