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Before you make your reservation check out this pro tip from ranger Rain to ensure the process goes smoothly.
PERMITS AND ASSOCIATED FEES ARE REQUIRED TO HIKE THE CHILKOOT TRAIL FROM JUNE 1 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 13
Between the dates of September 14 through October 31 and April 15 through May 31, fees are waived, but all campers on the Chilkoot Trail must register for use of campsites along the trail.
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 and early September. 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
Note for 2022 season: Although the US and Canadian side of the trail are both open, crossing the Canadian/US border while hiking the Chilkoot Trail is currently prohibited for the 2022 season. Please continue to check back for updates.
4. Call Parks Canada to make your reservation
Permits for the trail each year can be reserved starting in the fall the year before.
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 winter to get prices for the upcoming summer season.
2021 Chilkoot backcountry permit fees
Day Use Fees:
All fees are quoted in Canadian funds and may be subject to change. For more information about Chilkoot fees visit Parks Canada's website.
5. Attend trail orientation and 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Permits
1. What do I do if the dates I want are not available?
2. I already have a reservation, can I add another person?
3. Can I cancel my reservation?
Last updated: January 18, 2022