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Scenic Hike and Float

Price: $127.00
Tour operates May to September.
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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.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A light snack is included.
Recommended Dress
For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. We also suggest comfortable walking shoes that may get wet. Please wear socks. Lifejackets, rubber boots, and a long rain poncho are provided for the raft portion only.
Guests must be in good physical condition for the 1.5-2 hour hike. Those with back, knee, hip, or balance issues should consider their participation in this activity. Due to safety reasons and keeping on tour schedule, your guide will strongly advise against participation in the hike if they feel it to be too strenuous for your ability level. An alternate arrangement will be made so you can still participate in the float portion. All participants must sign a Visitor Acknowledgement of Risks form at the time of the tour. Children under 18 require parent or legal guardian signature. A parent must accompany any child under 16. The minimum age to participate is 5 years old. The tour does operate in rainy weather, so please dress in layers for your comfort. There is a maximum of 11 guests per raft.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 56 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsScenic hike and float in Shagway 5 starNovember 12, 2018

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 .

4 StarsScenic hike and float August 27, 2018

Reviewer: suzanne roxburgh
Guide was very informative and careful of our safety on the hike. We enjoyed the hike but it was more stressful than we expected. Would have worn hiking boots! Scenery was gorgeous and the float was a gentle experience in the wild.

4 StarsNature hikeAugust 20, 2018

Reviewer: Jorge Garcia Segovia
Very nice trail, guide very nice and very cautious. Trail not to extreme but not for children under 10. Nice soft float. didn't see any fauna.

5 StarsScenic Hike and FloatAugust 06, 2018

Reviewer: Shawne Blair
The hike was beautiful, our guide was really well versed in the nature, flora and fauna and obviously loved it all. Very enjoyable!

5 StarsWould do it again today!July 30, 2018

Reviewer: Casey King
I LOVED my experience on this hike and float. My brother and I were with a small group of six people which was the perfect size. We were led by Becca (I think that was her name!) and she was a lively and knowledgeable young lady whom I thoroughly enjoyed as our guide. The hike had a few steep parts but it was still a fairly easy hike for me though I wouldn't recommend it for people with knee or hip issues, it may be too challenging. There was a little mud, so be prepared for that, and there are mosquitoes who were very hungry (one even got me through the leg of my pants!). Use the restroom before the hike begins otherwise your will have to use the “facili-trees”. The float was relaxing with stunning views. I would definitely go again!

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