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
September 23, 2016
U.S. Park Service Rangers and Parks Canada Wardens are no longer on patrol. 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 1-907-683-6351 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 $1600. Trail hikers are advised to consult their medical insurance policies before starting their hike.
Hikers need to register for the trail and customs at the National Park Visitor Center on 2nd & Broadway. There is no permit fee at this time.U.S. Customs phone # is 907-983-3144. Canadian Customs at Fraser can be reached at 867-821-4111 for further questions in regards to crossing the border.
Brown and black bears are encountered frequently along the trail.Stay on the trail and travel in groups, if possible. Use food storage lockers that are located at all of the designated camping areas, except Pleasant Camp. If hikers plan on staying over night at Pleasant camp will need to bring 30 feet of rope for the bear pole.For your safety cook at or in the warming shelters, so as to keep food smells away from your tent site. Also, please do not leave your pack unattended at any point along the trail. A quick visual sweep after you are ready to leave camp will help to insure that no garbage, food or personal belongings are left behind. Pack out all garbage!Do not place wrappers and trash in the wood stoves!
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.