Skagway Hiking Excursion Reviews
Hiked to Yakutania Point & Smuggler's Cove. The point was nice but we made a wrong turn going to the cove and ended up down a totally different trail.
We decided to hike in the woods just outside of town. It was absolutely gorgeous. Creeks, lakes, and waterfalls all over. The problem was that it was much more difficult and longer than we anticipated. The maps were a little too crude and the path markings not too helpful. And our biggest mistake was not taking any water with us. Because of the heat and the unexpected length and difficulty we became quickly dehydrated. We will remain forever grateful to the couple who gave us their full water bottle. Please take this hike, but also be prepared.
This was an amazing adventure. The guides informed us of many of the plant species we encountered, showing us the good ones from the bad ones. I even ate a leaf from something. We took a detour to see one of the Cabin's you can rent in the Tongass Nat Forest as we met the prior occupants on the walk down.
Standing on the glacier was awesome. Looks can be deceiving up there. When we came to a 100 ft deep moulin, I didn't even realize we were that far above the ground level. Simply amazing.
The scenery along the White Pass Railway was breathtaking (and not in a Seinfeld way). Be sure to look out for Mickey Mouse on the way up the tracks. Between miles 7-10, I would say.
The guides were from Packer Expeditions and I would contract with them in a heartbeat.
It was steep hike on the Chilkoot Trail. Good...although not great.
Awesome hike on the Chilkoot Trail, with knowledgeable guide. While driving to the trailhead, saw a humpback whale and several seals.
I had wanted to do some sort of nature hike and finally found a vendor that ended up working with the cruise line to add the excursion to the ones available through the ship http://www.packerexpeditions.com/skagway-day-tours/denver-valley-wilderness-hike-white-pass-railway-adventure. This was a full day tour which included a bus ride, train ride to the White Pass and a 4 hour hike. We figured booking through the cruise might be better as we wouldn't have any issues if the tour ran late (which was not a problem at all..). The train and scenery were really spectacular and the hike was fun too - if a bit arduous for me at least... I might have been OK with just a bit shorter walk, although early on they split us into a faster and slower group... but we ended up in the faster group. In any case, the guides were very nice and clearly enjoyed living and working in Alaska. After the hike, we caught the train back to town.