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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
  • Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float
  • Chilkoot Trail Hike, Float, and Summit Drive
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Chilkoot Trail Hike, Float, & Summit Drive


6 Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Great Scenery

Gain roughly 3,000 feet on the scenic Klondike Hwy

2-Mile Hike

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.




Hiking, Rafting


6 hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

There is no child rate for this tour. All participants are charged at the adult rate.

Minimum Age

The minimum age to participate on this tour is 7 years old.

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.

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 10 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.

What gear is provided?

Answer: Trekking poles for hiking, life jackets, ponchos, and rubber boots for rafting. We recommend wearing hiking boots and warm layers.

Are there restrooms?

Answer: Yes, restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and a non-flushing “outhouse” style restroom is at the start of the hike.

What are the trail conditions?

Answer: The tour hikes along the first 1.6 - 2 miles of the historic Chilkoot Trail. We’ll be hiking over uneven, natural terrain. There are exposed roots, rocks and sometimes slippery or muddy sections. The trail gains and descends 350’ over the course of the two mile hike.

Why are passports required?

Answer: This tour enters Canada and passports will be required to go through the Canadian customs post, as well as to re-enter the United States. Passports are required for all adults and children 16 or older. Children 15 and under should have an original or certified copy or birth certificate or a Passport. If one or both parents are not traveling with the child, a notarized letter of authorization from the absent parent(s) is also necessary to cross into Canada. Some nationalities may also require a Canada and/or USA Visa. (Single-entry is acceptable). Please bring all original documentation, no copies are allowed. If passengers show up for the tour without the proper ID, they will not be allowed to board. While we will attempt to accommodate passengers lacking identification, there is no guarantee that suitable arrangements can be made, and no refund will be given under these circumstances. Passengers with felonies, DUI, or criminal charges are not allowed entry into Canada.

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