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
During the Gold Rush, Dyea was Skagway’s rival city, booming with 10,000 people. Now nature has reclaimed the land, leaving only ghosts of its Gold Rush past. This scenic tour starts with an informative van tour along the spectacular coastal inlets to the west of Skagway. Your professional guides tell you stories of the rush of 98’ and inform you about the ecology of this rich area.
After a bicycle and safety orientation, your guide leads your small group on a bike route that covers five miles of flat terrain for easy pedaling. You ride through the lush rainforest, visit historic ruins, see the Chilkoot trailhead, and venture out to the coastal tidal flats where eagles, salmon, colorful wildflowers, and dazzling mountains are often in view.
Do not be surprised if you spot a bear! Leave the crowds behind, get some mild exercise, and take in the natural wonders of Alaska on a bicycle!
What to expect / what's provided
Some of the highlights of this tour include:
*Duration: 3 hours
*Minimum height is 4'6"
*Bike 5 miles on flat dirt trails
*Enjoy an intimate touring environment with a 1:6 guide to guest ratio
*Explore off the beaten path and one of only a few companies permitted to lead tours in Dyea Experience the natural beauty of a temperate coastal rainforest
*Please dress in layers to accommodate all weather conditions. We are in a rainforest, so we always recommend bringing a rain jacket or poncho!