At the Trailhead
Starting the Hike
Hike Terrain-rocks and roots
Guide Bob sharing a story
Some of the downhill hiking
Lots of great photo spots
One of many mushrooms
Devil's Club giant leaves
Sign of a bear's passage
Bridge Crossing along creek
Happiness is a Hike in the Woods
Pushing off from shore for the Float
Eagle's Nest riverside
Floating with Face Mountain in view
Begin in Skagway as we drive 10 scenic coastal miles to the head of the famous Chilkoot Trail in Dyea, an abandoned Gold Rush town, now part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
On the 2-mile moderate hike, retrace the steps of the Gold Rush stampeders through a green moss-covered northern temperate rainforest. You will learn lots of gold rush and natural history and have time for taking photos.
At the end of the one-way hike we meet with the raft and suit up for a relaxing river float on the tranquil Taiya River. As you float down the gentle Taiya River, your guide will point out wildlife (Bald Eagles are common, bears occasionally) and tell stories of the area’s fascinating history while you enjoy the gorgeous river and mountain views Enjoy a riverside snack after the float.
This is an ACTIVE tour and the hike is moderately strenuous over uneven, hilly terrain (elevation gain is 300 feet up then 300 feet down) for the first mile, then on mostly flat ground for the remainder.
Wear sturdy walking shoes with good traction. Hiking poles are available for the hiking portion. For the Float portion we have lifejackets, rubber boots to wear instead of your shoes, and long rain ponchos. Tour goes rain or shine so please come prepared to hike in the rain with rainjackets and/or pants if needed.
Please note that the hike portion of this trip is moderate to strenuous. Please be in good physical condition. Those with back, knee, hip, or balance issues should consider their participation in this activity. There is an alternate arrangement in place of the Chilkoot trail hike available (a short walk or drive with our staff and some behind the scenes set up before joining the group with the raft-it is not really meant to be a replacement for the hike and is not an equal experience but a backup in case needed for accommodation) You will meet up with the group for the float portion. Please advise us in the Special Instructions section when booking if you may need this service. Due to safety reasons and keeping our tour schedule, our guides will strongly advise you to do the alternate option at the start of the hike if they feel your participation in the Chilkoot trail hike to be too strenuous for your ability level.
This tour last approximately 4-4.5 hours with 1.5-2 hours hiking (depending on group hiking speed) and 35-45 minutes on the raft (depending on river level).
Maximum 11 per group. Larger groups will be divided into 2 groups with possible additional guests in the smaller second grouping.
Children: $94.50 (age 5-12-please ask about under 5)
Fewer departure times are available on weekends.