Skagway, Alaska, US
Denver Valley Hike & White Pass Rail
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Approximately 7¾ Hours
This trip combines an impressive 27-mile rail journey on the 'Scenic Railway of the World' and a five-mile round-trip wilderness hike to Denver Valley among the lush old-growth forest of the Denver Valley.
Your adventure begins with a 22-mile coach drive up the Klondike Highway to Fraser, BC. From here, a splendid ride aboard the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad -- complete with waterfalls, rushing rivers, trestles, and tunnels -- carries you through White Pass as you trace portions of the original Trail of '98, as well as outstanding views from Inspiration Point. Leave the train at Denver Station; then, a short safety briefing and gear-up will prepare you for your forest adventure.
As you set out from the trailhead, your experienced, knowledgeable and professional guide will lead you through the glacially carved valley full of dense, temperate, rain forest filled with old-growth western hemlock and Sitka spruce trees. The hike traces the raging East Fork of the Skagway River, meeting it intermittently and providing excellent photo opportunities. Watch for wildlife -- this remote valley is home to bears, moose and mountain goats. From the depths of the river valley, gaze up at the magnificent craggy peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains, rising abruptly to 7,000 feet above sea level. This valley is, in fact, deeper than the Grand Canyon. Your guide will introduce you to the flora, fauna and history that makes the region unique.
Hiking through the pristine Tongass National Forest will leave you in awe of the thousand-year-old trees. Photo stops by the river and at Denver Falls will be highlights of this perfect mix of exercise and natural beauty.
After the hike, complete your rail journey back to Skagway.
You must bring your passport with you on this tour. Minimum age is 9 years. The hike typically covers 4 to 6 miles, depending the on the ability of participants. Your guide will carry rain gear, warm clothing and other items such as sunscreen and insect repellent. A small lumbar pack with a snack and water is provided. Participants must in good physical condition, able to walk over uneven and sometimes challenging terrain including rocks and tree roots, and hike in all weather conditions. Dress in layers; wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed.