Cycling and Mountain Biking
© Parks Canada / Fritz Mueller
A number of old mining roads and trails in Kluane National Park & Reserve area are ideal for mountain biking, particularly the Alsek Trail, Mush Lake Road and the Cottonwood Trail. Please inquire at the Visitor Centres for further information.
Responsible Mountain Biking
Mountain biking in a national park comes with stewardship responsibilities. Riding non-designated or closed trails, building new trails, or riding off-trail displaces wildlife and destroys soil and vegetation.
Rules of the trail:
Be bear aware – if you will be traveling quickly and quietly, try to avoid surprising bears. Make noise!
Share the trail – when you approach a hiker, slow down and make your presence known with a bell or a friendly greeting.
Avoid riding during extreme conditions; wet, muddy or very dry trails are more likely to be damaged.
- Help preserve the quality of our trails. Ride, don't slide - avoid skidding your tires by hard braking. Ride over obstacles, not around them. If obstacles are above your skill level, walk your bike.
- Control your bicycle!
You are responsible for your own safety. Be prepared for a breakdown or accident. Know how to repair your bike and carry the tools and parts to do so.
© Parks Canada / Fritz Mueller
Choose rides that match your abilities. Be conservative - start with easier, short trails. Park staff can help you select a suitable route.
Wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Bring extra food, water and clothing. Mountain weather changes quickly and it can snow any month of the year. Surface water may be contaminated with Giardia.
- Always tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back.
Travel with others and keep your group together.
April 1 to November 15 any overnight trips into Kluane National Park and Reserve require registration and the purchase of a Backcountry Permit. Bear resistant food canisters are mandatory in most areas.
From September 8 to September 20 visitors must purchase permits, register and can obtain food canisters at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre located in the Daku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. The centre is open 9am to 5 pm daily. To register be at the visitor centre one hour prior to closing.
From September 21 to November 15 visitors must self-register at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre located in the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. Call 867-634-7207 in advance to arrange a time with Parks Canada staff to pick up the mandatory bear resistant food canisters. A self registration kiosk is located at the front door of the Visitor Centre. Backcountry permit fees apply. De-registration (either by phone or at the self-registration box) is also required upon completion of the trip.
Between November 15th and April 1st registration for overnight trips into the backcountry IS NOT REQUIRED . You are responsible for your own SAFETY. You should file a travel plan with a friend or family member whether you are heading out for the day or on a multi-day trip. Park staff may not be able to respond to emergencies during this time period.