We put this tour in our 'Off the Beaten Path' category because you'll leave the crowds behind in Skagway and begin the day with a high speed catamaran cruise over to smaller Haines, Alaska. Upon arrival to Haines, you'll transfer to the Takshanuk Mountain trailhead where you will receive a safety orientation and instructions for proper machine use before hitting the trail. As the trail ride begins, immediately you'll be immersed with towering spruce, pines, cedars and the fresh smell of the Alaskan backcountry. A stop at 1100 feet provides a pit-stop at the Rustic Cabin with lemonade, coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies next to a cozy fire (restrooms are available).
Continue climbing, crossing log bridges over mountain streams and all the way enjoying the informative narrative provided by the knowledgeable local guide. A stop at a crystal clear lake provides excellent photo opportunities, and your friends might think you Photoshopped the pictures with the stunning greens from this pristine water. Topping off the journey at 1,500 feet, an overlook brings all the geography of the area together in one panoramic vista. A return stop at the Rustic Cabin provides an impressive lunch of halibut and BBQ chicken - seriously good food! All in all, this tour, ranked 'Tour of the Year' by Princess Cruises in 2008, is a full-day of backcountry adventure that provides all the things that made you want to visit Alaska in the first place.
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