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Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour

  • Moderate-level hiking shore excursion along the Chilkoot Trail from Skagway
  • Active trek through a temperate rain forest, learning about wildlife and vegetation from a knowledgeable guide
  • Hop aboard a rubber raft and float downstream through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour
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When your ship docks in Skagway, discover the Chilkoot Trail by foot and water on this half-day hike and float tour. After a scenic van ride, embark on a moderate-level, 2-mile (3.2-km) trek with a knowledgeable guide. Then, you’ll climb aboard a rubber raft for a tranquil float down Taiya River. Have a blast retracing the footsteps of stampeding prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. Don’t miss this family-friendly active adventure, one of Skagway’s most affordable hiking and rafting tours.
What to Expect

After port pickup in Skagway, your approx. 4-hour shore excursion starts with a pleasant 10-mile (16-km) van ride along the coastline to Chilkoot Trail. Upon arrival at the trailhead, follow your knowledgeable guide into a temperate rainforest. Your active moderate-level hike covers 2 miles (3.2 km) and begins on steep, uneven ground that ascends in elevation about 300 feet (92 meters), before proceeding downhill and then on level terrain for the last mile.

Along the way, look for local wildlife and plants, and hear engaging tales about Skagway and the Klondike Gold Rush. The Chilkoot Trail provided the most direct route between the Skagway/Dyea area and the Klondike Gold Fields around Dawson City in the Yukon. During your hike, you’ll be retracing part of the same path that prospectors of long-ago took to get around Skagway's White Pass Trail and arrive at the Yukon River.

Then, climb aboard a rubber raft seating maximum 11 passengers and drift along the Taiya River, which flows parallel to the Chilkoot Trail. Your river float takes you through the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Keep your eyes peeled and listen for possible wildlife, including otters, eagles, bears and salmon. (Note: Wildlife sightings though possible are not guaranteed)

Wrap up your rafting journey with a riverbank snack.

Your Chilkoot tour ends with transport back to Skagway's cruise terminal.

Reviews (192)
1 - 5 of 78 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cozy personalized time.

The 2 of us going another traveling 2 from another boat. It was nice to get to hear about them as we went along the trail. I wasn't too hard, but we did go uphill over roots and got a little workout. The river was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andra S
Reviewed 25 October 2018
The best excursion in Skagway

Myself, my husband, and father-in-law went on the Skagway Float Tour and Hike in September 2018. We had such an amazing time. Our guide, Alisa was wonderful. She made us laugh and taught us so much about the forest. She was considerate, accommodating and I...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank taristotle
Reviewed 15 October 2018
Experience the Nature Side of Alaska

What a way to experience Alaska up close and personal! We were excited to hike with an experienced guide into and through the local Skagway woods and then to float down the Tiaya River. Sam, our guide, picked us up and drove us to where...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joan W
Reviewed 5 October 2018
Hike and Float Tour

There were 4 of us, while 2 of us (me and my wife) both in our mid 50s, opting for the regular hike, while the other two (early 70s and late 60s) opting for the easy and flat hike. We weren't quite sure what we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank NJTH
Reviewed 17 September 2018
Super Excursion

Our guide Sam was great! The biking was smooth and easy, the hiking was somewhat strenuous, the rafting was fun. Sam was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun. A great tour for the value.

Date of experience: September 2018
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14 July 2018|
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Response from amylawson2018 | Reviewed this property |
There are a few places where you have to scramble up and down some rocks - if you are fit and able, you should be able to handle it. I highly recommend making use of the walking poles they have for your use. Our guide was... More
19 June 2018|
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Response from Rick N | Reviewed this property |
4 hours, was back around 12:00 pm on the 8:00 am tour