- 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.