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

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Chilkoot Trail Equipment Checklist

Klondiker's camp with lean-to and supplies at the foot of canyon, Chilkoot Trail, Alaska, 1897
Klondiker's camp with lean-to and supplies at the foot of canyon, Chilkoot Trail, Alaska, 1897
University of Washington's Frank La Roche Collection
 

Before leaving Skagway for the Chilkoot trailhead in Dyea, be sure you have everything you will need to complete your hike safely. There are no stores in Dyea.

You will need the following:

  • Trail Permit (issued at the trail center in Skagway)
  • Map: Click here
  • Arrangements for travel to and from the trailheads
  • Lightweight tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing for all weather conditions(snow,rain,wind,etc.)
  • Food, fuel and stove (enough for trip plus one day)
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra socks
  • Water bottle(s) and purification kit
  • 30' (9m) of cordage and storage sack to hang food from bear poles
  • First aid kit
  • Personal hygiene kit (medications, toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Trekking Poles are reccomended on rocky parts of U.S. side of the trail

NOTE: Early season hiking may require additional equipment, i.e. Snow shoes, ice axe, avalanche transceiver. Avalache and heavy snow on the trail can last well into June depending on the winter snow pack. Please check current trail conditions.

Bring the proper gear you will need to complete the trail. Please come prepared; though there are retailers in Skagway that carry the above items, selection may be limited. Be sure to read the current trail report and inquire about bear activity on the trail.

Did You Know?

Pile of boards and canvas in abandoned on rocks

The mystery of why these canvas boats were left behind at the Chilkoot summit of Klondike Gold Rush NHP, remains unsolved. One theory reports that it was too costly to pay the customs to take them over the border. Perhaps they were too flimsy for the rough waters of Bennett Lake?