Skagway, Alaska
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When your ship docks in Skagway, discover the Chilkoot Trail by foot and water on this half-day hike and float tour. After a scenic van ride, embark on a moderate-level, 2-mile (3.2-km) trek with a knowledgeable guide. Then, you’ll climb aboard a rubber raft for a tranquil float down Taiya River. Have a blast retracing the footsteps of stampeding prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. Don’t miss this family-friendly active adventure, one of Skagway’s most affordable hiking and rafting tours.
  • 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

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.


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, Aug 2018

The hike was beautiful! Our guide was very lnowledgeable and fun. Great experience! We traveled with 2 teenage boys and they enjoyed this tour a lot!

, Aug 2018

This excursion was A! The hike was gorgeous, the tour guide was so knowledgeable and informative about the history of the forest. And the float tour was stunning! Absolutely recommend this!

, Aug 2018

Great fun great tour guide

, Jul 2018

This was a wonderful hike. At times up hill and lots of roots to dodge! But I would say great as a moderate level hike. Not for anyone with hip, knee, or stair climbing issues!! The raft ride was very calming and cool after sweating during the hike. Our guide, Gan, was especially knowledgeable about the local fauna, and survival tips on berries and foraging in general!

, Jul 2018

Ferns and mosses galore!More types of mosses than the Amazon rainforest. Not too strenuous or long of a hike. Float trip was spectacular,Bald eagle nests up close and more.

, Oct 2017

Our guide was fabulous. Tour was beautiful, interesting, and fun. Great way to spend half a day. Highly recommend.

, Aug 2017

It was an excellent tour. Bob, our guide, was very knowledge and authentic. He was intuitively conscientious about the well being of everyone on the tour.

, Aug 2017

At the beginning of the trail hike, we realized that it was going to be too much for us and, based on the guide's recommendation, we backed off and enjoyed a nature walk with another guide. We rejoined the group for the float trip and it was very nice. The guides were excellent and, overall, it was a great experience! Perhaps the degree of difficulty could be clarified in the excursion description.

, Aug 2017

Bryan was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable

, Aug 2017

The tour guy was very informative and seem very passionate about his job. He was punctual and was very accommodating since we had our five-year-old with us. The hike was almost exactly 2.5 miles like stated and my five-year-old did it without a problem.

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