Chilkoot Pass

Skagway, Alaska 99840

Chilkoot Pass

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"One of the longest trail traverses in Southeast Alaska, this trail travels through a variety of terrain, rich with history. An outdoor museum, a beautiful hike, and the only long trail traverse in Southeast Alaska, the Chilkoot Trail attracts hikers from all over the world.

The hike is amazingly diverse, taking in coastal and interior forests, a large river, a snowy mountain basin, rocky country above tree line, sparkling alpine streams, and huge lakes."

Chilkoot Pass Trip Reports

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Awesome trail, especially knowing about the history of it. We did it twice, but the first time held the most mystery for us!
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I had a wonderful experience hiking the Chilkoot last summer. It was fantastic to relive what the Stampeders must have felt back in 1897. Both the American and Canadian sides of the trail have done an excellent job of maintaining the trail and the experience by keeping things as they were back in the Gold Rush. The trail has excellent scenary too; you traverse through 4 different ecosystems on the trail, each with breathtaking views. The trail does have some difficult sections which making the end worth the work. Definitely worth it to take the train back into Skagway from Bennett.
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I did this trail back in 1994, when I was 16. I completed the 33 mile trek in 3 days. The first 0.5 mile is tough, but the trail flattens out for the next few miles. After gaining a little ground you arrive at your destination- Sheep Camp for the first night. Shelters for cooking (not sleeping) await the (usually) wet hiker. Day 2 brought on the onslaught of climbing Chilkoot Pass, which felt like boulder-hopping over a mountain that never got smaller. Atop the pass is British Columbia and a barren contrast to the lush coastal range of Alaska's Inside Passage. From there on out, it is smooth hiking with the desolateness of the Last Frontier. However, this trail is heavily used during the summer months; I did not see that many people. Also, I have heard (from many Alaskans and B.C.ians) that the trail is easier is hike in winter. I am not sure I would like to deal with the Alaskan Winter.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late June to mid-September
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 2nd and Broadway, PO Box 517, Skagway, AK 99840; (907) 983-9200; Permits through Parks Canada, (800) 661-0486 or (867) 667-3910 winter;
Local Contacts
USGS Skagway C-1 (SW, NW) and Canadian topo maps White Pass (104 M/11), Homan Lake (104 M/14), and Tutshi Lake (104 M/15). Most hikers use the National Park Service’s A Hiker’s Guide to the Chilkoot Trail or National Geographic’s Chilkoot Trail
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