Skagway is a small town but there is still many things to do.
Skagway offers several trails to access the wonderful town and to see the beautiful Alaskan wilderness. With hikes varying from less than a mile, to full day adventures, there is a trail for everyone. A good place to visit to look at trails is the visitor centre. There will be maps available.
- Yakutania Point
- Lower Dewey Lake Loop.
- A.B mountain trail.
- Relax in Molly Walsh or Pullen Creek Park.
- Smugglers Cove.
- Icy Lake Trail and Upper Reid Falls.
- Sturgill’s Landing
- Upper Dewey Lake
- Devil’s Punchbowl.
- Denver Glacier
- Laughton Glacier
- Chilkoot Trail.
- Goldrush Cemetery and Lower Reid Falls.
Lower Dewey Lake Loop
Lower Dewey Lake Loop is easily accessible from downtown Skagway. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the lake and there are great views overlooking Skagway. The trail has some steep sections. After reaching the lake it is possible to continue on to Icy Lake and Upper Reid Falls.
Smugglers Cove/Yakutania Point
Following the coast line, this trail passes through patches of alder, cottonwood, hemlock and Sitka spruce. This is an easy hike to do, in little time, an hour in total. It’s not very steep and just a casual walk. Along the way there is benches, places to have BBQ’s, picnics. It’s just beautiful scenery along the coastline.
Goldrush Cemetery and Lower Reid Falls
Skagway’s most famous graveyard is the Gold Rush Cemetery. Records indicate that the first burial occurred here early in 1898. With the exception of two families, the cemetery was no longer used after 1908. 133 gravesite have been located here but burial records are only available for 60.
Two people who were very famous in Skagway is Jefferson R Smith (Soapy Smith) and Frank H Reid. Jefferson R Smith; Born 1860 and died 8th July 1898. He was the king of the frontier conmen, he was killed in much publicised shoot out with Frank Reid.
Frank H Reid; Born 1843 and died 20th July 1898. He gave his life for the honour of Skagway. The simple message is inscribed on the largest carved granite monument in the cemetery describes the feeling of Skagway towards one of their departed heroes. The bullet fired by Soapy’s rifle during the 8th July shoot out left Reid mortally wounded. Reid was also responsible for laying out the Skagway townsite in early 1898. As City Surveyor he named and organised the streets you see today.
A dog sled or dog sleigh is a sled pulled by one or more sled dogs used to travel over ice and through snow. Numerous types of sleds are used, depending on their function. They can also be used for dog sled racing. There is many options to dog sled in Alaska. I emailed a couple of places and found Skagway, the cheapest and easiest place for crew. Unfortunately due to being crew, we are always on standby and it’s a matter of fingers crossed.
I had an amazing time in Skagway, hiking and also doing excursions. I am glad I got to visit the beautiful town and would love to go back and create more memories and adventures.