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Contact: Barak V Geertsen, 907-983-9242Hiking is a prime form of recreation in Alaska and the Chilkoot Trail, near Skagway, is one of the more challenging hikes. The Chilkoot Trail, is an international trail that traverses Alaska and British Columbia for about 33 miles, half in Alaska, and half in British Columbia. The Alaskan portion of the trail, which is a unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, was recently designated as Chilkoot National Historic Trail. Enthusiastic hikers will have a chance to traverse the entire trail, but not until 2024.
Flooding caused extensive trail damage on the U.S. side in October of 2022. National Park Service employees are working on repairing the damage and may have certain sections open this summer, but through hiking of the entire 33 miles of trail will not be available until May of 2024. Also, no overnight camping will be allowed on the U.S. side this summer. Alternative hiking opportunities are available at the Dyea Historic Townsite and the Slide Cemetery.
On Monday, April 24th, Parks Canada will open the Reservation Line for hiking and camping on the Canadian side only (1-800-661-0486 Canada and U.S./ 1-867-667-3910 local and overseas). A backcountry permit is required.
Those hiking any portions of the trail should carry bear spray as bears are frequently seen along the trail. Avoid hiking alone, watch for weather conditions, and keep pets on a leash. Portions of the trail are steep, so plan appropriately.
From June through September, a trail orientation will still be available at the Trail Center which is located between 5th and 6th Streets on Broadway in Skagway. For more information, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/klgo.
Last updated: April 28, 2023