Chilkoot Trail

From 1897-98, the Klondike Gold Rush transformed a traditional trade route into highway. Thousands of men, women, and children completed the journey from Dyea, Alaska to Lake Bennett, British Columbia. Today, the Chilkoot Trail is a 33 mile recreational trail. Each year, over 10,000 people day hike, backpack, or trail run this corridor. As they do, they pass hundreds of artifacts left behind by gold seekers.

 
Black and white photo of people gathered in a flat area before a steep line ascends a snowy pass.

Chilkoot Trail History

From a Tlingit trade route, to a gold rush highway, to a modern recreation trail. Learn how the Chilkoot Trail has changed over 150 years.

Backpacker on boardwalk through a pond

Hike the Chilkoot Trail

Start planning your backpacking or day hiking trip on the Chilkoot Trail

Hiking boot on bridge with river below

Chilkoot Trail photos

Explore the Chilkoot Trail through pictures taken by hikers

People stand amid canvas bundles on a mountain pass

Experience the world's longest museum

Learn about artifacts left behind by gold rush stampeders

View looking out of a tent to mountains and a lake with hiking boots in foreground.

Chilkoot Trail Campgrounds

Choose your camp spots from 9 campgrounds along the trail.

 

Experience the Chilkoot Trail through photographs

 

Last updated: April 24, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
P.O. Box 517

Skagway, AK 99840

Phone:

(907) 983-9200

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