This tour combines a short rail trip aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway with a dramatic wilderness hike. Board the historic railroad for a brief ride to a wilderness whistle stop and the Denver Trailhead. Experienced guides will accompany you through the dense temperate rainforest, filled with beautiful old-growth western hemlocks. Lookout points provide spectacular views of the raging waters of the Skagway River, the Denver Glacier Valley and the magnificent Sawtooth Mountain Range. There are plenty of opportunities along the way for photographs and wildlife viewing. Guides will provide information on the valley's forest, plants and geology. On the trail, be provided with snacks and water and at the end of the hike you'll be served beverages while enjoying the train ride back to town. Note: Participants must be at least 9 years of age and in good physical condition. This is a wilderness hike over uneven and sometimes difficult terrain. Hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support are recommended. Rain gear, lumbar packs and trekking poles are provided. Train returns from Canada - all participants are required to carry a valid passport. Tour duration includes approximately three hours on the trail (4 to 5 miles).
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We loved this hike! The guides (Thomas & Devin & Kit) were really friendly and tailored the trip to suit the needs of the hikers. Ours was a rather large group ranging in age from 13 to >65. They let us hike for a little bit to get everybody comfortable then split the group in two -- folks that wanted to hike fast got to do it, folks who wanted a little slower with stops for photos & nature information got to do that. There was no pressure to change pace as the guides matched your preference. Devin & Thomas found an ideal balance between enjoying nature and friendly conversation.
We only had one negative about this trip and that was the length of the train ride. I know that the details posted on-line describe the train ride as "short" ("very brief" might be a better choice of words...). Unfortunately we selected and signed up for this excursion while on board, where the ship the literature & staff gave the impression that we would get to see some of the scenic passes of the White Pass Railroad... Not so. As a train fan, I was very disappointed by the straight, single mile the train traversed; we could have just as easily been on a bus...
Never the less, everybody in our family (we included both the 13 & fit-65 year old) enjoyed this trip. Wear hiking boots if you've got them. Poles, water, and a snack were provided. (Knowing that we would have brought much less with us.)