Join this small group tour for a scenic two mile hike on the Chilkoot Trail, which winds through a lush rainforest and board a raft for a tranquil, scenic float back to historic Dyea. After a safety orientation, board a van and drive through Skagway to the backcountry deep in the heart of the Dyea Valley. You’ll travel to the historic town of Dyea to hike the first two scenic miles of the Chilkoot Trail, the centerpiece of gold rush history in Skagway.
Now a tranquil place of incredible beauty, the trail winds through a lush rainforest alive with birds, animals and wildflowers. Your route climbs and descends 350 feet over Saintly Hill. Along the way, your guide will share information about the natural history and Klondike folklore with you. Photo opportunities abound as you retrace the footsteps of the gold-hungry stampeders who forged this route 100 years ago.
Arrive at the banks of the Taiya River, where your 18-foot raft awaits for the scenic float back to Dyea. The forest gives way to fields of beach greens and wild iris, and the granite walls of the fjords rise steeply to the snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers. Enjoy a riverside snack of homemade cookies and a hot beverage before returning by van on the 30-minute drive to Skagway. This VIP experience is designed for smaller groups and limited to 10 guests.
Need to Know:
Note: Participants must be at least 7 years of age, be in good physical condition and able to hike approximately 2 miles with an elevation gain and descent of 350 feet. We recommend you dress in layers. The float trip has no white water and can be enjoyed by anyone.
Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.