Leave No Trace on the Chilkoot Trail

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Plan ahead and prepare

  • know the regulations and special concerns like bear safety.
  • review all permit information
  • listen to the orientation at the Trail Center
  • prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies
  • review your map before leaving and use often while hiking

Travel and camp on durable surfaces

  • use established trails
  • choose to walk on rocks instead of vegetation
  • walk single file in the middle of the trail
  • stay in designated campsites or on tent platforms
  • keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent
  • avoid places where impacts are just beginning

Dispose of waste properly

  • use self composting toilets in campgrounds
  • Dig 6-8 inches down to deposit solid human waste when on the trail and at least 200 feet from water source
  • pack out any feminine hygiene products
  • pack out all leftover food and dispose of grey water into swiftwater on the U.S. side and in grey water pit on Canadian side

Leave what you find

  • do not touch, move, or take any cultural or historic artifacts or structures
  • leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you find them
  • avoid introducing or transporting non-native species

Minimize campfire impacts

  • use lightweight stoves for cooking with small, contained flames
  • no open campfires. Use designated stoves in warming shelters
  • use only dead and downed wood in stoves
  • do not put anything but wood into the stoves

Respect wildlife

  • observe wildlife from a distance
  • never feed wildlife
  • store food, trash, and any odorous materials in bear boxes
  • dogs must be on leash at all times

Last updated: June 10, 2016

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