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Jun 17, 2019
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Details

  • 4 hours (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

The Chilkoot Hike and Float Tour is an active, family-oriented hiking adventure along the world famous Chilkoot Trail. This wilderness hike takes place in the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and is Skagway's most affordable hiking and rafting adventure tour.
When your cruise ship docks, depart Skagway for a 10-mile (16 km) van tour along the coastline to the Chilkoot Trail trailhead and then enjoy 1.5 to 2 hours of hiking and 45 minutes on the raft. Have your camera ready for occasional wildlife sightings both on land and in the water.

Highlights
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Chilkoot trail hike and float tour
  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop off
  • Snacks
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Port of Skagway

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

This guided 2.0-mile (3.2-km) hike on the world-famous Chilkoot Trail runs through spectacular temperate rainforest. It’s a moderate-strenuous hike and is fairly steep over uneven terrain for the first half mile (0.8 km), going uphill for about 300 feet elevation (92 meters) and then back downhill the same elevation and distance, with the remaining mile on level ground for the last mile. This is an active tour for people wanting to get some good exercise with great scenery and beautiful nature surroundings.
Your guide will point out wildlife and native plants and tell stories of Skagway and the Klondike Gold Rush. Retrace the footsteps of stampeding prospectors who bypassed Skagway's White Pass Trail, to hike the Chilkoot Trail in order to reach the headwaters of the Yukon River. The Chilkoot Trail was the most direct route leading from the Skagway/Dyea area to the Klondike Gold Fields around Dawson City in the Yukon.
At the end of the hike, you will board an eight-eleven man rubber raft with your guide for a peaceful river float through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park on the Taiya River, which runs parallel to the historic Chilkoot Trail. As you continue floating down the Taiya River, you will see little evidence of human civilization. However, you may see or hear signs of wildlife, including bears, otters, salmon and eagles, all of which make their homes in the Taiya River Valley.
After your Taiya River float, you will be treated to a riverbank snack before ending your adventure back in Skagway and boarding your cruise ship.
Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Skagway for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Not Available

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please see voucher for details regarding your departure point
  • Please note: this is an active tour, so it is recommended to be in good physical condition and wear sturdy walking shoes with good traction
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Maximum per raft/group is 11
  • Minimum age is 5
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

24 Reviews
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wilcox4dsmj

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26, August, 2018

The hike was beautiful! Our guide was very lnowledgeable and fun. Great experience! We traveled with 2 teenage boys and they enjoyed this tour a lot!

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Sharon R

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20, August, 2018

This excursion was A! The hike was gorgeous, the tour guide was so knowledgeable and informative about the history of the forest. And the float tour was stunning! Absolutely recommend this!

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Lucas H

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30, July, 2018

This was a wonderful hike. At times up hill and lots of roots to dodge! But I would say great as a moderate level hike. Not for anyone with hip, knee, or stair climbing issues!! The raft ride was very calming and cool after sweating during the hike. Our guide, Gan, was especially knowledgeable about the local fauna, and survival tips on berries and foraging in general!

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Colleen D

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19, October, 2017

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

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David G

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26, 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.

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ORESTES C

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23, August, 2017

Bryan was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable

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cbroseker

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13, 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.

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Kristen S

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07, 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

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Charles F

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05, 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!

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Alfredo

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01, August, 2017

Great guide, awesome tour.

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Scott B

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30, 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.

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Nicole I

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10, 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.

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Timothy C

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04, 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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Kandi B

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25, June, 2017

Great time hiking the trail and relaxing float down the river. Becca our guide was awesome! She was such a joy, very informative and fun. Three of us are in our mid-50's a little out of shape but were able to do the hike. So glad we did, learned all about the forest, the plants the trail that the gold miners had to endure. Highly recommend this excursion!

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denise.carter52

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15, June, 2017

Jim who met us at the boat was a great guy. Then Bob took us in a van to meet and pick up the other people. He drove us into the forest and explained all about the town and its history. Whenever got to the trail we were given walking sticks and before we began a chance those the restroom. All along the hike he explained plants, what to do if we saw a bear, the different trees and we had stops along the way. Bob kept his eye on me because at 65 I was the oldest and most out of shape. We hiked 400 feet up and then down. There were steps in places but lots of tree roots. Then we put on rubber boots and he paddled down he river. Beautiful hike and float. Loved Bob.

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John G

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11, June, 2017

Excellent enjoyable tour. Just myself and husband and an Australian couple and 2 knowledgeable guides, Ryan and Bryan. A minibus took us to the start of the walk. This was a fairly tough hike through a forest trail but there were plenty of stops where guides showed us particular plants, including various lichens and devil's claw and edible plants which we tried. There were signs of animals such as bears claw marks. Ryan was explaining the bear spray, a strong pepper spray which he always carried but had never used, when we heard a crashing in the undergrowth and were surprised to glimpse a bear, who made a hasty retreat from us! On reaching the river we swapped walking boots for the provided wellies and boarded the inflatable raft for a lovely float down the river, passing bald eagles nests and other interesting features. We then had a snack of fruit juice, biscuits and salmon jerky, before being transported back to our starting point. Altogether a great day out.

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linda h

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20, May, 2017

what a great tour, our guides were very knowledgeable and fun!!! The hike was a learning experience, we got history, botany, wildlife lessons! The float down was awesome!!!!! The views from the raft were amazing!!!!

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dawn b

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25, September, 2016

This was the ighlight of our visit to Alaska. The weather was perfect and Brooke our guide made this fun and very informative. She new the history of the trail, Skagway and the area. She was able to speak to topics of history, herbal medicine and Alaska politics that wove into the beauty of our hike and float. I've never been on a river raft and it was amazingly relaxing, safe and again filled with breath taking views. We didn't see any animals or birds large than a red squirrel but you can't schedule nature. this is a trip not to miss if in Skagway. The hike was a little tough for since we're not the most active types but Brooke moved at good comfortable pace and kept a close eye on us. At the end of the float we were met by the rest of the crew with some amazing snacks and friendly banter. Thanks for a great trip.

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dawn b

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25, September, 2016

This was the ighlight of our visit to Alaska. The weather was perfect and Brooke our guide made this fun and very informative. She new the history of the trail, Skagway and the area. She was able to speak to topics of history, herbal medicine and Alaska politics that wove into the beauty of our hike and float. I've never been on a river raft and it was amazingly relaxing, safe and again filled with breath taking views. We didn't see any animals or birds large than a red squirrel but you can't schedule nature. this is a trip not to miss if in Skagway. The hike was a little tough for since we're not the most active types but Brooke moved at good comfortable pace and kept a close eye on us. At the end of the float we were met by the rest of the crew with some amazing snacks and friendly banter. Thanks for a great trip.

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John S

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16, September, 2016

A good guide can make a trip like that and ours was excellent, I would add we were lucky with the weather. The trip can only serve to make you hold in awe the early prospectors who went on the trail.

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