This tour typically runs only in May and is replaced by the Laughton Glacier Wilderness Hike when the snow melts.
This trip combines a scenic rail journey aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway with a wilderness snow-shoe trek toward the magnificent Laughton Glacier, an adventure you won’t soon forget.
You will board the train for a nearly one-hour scenic journey filled with spectacular waterfalls, rushing rivers, jagged mountain peaks, and complimented by Klondike Gold Rush history. At Glacier Station, guides will outfit you with snow-shoes and other gear before you begin a fully guided and narrated 3-5 mile round-trip snow-shoe hike in the clean mountain air and amidst the surreal beauty of an old-growth forest.
The magnificent, snow blanketed, sub-alpine rainforest valley is home to an abundance of moose, bear, mountain goats and other wild animals.
This spectacular trail winds along the raging Skagway River, where you will take memorable photos, and toward a smaller valley containing the Laughton Glacier. The canopy opens as you leave the forest and reach a panoramic viewpoint known as “the lookout”, where you will take a break and photos while enjoying the breathtaking views of Alaska’s winter wonderland in the spring.
From here some may choose to continue a ways toward the majestic Laughton Glacier, while others may make this the apex of the hike. Either way, you’ll be invigorated by the raw beauty of the Alaskan wilds, and be offered hot drinks by your guides.
Upon your return to the trailhead, you will be greeted with our traditional “Bush Buffet”, complete with snacks and assorted beverages, and enjoy a relaxing train ride back to Skagway on “The Scenic Railway of the World”. With no more than 6 guests per guide, you can expect exceptional customer service.
Note:No previous experience snow shoeing is required, however this is a moderately strenuous hike, and guests should be in good physical condition.
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||Dress in layers as temperature’s range between 40-70 degrees. Shoes or boots with ankle support are recommended, but walking or athletic shoes are acceptable.|
|Equipment||Snow Shoes, water resistant overboots, lumbar pack, trekking poles, raingear, hats & gloves are provided. Guides carry sun block and bug repellant so you don’t have to.|
|Food and Refreshments||Full lunch in the form of a sandwich buffet including meats, cheese, peanut butter and jelly, vegetable tray, and condiments. Water bottles, candy bars and nuts are provided for the trail, and hot drinks will also be offered during the hike. The post hike bush buffet consists of salmon pate’, crackers, and assorted beverages.|
Approximate Tour Time Table
- 7:15 Meet guide(s) on the dock.
- 7:15 Depart dock and walk to White Pass Depot, 5-10 minutes depending on the dock.
- 7:30 Gear distribution, train safety briefing, waiver signed.
- 8:00 Scenic rail journey to Glacier Station at mile 14.1, making lunch on the way
- 8:50 More gear distribution, trail safety briefing and snowshoe orientation.
- 9:20 Roundtrip Wilderness hike to the Laughton Glacier.
- 3:15 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
No Cruise ship are selling this tour on May 9, 16, and 23
BOOK ONLY WITH PACKER ON THESE WEDNESDAY: MAY9, 16 & 23
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-983-3005. We can assist you more efficiently and effectively if your inquiry includes the following information in the form below:
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)
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NOTES: This is an early season version of the Laughton Glacier Wilderness Hike. When we switch over to the summer version varies from year to year, but is usually around the last week of May. There is a transition time around the end of May or very early June when it may even be a combination of the two versions. Some cruise lines differentiate the two versions in their online descriptions, some don’t. Contact us if you need clarification on what to expect. The following cruise lines offer the Laughton Glacier Snowshoe Hike and White Pass Railway Adventure (possibly by a slightly different name):
The following cruise lines DO NOT offer the Laughton Glacier Snowshoe Hike and White Pass Railway Adventure, but it may be possible for you to book it with us, providing there is space available and your port times allow:
- Holland America
- Silver Seas
- Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL)
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