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Your trip to the Laughton Glacier combines a scenic train ride aboard the historic White Pass & Yukon Route Railway with a wilderness trek to 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, you will begin a fully guided round-trip hike of up to seven-miles, in the clean mountain air.
Your hike begins on a well maintained trail meandering through the surreal beauty of an old-growth rainforest valley that is home to an abundance of moose, bear, mountain goats and other wild animals. The trail winds along the raging Skagway River, meeting it in places where you will take memorable photos, before you turn into the valley containing the majestic Laughton Glacier. You will take a break at the "lookout", and bask in the splendor of the 360-degree views available there.
Leaving the lookout and proceeding toward the glacier, you will notice that the route has become more rugged , though still manageable. Approaching the glacier, the terrain changes dramatically as you leave the rocky riverbed and pick your way through a boulder field and onto the glacier. You are certain to enjoy the breathtaking views, exposed crevasses and moulons, and other fascinating features of the great frozen river of ice, ever changing in the harsh Alaskan environment. Hot drinks will be offered by your guides while you are perched on the glacier. Upon return to the trailhead, you will be greeted with our traditional “Bush Buffet”, including homemade smoked salmon pate with crackers and cold drinks.
Relax and enjoy the ride back to town on “The Scenic Railway of the World”. With no more than 6 guests per guide, you will receive extraordinary customer service. Guides carry rain gear, extra warm clothes, and other items such as sun block and bug repellent so you don't have to! A small lumbar pack with snacks and water is also provided.
In late May and early June, glacier travel may be limited by snow on the glacier.
Note: This excursion enters Canada. Passports are required for all participants. (Birth Certificates and Photo ID are not sufficient for this tour)
Guests should be in good physical condition, able to walk over uneven and sometimes challenging terrain including rocks and tree roots, and hike in all weather conditions. The hike typically covers 5 to 7 miles.
Suggested clothing attire: Guests are encouraged to dress in layers. Shoes or boots with ankle support are recommended but not required.
Equipment is provided: Lumbar packs, trekking poles, rain gear, and hats and gloves are provided. Guides carry extra warm clothing, sun block and bug repellent.
Lunch is included: Full lunch in the form of a sandwich buffet which including assorted meats and 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 juice.
GUESTS MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT to clear U.S. Immigration.