Skagway, Alaska, US
Alpine Snow Shoe & White Pass Rail Experience
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Approximately 8 Hours
This trip combines a train ride aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad with a wilderness snowshoe trek in the stunning alpine terrain that characterizes the upper reaches of the Tormented Valley in northern British Columbia.
The first leg of your adventure is aboard a Scenic Railway of the World -- a 1½-hour rail journey up and over the White Pass Summit, complete with waterfalls, rushing rivers, trestles, and tunnels as you trace portions of the original Trail of '98.
After arriving at the trailhead and gearing up, you will discover many excellent photo opportunities as your snow shoe adventure progresses, and you travel over the pristine white blanket of snow that covers the glacially carved landscape, accompanied by your experienced, knowledgeable and professional guide. This narrated walk will enlighten you on the natural history, geography, geology, and the unique Klondike Gold Rush history. Your hiking guides will be with you the entire trip to share gold rush history and to answer any other questions you may have. There are never more than six guests per guide.
Enjoy expansive, wide-open views of snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and the rugged terrain the stampeders endured more than 110 years ago during the Klondike Gold Rush. Be on the lookout for wildlife as bear, moose, mountain goats, wolves and caribou all call this area home.
Your guide will hand out a traditional snack from Backcountry Delights, complete with beverages.
Re-board the train to Fraser, British Columbia, where you meet a motor coach for the ride down the Klondike Highway back to Skagway.
Minimum age is 9 years. No previous snowshoeing experience is required. Wear walking shoes or hiking boots. Water resistant overboots are provided if needed. This is a wilderness hike over uneven and sometimes difficult terrain. The trip typically covers 2 - 4 miles. Dress in layers. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. This adventure crosses the US/Canadian border; US and Canadian citizens must carry a passport and ship ID. All other nationalities must have a valid passport, visa and ship ID.