Horses: Quarter/Draft crosses, Morgans and Yukon Mountain Cayus
Pace: Slow and steady, some long riding days, river crossings and
steep trails | Walk | Trot |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2.5 to 3 out of 5) Good Novice+
Riders: Min 4 riders Max 6 riders
The trip ends with a spectacular float-plane trip back to Whitehorse -- every second trip will be operated in the opposite direction, with a flight into the wilderness and you ride back out.
Day 1 Friday You will be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel in Whitehorse. Enjoy your evening in down town, where you will find small businesses filled with Art of the local craftsmen. Whitehorse has many fine restaurants and a variety of food choices. The front desk of the hotel has booklets with maps and ads for all our local businesses and tourist attractions.
Day 2 Saturday We will pick you up at 10am in the hotel lobby and go on a short shopping trip in town before heading to the ranch where you will meet the horses and your guide for the tour. Then we give you instruction on how to care for and saddle them. We get the pack horses loaded up with all our camping gear and food and say good bye to civilization.
The trail leads us steadily up and over Mount McIntyre to our working trapper's cabin near Coal Lake. This base camp is rich in history and is still used in the winter for camping and trapping. Check out the historic artifacts and imagine yourself as a Yukon Trapper or read the journal that has been signed by previous visitors to our camp. This cabin was a set in the movie" The Last Trapper" by Nicholas Vanier. Take care of the horses and settle down to a camp style meal. Overnight in Trapper Cabin, set up your tent or sleep by the fire. ( B, L, D)
Day 3 Sunday Today we will ride to Coal Lake and take a short fishing break ( Lake Trout and Grayling can be caught here)before heading up to moose flats and weather permitting to the top of double mountain, where we can have lunch while we take in the breathtaking views below. After lunch we circle a high mountain lake usually seeing moose and caribou. Then we ride the majestic ridges overlooking Coal Lake before heading back down to the cabin for another night. Overnight at Trapper cabin base camp (B,L, D)
Day 4 Monday This morning our horses and pack horses will be packed for the trail. As we ride the edges of a series of Beaver ponds, breathe deeply the earthy aroma of this beautiful wetland and keep your eyes open for the Famous Canadian Beaver. Next we come to
Friday creek. It is surrounded by alpine tundra and edged with grassy meadows with hundreds of wild flowers. The Alder and Willow tress nearby will provide a nice sweet smelling fire for cooking lunch. Sheep, Moose, caribou and bears are often seen in this area so have your camera ready. Over night at Friday Creek. (B,L, D)
Day 5 Tuesday Wake up to a new day and after a hearty breakfast saddle and pack up the horses for another day of adventure! Riding high in the mountains enjoy the amazing views - keep an eye out for Caribou, bear and moose in this area. Our destination is the Upper Ibex River and here we make our camp for the night. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Wednesday This morning as the sun covers the land protectively with it's warmth, take in the vibrant Autumn colors and watch the Earth awaken to a fresh new day. A cup of camp coffee, a campfire breakfast and again we pack up for another day of riding. Riding down in altitude to the Boreal forest where you have a chance of seeing; moose, caribou and mountain sheep we come to an old burn area at Rose Creek. Here Mother Nature has cleansed the forest and the re growth is spectacular. Wild mushrooms, flowers and berries are abundant and there is a good chance to see wildlife. Keep your camera ready! Overnight at Rose Creek. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Thursday The routine is now automatic and you are one with the land and nature. Our destination today is Rose Lake where we will spend the evening and next day in a photographers paradise! Relax by the fire, hike in the area or just lay back and read a book enjoying the peace that will surround you.
Have your dinner by the fire and spend the evening reliving your adventure with those in your group. Overnight at Rose Lake. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Friday Take those last photographs, go for a cold dip in the lake or try your hand at fishing. Today is a day of relaxation. Overnight Rose Lake. (B,L, D)
Day 9 Saturday Wake early and try to catch a glimpse of a Yukon summer sunrise, Savor your last campfire breakfast, as you watch the world come alive all around you. Now is the time to say good bye to your guide and your new horse friends. The plane will pick you up at around noon and fly you back to Schwatka Lake where we will bring you to your hotel in Whitehorse. (B, L)
Day 10 Sunday Today the hotel van brings you to the airport for your south bound flight or join another adventure in the Whitehorse area. Let us know if you are interested in an extended stay and we can arrange other activities for you.
--Subject to changes!