Starting with a scenic 10-mile drive out to the historic town of Dyea, the Chilkoot Trail Hike & Float begins as your guide narrates the short bus ride which cruises along the northern tip of the Taiya Inlet. It's not uncommon to see eagles and even seals along the journey, and you'll actually pass right by the start of the Chilkoot Trail, which was the notoriously arduous path taken by thousands of prospectors a century ago in hopes of striking it rich in Yukon's interior. The hike begins, meandering through Alaskan rainforest and up the infamous Chilkoot Trail. This hike is geared towards the active traveler and contains moderate elevation gain (about 300 ft. over 2 miles) and natural terrain. Here, the naturalist guide supplements the history with tidbits about this lush, wet ecological zone.
The hike culminates right at the raft. Climb aboard the sturdy river raft for a peaceful float down the Taiya River, which is fed by high-mountain glacial streams. Depending on the time of year, bald eagles can be prominent, and the surrounding views resonate Alaska's natural outdoor beauty. Enjoy a riverside snack after the float before heading back in to Skagway, where you will still have plenty of time to explore the town or even join another tour.
To add a bicycle trek with this excursion, consider this combination:
SKAGWAY TOURS DETAILS:
|TOUR TIME||PICKUP TIME||duration||drop-off time||available|
|8:00 a.m.||7:45 a.m.||4 hours||12:00 p.m.||7 days/week|
|9:45 a.m.||9:30 a.m.||4 hours||1:45 p.m.||7 days/week|
|12:00 p.m.||11:45 a.m.||4 hours||4:00 p.m.||Wednesdays and Thursdays|
|12:30 p.m.||12:15 p.m.||4 hours||4:30 p.m.||7 days/week|
|2:30 p.m.||2:15 p.m.||4 hours||6:30 p.m.||7 days/week|
Yukon Bob was very knowledgable about plants, animals, and the terrain - safety was his #1 thing- after that it was teaching and guiding - our group of 8 all enjoyed the entire day
I would so take a tour with Bob again
I've also rated this adventure on Trip Advisor because Brian our guide was AMAZING! The hike was gorgeous (and steep!), but invigorating to take in the majestic scenery - the float was a blast too. Brian was so knowledgeable and such a great guy! Can't wait to return for the biking portion!
My husband and I enjoyed this excursion very much. The guides, Brooke and Brian, were knowledgeable, helpful, and fun. We were especially appreciative that they both showed such love and respect for the area. The trail hike was not as difficult as we thought it might be. The float was fun! We saw lots of eagles.
We had a very informative and enjoyable afternoon hiking with your Guide Owen. The trip was a great way to see the Alaska outdoors. However, it does require participants to be in good physical condition in order to complete and enjoy the hiking portion of the trip.
Owen led a great hike on the Chilkoot Trail. He shared oodles of knowledge about the trail as well as the general area of Skagway. The float was fun as well; he navigated nicely!