Hike, Float and Summit
Hike Chilkoot Trail, Float the Taiya River and Summit White Pass Skagway Excursion
You don't have to choose just one adventure when in Skagway, take advantage of hiking the Chilkoot Trail, floating down the Taiya River and accessing the White Pass summit on this Skagway shore excursion.
Your Skagway adventure tour begins directly from the pier area where you are met by your local representative. Be provided with a safety orientation of your day's activities and then board a van for a comfortable, narrated drive through Skagway to the backcountry and to the historic town of Dyea.
At the beginning of the tour, you will arrive at the trailhead of the Chilkoot Trail and this is where you will begin your approximate 2-mile hike, this is the centerpiece of the gold rush history in Skagway. Your guide will provide you with a safety briefing and hand out trekking poles for anyone wishing to use this aid. This world-famous trail was the main route to the riches of the Klondike during the gold rush. Now a tranquil place of incredible beauty, the trail winds through a lush rainforest alive with birds, animals and wildflowers. Enjoy the exercise, fresh air, beautiful scenery, pristine forests, and history of a bygone era as the trail takes you up and over the 350′ tall Saintly Hill. Along the way, your guide weaves an entertaining mix of natural history and Klondike folklore. Photo opportunities abound as you retrace the footsteps of the gold-hungry stampeder's who forged this route over 100 years ago.
Your hike will end at the Taiya River put-in site for your float experience. A safety briefing will be provided and rubber boots and life jackets will be handed out to all guests. Your 18-foot raft awaits for the scenic float (no whitewater) back to Dyea. During this approximately 30-minute float you will see the forest gives way to fields of beach greens and wild iris, and the granite walls of the fjords rise steeply to the snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers. Enjoy a riverside snack of homemade cookies and a hot beverage with countless picture-perfect moments before loading up in the van and heading up to the White Pass summit.
You will drive for approximately 45-minutes from the take-out on the river to the top of the scenic White Pass. Enjoy the many photo opportunities while on the Klondike Highway of beautiful alpine lakes, glaciers, towering snowcapped peaks and pristine forests. View the "Welcome to Alaska" sign and be sure of many stops for picture opportunities. On your return to Skagway you will cross through US Customs and have a photo stop at Bridal Veil Falls.
Please Note: Passports are required of all guests and any necessary VISA requirements. No expectant mothers past 20 weeks and all guests must be in good physical health and must be able to hike approximately 2 miles over uneven terrain with an elevation gain and descent of 350'. This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Equipment provided: trekking poles (used for hike), life jacket, rubber boots, ponchos (for rafting portion of tour if necessary). We recommend wearing comfortable, closed-toe hiking shoes and socks for this Skagway tour. Dress in layers for changing weather conditions. Hike and float are near sea level and summit is 3,292 ft. above sea level.
Reviewer: Brigitte Birze
Our guide Jake made this tour was So Much Fun! And I really liked the diversity of getting 3 tours in one! The hike through the rain forest has a lot of steep rocky passages, so I was glad Jake made each of us take a walking stick which really helped. Hard to believe the miners carried their gear up and down that trail! The length of the hike gave us time to get to know each other, very relaxed and beautiful. Wear layers you can remove as the rain forest got quite warm. Jake's skill was on display during the float portion, turning the boat often so we could all see the eagles and scenery. This part is cold, you'll want your layers back on and gloves. Then Jake drove us up to the summit, stopping at every turnout so we could take pictures and be awed with the waterfalls and scenery.
Reviewer: Tracy Jacobsen
My husband and I were so excited for our hike, float and summit excursion- and it certainly didn't disappoint. Our guide Julia was fabulous, her friendly, humorous and knowledgeable approach to the tour was exactly what we needed. Our group ended up being quite small, so we even got some additional hiking time in - it was a wonderful day.