- Moderate-level hiking shore excursion along the Chilkoot Trail from Skagway
- Active trek through a temperate rain forest, learning about wildlife and vegetation from a knowledgeable guide
- Hop aboard a rubber raft and float downstream through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
- Keep an eye out for signs of possible wildlife, including bears, eagles and seals
- Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Recent Photos of This Tour
- 100_0922Photo by: Mark P
- 100_0984Photo by: Mark P
- Our tour guide on rainforest ...Photo by: Kim K
- Great hike and float tripPhoto by: Kim K
- our hikePhoto by: stuarttabb
- Chilkoot TrailPhoto by: Max N
- A little help downPhoto by: Darlyn B
- Jim and Joey against the ...Photo by: Darlyn B
- Bald EaglePhoto by: Suzanne R
- A young porcupine on the ...Photo by: Suzanne R
- On the TayiaPhoto by: Brian C
- 100_0950Photo by: Mark P
What You Can Expect
After port pickup in Skagway, your approx. 4-hour shore excursion starts with a pleasant 10-mile (16-km) van ride along the coastline to Chilkoot Trail. Upon arrival at the trailhead, follow your knowledgeable guide into a temperate rainforest. Your active moderate-level hike covers 2 miles (3.2 km) and begins on steep, uneven ground that ascends in elevation about 300 feet (92 meters), before proceeding downhill and then on level terrain for the last mile.
Along the way, look for local wildlife and plants, and hear engaging tales about Skagway and the Klondike Gold Rush. The Chilkoot Trail provided the most direct route between the Skagway/Dyea area and the Klondike Gold Fields around Dawson City in the Yukon. During your hike, you’ll be retracing part of the same path that prospectors of long-ago took to get around Skagway's White Pass Trail and arrive at the Yukon River.
Then, climb aboard a rubber raft seating maximum 11 passengers and drift along the Taiya River, which flows parallel to the Chilkoot Trail. Your river float takes you through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Keep your eyes peeled and listen for possible wildlife, including otters, eagles, bears and salmon. (Note: Wildlife sightings though possible are not guaranteed)
Wrap up your rafting journey with a riverbank snack.
Your Chilkoot tour ends with transport back to Skagway's cruise terminal.
This was a great tour. The first mile of the 2 mile hike was a little steep, but our tour guide, Bob, had us take breaks so it wasn't too hard. There were lots of tree roots on the trail to avoid, but Bob showed us where to step to we wouldn't fall. He explained a lot about the rainforest trees and plants. The second mile of the trail was mostly flat and easier, but just as scenic. The float on the river was also very good. Bob showed us how to get into the raft so we wouldn't fall. As we floated down the river he pointed out bald eagles and other wildlife. For a short while we were followed by two harbor seals. So cute. At the end of the trip we got a light snack. The ride in the van to the trail was also scenic and Bob told us more interesting stories about the area. It was a great trip and worth the price.
We had a fabulous time. The hike was pretty strenuous, but our guide, Gann Brewer, went out of his way to help. He made the excursion fun and exciting, keeping us safe, yet having fun. On the way back, he pointed out fun facts about Skagway and dropped us off wherever we wanted to go. I would highly recommend the trip.
Really good tour. Our guide, Joe, was excellent. Hike was moderate nice mix of up , down, and flats. Float trip was great, saw Bear, Eagles, seals
One of the best tours we have every taken. Loved every minute.
Very enjoyable with a knowledgeable guide who stayed with us on the hike and float trip. It's good to get some exercise after the feasting on a cruise ship.
Bob the guide was personable and informative and maintained a comfortable pace on the hike as well as an accomplished raftsman. Enjoyed the narration and tour and would highly recommend.
The tour was excellent but it was strenuous for my wife who has a knee issue. The guide was the best.
We thoroughly enjoyed the forest walk and float down the river.
Our guide, Bob, was amazing. He was so knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and ask around awesome! He looked like an old sourdough which only added to the experience, lol. Thanks for a great trip!