Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions cross-border hiking is not permited in 2021. But there is still some excellent hiking to be had on the American side of the Chilkoot Trail.


Permits and regulations

During the summer hiking season, every person overnighting on the Chilkoot Trail requires a permit. Those without required permits are subject to fines.

  Fees apply.

Planning your hike

A safe and enjoyable trip on the Chilkoot requires careful planning. You must be well equipped, self sufficient and in good physical condition. Hiking with a partner or small group is preferable.

Getting to and from Dyea


The Dyea trailhead is a distance of 16 km / 10 miles from Skagway. Access is by all weather dirt road. Overnight parking is available in Dyea at the National Parks Service campground located 1 km / 0.5 miles from the trailhead.

Contact the Trail Centre in Skagway at 907-983-9234 for more information on possible shuttle services to and from the Dyea trailhead.

2021 use restrictions


When planning your hike on the American side of the trail, please check the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska website to determine its operating status. Face masks are required on National Park Service (NPS) administered lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all NPS buildings and facilities. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please recreate responsibly.

Choosing your campgrounds


Camping is allowed in designated campgrounds only. You must specify which campgrounds you will stay at for each night of your trip, and how many tent sites you will need when making your reservation. While this requires careful pre-trip planning, it eliminates over-crowding in campgrounds and ensures that everyone will have a place to camp.

Individual campsites within the campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Open fires are prohibited. There are wood stoves available in some shelters below tree line, but wood supplies may be scarce and/or wet. Carry a backpacking camp stove and plenty of fuel. Remember to maintain social distancing, clean up after yourself, and to keep all your food and other attractants in the onsite bear lockers.

If you plan to take a day-trip within your Chilkoot experience, pack a day-pack with food, water, extra clothing for all weather conditions, bear spray, and the gear you need to be safe and self-reliant.

Campgrounds
Finnegan's Point:
kilometer 8 / mile 5
Finnegan's Point Campground
Finnegan's Point Campground

Location

Wall tent shelter at Finnegan's Point

Trail mileage: kilometer 8 / mile 5
Elevation: 61 meters / 200 feet
Setting: Coastal forest, near river
UTM coordinates: 8V 481168 6604125
(NAD 83)

Facilities

Tent sites: 8 sites, wooden platforms
Cook shelter: Wall tent w/ woodstove
Food storage: Bear lockers & bear pole

Description

View of Irene Glacier from Finnegan's Point Campground

Finnegan's Point is a small campground with limited space. Located 2-3 hours from the trailhead it is a good choice for those who will be getting a late start. As space is limited you must be booked into Finnegan's Point if you wish to stay here.

From Finnegan's Point it is 12.9 km / 8 miles to Sheep Camp.


Canyon City:
kilometre 12.5 / mile 7.7
Canyon City Campground
Canyon City Campground

Location

Canyon City shelter

Trail mileage: kilometer 12.5 / mile 7.7
Elevation: 76 meters / 250 feet
Setting: Coastal forest, near river
UTM coordinates: 8V 481571 6608342
(NAD 83)

Facilities

Tent sites: 20 sites, on the ground and tent platforms
Cook shelter: Log cabin w/ wood stove; wall tent w/ wood stove
Food storage: Bear boxes

Description

Steam boiler at the Canyon City ruins

Canyon City is generally the first night stop on the U.S. side of the trail. Staying here means a short ( 5.3 mile / 8.4 kilometer) second day hike to Sheep Camp.

There is an interesting side trail just north of the campground that takes you to an historic steam boiler that powered a tramway from Canyon City over Chilkoot Pass during the gold rush.


Pleasant Camp:
kilometre 17.3 / mile 10.7
Pleasant Camp
Pleasant Camp

Location

Pleasant Camp campground
Pleasant Camp shelter

Trail mileage: kilometer 17.3 / mile 10.7
Elevation: 244 meters / 800 feet
Setting: Coastal forest, near river
UTM coordinates: 8V 483464 6611242
(NAD 83)

Facilities

Tent sites: 12 sites, on the ground
Cook shelter: Wall tent w/ wood stove
Food storage: Bear lockers


Description

Pleasant Camp is located on the banks of the Taiya River

For experienced hikers who are accustomed to hiking longer distances Pleasant Camp is a good campsite to use as a staging area for a return trip to the Scales or Chilkoot Pass.

The one way distance to the Scales is 5.1 miles / 8.2 km and to Chilkoot Pass, 5.8 miles / 9.3 km.


Sheep Camp:
kilometre 20.9 / mile 13
Sheep Camp
Sheep Camp

Location

Sheep Camp shelter

Trail mileage: kilometer 20.9 / mile 13
Elevation: 305 meters / 1000 feet
Setting: Treeline, next to creek
UTM coordinates: 8V 484957 6613515
(NAD 83)

Facilities

Tent sites: 26 sites, wooden platforms
Cook shelter: Log Cabin w/ wood stove; wall tent w/ wood stove
Food storage: Bear lockers


Description

The evening Ranger talk gives hikers a mix of history and trail condition updates

Sheep Camp is the last campground before Chilkoot Pass and is a good campsite to use as a staging area for a return trip to the Scales or Chilkoot Pass.

The one way distance to the Scales is 2.8 miles / 4.5 km and to Chilkoot Pass 3.5 miles / 5.7 km.

Don't miss the Ranger Talk at 7 pm each evening.


Map: Chilkoot Trail map
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    Hiker's Guide to the Chilkoot Trail

     

    A Hikers Guide to the Chilkoot Trail


    Annotated Chilkoot Trail Map: $9.50 + shipping

    Available from Parks Canada - Yukon

    Telephone:
    1-800-661-0486 (North America toll free)
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map of the Chilkoot Trail


 For more information visit: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska