Rail Journeys from Skagway
By Viator, August 2013
Another great rail journey from Skagway -- also on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway -- is the White Pass Summit Excursion. The journey takes you to the summit of White Pass which has a 2,865 foot (873 meters) elevation. Just like the previously-mentioned journey you’ll take in pristine wilderness views, with some natural sights along the way including Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point, Dead Horse Gulch and the original Klondike Trail of ’98 worn into the rocks. The rail journey is about three to three-and-a-half hours round-trip and is narrated to give you a better understanding of your surroundings.
From Skagway you can also take a ride on a steam locomotive through the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway. Board Engine No. 73 or No. 69, venturing beyond White Pass Summit to Fraser Meadows and climbing about 3,000 feet (914 meters) in 26 miles (45 kilometers), the sound of the locomotive amplifying as it pushes up the incline. Once you hit Fraser Meadows you’ll enjoy beautiful meadow scenery dotted with wild flowers.