This exciting Gold Rush hikers' tour echoes the spirit of 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 follow in the footsteps of pioneers as you hike to glaciers, waterfalls and lakes. En route take in historical Gold Rush landmarks, 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.
Hike the vast wilderness of Kluane National Park with its stunning mountain panoramas
Explore the quaint and historic Gold Rush towns of Skagway, Whitehorse, and Haines
Ride the scenic narrow-gauge railway through a natural wonderland of glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes
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. Meet your guide at the hotel at 5pm for a welcome dinner, history talk, and an orientation about the adventure ahead.
Today starts and ends with a scenic train ride aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway. This 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, 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.
Head into Canada to retrace the Dalton Trail, once used by Tlingit peoples for trading oils, furs, and copper nuggets with their Athabascan partners. Enjoy a blissful 5-mile hike over alpine tundra before traveling to Carcross for lunch. Next stop is Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon and a premier Gold Rush trading city. After checking in, take a stroll to the Yukon River or explore Whitehorse's historic sites and galleries. An optional relaxing soak in geothermal mineral pools can be found at Takhini Hot Springs, just outside Whitehorse.
After breakfast, depart for Haines Junction and the The Da Ku Culture Centre - an innovative cultural facility that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations peoples. Next, fuel up on lunch at the well-known Village Bakery.
Haines Junction, Yukon, Canada 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, take an exceptional hike that meanders through Kluane's alpine meadows, amidst awe-inspiring landscapes.
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. Enjoy a long hike into the immense wilderness with majestic views of the Chilkat mountain range. After the hike, drive across the border and into Haines, Alaska, where your historic hotel accommodations for the next three nights await.
Fill up on a hearty breakfast at the Pilot Light and hear a talk by a guest local author, before grabbing your sack lunch for picnic and hike to Moose Meadows. Take in 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. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight.
After breakfast, set out on a full-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.
After breakfast, transfer to ferry terminal or Haines airport for departures homeward.
MT Sobek is a legendary outfitter in Alaska, carving out a reputation as a leader in sustainable, low-impact adventures.
Our team of local guides are true experts, with over 20 years' experience leading trips in Alaska and Canada.
Adventurers with limited time will love this special weeklong adventure that combines hiking and history.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Scenic hikes up to 8 miles a day on meadow and tundra trails, with historical town tours and a rail journey.
Comfortable inns and hotels in historic towns, plus three nights at the Victorian-era Halsingland Hotel in Haines.
Enjoy mild summers with light rain and clouds and winds near glaciers, oceans and mountains. Daytime 55°F - 70°F. Evenings 40°F - 50°F.
Due to the varying ways which people will arrive in to Skagway, your guide will either meet you at the airport or the ferry dock according to your arrival time on Day-1. You can fly from Juneau with Alaska Seaplanes, or ferry over aboard the Alaska Marine Highway. Plan to meet your guide again at the hotel at 5pm on Day 1.
We are crossing the border into Canada, so you will need your passport. Please check visa requirements if you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen.
Your guide will be your driver and transporter for this trip. We have a large comfortable van that will be adequate for all passengers and luggage.
We are staying in small quaint towns in Alaska and Canada, and we stay in hospitable hotels and BnBs to give you an authentic experience. While we provide the best, there may be some limitations due to the small towns with few options.
There are a few days where you may choose to skip a hike and stay at the hotel or walk around town instead.
Yes, there will be a few options to shop and enjoy the sights in these quaint remote towns in Alaska and Canada.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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