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: David Fleet
Gann Brewer was professional, competent, knowledgeable and a real pleasure as our guide. The hike was wonderful. The float was relaxing and a great way to finish the trip. Learned a lot. Saw a lot. Had a lot of fun.
Reviewer: Carol Allen
This excursion was the highlight of my entire cruise! The guides were true naturalists who love their environment and were very able to share their knowledge The whole experience was incredibly well organized and left me feeling deeply connected to the amazIng ecosystem of Alaska. I HIGHLY recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Ed LaMonde
The hike and float trip were both outstanding. We especially liked the narrative about the historical significance of the trail. It's a nice 2 mile hike through the forest with very little altitude change. The float trip was about an hour, during which we saw eagles. I highly recommend this trip.
Reviewer: Libby Francis
Wonderful service. I hurt my knee the day before the hike and they let me hang out and only do the paddle with my friends. The guides had great stories and were very safety conscious.
Reviewer: Nora Beck
Our guide, Brian, was knowledgeable and thoughtful, keeping the focus on our surroundings rather than himself. He invited questions but did not bombard us with facts continually. This was my favorite excursion during the cruise.