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
See the sites in beautiful Haines, Alaska, followed by a sampling of a locally brewed beer!
We meet at our bike shop for bike fitting and orientation. From our shop, it’s a scenic 2-mile coastal ride to the Battery Point trailhead.
We’ll hike a mile and a half through the spruce, hemlock, and cottonwood rainforest environment on a well-maintained trail to the beach at Battery Point. This is a great place to spot seals, sea lions, whales, and many types of birds. We’ll hike back out to our bikes and ride along the waterfront into town, stopping at a great photo spot.
From there, we bike up to the Haines Brewing Company to sample their locally crafted beers (root beer and tea are also available.)
The Haines Brewing Company occupies a state-of-the-art building on Main St. in downtown Haines. We’ll stop in and sample three 5 oz. pours of their locally crafted beers.
After tasting we’ll ride the final mile back to our bike shop to finish the tour.
E-Bikes are available for this tour. Guests can choose to use a Trek Verve+ 2 E-Bike for the riding portion of this tour.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 4 hours
*Ages 13+, must be 4'6" tall
*Difficulty: Moderate. Approximately 5 miles biking, 2-3 miles hiking (e-bikes available)
*Gear: Specialized Alibi Hybrid bikes and helmets are provided. Upgrade to a Trek Verve+2 E-Bike. Rain gear, pants, and fleece gloves are provided if needed.
*Participants must be confident riding a bicycle with handbrakes and walking 2 miles on dirt trails
*Enjoy an intimate touring environment with a 1:8 guide to guest ratio
*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
*Food and Drink: Water is available at no charge in a bike water bottle. Three 5 oz beer or non-alcoholic soda samples are included.
*Sample local Haines Brewing Company beer
*Sport shoes and layered clothing are recommended
*An ID will be required at the brewery to consume alcohol
*Support local businesses! Sockeye Cycle Co and Haines Brewing are both Haines, AK owned and operated