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White Pass

Take a round-trip railway journey through this mountain pass and see breathtaking peaks, beautiful glacial valleys and rumbling waterfalls.

White Pass runs through the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains, a major mountain range in Alaska. Appreciate the natural beauty from the comfort of a vintage train carriage. This area is known for its untouched wilderness and the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.

The White Pass trail dates back to the Klondike Gold Rush. It was one of two major passes used by prospectors at the time. The trail is a unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. This area is regarded as a national historic landmark, along with the small gold rush town, Skagway.

Learn about the history of this pass at the Gold Rush Museum in Skagway. This trail was known as a less difficult route than its Chilkoot Trail counterpart; however, it is steeped in history. Legends say that members of the notorious Soapy Smith gang and other con artists operated on this mountain pass and preyed on newcomers to the area.

Take the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, a marvel of engineering dating back to the late 19th century. This narrow-gauge railroad was built during the Klondike Gold Rush. Reach the summit of White Pass from Skagway on a round trip. Notice the snowcapped mountain peaks as you climb an elevation of almost 3,000 feet (900 meters) up the mountain range.

Travel past Inspiration Point on your journey up the mountain. This area peers over Skagway Harbor and looks out at the Sawtooth Range. Reach Dead Horse Gulch, an area scattered with the bones of perished gold-rush pack animals. Admire the headwaters of the Yukon River before you turn around at White Pass Summit.

Journeys along the mountain pass begin in Skagway. This small town is located about a 100-mile (160-kilometer) drive from Whitehorse Canada, which connects to parts of the United States via the Alaska-Canadian Highway. Find accommodations in Skagway among the available rustic inns, cottages and hotels.

For an authentic gold rush experience, book a steam locomotive excursion along the White Pass trail and enjoy the breathtaking natural views.

Popular Activities at White Pass

Get the most out of your time at White Pass. Below is a list of some of the best activities:

Peruse our Skagway things to do page to find more activities in the area.


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Westmark Inn Skagway $149
Reviewed on May 27, 2019
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Westmark Inn Skagway

Westmark Inn Skagway

3rd And Spring St, Skagway, AK
     
    3.8 of 5
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nice place. Very friendly staff. only complaint is that the walls are a bit thin. But I would definitely stay here again if we make it back to Skagway in the future.

    At the White House $159
    Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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    At the White House

    At the White House

    475 8th Ave, Skagway, AK
       
      5.0 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great BB....just 2 blocks off of the main st. Very helpful recommendations.

      Historic Skagway Inn
      Reviewed on Aug 10, 2015
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      Historic Skagway Inn

      Historic Skagway Inn

      655 Broadway, Skagway, AK
         
        4.0 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Picked me up at the airport. Han a good WiFi, Took me to the ferry boat when it was time to leave.

        Cozy Cove Cottage - Peaceful, Secluded, Private Beach, Bbq, Washer/dryer
        Cozy Cove Cottage - Peaceful, Secluded, Private Beach, Bbq, Washer/dryer

        Cozy Cove Cottage - Peaceful, Secluded, Private Beach, Bbq, Washer/dryer

        Haines, Alaska
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This Haines cottage is on the beach, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Chilkoot Lake, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry and Hammer Museum. Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center and Haines Borough Public Library are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Chilkoot Haven Haines Room #2, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ Grill
          Reviewed on Sep 23, 2018
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          Chilkoot Haven Haines Room #2, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ Grill

          Chilkoot Haven Haines Room #2, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ Grill

          Haines, Alaska
             
            5.0 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            As the saying goes, in real estate there are three key factors: location, location and location. And the Chilkoot Haven got them all! The view from the porch onto the river is just amazing - you can watch bald eagles and bears directly from there, or take a walk down some stairs to get direct access ...

            Hotel Halsingland $119
            Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019
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            Hotel Halsingland

            Hotel Halsingland

            13 Fort Seward Dr., Haines, AK
               
              4.1 of 5
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              We really enjoyed our stay and loved how they renovated the place, but kept the historic authenticity of the original buildings

              Chilkoot Haven in Haines Room #3, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ
              Chilkoot Haven in Haines Room #3, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ

              Chilkoot Haven in Haines Room #3, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ

              Haines, Alaska
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Haines, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Chilkoot Lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Hammer Museum and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Haines Borough Public Library and American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Chilkoot Haven in Haines, Room #1, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ
                Chilkoot Haven in Haines, Room #1, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ

                Chilkoot Haven in Haines, Room #1, Right on the Chilkoot River, hot Tub, BBQ

                Haines, Alaska
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Haines, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Chilkoot Lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Hammer Museum and Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. Haines Borough Public Library and American Bald Eagle Foundation Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).