Group leader responsibility
Leading a hike over the Chilkoot Trail with a group requires that everyone in your party is prepared. As a leader, it is your responsibility to make sure that everyone in your group has the most current information possible. It is recommended that all group leaders contact the park several months prior to arrival. Park rangers can assist you in making sure that you have the most current information available before arriving in Skagway.
Parks Canada has specific guidelines for groups with minors.
Commercial and paid guides or outfitters are required by the National Park Service to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) to operate within a National Park. You can find a list of permitted guides on the Alaska National Parks Commercial Use page.
Group size is limited to twelve
This minimizes impacts on the trail, artifacts, vegetation, wildlife, and fellow hikers. Groups larger than twelve are required to camp at separate sites, and follow different itineraries. Please contact the park so we can advise you on dates that will limit conflicts with other groups.
The Chilkoot Trail is an international trail managed by the National Park Service and Parks Canada. All campsites along the trail must be reserved in advanced by calling Parks Canada at 1-800-661-0486 (867-667-3910 local/overseas). Large group reservations are taken beginning September 1 for the next summer. Learn more about Chilkoot Trail permits.
When making your reservation you must specify which campgrounds your group will use. Upon arriving in Skagway, groups will need to register and pick up their permits at the Trail Center. There you will be advised of weather, bear safety, and trail conditions.