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Liarsville Gold Rush Stampede & Camp Feast, with Summit Trip
Skagway, Alaska, USA
- Gold-panning experience: Your guide will demonstrate how to use the Liarsville Rocker Box. Then, enjoy searching for gold along the stream for about 30 minutes. There is no limit on the amount of gold you can find and all that glitters is yours to keep, along with a certificate with the current value of your gold.
- Hearty campfire breakfast: Amble up the trail and let the camp chef cook up your steak, eggs, and blueberry pancakes to your taste.
- Entertainment: Enjoy live entertainment, including traditional songs and Robert Service poetry from costumed musicians and dance hall girls.
- Exhibits: Browse the many authentic exhibits and artifacts of Klondike gold rush trail camp life.
- Shopping: Visit the Fancy Goods Gift Shop for a memento of your Liarsville experience.
- White Pass Summit: Enjoy a colorfully narrated van trip up the Trail of '98 to White Pass Summit at 3,290 feet – with photo ops at places like Brackett Wagon Road, Pitch Fork Falls, Dead Horse Gulch, and Tormented Valley. The story of Skagway’s most notorious outlaw, Soapy Smith, will entertain you on the way back to Skagway.
About This Skagway Tour
First off: They don't call this camp Liarsville for nothing. Tall tales of fast fortunes have long run rampant here at the foot of the 500-mile White Pass trail to the gold fields. Questionable advice and maps, overpriced and shoddy provisions, broken-down pack animals, fake telegraph offices – all were part of daily life in Skagway during the Klondike Stampede of 1897-98.
Even the trail itself seemed cannily deceptive, starting off at a gentle grade wide enough for wagons and sleds laden with the year's worth of supplies prospectors needed. Soon, however, the twisting and narrowing began, punctuated by fierce snowstorms, massive mud bogs, vicious rocks gnawing at hoof and heel, and slippery slate ledges edged by 500-foot drops. It was enough to cause any sane man to turn tail and run – if he didn't die first.
But one truth kept them all going: there's real gold in these hills. And today's your chance to test your Liarsville luck – without risking life and limb like the old-timers. A fortunate few here have found hundreds of dollars' worth; maybe you'll be the nextt stampeder to strike it rich.
Grab your gear at the outfitters tent at the trailhead, get briefed on how to assemble and use the Liarsville Rocker Box, then follow your guide up the hill to the river. Pick your lucky spot and let the panning begin! Or, more precisely, the rocking – the rocker box works like a small sluice. Called "rocking the golden baby," the technique was an advance first introduced by Chinese miners.
As you sift, keep a watchful eye for the flash in the pan that just might be a flake – or even a nugget. You've got half an hour to work your claim. Don't expect to make your fortune, but do expect to have a lot of fun.
Those who opt for the White Pass Summit add-on will tour the infamous Trail of '98 in modern comfort – seeing everything from scenic Pitchfork Falls to barren, wind-beaten Tormented Valley and Dead Horse Gulch, where the bones of many luckless gold rush pack animals still rest. You'll also learn the story of Soapy Smith, undisputed king of the liars in what might just be the least honest town ever.
From 1897 to 1899, Skagway went from quiet backwater to booming frontier port town. Boatloads of prospectors arrived from all over the world to make the daunting, 500-mile trek to the gold fields. Outlaws, drunks, swindlers, gamblers, prostitutes, mud, and disease led North-West Mounted Police officials to declare Skagway "…about the roughest place on earth." But for the very few who hit paydirt, times were good, if brief – one flush prospector spent the modern equivalent of $760,000 in a single evening.
Once your cruise ship is docked at the Port of Skagway, if you are at the Railroad Dock, please make your way to the Small Boat Harbor Sign OR if you are at the Ore Dock, please make your way to the tour kiosk area, and look for our tour representative.
Please meet for your tour 10 minutes prior to departure, and look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative wearing a red hat and a red jacket/shirt.
Don't forget cold/wet weather gear. Mobile phone signal is available in most areas but cannot be guaranteed.
Plan to walk for about a half of a mile, back and forth over a short but steep trail to reach the creekside plots.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Scenic, Food & Wine
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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