Mountain Hero Trail
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Since moving to Whitehorse I’ve gotten into downhill mountain biking in a big way. There are tons of trails right from my front door I can hit for hours and hours after work on long summer nights.
Montana Mountain – about an hour from Whitehorse in Carcross – is the mecca of biking in the far North. The trails are amazingly well built and signed, and as usual in the North it’s common to spend an entire day on Montana without seeing another person or group of riders.
There is only one trail in all of Canada in the International Mountain Bike Association’s “Epic Rides” Hall of Fame. That trail – Mountain Hero – is on Montana Mountain.
It’s a huge, huge day of uphill pushing and riding up and over the actual summit of the mountain along old abandoned mining access roads. The majority of the ride is actually a supremely beautiful hike, until the last 20 minutes which is awesome single track downhill dropping serious elevation in very little time. More than the actual riding, it’s the scale of this that makes it so amazing.
The trail is absolutely breathtaking, clearly worth of it’s “epic” status.