Chilkoot Trail Conditions Report
Looking from the Scales toward Chilkoot Pass on August 21st. NPS photo/A. Brady
The same view two days later, August 23rd. NPS photo/A. Brady
CHILKOOT TRAIL CONDITIONS - Post season
Winter 2017-2018Note: 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.
U.S. Park Service Rangers and Parks Canada Wardens will not be on patrol until June 1, 2018. There is no cell phone coverage along the trail. Iridium Satellite phones may work in some areas. Satellite phone users may seek 24 hour emergency assistance through Denali Dispatch at 1-907-683-2276 in US or Jasper Dispatch at 1-877-852-3100 in Canada. At Log Cabin your closest contact for help is Canadian Customs at Fraser (four miles south of Log cabin parking lot along the Klondike Highway). Bad weather conditions may delay medical or rescue assistance for several days. Helicopter medical evacuations from the trail will cost a minimum of $1700. Trail hikers are advised to consult their medical insurance policies before starting their hike. Only those experienced in winter backcountry travel, prepared with essential avalanche safety and winter camping gear, and travelling with partners should attempt the Chilkoot in winter.
Hikers are strongly encouraged to record planned hiking itineraries for the trail and for customs at the National Park Service Visitor Center at 2nd & Broadway. There is no permit fee at this time. U.S. Customs phone number is 907-983-3144. Canadian Customs at Fraser can be reached at 867-821-4111 for further questions in regards to crossing the border. The Trail Center will open June 1, 2018 and registration fees will begin at that time.
Avalanches are a natural phenomenon which may occur during any season on the trail. Extreme avalanche conditions often exist between Sheep Camp and Deep Lake, and in Moose Creek Canyon. Campgrounds may be unsafe. Extreme avalanche conditions can also develop elsewhere in the park given the right set of conditions ie. slope, terrain, weather, and snow pack composition. When travelling through avalanche terrain, you need to be capable of identifying and assessing avalanche hazards. You need to be knowledgeable about route finding, avalanche safety and rescue in mountainous terrain. You should be properly equipped with shovels, avalanche transceivers, and probes. Choose your route and campsite locations carefully to avoid unstable slopes and hazardous avalanche terrain areas.
BE PREPARED. NEVER TRAVEL ALONE
LEAVE AN ITINERARY WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS
For additional information stop by the NPS visitor center in Skagway or call (907) 983-9200. This report is intended to stress the changing trail conditions only and will not substitute for the essential information found in other brochures and your own common sense. For online information, visit our Chilkoot Trail page.
Last updated: December 27, 2017