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: Sam Manfer
Great excursion ... Guide was great and the excursion met my expectations.
Our guide, Joe was awesome. Informative, knowledgeable and funny. The weather was perfect. We dressed in layers and the hike was strenuous enough that we worked up a sweat and we were definitely overdressed. The float was a nice way to sit back, cool down and enjoy the scenery.
Reviewer: Claudia Brown
A fantastic guide that immersed us in the gold rush history. We had just been to Seattle, so hiking the Chilikot trail was a perfect segue. The float portion was beautiful and relaxing and allowed us to take some great pictures.
Reviewer: Walter G Smith
Meeting up with our guide at the port went smoothly even with all the activity. Our guide, Ryan, provided a very good tour/history of Scagway. The hike on the Chilhoot Trail was a bit strenuous at first, but flattened out after the first mile. The float down the river was very relaxing with lots of eagles.
Reviewer: Priya Mehta
It was a great hike with spectacular views as well as a very knowledgeable/experienced and fun tour guide. The float was great with amazing views of the glaciers. Great experience and highly recommended!