Chilkoot Trail 2018


The Chilkoot Trail is a 33-mile trail that starts in Dyea, Alaska in the United States and ends in Bennett, British Columbia in Canada. It was a major access route from the coast to Yukon goldfields in the late 1890s. The trail became obsolete in 1899 when a railway was built from Dyea’s neighbor port Skagway along the parallel White Pass trail. The Klondike Gold Rush (1896–1899) transformed the Chilkoot Trail into a mainstream transportation route to Canada’s interior. Of the several overland routes, the Chilkoot Trail was the most direct, least expensive, and, soon enough, most popular.

In 1998, the centennial of the gold rush, Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site in British Columbia merged with the U.S. park to create the Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park. The Chilkoot Trail is now a popular recreational trail with most hiking June – September.

You’ve probably seen these images of gold miners lined up and going over Chilkoot Pass. It’s still just as steep!


Chilkoot Trail: June 27 – July 1
June 27 – Canyon City
June 28 – Sheep Camp
June 29 – Happy Camp
June 30 – Lindeman City
July 1 – Bennett + train to Skagway


Chilkoot Gear List I ~ 11.7 lb. base weight
Chilkoot: One Month Out
Chilkoot Ready: Gear List II ~ 16 lb. base weight