It was a 2-month sea kayaking trip through Southeast Alaska that became a life-changing experience for Sockeye Cycle owner Thom Ely. In 1987 Thom moved to Haines full-time and bought an existing bike shop and in 1988 our first tours were offered.
Today, we are the oldest operating full-service bicycle business in Alaska. Our touring expertise is in our own region of Southeast Alaska and Northern Canada. We are staffed with well qualified seasonal guides and veteran Alaskan locals and offer a variety of tours ranging from a few hours in duration to day trips and 11-day excursions.
Whether you take a day tour or one of our extended adventures, we guarantee that you will get a taste of the spirit and hospitality of the North as only a local company can show you.
What we'll do
We depart town by van and head to our starting point along the Lutak Inlet. As you pedal along the flat, paved road carved into the steep-walled fjord, you might spot bald eagles, salmon, whales, sea lions, seals, and even bears. We ride to the end of the inlet where the Chilkoot River joins the ocean and salmon congregate for their ancient quest to reach the spawning grounds.
We continue riding along the river to Chilkoot Lake, a 3-mile long lake surrounded by glaciated mountain peaks. Take in the gorgeous views across the emerald lake, surrounded by glaciers, waterfalls, and jagged mountain peaks.
This is a wonderful way to combine fresh Alaskan air and mild exercise in beautiful Haines, Alaska.
E-Bikes are available for this tour. Guests may choose to use a Trek Verve+ 2 pedal-assist bike for this ride.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 3 hours
*Age limit: 10+
*Must be 4'6" tall
*Tour takes place on a road shared with vehicles.
*Tour operates in most weather conditions; rain jacket, pants, and fleece gloves are provided if necessary.
*Enjoy an intimate touring environment with a 1:6 guide to guest ratio.
*Visit Chilkoot State Park, a popular and scenic wildlife viewing area
*Enjoy the fresh air and mild exercise, pedaling 9-10 total miles
*If you are joining us from neighboring Skagway, this is a rare opportunity to escape the crowds via the Fast Ferry (we are happy to help you book your ferry ticket) for a little exercise in scenic Haines on this half-day trip
*Helmets are required and provided, a waiver is also required to be signed
*Sport shoes and layered clothing are recommended