Skagway is a good starting point for several interesting day hikes. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up maps and further information. The only National Park Service hiking trail in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is the Chilkoot Trail. Our listed hikes below are on Forest Service or other public lands, but are neither maintained nor patrolled by NPS personnel. Descriptions of trails courtesy of City of Skagway and are duplicated from the Skagway Trail Map. Distance and time are round trip (return) estimates from the NPS Visitor Center at 2nd and Broadway except where indicated.
Longer and More Challenging Hikes
Upper Dewey Lake
Getting to the trailhead: From Lower Dewey Lake go left at the junction sign, follow the trail north across several wooden footbridges to the Upper Dewey Lake trail junction sign and turn right up the trail.
Getting to the trailhead and trail description: From Upper Dewey Lake, follow the narrow footpath south from the primitive cabin up the alpine ridge to a spectacular overlook. Watch for rock cairns where the trail crosses boulder fields. Devil’s Punchbowl is a tarn nestled in a deep, rocky bowl, but it is not a recommended camping spot.
Getting to the trailhead: Park at the Slide Cemetery and walk .8 mile (1.3 km) north to the trailhead sign.
A. B. Mountain
Getting to the trailhead: This trail is accessible from a trailhead on the Dyea Road. Visitors without cars can hike the Smuggler's Cove trail and take the access road up to the Dyea road. From there, turn left and walk along the road a short distance until you see the trailhead across the road.
Distance: 4-6 miles (6-10 km) round trip from railroad stop
The trail begins from the flag stop at miles 5.8 on the WP&YR railroad. From the caboose cabin, the trail parallels the south bank of the Skagway River through spruce and hemlock forest. After about two miles the trail turns south up the outwash of the glacier. The route continues south, but slippery footing and thick brush make access difficult. Winter is a good time to explore the valley on snowshoes or skis because frozen rivers are easier to cross and the brush is buried in deep snow. Avoid the area in March and April when avalanche danger is high.
A note about this trail: The Denver Glacier trail is located out of town 5.8 miles up the White Pass &Yukon Route Railroad. The railroad offers flagstop service May-September; purchase tickets in advance (at depot on 2nd Ave., 1-800-343-7373, or www.wpyr.com). The U.S. Forest Service maintains cabins on both trails; call 1-877-444-6777. Both trails are used for commercially guided day hikes.
Getting to the trailhead: The trail begins from the flag stop at mile 14 of the WP&YR railroad.
Use extreme caution in venturing out on the glacier, especially during spring and summer thaws and fresh snow that may conceal crevasses.
Notes about this trail: The Laughton Glacier trail is located out of town 14 miles up the White Pass &Yukon Route Railroad. The railroad offers flagstop service May-September; purchase tickets in advance (at depot on 2nd Ave., 1-800-343-7373, or www.wpyr.com). The U.S. Forest Service maintains cabins on both trails; call 1-877-444-6777. This trail is used for commercially guided day hikes.
Last updated: April 24, 2018