Chilkoot Trail Permits

A backpacker poses along a rocky creek in the fog

NPS photo/S. Millard



Note: permits are not required during the fall and winter, but through and overnight hikers must still register at the National Park Service Administrative Offices in Skagway or with Parks Canada in Whitehorse. Offices are open Monday-Friday.

Follow these steps to get your Chilkoot Trail permit

1. Decide when you want to hike

The trail is marked and staffed during the peak hiking months of June, July, and August. During these months a permit is required to overnight hike on the Chilkoot Trail. Most hikers spend 3-5 days hiking the trail, but your trip could be shorter or longer.

2. Choose your campgrounds

When you reserve your permit you must designate which campgrounds you are going to use.

3. Decide how you will leave the trail

The Chilkoot Trail ends at Lake Bennett, British Columbia. This historic site is not accessible by roads. You will need to arrange transportation from Lake Bennett. As of spring 2017, shuttle services from Bennett are:

4. Call Parks Canada to make your reservation

Permits for the trail each year can be reserved starting in early January. General reservations for 2018 are accepted as of Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Reservations for large groups (9 to 12 people) are being accepted as of September 1st for the following year.

To reserve, call Parks Canada at 1-867-667-3910 or toll free from Canada and the U.S. 1-800-661-0486. When reserving a permit you will need to choose your dates on the trail, select your campgrounds, and pay for the reservation and permit with a credit card. Please be advised that prices for trail permits change annually. Check in the spring to get prices for the upcoming summer season.

2017 Chilkoot backcountry permit fees

Overnight Fees:
  • Combined US/Canadian Chilkoot Trail Trip Permit: $55 (CDN) per adult; $27.45 (CDN) per youth (ages 6 - 16)
  • US ONLY Trip Permit: $20.70 (CDN) per adult; $10.35 (CDN) per youth
  • Canadian ONLY Trip Permit: $34.30 (CDN) per adult; $17.10 (CDN) per youth
Day Use Fees:
  • Canadian Day Permit: free in 2017, permit required
  • US Day Use: no fee or permit required
Reservation Fee:
  • Reservation fee: $11.70 (CDN) per hiker (in addition to Permit fee)

* All fees are quoted in Canadian funds and may be subject to change.

5. Pick up your permit
You must pick up your Chilkoot Trail permit in person at the Trail Center in Skagway, located on Broadway between 5th and 6th Avenues. You must have the physical permit with you when you hike. When you pick up your permit, you will receive a trail orientation and have the opportunity to see the bear awareness video. During permit season, regularly scheduled orientations are at 8am, 11:00am, noon, 2pm, and 4pm daily.


Frequently Asked Questions About Permits

1. What do I do if the dates I want are not available?
A maximum of 50 hikers a day are permitted to enter Canada over the Chilkoot Pass. 42 of those spots can be reserved in advance. The remaining 8 spots can be reserved on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis at the Trail Center in Skagway. Walk-ins can be made the day before or day of your hike.

2. I already have a reservation, can I add another person?
Yes, as long as there is space on the days for your permit. Call Parks Canada at 1-867-667-3910 or toll free from Canada and the U.S. at 1-800-661-0486 to check availability and make changes.

3. Can I cancel my reservation?
Yes, you can cancel your reservation up to 30 days in advance and receive a full refund. To cancel a reservation, or ask about canceling one within 30 days of hiking, call Parks Canada at 1-867-667-3910 or toll free from Canada and the U.S. at 1-800-661-0486.

Last updated: October 23, 2017

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