Setting out from downtown Skagway toward your Scenic Hike and Float Excursion, you will drive 10 eye-popping miles along the coastal road to the head of the Chilkoot Trail in Dyea, once an abandoned Gold Rush town, and now a National Park.
On your 1.5 to 2 hour hike, you will retrace the steps of the Gold Rush stampeders on the famous Chilkoot Trail, hiking through a green, moss-covered northern temperate rainforest over uneven, hilly terrain for the first mile, and then on mostly flat ground for the remainder. The total elevation gain on this Skagway shore trip is 300 feet. You will learn about the gold rush and natural history, and have time for taking photos. The total distance hiked on this moderate trail is approximately 2 miles.
At the end of the one-way hike, you will meet with the raft and suit up for a relaxing river float on the tranquil Taiya River. Along with your group of at most 11 guests, you will sit back and let your guide do the paddling. As you float along, they will point out wildlife, native plants, and tell stories of the area's fascinating history. The float time on this Skagway rafting excursion is approximately 40 to 45 minutes on the river. After the rafting, enjoy a riverside snack.
Please Note: The hiking part of this Alaska tour is strenuous and requires guests to be in good physical shape.
Reviewer: Tom Antram
We had a very nice time and enjoyed the beauty of Alaska. A very easy hike and ride.
enjoyed the float and hike. Anyone taking any hike should expect that the terrain would not be as smooth as pavement. I read reviews that some people found the trail too uneven. You're in the forest what do you expect?
We really enjoyed this excursion. Excellent guide who let us set the pace and was knowledgeable and kind. Highly recommended!
Took my nephew for this hike and float and we both had a great time....perfect for all abilities. Gan was our tour guide and he was both friendly and very knowledgeable. I'd recommend this to all!
Reviewer: Phil DeVito
What an great excursion. We were met at the ship by Bob and off we went. He was a great guide, very knowledgable and entertaining. Don't miss this excursion.