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  • Location: Skagway, Alaska
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
The Chilkoot Hike and Float Tour is a great family-oriented hiking adventure along the world famous Chilkoot Trail. This wilderness hike takes place in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and is Skagway's most affordable hiking and rafting adventure tour.

When your cruise ship docks, depart Skagway for a 10-mile (16 km) van tour along the coastline to the Chilkoot Trail trailhead and then enjoy 1.5 to 2 hours of hiking and 45 minutes on the raft. Have your camera ready for occasional wildlife sightings both on land and in the water.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a moderate hiking shore excursion along the famous Chilkoot Trail
  • Hike through a temperate rainforest, learning about wildlife and vegetation from your 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 wildlife, including bears, eagles and seals
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour

Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour

This guided 1.8-mile (2.9-km) hike on the world-famous Chilkoot Trail runs through spectacular temperate rainforest. It’s a moderate hike and is fairly steep over uneven terrain for the first half mile (0.8 km), going uphill for about 300 feet elevation (92 meters) and then back downhill the same elevation and distance, with the remaining mile on level ground.

Your naturalist guide will point out wildlife and native plants and tell stories of Skagway and the Klondike Gold Rush. Retrace the footsteps of stampeding prospectors who bypassed Skagway's White Pass Trail, to hike the Chilkoot Trail in order to reach the headwaters of the Yukon River. The Chilkoot Trail was the most direct route leading from the Skagway/Dyea area to the Klondike Gold Fields around Dawson City in the Yukon.

At the end of the hike, you will board an eight-eleven man rubber raft with your guide for a peaceful river float through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park on the Taiya River, which runs parallel to the historic Chilkoot Trail. As you continue floating down the Taiya River, you will see little evidence of human civilization. However, you may see or hear the signs of a wide variety of wildlife, including bears, otters, salmon and eagles, all of which make their homes in the Taiya River Valley.

After your Taiya River float, you will be treated to a riverbank snack before ending your adventure back in Skagway and boarding your cruise ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Owen, our tour guide, was fabulous. It was obvious he enjoyed what he did and was highly knowledgeable and patient with the kids in our group. He was professional and very good with all of the different plants and berries along the way. Company appeared well-organized and was timely. Highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Bob was our guide. He was informative about the history of the town of Skagway as we drove through it pointing out good places to shop, eat, and do. He gave us a wonderful history lesson as we hiked the trail and had us ready to react appropriately when we saw a bear. Sadly we never did see that bear. The scenery on the trail was amazingly beautiful. And to think we hiked early June with only some of the plants beginning to peek out and ferns just showing some early fronds. I would love to take this hike again in late June or early July to see the changes in this temperate rain forest. There might be more bugs then and we really didn't see any.
The float boat trip back was fun but cold but that's just the way it was. My boots evidently had holes in them so my socks got wet. Might want to bring an extra pair if it's a cold day.
All in all my husband and I really enjoyed the excursion and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to walk in the same steps as the gold rushers or who enjoys beautiful green forest. It really was exceptionally beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was one of my favorite excursions while in Alaska! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The hike felt great after several cruise ship dinners. It was nice to get in some exercise. The float offered amazing views. I would do this again in a heartbeat. Don't miss out on this. Well worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great price. Really great guide very knowledgeable and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

You need far more stamina than they suggest. The hike is extreme. They did a fantastic job to accommodate us as we bailed out on the hike after 50 yards straight uphill and they brought in other guides to take us on a more normal hike and we hooked up with the rafting later. Good folks here.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was a beautiful drive and then hiking was fun. Topped of the hike with the raft trip on a full river for 45 minutes and was treated to salmon on crackers. We asked the driver to drop us off at the local Brewery for a late lunch and made it a great day. Thanks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was amazing! We got to the glacier a little late and only had about 40 minutes to make the 2 mile round trip by foot but we were able to do it easily. The whale watching was great but our boat driver Garth never got us as close as other boats in the area due to "strict laws"

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

It was excellent. Our guide Owen was very knowledgable and was aware of participants fitness levels. We saw a bear which was very exciting and the guide handled the situation in a very professional manner. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

It's great to get off the boat and get your feet on the ground....and we got out feet on the ground! Quite a hike!Somewhat challenging for a true novice but not overly so. The walking stick that was provided was great help especially after all the rain. Our guide Nate was delightful. Really glad we chose this as our side trip in Skagway.

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