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New! Alaska & Canada: Hiking the Gold Rush Trails

Trip Length 8 days

From $3,595

  • Explore the historic quaint towns of Skagway, Whitehorse, and Haines that were the lifeblood of the bustling Yukon and Alaska gold rush days of 1898
  • Ride the scenic narrow gauge railway while taking in the magnificent landscape featuring glaciers, mountain peaks, waterfalls and lakes
  • Hike through the vast wilderness of Kluane National Park, up to grand glaciers and mountaintops that showcase stunning panoramas

Nothing compares to experiencing the raw beauty of Alaska and the Yukon on foot, while hiking through the region’s pristine wilderness. This Gold Rush hikers’ tour echoes the spirit of history and adventure that marked the 1898 stampede into the wild unknown of North America’s northern reaches. Starting in Skagway, where the Gold Rush boom began, travel by scenic train and hike to see glaciers, waterfalls and lakes that the pioneers looked upon for the first time in 1898. En route take in historical Gold Rush landmarks and old townsites, learn about the culture of First Nations people, trek in Kluane National Park and finish up in the quaint town of Haines, known as Alaska’s adventure capital.

Day 1: Welcome to Alaska

You’ll start your journey in Skagway, Alaska, the coastal town where the major Gold Rush began and the original setting for Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Your guide will meet you at the hotel at 5pm for a welcome dinner, history talk and an orientation about the adventure we are about to embark on.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mile Zero B&B

Day 2: Historic Train Ride and Glacier Trek

The day starts and ends with a scenic train ride aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. This 1-hour journey is paired with views of spectacular waterfalls, rushing rivers and jagged mountain peaks, all complemented by a narrated commentary on the Klondike Gold Rush history. At Glacier Station, we begin a fully guided round-trip hike of up to 8 miles, through old-growth forest, along a tumbling river and up the moraine for an ascent in the clean mountain air all the way to the magnificent Laughton Glacier.

(Optional hike: 8 miles, 1,500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mile Zero B&B

Day 3: Journey to Canada: Alpine Tundra Hike and Hot Springs

After breakfast we leave by van heading into Canada, retracing the Dalton Trail which was once used by the Tlingit natives for their trading partners of the Athabascan people for oils, furs, hides and copper nuggets. Once we’re in the Yukon Territory of Canada, we stop for a lovely hike into the alpine tundra and waterfalls at the pass. We move on to Carcross, originally known as Caribou Crossing; we’ll have lunch and a walk around the old town site. We continue on to Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon nestled along the Yukon River which is one of the largest trading cities of the gold rush. Here we check in to our hotel for the night and take time to explore the galleries and history of the town. Those who want a relaxing hot soak in geothermal mineral pools can visit Takhini Hot Springs, just outside Whitehorse.

(Hiking distance: 5 miles, 800 vertical feet)

Please note: Because we are making a border crossing into Canada, you will need a passport as proof of nationality. Please check visa requirements for entering Canada if you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen. If you are traveling with children and both parents are not present, Canadian customs requires a notarized letter from the child’s absent parent(s) saying that they are aware of their child’s whereabouts. A photocopy of the absent parent’s ID(s) and phone number are needed. Minimum age for child participation on this trip is 14.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Westmark Whitehorse Hotel

Day 4: Hike Kluane National Park

This morning we’ll depart after breakfast. Our first stop in Haines Junction is the The Da Kų Culture Centre, an innovative cultural facility that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people, followed by lunch at the well-known Village Bakery. This is the gateway to Kluane National Park, a dazzling land of extremes—home to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, its largest ice field and North America’s most genetically diverse population of grizzlies. This afternoon we meander through Kluane’s alpine meadows on an exceptional hike through its awe-inspiring landscapes.

(Hiking distance: 2½ miles, 200 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Raven Hotel

Day 5: Chilkat Pass and Kluane Wilderness Hike

After breakfast, meet at the hotel lobby and board a van for a beautiful drive to the Chilkat Pass, a mountain pass on the border of Alaska and British Columbia at an elevation of 3,510 feet. The route was known as the Dalton Trail during the days of the Gold Rush. Enjoy a long hike into the tundra of this an immense wilderness with majestic views of the Chilkat mountain range. After the hike, we drive across the border and into Haines, Alaska, where we check into our historic hotel for the next three nights.  

(Hiking distance: 8 miles, 1,500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Halsingland Hotel

Day 6: Glacier Hike and North America’s Deepest Fjord

This morning, enjoy breakfast at the Pilot Light, and a talk by a guest local author. We’ll pack a sack lunch and hike to Moose Meadows with stunning vistas of Rainbow Glacier and the waters of Lynn Canal, the deepest fjord in North America (outside Greenland). On the way back to town, there’s an option to visit John Svenson Extreme Dreams Gallery to see the works of many local artists. Tonight you will enjoy dinner on your own.

(Optional hike: 2½ miles, 500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Halsingland Hotel

Day 7: Climb Mt. Riley

After breakfast, we'll take a sack lunch and set out on an all-day hike up Mount Riley for an astonishing 360-degree view of the entire peninsula looking north into Canada and south toward Juneau. This trail features incredible panoramic vistas of rivers, oceans, mountains, and glaciers, as you walk through old-growth coastal forests and boggy alpine muskegs. If weather is not permitting, we can hike out to Battery Point, a flat 6 miles of walking, or arrange another lower elevation hike.

(Optional hike: 8 miles, 1,500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Halsingland Hotel

Day 8: Bid Farewell to Alaska

This morning, take a ferry or a charter flight back to Juneau.

Aug 06 - 13, 2018

pricing

$3,595 (5 - 9 members)

Single Supplement: $1,250

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Halsingland Hotel — Haines

This Victorian-era hotel offers all the amenities of a modern stay in historic surroundings. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Halsingland was once the Commanding Officers Quarters of Alaska's notable Fort Seward. Many guest rooms are adorned with the original decorative Belgian fireplaces or claw-footed bathtubs.

Mile Zero B&B — Skagway

Mile Zero B&B is a wonderfully cozy B&B with amenities of a modern hotel, situated in a quiet residential area just three blocks from the center of Skagway, along historic Broadway Avenue. Its spacious rooms come appointed with queen-size beds, flat-screen TVs, private entrances with great views from the wraparound veranda, and en-suite bathrooms. Wi-Fi is available in the guestrooms (for a small fee) and for free in the common room. A buffet-style continental breakfast is served every morning—a fantastic opportunity to exchange trail tales and get insights from the friendly hosts, who are a treasure trove of insider info on local attractions.

The Raven Hotel — Haines Junction

The Raven Hotel is located in the pretty community of Haines Junction in Canada’s southwest Yukon, just steps from the town's highlights such as the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre. Surrounded by refined comfort and personalized service, guests stay in one of 12 en-suite rooms, all equipped with telephone, TV and Wi-Fi, as well as direct outdoor access. In addition to Haines Junction’s small-town charm, you’ll be treated to dazzling beauty right outside your door, featuring great photo opportunities, hiking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. A complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning in the upstairs dining room with marvelous views of the St. Elias Mountain Range.

Westmark Whitehorse Hotel — Whitehorse

Westmark Whitehorse Hotel has a prime location in the heart of downtown Whitehorse, northern Canada’s largest city, within blocks of restaurants, nightlife hotspots and shops. The Yukon’s largest lodging and conference center, it features 181 well-appointed guestrooms and suites with Wi-Fi available. The broad range of facilities at the hotel include a fitness center for your workout needs and the fantastic Steele Street Restaurant & Lounge that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with delicious options like authentic Yukon salmon and Alaska halibut. At the end of your busy day, you can relax at the casual lounge over craft cocktails or Yukon Brewing Company beer.

  • Explore the historic quaint towns of Skagway, Whitehorse, and Haines that were the lifeblood of the bustling Yukon and Alaska gold rush days of 1898
  • Ride the scenic narrow gauge railway while taking in the magnificent landscape featuring glaciers, mountain peaks, waterfalls and lakes
  • Hike through the vast wilderness of Kluane National Park, up to grand glaciers and mountaintops that showcase stunning panoramas

Nothing compares to experiencing the raw beauty of Alaska and the Yukon on foot, while hiking through the region’s pristine wilderness. This Gold Rush hikers’ tour echoes the spirit of history and adventure that marked the 1898 stampede into the wild unknown of North America’s northern reaches. Starting in Skagway, where the Gold Rush boom began, travel by scenic train and hike to see glaciers, waterfalls and lakes that the pioneers looked upon for the first time in 1898. En route take in historical Gold Rush landmarks and old townsites, learn about the culture of First Nations people, trek in Kluane National Park and finish up in the quaint town of Haines, known as Alaska’s adventure capital.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Alaska

You’ll start your journey in Skagway, Alaska, the coastal town where the major Gold Rush began and the original setting for Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Your guide will meet you at the hotel at 5pm for a welcome dinner, history talk and an orientation about the adventure we are about to embark on.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mile Zero B&B

Day 2: Historic Train Ride and Glacier Trek

The day starts and ends with a scenic train ride aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. This 1-hour journey is paired with views of spectacular waterfalls, rushing rivers and jagged mountain peaks, all complemented by a narrated commentary on the Klondike Gold Rush history. At Glacier Station, we begin a fully guided round-trip hike of up to 8 miles, through old-growth forest, along a tumbling river and up the moraine for an ascent in the clean mountain air all the way to the magnificent Laughton Glacier.

(Optional hike: 8 miles, 1,500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Mile Zero B&B

Day 3: Journey to Canada: Alpine Tundra Hike and Hot Springs

After breakfast we leave by van heading into Canada, retracing the Dalton Trail which was once used by the Tlingit natives for their trading partners of the Athabascan people for oils, furs, hides and copper nuggets. Once we’re in the Yukon Territory of Canada, we stop for a lovely hike into the alpine tundra and waterfalls at the pass. We move on to Carcross, originally known as Caribou Crossing; we’ll have lunch and a walk around the old town site. We continue on to Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon nestled along the Yukon River which is one of the largest trading cities of the gold rush. Here we check in to our hotel for the night and take time to explore the galleries and history of the town. Those who want a relaxing hot soak in geothermal mineral pools can visit Takhini Hot Springs, just outside Whitehorse.

(Hiking distance: 5 miles, 800 vertical feet)

Please note: Because we are making a border crossing into Canada, you will need a passport as proof of nationality. Please check visa requirements for entering Canada if you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen. If you are traveling with children and both parents are not present, Canadian customs requires a notarized letter from the child’s absent parent(s) saying that they are aware of their child’s whereabouts. A photocopy of the absent parent’s ID(s) and phone number are needed. Minimum age for child participation on this trip is 14.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Westmark Whitehorse Hotel

Day 4: Hike Kluane National Park

This morning we’ll depart after breakfast. Our first stop in Haines Junction is the The Da Kų Culture Centre, an innovative cultural facility that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people, followed by lunch at the well-known Village Bakery. This is the gateway to Kluane National Park, a dazzling land of extremes—home to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, its largest ice field and North America’s most genetically diverse population of grizzlies. This afternoon we meander through Kluane’s alpine meadows on an exceptional hike through its awe-inspiring landscapes.

(Hiking distance: 2½ miles, 200 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Raven Hotel

Day 5: Chilkat Pass and Kluane Wilderness Hike

After breakfast, meet at the hotel lobby and board a van for a beautiful drive to the Chilkat Pass, a mountain pass on the border of Alaska and British Columbia at an elevation of 3,510 feet. The route was known as the Dalton Trail during the days of the Gold Rush. Enjoy a long hike into the tundra of this an immense wilderness with majestic views of the Chilkat mountain range. After the hike, we drive across the border and into Haines, Alaska, where we check into our historic hotel for the next three nights.  

(Hiking distance: 8 miles, 1,500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Halsingland Hotel

Day 6: Glacier Hike and North America’s Deepest Fjord

This morning, enjoy breakfast at the Pilot Light, and a talk by a guest local author. We’ll pack a sack lunch and hike to Moose Meadows with stunning vistas of Rainbow Glacier and the waters of Lynn Canal, the deepest fjord in North America (outside Greenland). On the way back to town, there’s an option to visit John Svenson Extreme Dreams Gallery to see the works of many local artists. Tonight you will enjoy dinner on your own.

(Optional hike: 2½ miles, 500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Halsingland Hotel

Day 7: Climb Mt. Riley

After breakfast, we'll take a sack lunch and set out on an all-day hike up Mount Riley for an astonishing 360-degree view of the entire peninsula looking north into Canada and south toward Juneau. This trail features incredible panoramic vistas of rivers, oceans, mountains, and glaciers, as you walk through old-growth coastal forests and boggy alpine muskegs. If weather is not permitting, we can hike out to Battery Point, a flat 6 miles of walking, or arrange another lower elevation hike.

(Optional hike: 8 miles, 1,500 vertical feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Halsingland Hotel

Day 8: Bid Farewell to Alaska

This morning, take a ferry or a charter flight back to Juneau.

lodgings

Halsingland Hotel — Haines

This Victorian-era hotel offers all the amenities of a modern stay in historic surroundings. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Halsingland was once the Commanding Officers Quarters of Alaska's notable Fort Seward. Many guest rooms are adorned with the original decorative Belgian fireplaces or claw-footed bathtubs.

Mile Zero B&B — Skagway

Mile Zero B&B is a wonderfully cozy B&B with amenities of a modern hotel, situated in a quiet residential area just three blocks from the center of Skagway, along historic Broadway Avenue. Its spacious rooms come appointed with queen-size beds, flat-screen TVs, private entrances with great views from the wraparound veranda, and en-suite bathrooms. Wi-Fi is available in the guestrooms (for a small fee) and for free in the common room. A buffet-style continental breakfast is served every morning—a fantastic opportunity to exchange trail tales and get insights from the friendly hosts, who are a treasure trove of insider info on local attractions.

The Raven Hotel — Haines Junction

The Raven Hotel is located in the pretty community of Haines Junction in Canada’s southwest Yukon, just steps from the town's highlights such as the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre. Surrounded by refined comfort and personalized service, guests stay in one of 12 en-suite rooms, all equipped with telephone, TV and Wi-Fi, as well as direct outdoor access. In addition to Haines Junction’s small-town charm, you’ll be treated to dazzling beauty right outside your door, featuring great photo opportunities, hiking, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing. A complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning in the upstairs dining room with marvelous views of the St. Elias Mountain Range.

Westmark Whitehorse Hotel — Whitehorse

Westmark Whitehorse Hotel has a prime location in the heart of downtown Whitehorse, northern Canada’s largest city, within blocks of restaurants, nightlife hotspots and shops. The Yukon’s largest lodging and conference center, it features 181 well-appointed guestrooms and suites with Wi-Fi available. The broad range of facilities at the hotel include a fitness center for your workout needs and the fantastic Steele Street Restaurant & Lounge that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with delicious options like authentic Yukon salmon and Alaska halibut. At the end of your busy day, you can relax at the casual lounge over craft cocktails or Yukon Brewing Company beer.

Dates and Pricing

Aug 06 - 13, 2018

pricing

$3,595 (5 - 9 members)

Single Supplement: $1,250

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 8 days

From $3,595

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