• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border on the trail

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Bear Safety

Brown Bear

Brown Bear in Dyea

NPS

Brown Bears (Ursa arctos) and Black Bears (Ursa americanus) are frequenlty seen along the Chilkoot Trail. It is the responsibility of hikers to properly store food and know how to safety travel in bear country. The park recommends all hikers to view the 20 minute bear safety film at the Klondike Gold Rush NHP Visitor Center and read the materials listed below.

The Bear Facts: Traveling in Bear Country

Parks Canada Link to Bear Safety

Did You Know?

Univ. of Washington historic photo: Several men stand near a canvas tent with various camp objects on the ground around them

During the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Finnegan's Camp on the Chilkoot Trail was a tent city. There were saloons, restaurants and hotels all housed in tents.