• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Explore the Chilkoot Trail

 
"The Meanest 33 Miles of History"
The Chilkoot Trail has a colorful history
More than 30,000 men, women, and children climbed up the daunting Golden Stairs during the Klondike Gold Rush. Carrying enough supplies to sustain them for a year, they struggled up the rough trail and over the summit surviving cold, northern winters and exhaustion.

Ready for the Chilkoot challenge?
The trail stretches 33 miles (53km) from coastal Dyea, Alaska through British Columbia to the headwaters of the Yukon River. Start planning your trip to hike the trail today!
 

Experience the Chilkoot Trail through photographs

 

Did You Know?

Museum exhibit at Klondike Gold Rush NHP showing a year's supply of food in bags, barrels and crates, a gold pan sits on top of the pile

The Canadian government required those going to the Klondike gold fields to bring a year's supply of food with them to avoid starvation during the long Yukon winter. Some of the recommended supplies included 400 pounds of flour, 200 pounds of bacon, and 100 pounds of beans! More...