Heli-Hike & Rail Adventure

Princes Cruises Tour of the Year 2011!

Princes Cruises Tour of the Year 2012!

This tour is designed to satisfy your desire for the ultimate adventure in Skagway! We have combined a scenic helicopter flight, and a train ride aboard the historic White Pass railroad, with a breathtaking wilderness hike in the Tongass National Forest. This fully guided wilderness experience offers the perfect mix of adventure, exercise and unforgettable scenery.

Your day begins with a helicopter flight along the Sawtooth mountain range and over Goat Lake, before landing at Glacier Station. After a brief orientation and gear grab you’ll be off on a 4-5 mile round-trip hike along the raging Skagway River to a viewpoint of the magnificent Laughton glacier. Enjoy exceptional customer service, as there will never be more than 6 guests per guide, and the group size is always small. Your hiking experience will be tailored to your particular interests as much as possible.

This remote sub alpine valley offers wonderful views and an endless array of flora and fauna. If photography is your passion, this is the perfect opportunity to indulge! Be on the lookout for wildlife, as bear, moose, mountain goats and many other species all call this valley home. Once back at the wilderness whistle stop, board the White Pass train for a 14 mile scenic rail journey back to Skagway while snacking on our cooler of “backcountry delights”. You’ll treasure the diversity, extraordinary beauty, and the companionship of this very special day in Skagway.

Flight pattern varies based on current weather conditions.

Note: Guests should be in good physical condition. This is a wilderness hike over uneven and sometimes difficult terrain. This tour will cover a distance of 4 to 5 miles.

Packer Expeditions holds a Special Use Permit to operate hiking tours on land within the Tongass National Forest, and thanks the hard working men and women of the United States Forest Service for facilitating this opportunity.

Suggested clothing attire Dress in layers as temperature’s range between 50-75 degrees. Hiking boots or shoes appropriate for walking on uneven surfaces are recommended.
Duration Approximately 5 hours
Equipment Lumbar packs, trekking poles, rain gear, and hats and gloves are provided. Guides carry extra warm clothing, sun block and bug repellent.
Refreshments Water, candy bars, nuts. Return trip to town, salmon pate, crackers, and beverages.

Passport required

Approximate Tour Time Tables

7:00am Departure

  • 6:50 Meet guide(s) on the dock.
  • 7:00 Depart dock for Temsco Helicopter base, sign waivers, watch safety video.
  • 7:30 Scenic flight to Glacier Station.
  • 7:45 Distribute gear, safety trail safety briefing and orientation.
  • 8:00 Round trip wilderness hike in Laughton Glacier Valley.
  • 11:00 Arrive back at trailhead, return gear, enjoy a drink.
  • 11:10 Board train for scenic train ride back to Skagway with snacks and drinks.
  • 12:00 Arrive at White Pass depot in Skagway.

10:40am Departure

  • 10:30 Meet guide(s) on the dock.
  • 10:40 Depart dock for Temsco Helicopter base, sign waivers, watch safety video.
  • 11:00 Scenic flight to Glacier Station.
  • 11:15 Distribute gear, safety trail safety briefing and orientation.
  • 11:30 Round trip wilderness hike in Laughton Glacier Valley.
  • 3:25 Arrive back at trailhead, return gear, enjoy a drink.
  • 3:35 Board train for scenic train ride back to Skagway with snacks and drinks.
  • 4:30 Arrive at White Pass depot in Skagway.

11:10am Departure

  • 11:00 Meet guide(s) on the dock.
  • 11:10 Depart dock for Temsco Helicopter base, sign waivers, watch safety video.
  • 11:30 Scenic flight to Glacier Station.
  • 11:45 Distribute gear, safety trail safety briefing and orientation.
  • 12:00 Round trip wilderness hike in Laughton Glacier Valley.
  • 3:25 Arrive back at trailhead, return gear, enjoy a drink.
  • 3:35 Board train for scenic train ride back to Skagway with snacks and drinks.
  • 4:30 Arrive at White Pass depot in Skagway.

11:40am Departure

  • 11:30 Meet guide(s) on the dock.
  • 11:40 Depart dock for Temsco Helicopter base, sign waivers, watch safety video.
  • 12:00 Scenic flight to Glacier Station.
  • 12:15 Distribute gear, safety trail safety briefing and orientation.
  • 12:30 Round trip wilderness hike in Laughton Glacier Valley.
  • 3:25 Arrive back at trailhead, return gear, enjoy a drink.
  • 3:35 Board train for scenic train ride back to Skagway with snacks and drinks.
  • 4:30 Arrive at White Pass depot in Skagway.

How Can I Book this Excursion?

Princes Cruises Tour of the Year 2011!

Princes Cruises Tour of the Year 2012!

Because space on our tours is extremely limited, we encourage you to book with your cruise line if it offers this excursion. If you are not coming on a cruise ship, your cruise line does not offer this excursion, you are having difficulty booking with your cruise line, or you simply would like more information, please send an email to guide.manager@packerexpeditions.com or call 907-983-3005.

We can assist you more efficiently and effectively if your inquiry includes the following information:

  • The exact date(s) you will be in Skagway
  • The number of people in your party
  • The name of your ship (this will tell us your port times)
  • The tour(s) that most interest you
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We can assist you more efficiently and effectively if your inquiry includes the following information:


The exact date(s) you will be in Skagway


The following cruise lines offer the Heli-Hike and Rail Adventure (possibly by a slightly different name):

The following cruise lines DO NOT offer the Heli-Hike and Rail Adventure, but it may be possible for you to book it with us, providing there is space available and your port times allow:

  • Royal Caribbean
  • Celebrity
  • Regent
  • Carnival
  • Holland America

 

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