Trip Planning for the Chilkoot Trail
The Chilkoot Trail is managed by the National Park Service and Parks Canada. Permits are required for backpacking the Chilkoot during peak season, between June and September. Make your reservations in advance with Parks Canada. When you make your reservation you will need to select which campgrounds you will use.
Approximately 2,500 hikers backpack the Chilkoot trail each year. Day hikers do NOT require a permit; however, most visitors spend 3 to 5 days hiking the trail. Prepare for your hike by learning about trail campgrounds, bear safety, and trail conditions before you hike.
The Chilkoot Trail ends at Lake Bennett, British Columbia and accessed only by train or plane. Passports are required for trail.
Transportation to/from the trail
The Chilkoot Trail trailhead is located approximately 10 miles from Skagway. Shuttle services in Skagway as of Spring 2016:
- Anne Moore 907-617-7551
Shuttle services from Bennett:
- Train or Bus: White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad (1-800-343-7373)
- Plane: Alpine Aviation Yukon (1-867-336-3996)
When You Arrive in Skagway
Register and get your hiking permit at the Trail Center when you arrive in Skagway, on Broadway between 5th and 6th Avenues. Present your passport (required) and watch the 18 min bear safety video. Current trail conditions and weather updates are posted at the Trail Center, Visitor Center, and the Dyea Ranger Station.