Alpine ATV Full Day Adventure
Travel along the Klehini River, ascend steep 4x4 terrain and explore the alpine wonderland of Flower Mountain on this incredible private ATV Alaskan adventure from Haines, Alaska. Expert guides navigate the challenging terrain and enjoy sharing their love of the Alaska wilderness.
- 4-seater ATV's bring us above treeline
- Basking in the alpine tundra views at the top
- The route varies from gravel road, to steep, muddy and rocky terrain
- Down in the valley returning from the alpine
- Glacier views abound along the alpine ridge
- Early season we may find patches of snow to navigate
- View from the top of the alpine ridge
Your knowledgeable guide will meet you at the dock in Haines. A scenic 26-mile drive along the National Scenic Byway and through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve brings you to our remote staging area.
At the staging area, you’ll receive an orientation and safety briefing and be fitted with helmets. Guests wishing to drive must be at least 21 years old and bring a valid driver's license. Driving options are limited to certain sections of the route, whereas on the more technical parts of the trail, your guide will drive. We will use our 4 person machines outfitted with winches and aggressive tires to ascend the challenging terrain. There are several spots along the tour where we can swap drivers to give everyone some time at the wheel. The UTVs are automatic transmission and drive similarly to a car for ease of operation. These high performance UTVs are fun to drive and a great way to explore the Alaska wilderness.
Overall, we’ll drive about 25 miles over varied terrain. As we drive along the Klehini river and mountain meadows you may spot swans, salmon, eagles, bears or moose along the way. The technical section of the route ascends through the Spruce forest over challenging and steep terrain. A series of mud holes make for exciting driving and other sections require a slow crawl to creep over large rocks. As we crest above treeline, the route eases up and the views expand to encompass the surrounding peaks and glaciers. We’ll surely spot wildflowers and perhaps Ptarmigan or patches of snow on the upper alpine reaches of the route.
From our high point, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch while we bask in the surrounding mountain views. Short walks to snowfields or, if time permits, to a glacier, offer guests a one of a kind Alaskan experience. After lunch, we’ll descend the mountain and make our way back to our private staging area before returning by bus back to Haines.
(~15minutes) Your friendly guides will meet you near the Haines Cruise Ship Dock, after taking care of some necessary paperwork, we'll be on our way.
(~45 minutes) -Transportation to ATV staging area about 25 miles up the Chilkat Valley and including a narrated tour of Ft. Seward
(~15 minutes) -Orientation with the ATV's and safety briefing and helmet fitting
(~30 minutes) - Drive from ATV staging area to bottom of Flower Mountain Road, along the Klehini River
(~60 minutes) - At Porcupine Mine area, we’ll shift into 4x4 and begin ascent up Flower Mountain to treeline, passing through mud holes, and rock climbing sections, passing through old growth forest and rough terrain.
(~30 minutes) - We'll stop and enjoy a picnic lunch in the alpine and enjoy the views
(~120 minutes) - We'll make our way back down the mountain, and return to the ATV staging area.
(~60 minutes) -After returning the gear at our ATV staging area, we'll load back up in the van, and return to town.
Our guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. You will meet your guide on the Southeast corner of the main cruise ship dock in Portage Cove. CLICK HERE to see a map pointing to this location.
Who are my guides?
You guides are experts in the industry. They are fun, well-trained and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines and Skagway, Alaska with you! Our staff all go through extensive training and hold current first-aid (mostly WFR and WEMT) certification. Many of our guides also lead courses and guided expedition trips for us both in Alaska and throughout the world.
Is there a bathroom?
There are toilets at the dock, and at the ATV staging area. Once we head up the mountain there aren't any restrooms or facilities other than the great outdoors.
Do you cancel due to weather?
Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our tours run rain or shine. If in a rare instance weather does cause us to cancel the tour you will be refunded in full and provided with assistance with finding an alternative activity for the day.
What type of ATVs/UTV will we be in?
We will be using 4 seater sport UTVs; either Kawasaki Teryx 4x or Arctic Cat Wildcat 4 on this trip.
What is the terrain like?
Overall, we'll travel over about 30 miles from dirt roads, to logging roads. For the more moderate terrain along the valley and along the Klehini river, guests will have the opportunity to drive. There is a 5 mile stretch that ascends steeply above treeline. This section contains mud holes, steep terrain, large rocky sections akin to "rock crawling", and other trouble shooting sections. Once past treeline, the angle of the "road" decreases again as we pass through alpine meadows.
Will I be able to drive the ATV, and how much?
The route consists of technically challenging terrain as well as more moderate terrain. There will be opportunity to drive the ATV for about half of the tour, for the more technical components of the route, your guide will do the driving. Guide will be in the vehicle with you during the tour.
Is there a charge for infants (0-18 months)?
No, infants are not allowed. The minimum age to participate in the tour is 12 years old.
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*Price is in USD for a private tour of up to 3 guests, tax not included.