Embarking on a journey through Alaska’s rugged wilderness is an experience like no other, and my recent excursion to Skagway aboard the Koningsdam was no exception. One of the highlights of this adventure was the breathtaking White Pass Summit Railroad train ride, an excursion that promises stunning vistas and a glimpse into the rich history of the region. Join me as I share my unforgettable experience on this iconic train ride, complete with a detailed review, photos capturing the beauty of the journey, and a video to bring the adventure to life.

The Historic White Pass Summit Railroad

The White Pass Summit Railroad is not just a train ride; it’s a journey back in time, traversing the very route that gold prospectors once took during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 19th century. Built in 1898, this narrow-gauge railroad is a marvel of engineering, overcoming treacherous terrain and extreme weather to connect Skagway, Alaska, with Whitehorse, Yukon. Today, it stands as a testament to human ingenuity and the relentless pursuit of dreams.

An Unforgettable Journey

Remarkable views from the White Pass Summit train ride
This photo was captured from the moving White Pass Summit train.

As the train chugged along its steep, winding path, I was immediately struck by the breathtaking landscapes that unfolded outside my window. The journey to the summit takes you through lush forests, past cascading waterfalls, and over towering trestles. One of the most iconic spots along the route is the Dead Horse Gulch, named after the unfortunate pack animals that perished during the gold rush. The views from here are both stunning and sobering, a reminder of the hardships faced by those who sought their fortunes in these mountains.

Historical Highlights

The White Pass Summit Railroad is more than just a scenic ride; it’s a moving museum. Along the way, our knowledgeable guide shared fascinating stories about the construction of the railroad, the challenges faced by the workers, and the historical significance of the route. We learned about the heroic efforts of the men who blasted through mountainsides and braved the harsh Alaskan winters to complete this incredible feat. The train also passed by remnants of old campsites and artifacts from the gold rush era, adding a tangible connection to the past.

A Ride for All Ages

This excursion is perfect for travelers of all ages. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or simply looking for a relaxing way to take in Alaska’s stunning scenery, the White Pass Summit Railroad has something to offer. The vintage railcars are comfortable and provide large windows for optimal viewing. For those looking to capture the perfect photo, the outdoor platforms between the cars offer unobstructed views and the fresh mountain air.

My journey on the White Pass Summit Railroad was truly a highlight of my Alaskan adventure. It offered a unique blend of natural beauty and historical insight, making it an excursion I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Skagway. Be sure to watch the video below for a more immersive look at this incredible experience, and check out the photos that capture some of the most memorable moments from the trip.

White Pass Summit Excursion Review