Discover a lush Alaskan rain forest, coastal meadow and beach on this three-mile hike complete with a picnic lunch. Your guides will introduce you to Haines and the historical Chilkat Peninsula trailhead. Oxygen rich air and thick mossy carpet entice you along a path deep into the forest. Your senses will be awakened by the subtle smells, alluring sounds of birds and the play of delicate light patterns under the canopy of old-growth trees. You will learn about the coastal ecology, wild edibles and the varied uses of indigenous plants.
Wild Irises, Shooting Stars, and Chocolate Lilies are some of the wildflowers of the coastal meadows. Relax and enjoy lunch on a beautiful black pebble beach. View the panorama of Chilkoot and Taiya Inlets framed by the rugged Coastal Mountains. Investigate tidal pools and the marine life living in the intertidal zone. Your guides pack spotting scopes for viewing bald eagles, mountain goats, waterfowl, shorebirds and the occasional seal or whale.
Note: participants must be at least seven years old, in good health and be able to easily walk over uneven terrain.
- Provided: Spotting scope, belt pack, walking stick, snack, water and, if desired, raincoat.
- Distance (hike): 3-6 miles (RT)
- Activity level: moderate
- Elevation: fairly flat
- Duration: 3.5 hours, 6 hours from Skagway
- Price/person from Haines: $88/adult, $68/child (ages 7-12)
- Price/person from Skagway: $163/adult, $108.50/child (ages 7-12)