6 Hours Duration
From pick-up to drop-off
Gain roughly 3,000 feet on the scenic Klondike Hwy
On historic Chilkoot Gold Trail
For re-entry to U.S.
This tour combines the Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float with a drive up to the stunning White Pass! Travel in a comfortable van with large windows as you explore historic Skagway, receiving a great overview of the town with narration from a knowledgeable local guide. Your drive will continue on to the town of Dyea to the infamous Chilkoot Trail! 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.
After a riverside snack, you’ll load up in the van to travel the Klondike Highway to the beautiful White Pass Summit. On this spectacular scenic drive, you’ll pass through stunning alpine scenery: snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, misty white waterfalls, and crystal mountain lakes. You’ll also make stops at points of historic interest along the Gold Rush Trail of 1898, including Brackett Wagon Road, Pitchfork Falls, Moore Creek Bridge, and overlooks above the WP & YR railroad. This well-rounded tour allows you to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and discover why Alaska lured you North to begin with on one of the best combination Skagway shore excursions.
Wildlife sightings are common on this tour along the Klondike Highway and during the hike and float. The hike takes you through the Alaskan rainforest and up the historic 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. This hike is geared towards the active traveler and contains moderate elevation gain (about 350 ft. over 2 miles) 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. For active adventurers on the hunt for exciting Skagway shore excursions, the Chilkoot Trail Hike, Float, and Summit Drive provides the perfect mix of movement and scenic beauty!
Looking to combine the hike and float with a bike ride? Consider the Skagway Triple Adventure.