• historic photo of men with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Before You Hike


Trip Planning for the Chilkoot Trail

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.

Approximately 3,000 hikers backpack the Chilkoot trail each year. Day hikers do NOT require a permit; however, most visitors spend 3 to 5 days hiking the trail.

If you need transportation to the trailhead (which is 10 miles from Skagway), see the transportation section below.

The Chilkoot Trail ends at Lake Bennett, British Columbia and accessed only by train or plane. Passports are required for trail.

Shuttle services in Skagway:

  • Anne Moore 907-617-7551
  • Dyea Dave 907-209-5031
  • Klondike Kevin 9907-612-0400

Shuttle services from Bennett:

When You Arrive in Skagway
Register and get your hiking permit at the Trail Center when you arrive in Skagway, on 2nd Avenue and Broadway. Present your passport (required) and watch the 18 min bear safety video. Current trail conditions and weather updates are posted at the Trail Center, Visitor Center and the Dyea Ranger Station.

Commercial Outfitters and Groups
Special regulations apply for commercial guided trips. If you are the group leader for your party, please read our group planning information.

Additional Resources
For more information on planning your trip, visit the Parks Canada website and use the links on the left. Printed resources such as maps or guide books can be purchased from Alaska Geographic.

Hiker overlooking snow fields and mountains
Hiker at Crater Lake, Chilkoot Trail British Columbia
NPS photo

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