Before You Hike
Trip Planning for the Chilkoot Trail
Approximately 3,000 hikers backpack for 3 to 4 days on the Chilkoot each year. Day hikers do not require a permit; see the transportation section below if you are coming to Skagway and will need transportation to the trailhead, which is 15 miles in Dyea.
The Chilkoot Trail is managed by the National Park Service and Parks Canada. Permits are required for backpacking the Chilkoot during peak season, between June and September. Make your reservations in advance with Parks Canada.
The Chilkoot Trail ends in Bennett, British Columbia and accessed only by train or plane. Passports are required for trail.
Shuttle services from Bennett:
When You Arrive in Skagway
Did You Know?
The Chilkoot Trail, in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, is 33 miles long and is shared with our neighbor, Parks Canada. Hikers cross the border at the top of the pass and enter British Columbia. The trail is considered to be the world's longest outdoor museum. More...