• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Teen Chilkoot Trail Hike

Win a hike over the Chilkoot Trail 2013
SAGA/ NPS

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News Release Date: June 5, 2013
Contact: Amanda McCutcheon, 907-983-9243

Alaska Geographic Association and Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) are offering Southeast Alaska and Yukon teens an opportunity to hike the international Chilkoot Trail.This trip of a lifetime is being coordinated in cooperation with Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The trip is scheduled for August 3-8 (August 2-9 if travel is from Juneau). All expenses are paid for including food, train tickets, gear rental, and education activities. Passport ID is required and teens must be ages 14-18.

Applicants should submit a piece of artwork to apply which expresses their desire to hike the Chilkoot Trail. Artwork may include: drawing or painting with a brief description, poem, essay or short story (2 pages maximum), an original song (recorded) or a 5 minute video. For more information and submissions, contact Nate Heck at SAGA (907) 723-1547 (evcpro@servealaska.org)

National Park Service Park Rangers will accompany the trip and teens will be invited to join the National Park Service Trail Crew to improve portions of the Chilkoot Trail.SAGA, Alaska Geographic, and the Klondike Gold Rush NHP all hope that getting teens out in their National Parks will serve to engage them in stewardship and leadership in Alaska.

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Teen Chilkoot Trail Itinerary

Friday, August 3

Meet at 7 am to begin Hike - 7.5 miles to Canyon City

Saturday, August 4

Hike 4 miles to Sheep Camp and attend Service Project Trail Crew Training

& Backcountry Ranger evening program

Sunday, August 5

Service project on the Scales with Trail Crew from 8 am – 4 pm.

Camp at Sheep Camp

Monday, August 6

Early wake up at 5 am to summit and hike to Happy Camp

9 miles

Tuesday, August 7

Hike to Bare Loon 8.5 miles Meet Parks Canada Warden

Wednesday, August 8:
Early wake up at 7 am and hike to Bennett 4 miles12:15 pm Train Departure from Bennett to Carcross Bus transfer from Carcross to Skagway arrive home

Approx time ofarrival- 4:30 pm

Did You Know?

Museum exhibit at Klondike Gold Rush NHP showing a year's supply of food in bags, barrels and crates, a gold pan sits on top of the pile

The Canadian government required those going to the Klondike gold fields to bring a year's supply of food with them to avoid starvation during the long Yukon winter. Some of the recommended supplies included 400 pounds of flour, 200 pounds of bacon, and 100 pounds of beans! More...