Chilkoot Trail

From 1897-98, the Klondike Gold Rush transformed a traditional trade route into highway. Thousands of men, women, and children completed the journey from Dyea, Alaska to Lake Bennett, British Columbia. Today, the Chilkoot Trail is a 33 mile recreational trail. Each year, over 15,000 people day hike, backpack, or trail run this corridor. As they do, they pass hundreds of artifacts left behind by gold seekers. In 2022 the trail was officially designated the Chilkoot National Historic Trail.

Black and white photo of people gathered in a flat area before a steep line ascends a snowy pass.
Chilkoot Trail History

From a Tlingit trade route, to a gold rush highway, to a modern recreation trail. Learn how the Chilkoot Trail has changed over 150 years.

Backpacker on boardwalk through a pond
Hike the Chilkoot Trail

Start planning your backpacking or day hiking trip on the Chilkoot Trail

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Chilkoot Trail photos

Explore the Chilkoot Trail through pictures taken by hikers

People stand amid canvas bundles on a mountain pass
Experience the world's longest museum

Learn about artifacts left behind by gold rush stampeders

a tent on a wooden platform in the forest
Chilkoot Trail Campgrounds

Choose your camp spots from 9 campgrounds along the trail.


Experience the Chilkoot Trail through photographs


Last updated: March 7, 2024

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Mailing Address:

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
P.O. Box 517

Skagway, AK 99840


907 983-9200

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