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
Your tour begins with a twenty five minute narrated van ride through historic Skagway and up the coastal mountains to the summit. You retrace the route taken by thousands of gold-crazed stampeders during the rush of 1898. Along the way your experienced guides versed in the history and ecology of the area will entertain you with stories of past and present life in the gateway to the Klondike.
After a bicycle orientation and safety briefing, your guides escort you the fifteen scenic miles downhill from summit to sea! As you coast along the paved Klondike Highway on this one and a half hour bike ride you make multiple stops for photos of the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, cascading waterfalls, awe-inspiring glaciers, majestic mountains, and historic sites. You even get to cross the US border on a bicycle! After your thrilling ride enjoy time in historic downtown Skagway.
On this tour your senses awaken to sights and sounds of Alaska that can only be experienced on two wheels. This fun excursion offers a unique way to tour Skagway and the surrounding area. Experience the great Northern outdoors, get some fresh air and go biking with Alaska’s original bicycle company!
What to expect / what's provided
Some of the highlights of this tour include:
*Duration: 2.75 hours
*Minimum height is 4'6"
*Biking distance is 15 miles
*Enjoy an intimate tour environment with a 1:6 guide to guest ratio
*See the historic White Pass Summit and White Pass Trail Coast downhill on a mountain bike
*Experience three different climate zones - the alpine, sub-alpine, and temperate coast
*Passports and other necessary immigration documents are required for US border inspection.
*Helmets are provided and will be required to be worn on tour.
*Participants must be confident on a bicycle with hand brakes coasting downhill at speeds between 15 and 25 MPH (23 - 40 KPH)