The Chilkoot Trail is the probably the most famous trail in Alaska. It spans 53 km (33 miles), stretching from Dyea, Alaska, to Bennett City in British Columbia, with an elevation gain of over 1000 meters (3500 feet). This historical trail offers a spectacular hiking experience along a path that dates back centuries; first walked by Chilkoot Tlingit traders and later stormed by the Klondike Gold Rush stampeders. Hiking the Chilkoot trail requires a reservation and a permit. For information, contact Parks Canada in Whitehorse or the U.S. National Park Service in Skagway.

The Chilkoot Trail is an amazing journey into the past and one of the most popular trails in the North. The trailhead is at Dyea a few miles from Skagway. It typically takes 3 to 5 days to complete.

Hikers can arrange transportation at the end of the Trail back to Skagway via the White Pass & Yukon Train.

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