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 REPORT
Trail and Border Closure
The US portion of the Chilkoot Trail remains open for day use and overnight use. Registration is required for overnight use (see below).
A permit is required to overnight on the Chilkoot Trail. Hikers are required to register and pay fees with the Trail Center on 5th and Broadway in Skagway prior to hike. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm. Trail Center phone number is 907-983-9234.
Brown and black bears are encountered frequently along the trail. Stay on the trail and travel in groups, if possible. Use food storage lockers located at the designated camping areas. Do not cook or eat food near your campsite. Keep all scented items away from your tent site. Pack out all garbage. Do not leave backpack unattended at any point on the trail. Do not place wrappers and trash in wood stoves
U.S. Park Service Rangers are 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. Bad weather conditions may delay medical or rescue assistance for several days. Helicopter medical evacuations from the trail will cost a minimum of $1800. Trail hikers are advices to consult their medical insurance policies before starting their hike.
The Chilkoot Trail is snow free until approx. 1 mile north of Sheep Camp. Lower sections of the trail may be a bit wet and muddy. The current snow conditions are rotten and soft. Post-holing may be an issue. Use caution in transition zones. Trekking poles are highly recommended. If hiking up towards the Pass we recommend travelling early while the snow is more firm.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic masks are required inside all federal buildings, including warming shelters, and outdoors when 6' distances cannot be maintained. Restrooms along the trail are not cleaned daily. Please bring your own hand sanitizer and toilet paper and practice good hygiene.
Due to the high amount of snow in the high-country avalanche risk is high. Avalanche conditions exist between Sheep Camp and the Canadian border. 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 and know how to use them. Choose your route and campsite locations carefully to avoid unstable slopes and hazardous avalanche terrain areas.
BE PREPARED. NEVER TRAVEL ALONE.
Last updated: June 17, 2021