• 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

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 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.

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

  • A Hikers Guide to the Chilkoot Trail
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated map
Hiker overlooking snow fields and mountains
Hiker at Crater Lake, Chilkoot Trail British Columbia
NPS photo

Did You Know?

Modern aerial photo of Skagway showing the blue waters of the Taiya Inlet, snow-capped peaks, and the town in the foreground

Skagway is located at the end of the longest, deepest glacial fjord in North America and is considered the northern most point in Southeast Alaska. Glaciers, and the rugged scenery they leave behind, create the stunning backdrop for your visit to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.