Alaska Haines-Skagway Weekend Cycling

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 12
Activity level
Starting from
$1,899 for REI Members
$2,249 for non-members
Departures Sep 2021-Sep 2021

A four-day road bike tour through the temperate rainforests of Southeast Alaska, with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and rich cultural history of the region's indigenous people.

Explore one of North America's longest fjords—a region of rugged coastlines, temperate rainforests and alpine tundra. A place famous for its diverse plant and animal life, its Gold Rush history, and the cultural heritage of its native people. In just four days, we capture the essence of the region and all it has to offer as we bike the quiet, scenic roads leaving from Skagway and Haines.

Through a series of out and back rides from our two nights in Haines, AK, we explore the culture of 10,000 year-old native tribes, raft through a Bald Eagle Preserve, and cycle through Sitka Spruce forests. Then it's on to Skagway, where we spend two days riding deeper through the temperate rainforest and into the alpine tundra. From there we explore the history and impact of the Klondike Gold Rush and ride through the ghost town of Dyea and its nearby tidal flats.

The comfortable mileage each day provides a solid level of activity while allowing ample opportunity to explore the wonders of Southeast Alaska.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience Alaska's Inside Passage by ferry, bike and train
  • Easy riding days let us bask in the scenery and get to know Haines and Skagway
  • Float down the Chilkat River through the Bald Eagle Preserve
  • Soak up some local history at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
  • Ride a historic train into British Columbia, Canada and return by bike on an exhilarating downhill


This trip is rated Moderate [3]. Participants should have cycling experience and be comfortable in the saddle for up to 6 hours per day with elevation gains of up to 1000'. Rides consist of both moderate days covering 20-40 miles in distance. Vehicle support will be available throughout the trip when needed.

  • Cycling
  • Road Cycling

What's Included

Three nights accommodations; all meals as noted in the daily itinerary; bikes, any park entry fees.


Lodge or cottage accommodations, 3 nights

Your wheels for the journey

Every great tour begins with a great bike, and our top-flight fleet has been carefully curated for your cycling adventure.

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Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival, orientation, and a ride out to Chilkoot Lake

Arrive on your own into Haines, AK by 2pm. You can take the Alaska Marine Highway ferry, or a regional flight on Alaska Seaplanes or Harris Air from Juneau, Alaska. After checking in at our hotel, we have an afternoon bike fitting and orientation at 3pm, followed by a 20-mile out-and-back ride to Chilkoot Lake. The mostly flat route serves up great views along the fjord, with mountains all around as we start our four-day tour. This area is covered with stands of Sitka Spruce, buzzing with the calls of native birds. And if we're lucky we might catch a glimpse of a bear or two! We return to freshen up before our evening meal together. Dinner included.

Cycling: 21 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,843’ / -1,843’; Van transfer: 15 minutes

Day 2

Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Center, float the Chilkat River through a Bald Eagle Preserve

After an early breakfast we depart for a ride on the Haines Highway to the tiny town of Klukwan, where we stop in to the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Center. The center preserves the history and language of the Tlinglit people that have lived in the area for more than 10,000 years. We tour the center and have lunch on the grounds. After lunch we cycle four miles downhill to the Chilkat River, where we'll float for approximately two hours. The river takes us through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, where thousands of bald eagles feast on the abundant salmon in the river. If you'd rather not do the river float, you can ride 19 miles back to the hotel, or hop in our van to take you there. Dinner is on your own, with many walkable and bikeable options. Breakfast and lunch included.

Cycling: 24 miles, Elevation gain/loss +1,081’ / -1,035’

Day 3

Ferry to Skagway, train to Fraser & Tutshi Lake

Pack your bags and grab your passport! After breakfast, we catch a 45-minute ferry ride to Skagway, the trailhead of the Klondike Gold Rush. We’ll drop our bags at the hotel and have a moment to explore downtown Skagway, including the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. After lunch together, then board the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad for our 1pm excursion train to Fraser, British Columbia. We climb out of the rainforest and into alpine tundra and glacial lakes. A quick shuttle takes us to Log Cabin, the crossroads of the Yukon Railway, Klondike Highway and Chilkoot Trail. We’ll bike a gentle 11-mile rise back to the US and once across the border, we’ll be rewarded with an exhilarating 15-mile descent into the coastal rainforest back to Skagway. After all that excitement, we gather at Skagway Brewing Company for dinner and conversation about our day on the road. All meals included.

Cycling: 27 miles, Elevation gain/loss +816’ / -3,594’; Van transfer: 20 minutes; Ferry transfer: 45 minutes; Train transfer: 90 minutes

Day 4

The ghost town of Dyea, its tidal flats, and our departure

We have breakfast together at a locally famous café before departing on our last ride together. From our hotel, we hop on the gravel road out of town and pedal towards Dyea, once a boomtown during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890’s. Along its tidal flats we see scores of aquatic birds: herons, eagles, seagulls, terns and many more. We'll likely see some local mammals as we ride along this expansive river ecosystem. The out-and-back ride is just over 20 miles, but shorter options exist if anyone has an early departure. After our ride, we bid each other farewell from the hotel. There are multiple flights connecting to Juneau in the afternoon, and a later option to take the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry to Juneau. Breakfast included.

Cycling: 21 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,328’ / -1,328’

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

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