• Location: Skagway, Alaska
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour

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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.

Customer Reviews

Colleen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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

David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Bryan was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

Kristen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was such a fun and educational excursion. We really enjoyed the hike. It was a little arduous but my 83 year old father handled fine. I was impressed with how careful they were to keep us safe and comfortable. Joe, our guide, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I'm glad we chose to do this

Charles F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Jayce was a fabulous guide and was very patient with us as we were having some trouble on the first part of the hike. She's very knowledgeable about the area!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great guide, awesome tour.

Scott B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our tour guide, Brian, did a great job, and we really enjoyed our hike and float down the river. Brian did a good job of sharing the history of the Chilkoot trail and pointing out plants and trees unique to the region.

Nicole I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour and Ryan, our guide was very knowledgeable. We walked the first part of the Chilkoot Trail which the Yukon Gold miners had to walk. It was a nice challenging hike the first 45 minutes and easy going the rest as we walked down the mountain to meet up with our raft. Ryan pointed out all of the local fauna and told us many stories of the Minors difficulties to trek over the 33-miles.

Timothy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our excursion was really great and fun. Our guide was amazing and super nice. It was a great experience for sure.

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