Join this spectacular hiking adventure that immerses you in the remote beauty of Southeast Alaska, where you will be surrounded with amazing mountain, glacier, and ocean views. At the start of your tour, you will be greeted by your professional hiking guide for a remote coastal hike along the Chilkat Inlet. We'll drive for about 30 minutes along the Haines Peninsula to Chilkat State Park. Along the way, your guide will tell you about the history and geography of small town Haines, Alaska. It is a beautiful drive with many scenic photo opportunities.
Once at the trailhead, the hike begins over rolling terrain through temperate rainforest. Your knowledgeable, naturalist guide will talk about the flora and fauna of the region. The trail is slightly rolling as we make our way towards Moose Meadows, aptly named for the occasional moose seen grazing along the seaside. As we step out onto the beach, we are treated with magnificent glacier views across the fjord. The total hiking distance is about 3-5 miles depending on the group and weather conditions. The trail rises about 100 feet total in elevation.
The trail is out and back, so depending on the pace of the group, we may continue south along the coast of the peninsula. We'll stop along the way for a picnic lunch with a fantastic view. After lunch, we'll return back through Moose Meadows and make our way back to the pier in Haines.
Dress for changing weather as conditions can change quickly in Alaska. Bring a rain jacket and extra layer. Don't forget your camera!
Please note: The exact hiking route may vary depending on the group and weather conditions. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.
Duration: 5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Hiking: 3 hours.)
- Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
- Picnic style lunch and water
- Trekking poles
- Minimum age: 8 years old
- Dress in comfortable layers for warmth, stable closed-toed shoes, and bring rain gear
- This is a physical activity and recommended for guests in able physical and mental states
Duration: 5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 10 minutes - meet your guide and greet
- 30 minutes - transfer to trailhead at Chilkat State Park
- 10 minutes - safety briefing and orientation
- 1.5 hours - hiking on the trail
- 40 minutes - picnic lunch
- 1.5 hours - hiking back along the trail
- 30 minutes - transfer by van to the Port Chilkoot dock
- This tour meets at the end of the pier. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.
How long is the trail?
It is about 3-5 miles.
What is the trail like?
You will be hiking over uneven, natural terrain. There are exposed roots, rocks and sometimes muddy sections. The trail has relatively little elevation change but has sections taking place on loose beach rock.
Who are my guides?
Experts in the industry, your guides are fun, well-trained and passionate about guiding and sharing their expert knowledge about the history and natural wonder of Haines. The guides go through extensive training and hold current first-aid certification.
Does this tour cancel due to the weather?
This tour is set up to embrace Southeast Alaska's unpredictable weather and typically runs rain or shine. In the rare instance weather does cause a cancellation, guests are refunded in full and provided assistance with finding alternative activity for the day.
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Aug 2019 - Kathleen B.
My guide, Brittany, was nothing short of amazing! Extremely knowledgeable about all the plants and trees in the forest. I had a great time spending the afternoon with her. And I was really appreciative that even though I was the only one signed up for the hike, I got to go, anyway. Thank you!