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: Anne Marie
Our guide Owen was knowledgeable, personable, and fun! The hike was moderately challenging but doable for someone in average physical condition. The float was gorgeous.
Reviewer: Alan Chesterman
Becca was absolutely amazing. Very knowledgeable about all the plants on the hike and excellent job steering the raft the river float.
Reviewer: Robin Jackson
The hike was really good! I wished we would turn around and go back to do it again. It's not completely flat so it is a hike and the area is beautiful. The float just that - a float. It's not too exciting. I could have skipped that.
Reviewer: Mandy Ciarrocki
My mom and I had a great time during our hike and float. Lot's of great information with a great guide! Definitely recommend.
Reviewer: Nancy Norton
We really enjoyed the hike and our guide was fantastic . He was funny and informative about the area . The float was fun and beautiful scenery . On our hike the other group saw 2 bears ! I would recommend the excursion for sure .