The Chilkoot Trail was originally used by Tlingit First Nations, but is known for its use by Klondike Gold Rush stampeders at the end of the last century. The hike takes you from rainforest on the Alaskan side, to Alpine over the Chilkoot Pass and boreal forest on the Canadian side. Beautiful viewscapes and artifacts from the Gold Rush are some of the highlights from the trail.
The majority of hikers begin their hike at the southern trailhead in Dyea, Alaska. Leaving from Whitehorse, drive south on Alaska highway (approximately 25 km) and turn right on Klondike highway in the direction of Skagway, Alaska. Drive through Carcross and the US customs all the way to Skagway (approximately 100 km) From Skagway, follow directions to Dyea and park at the Chilkoot trailhead. Plan a 2-hour drive from Whitehorse.
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Posted By: laurence28
- Mon May 01 12:08:22 UTC 2017
we are two women looking for partners to go hiking next week near Whitehorse. We hear it is peak bear season and it is safer to go hiking in groups. We were looking up hikes such as in Kluane park and others closer to Whitehorse (Mount Lorne or Golden Horn). We will be in Whitehorse from thursday the 4th to wednesday the 10th.
If you are in the area and are willing to go hiking with us, that would be awesome ! If you have any suggestions for us - wildlife tips or your favorite hikes in the area, feel free to share !
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Posted By: Astro Hiker
- Sun Oct 04 18:48:07 UTC 2015
UpsideThis is an excellent trail. The trail itself is very well maintained and patrolled. Depending on how you plan your camps, there are warming shelters every night. We stayed at Canyon, Sheep, Happy, Lindeman and Bennett which really balanced the distance well, gave us shelters each night and, by staying at Bennett on the last night, we didn't have a rush to meet the train on the last day. Take your time and enjoy! DownsideLogistics are a challenge as it is so remote but the trick is to make the most of it. We took the Alaskan Marine Highway (ferry) from Bellingham, WA to Haines. Same route as all the Cruise ships but very affordable. And, yes, we had a state room. Kayaked for 3 days in Haines then took the fast ferry to Skagway where we took 2 days to shower, rest and re-provision. Then over the Chilkoot to Bennett. White Pass train into Carcross. Bus to Whitehorse and flights home. An amazing trip over all. Very affordable two week vacation and no backtracking - which is something we try to avoid. CommentWe have done the West Coast Trail and Chilkoot and are in our 50's. The Chilkoot is much better maintained, a shorter distance and has better amenities (e.g. outhouses, warming huts). For most days, it is an easier hike with the exception of summit day. Hiking over the Pass is a grueling 14 kms. And it is more challenging than anything you on the WCT. But the hardest part of summit day is the Golden Staircase and that will take 3-5 hours depending on your abilities. The whole day took us 11 hours which gives you a sense of the speed we moved.
Overall an amazing trip and we are so glad we did it. We really like the historical aspect of the hike. We heard the popularity of this hike is falling and I suspect it is because it is so far away from the big cities. But if you take my suggested route above you will discover this is the trip of a lifetime. Make it more than just the hike and get to see a bit of the area.
Posted By: uofmoo
- Mon Jun 20 01:52:22 UTC 2011
CommentI did this hike in September 2010 and it was truly amazing. The US side is fairly flat with occasional mountain views. The pass itself was a LOT more challenging than I expected. For some reason I thought we would be walking up a rock face, but it was more like forging your own path through the biggest, steepest boulder field I have ever seen. There were moments I wasn't sure how I was going to make it to the top, but you just keep going. Others seemed to have a lot more success than I did finding their way through the rocks. Once through the Pass, it was breathtakingly beautiful with amazing alpine scenery, glacier lakes, waterfalls, the gorge, and treed sections. Just amazing!!! I hope to go back to go camping on the Canadian side in the next couple of years.
Posted By: Gooder
- Tue Jun 02 19:54:02 UTC 2009
QuestionWe are trying to find an outfitter or company that would shuttle us (6) to Skagway / Dyea Alaska from Whitehorse. (rather than rent a van and have it sit waiting for our return by train from Bennett)
Anyone else done the Chilkoot and offer helpful hints.
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Posted By: msspider333
- Sun Jan 25 21:09:03 UTC 2009
QuestionJust how bad is it going over the pass? We plan on going in August. If anyone can compare the Chilkoot to the West Coast Trail, I would love to hear which was more gruelling?ANSWERS are in this forum: chilkoot
Posted By: dwatts
- Tue Aug 29 05:20:20 UTC 2006
UpsideThe scenery is unforgettable, especially on the Canadian side of the pass. You hike from coastal rain forest to the high alpine, back to near desert conditions just before Bennet, all the while surrounded by historical artifacts from the Gold Rush. The camping areas are adequate, and it is wonderful to see the same group of hikers each evening. DownsideGetting to the trailhead in Dyea from Vancouver involves a bit of planning, and the trip out of Bennet at the end of the hike can be a bit complicated to arrange, but other than that there is no downside to this amazing trip. CommentI did a lot of research on this hike before going, but nothing I read or was told by others who had done the trip really prepared me for the climb over the pass. Knowing what I know now though I would definately go back and do this hike again. Going in August we found that bugs weren't bad at all, and the temperatures were moderate and pleasant for hiking. The trail is well marked, but be prepared to cross snow patches at the higher elevations, even late in the summer months. You will definately want a camera, there were lots of flowers in bloom even in mid August.