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Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float with Alaska Shore Tours
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  • Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float
  • Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float
  • Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float
  • Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float
  • Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float


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Chilkoot Trail Hike & Float


4 Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Wildlife Opportunities

Seal and eagle sightings possible

2-Mile Hike

On historic Chilkoot Gold Trail

Float along Taiya River

No rapids on this calm section

Please note: Due to damage to Chilkoot Trail, this tour is unable to operate in 2023. Instead the alternateive Dyea Trail Hike and Float has been created to offer a similar experience.

Ready to get those cruise legs some exercise? A guided hike through the Alaskan rainforest on the Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float provides a great opportunity to get some energy out, learn about the area, and actually experience the infamous Chilkoot Trail first-hand. The 2-mile, one-way hike culminates at the Taiya River where your raft awaits. From here, begin a peaceful river float down the Taiya as your guide recounts tales of the Gold Rush history and enjoy the surrounding scenery which resonates with Alaskan beauty. One of our more active Skagway shore excursions, this tour combines hiking with a gentle float trip and contains all the same history and highlights you find on the various city and bus tours. Get outside, breath some fresh air, and discover why Alaska lured you North to begin with on one of the best combination Skagway shore excursions.

Starting with a scenic 10-mile drive out to the historic town of Dyea, the Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float begins as your guide narrates the short bus ride which cruises along the northern tip of the Taiya Inlet. It’s not uncommon to see eagles and even seals along the journey, and you’ll actually pass right by the start of the Chilkoot Trail, which was the notoriously arduous path taken by thousands of prospectors a century ago in hopes of striking it rich in Yukon’s interior. The hike begins, meandering through Alaskan rainforest and up the infamous Chilkoot Trail. This hike is geared towards the active traveler and contains moderate elevation gain (about 300 ft. over the first half a mile before returning to the initial elevation in the following mile and a half) and natural terrain. Here, the naturalist guide supplements the history with tidbits about this lush, wet ecological zone. The hike culminates right at the raft. Climb aboard the sturdy river raft for a peaceful float down the Taiya River, which is fed by high-mountain glacial streams. Depending on the time of year, bald eagles can be prominent, and the surrounding views resonate Alaska’s natural outdoor beauty. Enjoy a riverside snack after the float before heading back to Skagway, where you will still have plenty of time to explore the town or even join another tour. For active adventurers on the hunt for exciting Skagway shore excursions, the Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour provides the perfect mix of movement and scenic beauty!


To add a bicycle trek with this excursion, consider the Skagway Triple Adventure.




Hiking, Rafting


4 hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

$114 (ages 5-12)

Minimum Age

This tour is suitable for ages 5 and older.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 14-days before your tour for a refund, less any non-refundable fees., If for any reason the tour is canceled (due to unpermitting weather, for example), or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund minus any non-refundable fees.


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., Participants 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.

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    What will the weather be like?

    Answer: One thing that is predictable about Alaskan coastal weather is that the weather can be variable. In the course of the day we can see sun, drizzle, sun, clouds and everything in between. Float tours are never cancelled due to weather as the conditions are typically fleeting. The classic saying is that if you don't like the Skagway weather now, just wait 45 minutes. A sunny, warm day might end up rainy and vice versa.

    What's the largest group size?

    Answer: The maximum group size that the rafts can hold is 11 people.

    Will we get wet on the rafting ride?

    Answer: No, this tour is a scenic and mellow float tour and does not contain any whitewater or rapids. Ponchos can be supplied if there is a drizzle but we recommend bringing your camera along as there is no worries about splashing water.

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