Guide to Planning Your Hike

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.


First, reserve your permit.

Permits are needed:

  • for overnight hiking June-August, 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 can be made starting early January of the same year

Once you have your permit, start planning


Before you start hiking


Learn more about the Chilkoot Trail


Last updated: August 2, 2018

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