Today the Canol Trail is still quite possibly the most remote trail in the world. Bridges were long ago washed away by rushing mountain rivers. The dirt road built during the pipeline's construction has long since over grown. The trail snakes down into the deep glacial canyons and up to 5,427 feet above sea level at the fabled Planes of Abraham. Rusty wartime relics like old Ford trucks and ten-inch oil pipe still litter the landscape. The region is legendary for its wild and untamed expanses of mountain wilderness, history of gold rushers, murder, and mountain men.
Field & Stream_ Video Editor Mike Shea and I are attempting the journey aboard two Polaris Sportsman 550 ATVs. From Whitehorse we'll travel by truck more than 300 miles northeast to the trailhead. Without air support, we'll carry all the food, fuel and survival gear we'll need for the full 222 miles aboard our quads and in towed trailers. We'll face three major river crossings, including the Twitya River at mile 135 - a 60 yard stretch of deep, fast, icy mountain water. We plan to ferry it on a homemade raft.