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Skagway Chilkoot Trail Hike and River Float Excursion

Skagway, Alaska / USA (Excursion ID S1937)

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  • Duration
    4 hours
  • Activity Level
  • Minimum Age
    5 Years Old
  • Languages


  • Round-trip transportation from your Skagway cruise ship pier area!
  • English-speaking and trained Skagway Chilkoot Trail Hike and River Float Shore Excursion guides!
  • Scenic drive along the Taiya Inlet and potential wildlife sightings!
  • Active hike along the Chilkoot Trail!
  • A peaceful, educational float down the Taiya River!
  • A light snack after the float!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Skagway and Alaska!

Departing from downtown Skagway, enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive, by van, along the coast to the head of the famous Chilkoot Trail in Dyea, an abandoned Gold Rush town, now a National Park. The town of Dyea was located at the convergence of the Taiya River and the Taiya Inlet on the south side of the Chilkoot Pass. From here, thousands of hopeful gold seekers set out on the Chilkoot Trail that climbed through the pass and onto the Yukon. With the completion of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad in nearby Skagway, the town of Dyea disappeared almost overnight. All that remains now are a few foundations and some scraps of wood, which have returned to nature.

On the 2-mile hike, retrace the steps of the Gold Rush stampeders through a green moss-covered northern temperate rainforest over uneven, hilly terrain on the famous Chilkoot Trail. Your excursion guide will share the gold rush and natural history with you and there will be time for taking photos. The hike is moderately strenuous with an elevation gain of 350 feet in the first mile, then on mostly flat ground for the remainder of the hike. The hiking portion of this Skagway cruise excursion has uneven surfaces with steep inclines in portions.

At the end of the one-way hike, you will be transferred to the river nearby. Upon arrival, you will meet your river float excursion guides who will get you geared up for your float. You will then board your raft with a maximum of only nine other guests and your excursion captain/guide.

As you float down the gentle Taiya River, your guide will point out native plants, and any wildlife (Bald Eagles are common, and bear once the salmon start running) and tell stories of the area's fascinating history while you enjoy the scenic river and mountain views. Sit back and relax as your captain does all the paddling. River float time on the river is approximately 40 - 45 minutes depending on the current that day.

After the float, take the time to enjoy a light snack before boarding your transportation for the 30-minute drive back to town and your Skagway cruise terminal. If time allows, a short photo stop at the Skagway scenic overlook will be taken, for a panoramic view of the town.

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This Skagway shore excursion combines active hiking along the Chilkoot trail with the scenic river float for a great half-day cruise excursion in Alaska.


5 Reviews

El Monte, CA
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     5/5  (Visited on May 2019)
Visited Skagway on Princess Cruise and had the opportunity to take this great adventure. The ride along the coast was nice with great scenic views. The guide was very informative and used extreme care of the group's needs while doing the hike. The river float was nice and calm but what made it even better was that we had good luck and spotted bears and eagles. The mountain views are fabulous so you will want to bring your camera to capture it all. Definitely recommended for those enjoying being outdoors.
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Davis, CA
Great guide!
     5/5  (Visited on July 2017)
The hike and raft float were interesting and fun - in large part due to our fantastic guide Jacey. She took a cold, drab day and turned it into a fascinating experience. Her love of her home town was contagious, and her patience and knowledge was greatly appreciated. She even went out of her way to accommodate our family. Great service.
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San Francisco
     5/5  (Visited on June 2016)
While on our 7-night Alaskan cruise, Disney Wonder, we booked just this excursion since my husband and I are in our late 60's and not very fond of being active every day. Very glad we decided to book this activity because we could admire the magnificent beauty of the Alaska nature. By the end we were given a smoked salmon snack that was delicious!!
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nice rafting
     4/5  (Visited on August 2015)
This was a nice excursion, but we weren't expecting to enjoy the hike as much as we did, but the views & wildlife are one of a kind, we even had the chance to see a bald eagle. We certainly loveed the rafting part and the Taiya River is just beautiful. The food was OK but after so much activity we were hungry, we wish we would have brought some snacks.
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Beautiful Day!
     4/5  (Visited on August 2015)
The hike was great, the scenery amazing and a great way to get away from the cruise crowds. Our guide was Tom, he was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area, spotted a different kind of wildlife that we're not used to seeing. The photos we took do not do it justice. It was abit athletic for us as we don't hike very often but WE MADE IT!
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