Guide to Planning Your Hike

Note for 2023 season: The Chilkoot Trail is open for day use only on the U.S. side for the first 1.5 miles of the trail in Historic Dyea. Visitors can enjoy limited day hiking on the first 1.5 miles of the Chilkoot Trail, recently designated a National Historical Trail in December of 2022, through the area known as Saintly Hill. 

The Chilkoot Trailhead Parking area in Dyea allows for parking and access to the trailhead for day use hiking this summer.  The National Park Service continues repairs on the trail along the lower Taiya watershed as park staff rebuild bridges and infrastructure after the severe flooding last fall on the U.S. side of the trail. The Chilkoot Trail is closed 100 feet on either side of the Steel One Bridge at mile 1.53 of the Chilkoot Trail where it is impassable. 

In addition, the Chilkoot Trail is closed a distance 100 feet south of the Dry Fork Bridge at mile 2.36 on the Chilkoot Trail for the purpose of public safety due to hazardous conditions from ongoing construction and repairs. The upper portion of the Chilkoot Trail on the U.S. side is closed north of the Dry Fork Bridge at mile 2.36 for the purpose of public safety due to the lack of accessibility to the Trail and the limited availability of emergency response.  Overnight camping on the U.S. side of the Chilkoot Trail will not be permitted for the 2023 hiking season.

 The Canadian side of the trail is open to permitted hiking and camping through Canada only via the Parks Canada Reservation Line (1-800-661.0486 Canada and U.S./ 1-867-667-3910 overseas
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This short video brings to light the common risks and challenges that hikers may encounter on the trail. If you are interested in hiking the Chilkoot Trail check out this video to see if you are up to the challenge. Happy Trails.


Step-by-step planning guide

Permits are needed:

  • for overnight hiking June 1 - September 13, even if you are not crossing the border
  • for any day trip with travel in Canada, this includes trail runners doing the entire trail in one day

Reservations for summer 2022 begin April 25, 2022. Learn how to get a permit.

  • review how to Leave No Trace on the Chilkoot Trail
  • pack all of your hiking and camping gear
  • become bear aware, learn about bear safety on the trail
  • review the park's Laws & Policies. Remember, it is illegal to possess or use marijuana and other controlled substances inside a National Park Service unit
  • check the latest Chilkoot Trail conditions report, including current weather at some locations
  • pick up your permit and check in at the Trail Center in Skagway, located on Broadway between 5th and 6th Avenues. During permit season trail orientations, conducted at the Trail Center, are mandatory. Please allow approximately 30 minutes for an orientation. Everyone hiking must attend, not just the permit holder. Day runners need to pick up their permit a day in advance or before noon the day they want to start.

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Last updated: May 8, 2023

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