Dyea Trail Hike and Float Tour

Dyea Trail Hike and Float Tour
From USD $131.25
  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: P1JIDO

Please note our regular itinerary of the moderate 2 mile one way hike on the Chilkoot Trail is not available for 2023 season due to trail damages from flooding in 2022. We hope to have our regular itinerary available again in 2024.

Begin in Skagway as we drive by van, 10 scenic coastal miles to the Dyea valley, which was a Gold Rush town, now returned to nature and part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.  Along the drive, watch for Bald Eagles and harbor seals. Your knowledgeable guide will share with you fascinating Gold Rush and natural history of the area as you drive to Dyea townsite and throughout the tour. The area, used by stampeeders at the start of their journey to the goldfields at Dawson City, was a thriving boomtown during the years of 1897-1898. There is much cultural history here in the valley, and before Gold Rush times was a native Tlingit seasonal fishing camp and staging area for valuable trade route on the Chilkoot Trail between the coast and the interior.

On the mostly flat hike, retrace the old town's streets through a green moss-covered northern temperate rainforest. There are few relics of the old settlement, but they give you a peek into the past. You will learn about the native flora and fauna as well and have time for taking photos.

After the walk, we drive toward the rafting put-in to and suit up with lifejackets and rubber boots for a relaxing river float on the tranquil Taiya River.  As you float down the gentle glacial fed river, your guide will point out natural features and any wildlife (Bald Eagles are common, bears on rare occasion) while you relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the gorgeous river and mountain views.  The river is a peaceful place to reflect on the natural beauty of Alaska.  A granola bar is served riverside after the float.

This tour is approximately 4 hours including approx. 35-45 minutes on the river (depending on water levels).  We operate tours in rainy weather so please dress in layers for your comfort and a waterproof rain jacket is suggested.

We do offer ship pier pickup and dropoff. We meet outside the security area and have a representative holding a Skagway Float Tours sign. Your ticket will have more details.

Suitable for active children 5 and up. Ask about younger participants by emailing skagwayfloat@gmail.com.

Maximum group size is 11. For larger groups we divide out to a second group for all portions of the tour. The groups will depart at the same time but will not be following too closely along the route in order to comply with our National Park permit regulations. We would also divide into 2 rafts. (The rafts may have additional guests depending on how you divide your group). If you have a larger group please email us at skagwayfloat@gmail.com.

If you are ready to book, please submit your reservation. It will be a pending order until we review your details and confirm it to you. For payment there are 2 options: You can enter your credit card in the booking form to be charged through our booking software payment system called RezdyPay. The card will be charged an initial $5 deposit fee and the remainder of the total will be charged on the day of the tour.
Alternatively, you can choose pay by PayPal and the $5 deposit will be charged at booking and we will send you a payment link to complete the rest of the payment in full through PayPal. 
For the White Pass and Rafting combo tour we will send a link for the payment in full at the time of booking.

If your tour time and date is not available, we will email or call you with alternate times available or to notify you that we are not able to accept your booking request.

If you need to cancel, just give us 24 hours notice (see our policy). If you cancel prior to the 24-hour period, we will refund any amount you have already paid.

For additional information see https://skagwayfloat.com/#faqs

The Calendar Below show live availability, however, if you don't see the date and time available that you want, please send us an email at skagwayfloat@gmail.com and we can double check options for you. Thank you!

Please note our regular itinerary of the moderate 2-mile one way hike on the Chilkoot Trail is not available for 2023 season due to trail damages and repairs from flooding in 2022. We hope to have our regular itinerary available again in 2024.