A path through the forest disappears into the fog.

NPS photo/AJ Conley

Sea to Summit

A herculean feat, this hike stretches 33 miles from sea level to over 3,500 feet through rain-soaked forests, mud, streams, and snow on an epic voyage from Dyea, Alaska to Lake Bennett, Canada. 

Approximately 3,000 hikers backpack the Chilkoot trail each year but many more hike a small portion of the trail in a single day. A wide variety of plants and animals can be seen along the trail including bald eagles, beavers, brown and black bears, pikas, and more.

Experiences on the Chilkoot Trail will be forever embedded in your memories. You can even book your trail adventure this summer to coincide with a Chilkoot Trail artist in residence. Start planning your hike! 

Historical photo of hundreds of people lined up to ascend a mountain pass.
Stampeders making their way up a section of the trail known as the Golden Staircase.

KLGO Archives / E. A. Hegg

The Meanest 33 Miles of 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.

Admid the chaos and confusion of the Klondike gold rush, many items were lost or simply abandoned, creating a large number of what we now consider to be historical artifacts. Many of these artifacts can still be found along the trail, giving hikers a glimpse into the past. 

Learn more about the colorful history surrounding the Klondike Gold Rush and the Chilkoot Trail.

Last updated: November 14, 2016