Get ready for an Alaskan wilderness adventure on the Takshanuk Mountain Trail in Tongass National Forest! Take the wheel of a 4X4 Kawasaki Mule and join your friendly and knowledgeable guide, as you journey through spectacular views of mountains and forests, including a panoramic view of the Lynn Canal and Chilkoot Lake from 1500 feet elevation! Your excursion begins in Skagway with a scenic, narrated cruise aboard a high speed catamaran down North America’s longest and deepest fjord to the town of Haines. A short bus transfer brings you to the Takshanuk Mountain trailhead, in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Your guide will demonstrate how to operate the Kawasaki Mule, an automatic transmission, 4X4 utility vehicle that is used to traverse the six mile round-trip trail. The mules are equipped with seat belts for up to five guests and have storage for extra supplies and equipment.
This adventure will please every member of your family! Look out for bears at your first stop as you enjoy fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate at an exclusive lodge. Keep your camera handy to take advantage of the magnificent photo opportunities including crystal clear mountain streams, a cascading waterfall, a scenic alpine lake and the occasional eagle or bear! On the way down, you’ll stop at the mountaintop lodge to enjoy a warm fire, stunning views and a home cooked meal made just for you! After you’ve relaxed by the fire, you’ll make your way back down to the trailhead to climb aboard the Takshanuk Trail bus and enjoy a short tour of Historic Haines and Fort William H. Seward before returning to your ship by catamaran.
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Note: Participants who are going to drive the Mule must be at least 21 years of age and must provide a valid driver’s license. Pregnant women or guests with back or neck injuries are not able to participate.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.