Chilkoot Trail Bridge Out
A bridge, south of Canyon City 6 1/2 miles from the Chilkoot US trail head has collapsed under heavy snow load and is out until further notice. Hikers should be prepared to wade through a boggy section, and water may be knee or wa
Chilkoot Trail Conditions Report
Parks Canada Information Bulletin: Bare Loon Cut Off Trail Closure
CHILKOOT TRAIL CONDITIONS REPORT
U.S. Park Service Rangers and Parks Canada Wardens will not be on patrol until June 2, 2013.There is no cell phone coverage along the trail. Iridium Satellite phones may work in some areas. Satellite phone users may seek 24 hour emergency assistance through Denali Dispatch at 1-907-683-6351 in US or Jasper Dispatch at 1-877-852-3100in Canada. At Log Cabin your closest contact for help is Canadian Customs at Fraser (four miles south of Log cabin parking lot along the Klondike Highway). Bad weather conditions may delay medical or rescue assistance for several days. Helicopter medical evacuations from the trail will cost a minimum of $1600. Trail hikers are advised to consult their medical insurance policies before starting their hike. Only those experienced in winter backcountry travel, prepared with essential avalanche safety and winter camping gear, and travelling with partners should attempt the Chilkoot in Winter or early Spring.
Avalanches are a natural phenomenon which may occur during any season on the trail. Extreme avalanche conditions often exist between Sheep Camp and Deep Lake, and in Moose Creek Canyon. Campgrounds may be unsafe. Extreme avalanche conditions can also develop elsewhere in the park given the right set of conditions ie. slope, terrain, weather, and snow pack composition. When travelling through avalanche terrain, you need to be capable of identifying and assessing avalanche hazards. You need to be knowledgeable about route finding, avalanche safety and rescue in mountainous terrain. You should be properly equipped with shovels, avalanche transceivers, and probes. Choose your route and campsite locations carefully to avoid unstable slopes and hazardous avalanche terrain areas.
BE PREPARED. NEVER TRAVEL ALONE. LEAVE ITINERARY WITH NPS STAFF AND FAMILY OR FRIENDS.
Before beginning your hike, read the CHILKOOT TRAIL HIKER'S GUIDE.For additional information stop by the NPS Visitor Center in Skagway or call (907) 983-2921.This report is intended to stress the changing trail conditions only and will not substitute for the essential information found in other brochures and your own common sense.For Web information, visit http://www.nps.gov/klgo/chilkoot.htm
Did You Know?
During the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Finnegan's Camp on the Chilkoot Trail was a tent city. There were saloons, restaurants and hotels all housed in tents.