Hike the famous Chilkoot Trail, and then enjoy a calm raft float down the Taiya River in Dyea on this popular Skagway tour. Your tour starts with a nearly 2-mile hike where men took the first steps toward hopeful fortunes during the Klondike Gold Rush. Your guide will bring this storied history to life as you make your way through lush temperate rainforest en route to our raft put in. From our comfortable rafts, you will then wind your way downriver through dense stands of spruce and alder teeming with wildlife such as bears, otters, and seals. You will then enjoy a homemade snack and beverage before heading back to Skagway.
Rain gear is provided (if necessary), but if you have your own it is always a good idea to bring it. A camera, binoculars, sunglasses, and sturdy footwear like hiking boots are recommended.
Tour Description: Some people like hiking. Some people like floating. Smart people like both! Your tour starts when you're picked up near the cruise dock or downtown by your sporty tour guide. They will take you on a magnificent coastal drive along the famed Dyea Road, around Nahku Bay, and into the mysterious land of Dyea. During the drive, be on the lookout for wildlife including sea lions, eagles, harbor seals, mountain goats, and seagulls. After your approximately 25-minute drive, you will arrive at the famous Chilkoot Trail. After unloading from the tour van, your guide will lead you on a journey following the footsteps of Klondike Gold Rush stampeders as you traverse the first 1.8 miles of the historic Chilkoot Trail. They call this part of the trail Saintly Hill, which means there is some uphill hiking, so you should be aware of that. After the hike is done, you will load into a raft filled with air, ready to enjoy a few laughs with your fellow travelers. Your guide will use oars to maneuver your raft down the Taiya River as the current gently pushes you along. Always be on the lookout for animals like river otters, ducks, and local humans in their natural habitat. Depending on the speed of the river, the floating part of the tour should take around 40 minutes. When you're done, your guide will set up a table of tasty snacks and beverages as you and your party share stories of the hike and float that you just enjoyed. After your snack, your guide will drive you back to town or your cruise ship and that is the official end of your hike an float tour.