Haines, Alaska is like no other destination. It is here that you can get the full Alaskan experience we all dream about. An experience that’s true, authentic and real. It is all right here in this small town.
Haines, Alaska is hidden off the shores of the Lynn Canal between Juneau and Skagway. It’s located in the Northern part of the Alaska Panhandle and is one of the few Southeast communities accessible via road. Haines was originally known as Dtehshuh or “end of the trail” by the Chilkat group of Tlingit.
Haines, Alaska is a great place to experience the outdoors. No matter what your interests are I can certainly say you’ll find something truly amazing in Haines. From hiking to rafting, wildlife viewing and fishing to history and more. Come visit Haines, this is where your Alaskan dream adventure begins!
Hiking in Haines
Looking for great hiking in Haines? Well, you’re in luck! Haines is surrounded by the majestic Chilkoot Mountains with plenty of hiking. Almost every hike in Haines is accompanied by high advantage points to see as far as Juneau and Skagway.
My favorite hike was to the top of Mount Riley. The trail is a steady climb of almost 2,000 feet in 2.5 miles but offers amazing panoramic views of rivers, oceans, mountains, and glaciers. It’s a great moderate hike!
Seduction Point Trail is another popular trail for hikers looking for a more difficult all day hike. You’ll be rewarded, after scrambling along rocks, with isolated coves, beautiful views and maybe if you’re lucky, a Humpback Whale.
To check out more hikes in Haines use the AllTrails app. It’s great and tells you all you need to know.
Get Wet in Haines!
You can take a scenic rafting trip down the Chilkat River, kayak in Chilkoot Lake, or take a jet boat tour!
The Chilkat River flows right through the heart of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve which is home to the largest bald eagle congregation in the world. On this very scenic float, with no whitewater, you’ll see thousands of eagles feeding on the salmon.
Kayaking in Chilkoot Lake is a spectacular adventure! You will have the chance to see amazing blue glaciers, breathtaking waterfalls, and lots of wildlife. Immerse yourself in the incredible beauty of wild Alaska!
Eagles, Moose, and Bear Oh My!
The best spot to see the wildlife you’ve been waiting to see is along the banks of the Chilkoot River. The river is roadside and only a mile-long, connecting Chilkoot Lake to the saltwater fjords. The river is filled with 5 different kinds of salmon making it a popular place for bears to feed.
Although, you have better odds of seeing grizzlys in the evening, I went up to the river in the middle of the day and saw a total of 9 different grizzly bears. Thousands of bald eagles, golden eagles and hawks, even a seal, all at the same time! It was an incredible experience to watch them interact in their natural habitat. The mother grizzlies were teaching their young cubs how to fish.
Camping is available at the Chilkoot Lake State Recreation Site if you dare to sleep among the bears!
Fishing in Haines
Your trip to Haines would not be complete without a day of fishing for Halibut. The Lynn Canal is one of the deepest and longest fjords in the world, as well as the deepest in North America. Some sections are over 2000 feet deep making it a popular place to fish Halibut and King Salmon. You’ll have a phenomenal experience with great views of the beautiful coastal mountains as well!
There’s plenty of freshwater fishing in Haines too! The Chilkat River, Chilkoot Lake and Chilkoot River make for great, easily accessible fishing!
Haines Historical Landmark
Fort William H. Seward was the last of twelve military posts built in Alaska during the Gold Rush. The white buildings of this landmark, that are over a 100 years old, are still standing today. They are now privately owned. Some being homes, restaurants and shops. You can go to Haines visitor center to get brochures and do a self-guided walking tour of Fort William.
Visit the Haines Sheldon Museum for more information about the history and culture or Haines.
To find out all that Haines, Alaska has to offer you need to visit and experience it for yourself! Don’t you agree?
What is your favorite part of Haines, Alaska?