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
The Skagway Triple Adventure is the ultimate outdoor experience!
You bike through the coastal temperate rainforest onto the tidal flats, hike the same Chilkoot Trail as the early goldrush prospectors, then float down the glacial-fed Taiya river on a relaxing raft journey.
The tour begins with a 20-minute narrated van ride to the historic site of Dyea. Where once there was a famous gold rush town of 10,000 prospectors, now nature has reclaimed the land.
Your guide fits you to a bike and escorts you for five miles of easy pedaling on flat dirt roads with stops at historic and nature sites. Search for eagles and view colorful wildflowers while enjoying the beautiful mountain vistas as you pedal along.
At the conclusion of the bike segment, you meet your guide for the two-mile hike on the historic Chilkoot Trail. The first mile is up and down over uneven terrain with the second mile being relatively flat. You stop often to learn about the area, take photos, and quench your thirst.
The hike ends at the bank of the Taiya River where the rafting segment of your adventure begins. You are outfitted with rubber boots and a life jacket. The river has no whitewater. This relaxing float is the grand finale of your amazing outdoor experience. Watch for bald eagles diving for fish as you float along, or glimpse a river otter sliding off the bank.
At the conclusion of the raft trip, you are transferred by van back to Skagway.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: approximately 5.5 hours
*Distance: 5 miles (bike) 2 miles (hike)
*Restrictions: Minimum age is 10 and the minimum height is 4’6”
*Enjoy an intimate touring environment with a 1:6 guide to guest ratio
*Combine three different outdoor activities: biking, hiking, and rafting
*Explore off the beaten path, with one of only a few companies permitted to lead tours in Dyea
*Walk in the footsteps of the 1898 gold rush stampeders on the Chilkoot Trail