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 21, 2017
U.S. Park Service Rangers and Parks Canada Wardens are no longer on patrol and markers are being removed. 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 $1700. Trail hikers are advised to consult their medical insurance policies before starting their hike.
A permit is no longer required to overnight on the Chilkoot Trail. NPS still requires hiker register either with Parks Canada Whitehorse office or the NPS Visitor Center and Administration offices at 2nd and Broadway in Skagway Mon - Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Hikers need to bring identification for Canada Customs paperwork.
Brown and black bears are encountered frequently on the trail. Stay on the trail, travel in groups if possible make noise! Use food storage devices that are located at all of the designated campgrounds. For your safety cook and eat at shelters, so as to keep food smells away from your tent site. Do not leave pack unattended at any point on the trail. Pack out all garbage! Do not place wrappers and trash in wood stoves!
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: September 21, 2017