Guide to Planning Your Hike

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The Chilkoot Trail is a 33 mile long recreational trail. Each summer over 10,000 people hike some or all of it. The majority of visitors day hike on the trail for just a few hours. Others spend an average of 3-5 days backpacking the entire trail. Each year a few hearty people run the trail in one stretch. Ready to tackle the Chilkoot? This guide will get you started.

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This short video brings to light the common risks and challenges that hikers may encounter on the trail. If you are interested in hiking the Chilkoot Trail check out this video to see if you are up to the challenge. Happy Trails.


Step-by-step planning guide

Permits are needed:

  • for overnight hiking June-first week of September, even if you are not crossing the border
  • for any day trip with travel in Canada, this includes trail runners doing the entire trail in one day

Reservations summer 2020 begin January 7, 2020. Learn how to get a permit.


Last updated: October 3, 2019

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