Hiking Around Skagway

Modern photo looking from the beach to Taiya Inlet
Smuggler's Cove is a great place to go for a picnic, rain or shine.

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Skagway is situated in the heart of coastal Alaska. This area offers ocean views, mountain peaks, boreal forest, lakes, waterfalls, and more.

Most visitors arrive in Skagway by cruise ship rather than bringing their own transportation. To help you plan, this page is organized by how far a trailhead is from Skagway's Historic District. You can also select hikes based on their difficulty level, regardless of where they are located.

 
Dewey Lakes Trail System
Located very close to Skagway's Historic District, this trail head leads into Spruce and Hemlock forests. The trails offer few panoramic views, but are completely submerged in Alaskan nature. From this trailhead you can access:
 

Skagway River Bridge Trailhead

3/4 miles from Skagway's Historic District, this trailhead provides access to trails that wind along the coastline and up a mountain, allowing for amazing panoramic views of the valley and breathtaking scenes of the most northern point of the inside passage. From this trailhead, you can access:

 

Gold Rush Cemetery & Lower Reid Falls Trail

The Gold Rush Cemetery is a fancinating place to explore. A short walk past the cemetery is Lower Reid Falls. This area is about a 1.5 mile walk from the visitor center.

 

Dyea Trails

9 miles from Skagway is the ghost town of Dyea. To get to this area you will need to arrange for transportation by driving, biking, or purchasing a shuttle. Trails include:

 

Railroad Trails

Enjoy a ride on the world famous White Pass & Yukon Route train to access two area trails. Both trails are moderately difficult. Plan carefully with the train schedule to make a day hike or stay overnight at a public use cabin to enjoy the trails without rushing. Learn more:

Last updated: April 30, 2018

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Mailing Address:

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
P.O. Box 517

Skagway, AK 99840

Phone:

(907) 983-9200

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