Established in 1992 and based in Skagway, Alaska, Packer Expeditions provides exceptional customer service to visitors and local residents alike.
Whatever your outdoor interest, we are here to help you make the most of your time in the mountains and waterways around Skagway. Whether you are looking for a day hike on a short visit, a fully guided and catered Chilkoot Trail experience, or high quality equipment for your self-guided adventure, we are here and ready to help you make the best of your trip.
What we'll do
This trip combines an impressive 27.7 mile, scenic rail journey aboard the Historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, “The Scenic Railway of the World,” with a 5-mile round-trip wilderness hike to Denver Falls in the lush old growth forest of the Denver Valley.
Your adventure begins with a 22 mile coach ride up the Klondike Highway to Fraser, BC, where you will begin your rail journey. The rail portion of your trip will be broken into two parts, before and after the hike.
This world renowned railway adventure carries you through the White Pass, and comes complete with waterfalls, rushing rivers, trestles, and tunnels as you trace portions of the original trail of ’98.
This southbound rail journey offers outstanding views from Inspiration Point and other locations along the route. After disembarking at Denver Station, a short safety briefing and gear-up will prepare you for your forest adventure.
Leaving the trailhead, your experienced, knowledgeable and professional guides will lead you through the glacially carved valley full of dense, temperate, rainforest filled with old growth Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees.
The trail traces the raging East Fork of the Skagway River, meeting it intermittently and providing excellent photo opportunities. Be alert for wildlife, and keep your camera close, as the remote valley is home to bears, moose, mountain goats and other wildlife.
From the depths of the river valley, gaze at the magnificent craggy peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains, rising promptly to 7000 feet above sea level, making this valley deeper than the Grand Canyon.
Your thoroughly narrated hike will introduce you to the flora, fauna and history that makes the region unique. Hiking through the pristine old growth of the Tongass National Forest will leave you awed by the 1000 year old trees, and photo stops by the various river stops will be highlights of this perfect mix of exercise and natural beauty.
After the hike, you will finish complete the rail journey to Skagway. With no more than 6 guests per guide (2 guides for up to 12 and 3 guides for up to a maximum of 18 guests), you will receive extraordinary customer service.
Approximate time table:
9:15 a.m. Departure (this is the standard daily departure and usually the only one)
9:00: Meet guide(s) on the dock.
9:15: Scenic ride to Fraser B.C. via the Klondike Highway, and sign waivers.
10:00: Clear customs.
10:10: Board train, train safety briefing, make lunch.
10:30: Train ride from Fraser at mile 27.7 to trailhead at mile 5.8.
12:00: Gear distribution, trail safety briefing and orientation.
12:15: Roundtrip Wilderness hike in the Denver Valley.
4:30: Arrive back at trailhead, return gear, enjoy a drink.
4:45: Board train for ride back to Skagway with snacks and drinks.
5:15: Arrive at White Pass depot in Skagway.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 8.25 hours, including 4 hours of hiking time and about 1:40 on the train
*Guests should be in good physical condition, able to walk over uneven and sometimes challenging terrain including rocks and tree roots, and hike in all weather conditions. Guests are encouraged to dress in layers
*Dress in layers as temperature’s range between 50-75 degrees
*Shoes or boots with ankle support are recommended but not required. Trip may run in reverse order with bus portion first and train and hike after
*Guides carry rain gear, extra warm clothes, and other items such as sun block and bug repellent so you don’t have to! A small lumbar pack with snacks and water is also provided
*Full lunch in the form of a sandwich buffet including assorted meats and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, vegetable tray, and condiments.
*Water bottles, candy bars and nuts are provided as snacks for the trail.
*The post hike refreshments include water and juice
*Packer Expeditions holds a Special Use Permit to operate hiking tours on land within the Tongass National Forest, and thanks the hard working men and women of the United States Forest Service for facilitating this opportunity.
If Packer Expeditions needs to cancel the trip for any reason, whether that is due to weather, your ship not coming, or any other reason on our end, we will provide you with a full refund.
If, for any reason, you need to cancel your trip within 24 hours of the original time of booking, you will receive a full refund. You only need to request the refund within 24 hours. You will still receive it if it takes a few days to process.
If, for any reason, you need to cancel more than one week prior to your trip, you will receive a 95% refund.
If you wish to cancel your excursion 7 days or less from the date of the excursion, you will receive a 75% refund.
Cancellations within 24 hours of your excursion's departure time will receive a 50% refund.
Failure to show up for an excursion without any prior notice will result in a 0% refund.