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. Hike the Chilkoot Trail, float down the Taiya River, and visit the White Pass summit on this Skagway shore excursion.
Your Skagway adventure tour begins with a comfortable, narrated drive through Skagway to the backcountry and to the historic town of Dyea. At the trailhead of the Chilkoot Trail, you'll begin your approximate 2-mile hike through the centerpiece of the gold rush history in Skagway. 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 stampeders 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 calm scenic float back to Dyea. During this approximately 30-minute float you will see the forest give 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. You'll also stop at the "Welcome to Alaska" sign for photos. On your return to Skagway, you will cross through US Customs and have a photo stop at Bridal Veil Falls.
Please Note: All guests must bring their passports and sign a liability waiver. A Canadian visa may be required for some participants.