• Stampeders Hiking the Golden Stair case with heavy packs

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Chilkoot Trail

 
 
Hiker overlooking the Chilkoot Trail
Hiker at Crater Lake, Chilkoot Trail British Columbia
NPS Photo
 

The Chilkoot Trail is one of two main routes to the Klondike that originate in this area. Long before the gold rush, the trail was established by Tlingit people as a trade route into the interior of Canada. Fish, seal oil and seaweed were traded with the First Nations peoples for moose and caribou hides, plant materials and other goods unavailable on the coast.

The most challenging way to follow in the footsteps of the stampeders and natives is by hiking the 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail, accessible only on foot. It is a difficult hike and usually takes three to five days. The trail begins at the Taiya River bridge near the Dyea townsite and travels over the Chilkoot Pass to Lake Bennett.

 
 
Beaver Ponds on Chilkoot Trail

Beaver Ponds of Chilkoot Trail

Backcountry Ranger Katie Unertl

Current trail conditions and detailed hiking information for the Chilkoot Trail:

Klondike Gold Rush NHP of Alaska, USA

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site of Canada

 

Did You Know?

Historic photo of Native Tlingit packer carring a pack of goods on his back, wearing Western gear

The Chilkoot Trail was an important trade route connecting the Tlingits with interior First Nation peoples long before the Klondike Gold Rush. Dyea or Deiyaa (Tlingit for "to pack") was a small Native settlement used as a fishing camp and staging area for trade expeditions to and from the interior.