Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (4 days / 53 km)

Prepare to embark on a thrilling historical journey as you hike the Chilkoot Trail in the footsteps of Klondikers, Sourdoughs and Gold Rush-fevered pioneers of old. The Chilkoot Trail is a 3 to 5-day trek that crosses the US & Canadian borders over the well-known Chilkoot Pass.

You may start from Dyea near the town of Skagway, Alaska, and enjoy hiking the regular route up the Tayia River towards Chilkoot Pass through the infamous Golden Stairs to finally enter Canada. One or two days later, you may reach the turquoise and wind-swept waters of Bennet Lake where you can enjoy a train ride or a floatplane flight back to civilization. 

The route, open year-round, is the most popular and most serviced in the summer. During this season, you may experience strong heat as you walk out of the Coastal Rain Forest of Alaska, but be ready to face heavy rain, strong winds, thick fog and even snow as you make your way up the Chilkoot Pass. On a sunny day, you may look back from the top of the Golden Stairs and catch sight of the entire valley you just hiked up; featuring dramatic mountain peaks and tumbling glaciers. A moodier day will have you focused on your feet and hands as you climb your way up the rocky path and feel the challenge invigorating your whole body and mind.

Every day, you get to reach an established campground with tent platforms, a cooking and dining shelter equipped with counters and wood stoves, outhouses, bear container facilities, greywater pits and much good company from other fellow hikers.

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Dyea, Alaska

Ending Point: Bennet Lake, B.C. 

Total Distance: 53 km

Elevation Gain: 1140 m

Duration: 3 to 5 days

Five days is the length most tour operators will aim for, which allows for adjusting your body to carrying a heavy backpack and hiking a constant uphill path. However, individual adventurers tend to aim for 3 to 4 days - a rate that you would comfortably sustain if you are already...

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