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 2,500 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 from Bennett:
When You Arrive in Skagway