Skagway Adventure Hike

Skagway Adventure Hike

The perfect blend of active adventure with mesmerizing viewpoints. Hike with a naturalist guide up the hills of the White Pass. Take in incredible views of the alpine forest from the snow-capped mountains down to the ocean.

Tour Photos

  • Beautiful view at the top overlooking the Taiya Inlet Beautiful view at the top overlooking the Taiya Inlet
  • Some steep sections of the Skagway Adventure Hike offer rope for assistance Some steep sections of the Skagway Adventure Hike offer rope for assistance
  • Beautiful views looking towards the White Pass Beautiful views looking towards the White Pass
  • Forest trail meanders past rich lichens and moss covered rock Forest trail meanders past rich lichens and moss covered rock
  • Guides are knowledgeable naturalists Guides are knowledgeable naturalists
  • Ascending a steep section of the Skagway Adventure Hike Ascending a steep section of the Skagway Adventure Hike

Tour Notes

Port: Skagway
Duration: 2.75 Hours
Activity Level: Strenuous [Uneven natural hiking trail over wooded and rocky terrain often at an incline. Hand lines are utilized on some of the steeper sections of the trail to assist with the ascent and descent.]
Min. Age: 6 years
Min. Weight: None Max. Weight: None
Food: Trail mix, water and hot chocolate provided.
Provided Equipment: Trekking poles
Recommended clothing: Stable, closed-toed shoes, 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 activity.
Liability Waiver Required

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Tour Description

Join experienced guides on an exciting hiking adventure through the Tongass Rainforest that immerses you in the incredible beauty of Southeast Alaska. Your adventure will begin with a guided driving town tour of Skagway and continue up the White Pass on the Klondike Highway. Along the way your guide will regale you with history about the Klondike Gold Rush and the natural history of the area.

From the trailhead you will spend the next 2 hours hiking through the beautiful alpine forest surrounded by the towering snow capped mountains of the White Pass. Your naturalist guides will stop frequently along the way to share their knowledge about the native flora, fauna, and to describe the amazing glacial history of Alaska. Each group is outfitted with binoculars to maximize your opportunities to see up close the spectacular mountain and river scenery. Midway through the hike you will be treated to a delicious snack at the final breathtaking overlook with incredible views of the Skagway valley, White Pass, and the Lynn Canal.

This is a great active family experience and kids are welcome (minimum age of 6). Bring your camera!!

(~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.
(~ 15 minutes) - We’ll depart from our meeting point by van for an interpretive driving tour of historic downtown Skagway on our way up the Klondike Highway to our private Porcupine Mountain trailhead.
(~15 minutes) - Once we arrive a short walk will bring us to the trailhead where your guide will provide a safety briefing and get you outfitted with trekking poles for the hike.
(~110 minutes) - From here we’ll continue uphill along the trail stopping at a series of scenic viewpoints that take in the vistas of the Skagway Valley and White Pass. Along the way, your expert guide will share their knowledge of the native flora and fauna and the unique geological history of the area as we pass through multiple ecosystems. After a rest at the last viewpoint we’ll head back down the trail to our rough-cut timber kiosk for some hot cocoa and trail mix.
(~15 minutes) - We’ll depart the trail for a scenic ride back through the Skagway Valley and back to town.
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 your tour.
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 for your tour and a non-flushing “outhouse” style restroom on-site.
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?
Approximately 2-3 miles.
What is the trail like?
You’ll be hiking over uneven, natural terrain. There are exposed roots, rocks and sometimes slippery and muddy sections. In certain sections we’ll use hand lines to help with getting up and down some steeper parts of the trail.

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

Guest Comments

Hayden & Timmy. These men brought the perfect combination of youth and professionalism to the hiking tour. They were very knowledgeable of the land and animals. Our group felt safe throughout the tour and didn’t have any problems. Hayden and Timmy kept us entertained and informed during our adventure. They were the best tour guides we’ve experienced on this cruise by far. We really appreciate all they did for us and we hope to see them again!
- Kennedy T, Jeff P, Zoe T, John T, Anna T, Maureen P, Evan T

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