Scenic Hike and Float
Scenic Hike & Taiya River Raft Float Tour in Skagway, Alaska
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: Kelly Carroll
We went on the scenic hike and float in Skagway with our 16,14,11 and 7 year olds. Sam was very fun and informative. Everything was organized, they had equipment ready and we did not waste any time. The price was reasonable even for a family of 6. I would definitely recommend going on this excursion!
Reviewer: John milas
Excellent, Becca our tour guide was great. The weather was perfect. The hike may be difficult and risky if you are not accustomed to a rough up and down hill terrain.Rafting was relaxing and very safe
Reviewer: Bob Cotter
We booked this tour because my wife's grandfather had been part of the gold rush and had hiked the Chilkoot Trail. We met our guide, Rebecca, and she was full of knowledge about the area as we took the forty or so minute drive to the trail. Along the 3 km trail we stopped to look at the flowers and other interesting things. The trail is steep and rocky for the first km and I would advise potential participants to have good shoes and be in reasonably good condition. Balance can be a bit of an issue. The walk continued down to a forest floor. At the end of the trail, we got into a raft and had a bit of a safety lesson. Wow, could Rebecca ever handle the raft as the wind was now a factor and even with the current, she had to work hard to keep us on track. The ride back to the ship had her give us more information. Highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning something about the gold rush and the Chilkoot Trail along with experiencing a small part of the trail itself.
Reviewer: Jackie Posluszny
Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful! The hike was a bit of a challenge for me but I made it! The float down the river was fun too!
Reviewer: Steve B
For those looking for some exercise and to see nature, this is a great excursion. A walk through a rain forest, then a gentle float trip back down the river. The guide was great and very knowledgeable of the vegetation and the area. We counted 10 different eagle sightings on the float.