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A Guide to Backpacking the Chilkoot Trail

The Chilkoot Trail hike, which begins on tidewater in Alaska and climbs up over mountains in British Columbia, presents a unique backpacking opportunity, as this is a trail rich with history. It was the main trail used in the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800’s, one of the biggest rushes the world has ever seen. An international crowd of literally tens of thousands, fuelled by dreams of riches, used the Chilkoot Trail to chase the gold in the Yukon. Most suffered incredible hardship, many never even made it and only a few got rich. Today on the trail you’ll find plenty of reminders of their epic journey.

Chilkoot Trail Hike Highlights

  • A great adventure 
  • Fantastic scenery 
  • An international trail with the boundary at the summit of the pass  
  • Klondike history and artifacts 
  • Scenic lakes 
  • Several very peaceful and picturesque campsites
  • The possibility of a historic train ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route down to Skagway from Bennett
  • Great trail camaraderie
  • The possibility of seeing bears
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