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Haines Summit Tundra Trek

Haines Summit Tundra Trek

A challenging full day adventure on an invigorating hike in the alpine tundra of British Columbia. Explore the strenuous off-trail alpine terrain of wild north with fantastic views.

Tour Photos

  • Setting out across glacially fed streams and tundra Setting out across glacially fed streams and tundra
  • Early season offers great views of snowy peaks and glaciers Early season offers great views of snowy peaks and glaciers
  • From higher on the shoulder of a mountain From higher on the shoulder of a mountain
  • soaking up the view on a sunny day soaking up the view on a sunny day
  • Later in the season its possible to ascend higher on the shoulder of nearby peaks Later in the season its possible to ascend higher on the shoulder of nearby peaks
  • Overview of the Haines summit area Overview of the Haines summit area
     

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 8 Hours
Activity Level: Strenuous
Min. Age: 7 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
Food: Picnic style lunch and water provided
Provided Equipment: Trekking poles
Recommended clothing: Hiking boots, small backpack, layers for warmth, and bring rain gear
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Guests must disclose pertinent medical history to tour guides.
Valid Passport Required
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

As we depart the dock in Haines on a tour van, your expert cultural and naturalist guide will welcome you to the town of Haines and its fascinating geography, culture and natural wonders.

First, you will be treated to a narrated driving tour through historic Fort Seward, one of the first US military bases in Alaska. As we drive up the Haines Highway towards Canada, we pass through the world-famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which boasts the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world.


Passing through the Canadian border we gain elevation and travel above tree-line before arriving at our trailhead. Passports are required for all guests. After covering a safety talk with guests, we’ll head out amidst the tundra landscape. Towering peaks loom above in all directions. There are fantastic views of glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and wide-expanses of alpine tundra.


During the peak of the summer, there are a multitude of wildflowers. Golden eagles, ptarmigan, snowshoe hares, grizzly bears, and other wildlife frequent the area. Your guide will choose from a variety of trails and routes to best fit guest abilities. Typically, the hike will range from 2 to 6 miles in duration and ascend/descend about 500’ of vertical throughout the hike. Along the way, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch with a view. Snacks are provided to keep the energy going for the extended hike. During the early part of the season, we may encounter patches of snow.


After an invigorating hike in the alpine tundra of British Columbia, we’ll return to our vehicle and head back across the U.S. border for the drive back to the dock in Haines.


*Passports required for this tour Equipment/Clothing: Guests should wear layered clothes to dress for a variety of weather including wind, rain and sun. Sturdy/comfortable hiking shoes or boots are essential. We recommend a small backpack for toting water, camera, and extra layers for the day.
(~ 15 minutes) – Your friendly tour guides will meet you near the Port Chilkoot Cruise Ship Dock in Haines. Before departing you’ll be able to ask any questions that you might still have about your upcoming hike and you’ll have the opportunity to use the restrooms before departing.
(~105 minutes) – Enjoy a 50-mile scenice drive that will leads you through the US/Canada border, and up above tree line to the Haines Pass.
(~240 minutes) – Set out on a 4-hour hike. Exploring the tundra region, scenic views, stream crossings and more. You will stop for a picnic lunch along the way.
(~105 minutes) – Here you will head back to Haines, clearing customs back into the US.
Where will I meet my tour guide?
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 tour guides?
You tour 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?
Restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour. There are pit toilets at the start and end of the hike. While out on the hike, we'll be in 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 is the trail like?
You’ll be hiking over uneven, natural terrain. There are exposed roots, rocks and sometimes muddy sections. The trail has relatively little elevation change but has sections taking place on loose rock.

Booking Options

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*Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.


Haines Rock Climbing Adventure Tour

Haines Rock Climbing Adventure Tour

Join Professional Alaska Mountain Guides for an exciting climbing adventure tour on the rocky crags of the Chilkat Valley in Haines, Alaska. There are great climbs for all abilities and no experience is necessary. Enjoy a fun climbing adventure and incredible views of the Chilkat Valley.

Tour Photos

Tour Notes

Port: Haines
Duration: 3.75 Hours
Activity Level: Strenuous
Min. Age: 6 years
Min. Weight: 50 lbs. Max. Weight: 300 lbs. or 52" waist size
Food: Trail mix snack, water and hot chocolate
Provided Equipment: Climbing shoes, helmet, harness
Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain gear.
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest's responsibility to determine that they are physically and mentally able to participate in the tour.
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description


This tour begins with a short interpretative drive through the town and along the Chilkat River Valley. From the Highway, we hike uphill for about 15 minutes to the base of majestic rock cliffs overlooking the scenic Chilkat Valley and surrounding peaks. Here we will don rock climbing shoes, helmets and harnesses. After a safety briefing and climbing introduction from the guides, we will rope up and start climbing.

There are a series of rock routes to choose from. Some climbs are very easy and others offer more challenge. Each ends with a stunning aerial view of the Chilkat River and the surrounding wilderness. Participants will have the chance to climb 3-4 different routes. Professional mountain guides will share their knowledge and skill in all aspects of climbing. Many of them have guided on peak ascents in Alaska and around the world and enjoy sharing their stories of adventures in the mountains. Your safety and enjoyment are always their primary concern.

This tour is the perfect adventure for those looking for their first climbing experience, or for experienced climbers looking for a challenge. No climbing is required and everyone will enjoy the cliff-side snack, hot cocoa, and stunning views. It is a strenuous tour, and participants need to be able to hike for 15 minutes uphill and over uneven terrain, and should dress in warm clothing that allows for good flexibility. Tour operates rain or shine.

(~10 minutes) – Your friendly tour guide will meet you on the Haines pier by the harbor sign and restrooms. Here they will take the opportunity to get to know you and provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion.
(~20 minutes) – We’ll depart from our meeting point by van for a scenic drive up the Haines Highway on our way to our private rock climbing site in the Chilkat Valley.
(~20 minutes) – Parking alongside the Chilkat River, an uphill walk along our forest nature trail will bring us to our staging area at the base of the crag.
(~20 minutes) – Your expert guides will get you outfitted with state of the art climbing equipment including a helmet, harness and climbing shoes. Next, you’ll receive a thorough orientation and safety briefing for your upcoming climbing experience.
(~ 120 minutes) – You will spend the next two hours climbing on our over one dozen climbing routes. Each climber will have the opportunity to try out 3-4 different climbs.
(~ 25 minutes) – Our adventure wraps up and we'll descend back down the trail.
(~20 minutes) – Board the van for a scenic drive back to the town of Haines.
Where will I meet my guide?
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 tour 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 tour guides?
Your 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.
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 if I have a food allergy?
Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative snack options to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge


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*Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.


Glacier Bay Flightseeing Charter Tour

Glacier Bay Flightseeing Charter

Soar through the clouds over an unimaginable, jagged mountain ice world far away from the rest of the world on this private flightseeing charter of Glacier Bay National Park outside of Haines, AK.

Tour Photos

  • Heading out over the mountains with some fresh snow on the upper peaks Heading out over the mountains with some fresh snow on the upper peaks
  • Fueling the 206 at the Haines airport Fueling the 206 at the Haines airport
  • Incredible photography of mountains and glaciers Incredible photography of mountains and glaciers
  • East Arm of Glacier Bay East Arm of Glacier Bay
  • An unnamed peak rising above the cloud layer An unnamed peak rising above the cloud layer
  • 360 degrees of snow-capped peaks and glaciers 360 degrees of snow-capped peaks and glaciers
  • Medial moraine near Glacier Bay Medial moraine near Glacier Bay
     

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 1.75 hours
Activity Level: Easy
Modes of Travel: Bush Plane
Min. Age: None
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: Some restrictions may apply
Food: Bottled water
Provided Equipment: None
Recommended clothing: Jacket for warmth in the plane and sunglasses
Wheelchair access: No
Medical Restrictions: Any pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guide
Liability Waiver Required

Tour Description

Join renown local pilot Drake Olson on a 1-hour private flightseeing tour over the East Arm of Glacier Bay National Park. With over 20 years of mountain flying experience in this terrain, Drake has the skills and the knowledge to make sure that your flight excursion will make memories that last a lifetime. Whether you are a professional photographer, curious to see massive glaciers up close or just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the view, this excursion will certainly deliver. It is difficult to describe in words the grandeur of this magical place, home to endless mountains and giant glaciers spilling slowly into the sea. Because it is one of our least accessible National Parks, flightseeing is a great way to experience the scope and awe of Glacier Bay National Park.

Drake’s hangar includes a Cessna 206, a Cessna 180 and a Piper Super Cub bush plane. Each plane has been rebuilt and is maintained under FAA regulations. Your tour would likely explore in the 206, since it has a 5 person capacity.

The tour includes ground transportation to and from the Skagway cruise ship dock. Charters can be arranged on most days, although the departures may be cancelled due to high winds or inclement weather. However, even if it is cloudy in Skagway, the weather can be clear over the ice cap and glaciers of Glacier Bay. Please call or email for availability. Group weight restrictions may apply.

• Passengers should always bring sunglasses, even when it is cloudy in town.
• The plane will be warm, but bring a jacket just in case.
• Photography is encouraged, although long lenses may not fit well inside the airplane cockpit.
• Tour departures may be cancelled due high winds or inclement weather.

(~20 min) – Meet up at the dock, and drive out to the airport to meet up with your pilot.
(~10 min) – Meet with Drake, your Alaskan Bush Pilot, and get an orientation with the aircraft and safety briefing.
(~1 hour) – Flightseeing over the glaciers and mountains. Typically we'd travel to Glacier Bay East Arm, but exact area will vary depending on the weather and conditions. Drake is sure to make it a memorable flightseeing experience.
(~15 min) – Land back at the airport, and drive back to the cruise ship dock
Where will I meet my guide?
Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Skagway and Haines Excursions".
Who is my pilot?
Drake Olson as been an Alaskan bush plane pilot for over 20 years. He has extensive experience flying throughout the region, and intimate with the local mountains and glaciers.
Is the plane loud?
Everyone will be offered stereo headsets on the plane to allow for easy conversation and noise reduction. This makes it easy to speak with the pilot and learn about the surrounding scenery.
Is there a bathroom?
Yes - there is a bathroom at the cruise ship dock, and at the airport. There are no restrooms on the plane.
Do you cancel due to weather?
In the 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. Often times, the weather may seem cloudy, but a short distance away, the sky is clear, and there is great flightseeing. Safety is our number 1 priority, and if the weather doesn't accommodate safe flying, your tour would be cancelled.
What wildlife will I see?
Though wildlife can never be guaranteed, it is common to spot mountain goats or the occasional bear from the airplane.

Booking Options

Each booking is for a single chartered flight, up to 5 guest maximum. The cost is $800 USD + tax, and this tour in not eligible for any discounts.
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    *Pilot's Choice allows Drake to watch the weather and choose a time that has the best flying conditions. He will contact you a few days prior to your trip to let you know approximately what time that is.

    Guest Comments:

    Incredible Scenery! The glaciers and mountains were jaw dropping! Flying with Drake is not to be missed. It was the highlight of our Alaska vacation.
    - Jessica D.


    Historic Gold Rush Scenic Driving Tour

    Historic Gold Rush Scenic Driving Tour

    See the historic town site of Dyea, visit the trailhead of the famous Chilkoot Trail, and the beauty of the Taiya River on this scenic driving tour of Skagway and its historic highlights.

    Tour Photos

    • Driving along the Taiya Inlet near Dyea Driving along the Taiya Inlet near Dyea
    • Aerial view looking over the town of Skagway Aerial view looking over the town of Skagway
    • Trailhead for the Historic Chilkoot Trail Trailhead for the Historic Chilkoot Trail
    • City of Skagway overlook City of Skagway overlook
    • Bald Eagle flying over the fjord Bald Eagle flying over the fjord
         

    Tour Notes

    Port: Skagway
    Duration: 2 Hours
    Activity Level: Easy
    Min Age: None (Children under 2 are free.)
    Min Group Size: 3 Max Group Size: 12
    Food: Water bottles provided.
    Recommended clothing: Layers for warmth, rain jacket.
    Wheelchair access: Yes. Please request it at booking time.
    Medical Restrictions: It is the guest’s responsibility to determine if they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guide.
    Liability Waiver Required

    Tour Description

    Your tour begins at the pier where you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide. Your small, intimate group will board a van and drive through Skagway’s historic district and residential district en route to the backcountry and the gold rush era town of Dyea. On this excursion in Skagway, hear tales about Skagway’s time as a gold rush boom town as your guide points out some of its historic buildings. Driving through Skagway’s residential district you’ll learn all kinds of interesting facts about this wonderful town.

    Once out of town, your tour leads over a mountain road to what was once the gold rush city of Dyea. Along the way you’ll stop at the Naku Bay overlook and peer down the inside passage – North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Next, head to the trailhead of the Chilkoot Trail. This world-famous trail was the main route to the riches of the Klondike during the gold rush over 100 years ago. Now a tranquil place of incredible beauty, the trail winds through a lush rainforest alive with birds, animals and wildflowers. Here, your guide weaves an entertaining mix of natural history and Klondike folklore.

    Next, your tour heads out to the abandoned gold rush town of Dyea. The spruce and hemlock trees grow along what were once the streets of a bustling town full of stampeders seeking fortune. Before returning to Skagway, you’ll get some more great photo opportunities at the Taiya River overlook and a fantastic look at Skagway from above at the Skagway overlook. This tour is a great way to discover and learn about Skagway – A small town with a lot to see.

    (~15 minutes) - Your friendly guide will meet you near the Skagway Small Boat harbor sign and restrooms. Here they will take the opportunity to get to know you and provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion and complete any necessary paperwork.
    (~10 minutes) - Tour of historic Skagway and residential District.
    (~20 minutes) - We'll head out of town and stop at the Naku Bay overlook.
    (~25 minutes) - We'll make our way along the coast towards the Chilkoot Trail trailhead, and learn more about the Gold Rush. (bathroom stop)
    (~25 minutes) - We'll journey to the historic townsite of Dyea.
    (~15 minutes) - As we retrace our steps back towards town, we'll stop at an overlook of the Taiya River.
    (~25minutes) - Before returning to Skagway, we'll stop at the Skagway overlook, and then return to the dock.

    Where will I meet my guide?
    Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Skagway and Haines Excursions".
    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?
    Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing, and at the Chilkoot Trail trailhead.
    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.

    Booking Options


    Or use our online booking system:
    *Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.

    Guest Comments:


    Our guide was super knowledgeable and fun. We visited the historic townsite of Dyea and the Chilkoot trail. A great short driving tour that was a great complement to our train ride!
    - Jared G.


    White Pass Mountaineering Adventure

    White Pass Mountaineering Adventure

    A challenging full day adventure to climb to the top of a peak along Skagway's White Pass. Explore the strenuous off-trail alpine terrain of wild Alaska with fantastic views.

    Tour Photos

    • Overlooking White Pass from a nearby summit. Overlooking White Pass from a nearby summit.
    • Wildflowers in July in the alpine tundra Wildflowers in July in the alpine tundra
    • Hiking among the alpine with snow-capped peaks surrounding Hiking among the alpine with snow-capped peaks surrounding
    • Early Season snow coverage at White Pass Early Season snow coverage at White Pass
    • Climbing near Feather Peak, Skagway, AK Climbing near Feather Peak, Skagway, AK
         

    Tour Notes

    Port: Skagway
    Duration: ~8-9 hours
    Activity Level: Very Strenuous
    Modes of Travel: Van transportation
    Min. Age: 12 years old
    Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: none
    Food: Sack lunch, snacks and water
    Provided Equipment: trekking poles, small day pack
    Recommended clothing: Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket & pants, extra warm layers, wool hat, gloves, small day pack
    Wheelchair access: No
    Medical Restrictions: Any pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guides.
    Minimum group size is 2
    Liability Waiver Required
    Valid Passport Required

    Tour Description

    *Passports are required for this tour

    This tour is a full day adventure into an off-trail, above tree-line alpine area of White Pass. This tour is only recommended for hikers and mountain climbers looking for a challenging adventure in the wilds of Alaska.

    Our trip begins with a 40 minute van ride into the mountains and up the White Pass, which borders Alaska and the Yukon Territory in Canada. After we gear up, we’ll leave the road and venture into the alpine wonderland of White Pass. The nature of the tour and route conditions varies depending on the time of the year. In May and June, the conditions on the route are likely covered in snow and will require a combination of snow-shoeing and stream crossing. Later in the season, we’ll still encounter snow up higher on the peaks, but the access route will likely be snow free and involve off-trail hiking through alpine grasses and wildflowers, scrambling on rocks and the occasional stream crossing.

    Our route will cover about 6 miles and gain up to 3,000 feet in elevation. Typically, our objective is to climb to the summit of Feather Peak or Mount Cleveland, both of which stand at about 5,500 feet. Both high points offer incredible views of the surrounding jagged peaks and wilderness of White Pass. However, there are a series of high points and routes that your guide may choose from. We may use crampons, ice axes, ropes and other technical equipment to access the summit, however, there are also moderate routes to the summit that can be done without ropes. Safety is always our top priority. The exact route will depend on conditions, group ability, and guide choice. Even if the summit isn’t possible for the day, there are incredible waterfalls, and scenic views to enjoy on this alpine hiking adventure. We allow for a full 8 hours for this adventure, however timing in the mountains can be variable. We’ll be sure to get you back to your cruise ship on time.

    Our mountain guides are skilled at instruction and are excited to help teach snowshoe technique and basic mountaineering skills along the way. Weather can be quite variable at the pass. It is possible to have sunshine, whiteout foggy conditions, 30mph winds, rain, and even snow all in the same day. Temperatures are likely 10-20 degrees cooler than at sea level. It is important to dress in layers, and avoid bringing cotton clothes. We operate this trip rain or shine, so good clothing and preparation is essential to thoroughly enjoy the adventurous experience. Waterproof jacket and pants, extra warm layers, and good hiking boots are essential.

    *Passports are required for this tour

    • (~15 min) – Driving town tour of Skagway and visit to Skagway overlook
    • (~20 min) – Unload and head into the backcountry, crossing a few small streams
    • (~40 min) – Depart Skagway and drive up the White Pass
    • (~2 hours) – As we gain elevation, we'll ascend an exposed ridge with some steeper snow and rock scrambling bringing us to a high point. Along the way, we'll stop to eat snacks and have a lunch.
    • (~3 hours) – We'll ascend up through tundra (or snow), taking short breaks about every hour or so. We'll bypass a series of beautiful waterfalls, and we make our way towards the upper part of the mountain
    • (~2 hours) – We'll descend back down the mountain, and back to the road.
    • (~40 min) – Drive back to Skagway stopping along the way for photo opportunities
    • Where will I meet my guide?

      Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Skagway and Haines Excursions".

    • 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?

      The only bathroom is located at the dock. Once we depart Skagway, we'll be in the wilderness.

    • 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 do i need to bring?

      Bring waterproof pants and a waterproof jacket. Sturdy hiking boots (ideally waterproof) are essential. Bring extra warm layers. Do not bring any cotton clothing. Bring a small day pack to carry water and snacks and extra clothing. Bring a wool hat and warm gloves. Bring an extra pair of socks (as your feet may get wet during the day). We will provide trekking poles. We also have some extra warm layers if for any reason you don't have enough. Don't forget your passport.


    Booking Options

    Use our online booking system to check availability:

    *Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.

    Guest Comments:

    One of a kind adventure! It was a challenging day, but an incredible experience I'll remember forever. John was a great guide; personable and always safety conscious.
    - Roger P.


    Haines On Your Own

    Haines On Your Own

    Haines, Alaska is a one-of-a-kind destination rich with history, amazing scenery, and wonderful culture. Only a small percentage of guests who visit Alaska's Inside Passage get to experience this authentic town. Escape the crowds and explore this peaceful town at your own pace!

    Town Photos

    • Fast Ferry from Skagway to Haines Fast Ferry from Skagway to Haines
    • Explore the unique small town of Haines on your own Explore the unique small town of Haines on your own
    • Journey just 16 miles along the Lynn Canal to Haines Journey just 16 miles along the Lynn Canal to Haines
    • Fort Seward offers unique perspective on AK history & scenic backdrops Fort Seward offers unique perspective on AK history & scenic backdrops
    • Ferry pulling back into Skagway after exploring Haines Ferry pulling back into Skagway after exploring Haines
         

    Travel Notes

    Port: Skagway
    Duration: 6.5 Hours
    Activity Level: Easy
    Modes of Travel: Fast Ferry, Bus, walking
    Min. Age: none
    Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
    Food: Restaurants available in town
    Provided Equipment: None
    Recommended clothing: Dress in layers for warmth, bring rain gear.
    Wheelchair access: No
    Medical Restrictions: Participants need to be able to walk 1-2 miles minimum.
    THIS IS NOT A GUIDED TOUR

    Town Description

    To visit Haines from Skagway you will board a high-speed catamaran for a scenic 45-minute narrated cruise down North America’s longest and deepest fjord. Along the way, you’ll witness spectacular views of waterfalls and ice-sculpted peaks. The ferry naturalist will tell you about the history of the area, point out the sights, as well as help you search for marine wildlife.

    Upon arrival in Haines you will have the next 4 hours to explore this scenic town at your leisure. It is a small town with many attractions and shops within a 1/2 mile walk from the pier. You can grab a flyer at the end of the pier for a self-guided tour of Fort William H. Seward, or head straight to the Bald Eagle Foundation to see live raptors close-up. Hungry? Grab a tasty bite at any one of the fabulous restaurants in town. Thirsty? Stop by the brewery or distillery for a locally crafted spirit. Enjoy arts, crafts, and/or shopping? There are many local artisan shops and galleries in town. The choice is up to you!

    After 4 hours of exploring this town, you will return to the ferry for your ride back to Skagway. The return ferry trip will provide you with the opportunity to relax, enjoy the ride, and reminisce on your time in this unique Alaskan town.

    NOTES: This is not a guided tour. It is the participants’ responsibility to be at the ferry 15 minutes prior to departure time or risk missing their ferry. They are also responsible for checking attractions’ hours and dates of operation. No refunds will be given in the event of missed departures or attraction closures.

    Here are some examples of Haines' attractions:
    American Bald Eagle Foundation
    A natural history museum and live raptor center with an impressive diorama representing the wildlife of the Chilkat Valley. See a live raptor presentation and stop in the gift shop, which specializes in art and natural history items. (Entrance fee: $15/adult)
    The Hammer Museum
    This is the first museum dedicated to the history of the hammer! With over 2,000 hammers on display you will surely learn something new about mankind’s first tool. (Entrance fee: $5/adult)
    Haines Sheldon Museum & Cultural Center
    As the largest museum in Haines, the Sheldon Museum showcases the unique history and culture of Haines and the Chilkat Valley. You can learn more about native Tlingit art and culture, or see the work of local artists in this fabulous museum. (Entrance fee: $5/adult)
    Fort William H. Seward
    Built in 1902, Fort Seward overlooks the beautiful Chilkoot Inlet. Take a free self-guided walking tour around the fort or enjoy one of the many artisan shops located around the historic Parade Grounds. (Free)
    Haines Brewing Company or Port Chilkoot Distillery
    Local companies that craft the finest spirits and ales in small batches. Try Port Chilkoot Distillery’s award winning 50 Fathoms Gin, or a crowd favorite Seasonal Ale from Haines Brewing Company.
    Tlingit Totem Poles
    There are several totem poles throughout Haines that have been carved by local native artisans. From the Public Library’s “Ax’ Shtudultoowo Daaka Hidi” (Where They Go To Learn By Themselves) to the Friendship Pole at Haines School, they each have their own unique story. (Free)
    Art and Shopping
    Whether in Fort Seward or along Main Street, there are numerous art shops and galleries that showcase some of the finest local artists. From traditional native Northwest Coast art to hand-knit crafts, you will surely find something unique in Haines.
    Dining & Restaurants
    After walking around Haines you are bound to get hungry! There are several unique restaurants within a short walk of the pier, from frontier elegant to down-home friendly. Local chefs take pride in presenting regional delicacies such as fresh caught salmon and halibut.
    Who will assist me?
    This is a self-guided tour. You will be checked in by the ferry purser when you prepare to board the Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry both Skagway and Haines, but otherwise will be on our own to explore the town of Haines.
    What is there to do in Haines?
    Click on the Attractions tab above to get a brief sample of places to visit while in Haines. You can also do some internet searches to find additional options - Haines is called the "Adventure Capital of Alaska" for a reason!
    What is the weather like?
    Southeast Alaska is a coastal temperate rain forest - it rains often. During the summer, average low temperature can be in the 40's (F), and highs can average in the low 60's (F). Please check forecasts prior to departing so you can properly prepare yourself for the weather.

    Booking Options

    Use the following link to access the HSFF booking portal. There you will be able to see all available departure times.


    Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing Tour

    Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing Tour

    Visit Haines and the wildlife rich corridor of the Chilkoot River on this bear viewing tour. Experience the natural world of Alaska with an experienced naturalist.

    Tour Photos

    • Brown bears frequent the Chilkoot River for easy fishing Brown bears frequent the Chilkoot River for easy fishing
    • Eagle fishing on the banks of the Chilkat River Eagle fishing on the banks of the Chilkat River
    • Brown bear paw print Brown bear paw print
         

    Tour Notes

    Port: Skagway
    Duration: 6.25 Hours
    Activity Level: Easy
    Min. Age: none
    Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
    Food: Picnic style lunch
    Provided Equipment: shared spotting scopes & binoculars
    Recommended clothing:layers for warmth, and bring rain gear
    Wheelchair access: No
    Medical Restrictions: Guests need to be able to get in and out of the van & walk on uneven surfaces.
    Liability Waiver Required

    Tour Description

    Haines is home to magnificent wildlife and breathtaking views of the natural world! With an experienced naturalist as your guide, you will see and learn about the plants and animals that make up the ‘wilds’ of Alaska.

    Your excursion begins from Skagway on a 45 minute high speed catamaran ferry to small town of Haines, Alaska. Upon arriving in Haines, we'll start with a narrated driving tour through historic Fort Seward, the first military base in Alaska. Leaving town, we will journey through the amazing Chilkoot Valley. On our journey to the Chilkoot River corridor, we take in coastal views along the longest fjord in North America, we may spot seals, sea lions, porpoise and whales feeding in these rich waters.

    The Chilkoot River is home to some of the best bear viewing in Alaska! The river’s huge salmon runs bring good numbers of bears every year. Situated among rugged glaciated peaks, it is home to numerous brown bears, mountain goats, salmon, river otters, and innumerable bald eagles. This area is a birdwatchers paradise with abundant local and migratory birds. Powerful spotting scopes or binoculars will often allow close-range views of mountain goats grazing in high alpine meadows and nesting eagles on this tour.

    After capturing images and experiencing the incredible natural beauty and wildlife of the Chilkoot River corridor, we’ll enjoy a seaside picnic of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies. Following lunch, we will head to the mouth of the Chilkat River, home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. Our final stop of the tour is habitat to all five species of wild Pacific salmon, drawing all of Alaska’s predators to its shores. The four ice-capped mountain ranges that surround the Chilkat River provide an unparalleled photography opportunities. A short drive back to town brings us to the ferry for the return journey to Skagway.

    Do not forget your camera!!!!

    Notes:
    This tour only operates July - September to maximizes our potential to view bears and eagles feeding on the spawning salmon. Bear and other wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour stops can vary slightly according to maximum wildlife viewing potential.

    We are able accommodate dietary restrictions with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice, including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc.

    (~75 minutes) -Your friendly tour dock representative will meet you near the Skagway Small Boat harbor sign and restrooms. We will provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion and get you ready to board the ferry to Haines. We’ll help you board the comfortable ferry for the 50-minute narrated, scenic journey to Haines..
    (~30 minutes) – Once you board your bus in Haines, we’ll depart for an interpretive driving tour of of Fort Seward & Haines.
    (~30 minutes) – We will continue to Picture Point, where there will be a photo opportunity of the town of Haines. We will contunue toward the Chilkoot River.
    (~ 180 minutes) – Visit the Chilkoot River and the Chilkoot Lake and look for wildlife! There will be time for a beach picnic with beautiful panoramic views of the Lynn Cannal and the surrounding mountain ranges.
    (~ 60 minutes) – Once we wrap up with lunch we’ll head over to the ferry dock where you’ll have the opportunity to use the restrooms and take additional photos of Haines before enjoying the scenic ride back up the fjord to Skagway..
    (~15 minutes) – trAfter completion of the excursion, and upon returning to Skagway, a short walk will bring you back to our original meeting point, just a few minutes’ walk or shuttle to downtown Skagway and all three cruise ship docks.
    Where will I meet my guide?
    Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign with the name of you tour.
    Who are my tour guides?
    Your 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?
    Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour, on the ferry during your travel to Haines and on the dock once you arrive in Haines.
    Do you cancel due to weather??
    Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our excursions 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 if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?
    Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative lunch options to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge on all of our tours.

    Booking Options

    Use our online system to book your tour:

    Or use our online booking system:

    *Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.

    Guest Comments


    The Wildlife Safari in Haines was a highlight of our cruise. We saw a mama bear and her cubs fishing in the river, along with several bald eagles. Scott was a great naturalist and we really enjoyed learning about the local geography and natural history of Alaska!
    - Susan R.


    Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing Tour

    Wildlife Safari & Bear Viewing Tour

    Visit Haines and the wildlife rich corridor of the Chilkoot River. This tour experiences the natural world of Alaska with an experienced naturalist as we keep an eye out for brown bears, eagles, salmon, mountain goats and other wildlife of Alaska.

    Tour Photos

    • Brown bears frequent the Chilkoot River for easy fishing Brown bears frequent the Chilkoot River for easy fishing
    • Eagle fishing on the banks of the Chilkat River Eagle fishing on the banks of the Chilkat River
    • Brown bear paw print Brown bear paw print
         

    Tour Notes

    Port: Haines
    Duration: 4 Hours
    Activity Level: Easy
    Min. Age: none
    Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
    Food: Picnic style lunch
    Provided Equipment: shared spotting scopes & binoculars
    Recommended clothing:layers for warmth, and bring rain gear
    Wheelchair access: No
    Medical Restrictions: Guests need to be able to get in and out of the van & walk on uneven surfaces.
    Liability Waiver Required

    Tour Description

    Haines is home to magnificent wildlife and breathtaking views of the natural world! With an experienced naturalist as your guide, you will see and learn about the plants and animals that make up the ‘wilds’ of Alaska.

    We'll start with a narrated driving tour through historic Fort Seward, the first military base in Alaska. Leaving town, we will journey through the amazing Chilkoot Valley. On our journey to the Chilkoot River corridor, we take in coastal views along the longest fjord in North America, we may spot seals, sea lions, porpoise and whales feeding in these rich waters.

    The Chilkoot River is home to some of the best bear viewing in Alaska! The river’s huge salmon runs bring good numbers of bears every year. Situated among rugged glaciated peaks, it is home to numerous brown bears, mountain goats, salmon, river otters, and innumerable bald eagles. This area is a birdwatchers paradise with abundant local and migratory birds. Powerful spotting scopes or binoculars will often allow close-range views of mountain goats grazing in high alpine meadows and nesting eagles on this tour.

    After capturing images and experiencing the incredible natural beauty and wildlife of the Chilkoot River corridor, we’ll enjoy a seaside picnic of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and cookies. Following lunch, we will head to the mouth of the Chilkat River, home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in the world. Our final stop of the tour is habitat to all five species of wild Pacific salmon, drawing all of Alaska’s predators to its shores. The four ice-capped mountain ranges that surround the Chilkat River provide an unparalleled photography opportunities.

    Do not forget your camera!!!!

    Notes:
    This tour only operates July - September to maximizes our potential to view bears and eagles feeding on the spawning salmon. Bear and other wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour stops can vary slightly according to maximum wildlife viewing potential.

    We are able accommodate dietary restrictions with a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice, including gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc.

    (~30 minutes) – We’ll depart for an interpretive driving tour of of Fort Seward & Haines.
    (~30 minutes) – We will continue to Picture Point, where there will be a photo opportunity of the town of Haines. We will contunue toward the Chilkoot River.
    (~ 180 minutes) – Visit the Chilkoot River and the Chilkoot Lake and look for wildlife! There will be time for a beach picnic with beautiful panoramic views of the Lynn Cannal and the surrounding mountain ranges.
    docks.
    Where will I meet my guide?
    Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign with the name of you tour.
    Who are my tour guides?
    Your 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?
    Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour..
    Do you cancel due to weather??
    Our tours embrace Southeast Alaska’s unpredictable weather. Our excursions 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 if I have food allergies or dietary restrictions?
    Just let us know when you are making your reservation. We have alternative lunch options to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advanced notice at no additional charge on all of our tours.

    Booking Options

    Use our online system to book your tour:

    Or use our online booking system:

    *Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.

    Guest Comments


    The Wildlife Safari in Haines was a highlight of our cruise. We saw a mama bear and her cubs fishing in the river, along with several bald eagles. Scott was a great naturalist and we really enjoyed learning about the local geography and natural history of Alaska!
    - Susan R.


    Chilkoot Trail Hike, Float & Summit Drive Tour

    Chilkoot Trail Hike, Float & Summit Drive Tour

    This excursion retraces the footsteps of the Klondike Gold Rush stampeeders over the historic Chilkoot Trail and float back down on the beautiful Taiya River. Tour the spectacular views of alpine lakes, towering snow-capped peaks, and pristine forest on a drive to the summit of the picturesque White Pass.

    Tour Photos

    • Rafting towards the mouth of the Taiya River Rafting towards the mouth of the Taiya River
    • Hike the 1st two miles of the historic Chilkoot Trail Hike the 1st two miles of the historic Chilkoot Trail
    • Leaving the dock, we'll drive about 20 minutes to scenic Dyea Leaving the dock, we'll drive about 20 minutes to scenic Dyea
    • Expert naturalist guides enjoy sharing their love of Alaska Expert naturalist guides enjoy sharing their love of Alaska
    • Floating down the gentle Taiya River Floating down the gentle Taiya River
    • Guides row the oars... sit back, take photos & enjoy the scenery Guides row the oars... sit back, take photos & enjoy the scenery
    • At the take out, enjoy hot drinks & a cookie At the take out, enjoy hot drinks & a cookie
         

    Tour Notes

    Port: Skagway
    Duration: 6 Hours
    Activity Level: Strenuous [Several miles walking on uneven terrain, 350' of elevation gain over 1/2 mile]
    Min. Age: 7 years
    Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: 350 lbs.
    Food: Water provided on the hike, and cookies, tea and hot chocolate offered after rafting.
    Provided Equipment: Trekking poles [for hiking]. Life jackets, ponchos and rubber boots [for rafting].
    Recommended clothing: Hiking boots, rain gear, warm layers.
    Wheelchair access: No
    Medical Restrictions: This is a physical activity and it is the guest’s responsibility to determine if they are physically and mentally able to participate in the activity. Pertinent medical conditions must be disclosed to the guide.
    PASSPORT REQUIRED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
    Liability Waiver Required

    Tour Description


    Your excursion begins at the dock. After a safety orientation, board a van and drive through Skagway to the backcountry and the historic town of Dyea. Hike the first two miles of the scenic Chilkoot Trail, the centerpiece of gold rush history in Skagway. This world famous trail was the main route to the riches of the Klondike during the gold rush. Now a tranquil place of incredible beauty, the trail winds through a lush rainforest alive with birds, animals and wildflowers. Enjoy the exercise, fresh air, beautiful scenery, pristine forests, and history of a bygone era as the trail takes you up and over the 350' tall Saintly Hill. Along the way, your tour guide weaves an entertaining mix of natural history and Klondike folklore. Photo opportunities abound as you retrace the footsteps of the gold-hungry stampeders who forged this route over 100 years ago.

    Arrive at the banks of the Taiya River, where your 18-foot raft awaits for the scenic float (no whitewater) back to Dyea. The forest gives way to fields of beach greens and wild iris, and the granite walls of the fjords rise steeply to the snow-capped peaks and hanging glaciers. Enjoy a riverside snack of homemade cookies and a hot beverage with countless picture-perfect moments before loading up in the van and continuing the tour up to the White Pass summit.

    We’ll drive for about 45 minutes from the take-out to the top of the scenic White Pass. There are many photo opportunities of beautiful alpine lakes, glaciers, towering snowcapped peaks and pristine forests. After enjoying the spectacular scenery, we’ll return through the U.S. Border station and return to the town of Skagway.

    (~10 minutes) - Your friendly guide will meet you near the Skagway Small Boat harbor sign and restrooms. Here they will take the opportunity to get to know you and provide answers to any questions that you might have about your upcoming excursion.
    (~35 minutes) - From the small boat harbor we’ll board a van and head toward Dyea and the Chilkoot Trail. Along the way you’ll enjoy a driving town tour of Skagway and the scenic coastal gravel road to Dyea.
    (~120 minutes) - Once we arrive in Dyea, your guide will get you outfitted with trekking poles and you’ll have the opportunity to use the restroom before we begin tracing the Gold Rush stampeders’ steps along the first two miles of the Historic Chilkoot Trail.
    (~10 minutes) - At the end of the hike your guide will get you outfitted with a PFD and rubber boots and provide a safety briefing as we prepare for the scenic float down the Taiya River.
    (~35 minutes) - Sit back and enjoy as your experienced river guide rows you down the scenic Taiya River. The stable 18’ raft provides a great platform for photography and taking in the sweeping mountain, ocean and rainforest views.
    (~15 minutes) - Once we reach the riverside raft take-out, you’ll be treated to a homemade cookie and hot cocoa and hot tea and some free time to take in the dramatic landscape with the supplied spotting scope.
    (~85 minutes) - From the river take-out we’ll begin our drive north up the Klondike Highway to the dramatic summit of the White Pass. There will be many photo opportunities and we’ll stop at the “Welcome to Alaska” sign so that you can get pictures with the sign.
    (~60 minutes) - When we depart the summit the leisurely drive back to your ship will take about 45-60 minutes as we make a photo stop at Bridal Veil Falls and stop through US Customs.
    Where will I meet my guide?
    Your guide will meet you 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed. If you are arriving by cruise ship, your guide will meet you at the end of the Skagway pier that your ship docks at. Otherwise the meeting location is the Small Boat Harbor sign. CLICK HERE to see a map detailing these locations in Skagway. Your guide will be holding a sign that says "Skagway and Haines Excursions".
    Who are my guides?
    Your 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?
    Yes – restrooms are available on the dock prior to departing for your tour and a non-flushing “outhouse” style restroom is at the start of the hike.
    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.
    How long is the trail?
    The tour hikes along the first 1.6-2 miles of the historic Chilkoot Trail.
    What is the trail like?
    We’ll be hiking over uneven, natural terrain. There are exposed roots, rocks and sometimes slippery or muddy sections. The trail gains and descends 350’ over the course of the two mile hike.
    What wildlife will I see?
    Though wildlife can never be guaranteed, Bald Eagles, ravens, squirrels and harbor seals are frequently seen on this tour in Skagway. Skagway’s unique landscape somewhat isolate’s it from many of the larger mammals apart from the occasional black bear or coastal brown bear.
    Is there any whitewater on the float?
    No – there will be no whitewater or rapids on the float.

    Booking Options

    Use our online booking system to schedule your tour: *Price is per adult in USD, taxes not included.