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Chilkoot Trail Tours

Chilkoot Trail
Following the Chilkoot Trail is to take a journey into the past, to the time before the gold-rush era of prospectors when the Tlingit people used the route to trade coastal products for pelts and plants with the people of the interior. The trail is a significant historic site, and has been described as ‘the world’s longest outdoor museum.’

The 33-mile (53km) trail is for walkers only, who take three to five days to follow the often difficult route that in gold-rush days was the most direct path from the port at Skagway to the gold fields of the Yukon. The route was shorter than White Pass but more deadly.

Prospectors taking the Chilkoot route were advised to carry a ton of gear and rations, enough to ensure self-sufficiency for one year. Alternative transportation systems devised to help carry their infamous ton of gear included aerial tramways, pack animals and Tlingit porters.

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail is such a popular recreational activity that permit numbers are limited during the peak season months of June to early September.



Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Practical Info

In Alaska, the Chilkoot Trail is part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Beginning at the bridge over the River Taiya near the town of Dyea (15 miles/24km from Skagway, the trail goes over the Coast Mountains and Chilkoot Pass to Lake Bennett in British Columbia.

There are nine official campgrounds dotted along the trail. To protect against attracting the unwanted attentions of bears along the route, food must be safely stowed and bear spray repellent carried.
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Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour

Skagway Shore Excursion: Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float Tour

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When your ship docks in Skagway, discover the Chilkoot Trail by foot and water on this half-day hike and float tour. After a scenic van ride, embark on a moderate-level, 2-mile (3.2-km) trek with a knowledgeable guide. Then, you’ll climb aboard a rubber raft for a tranquil float down Taiya River. Have a blast retracing the footsteps of stampeding prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. Don’t miss this family-friendly active adventure, one of Skagway’s most affordable hiking and rafting tours.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.47
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US$118.47

Chilkoot Horseback Adventure

Chilkoot Horseback Adventure

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The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is an ideal location to experience Alaska’s natural beauty and gold rush history. This tour saves you the hassle of (horse) navigation and gives the riding knowhow to travel the park’s trails on a horse, visiting Dyea ghost town and the Chilkoot and White Pass trails. Plus, your tour includes round-trip transportation from Skagway and local snacks.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$178.72
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Skagway Triple Adventure Tour: Bike, Hike, and Raft

Skagway Triple Adventure Tour: Bike, Hike, and Raft

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Get adventurous in Skagway with three outdoor activities in one 5.5-hour combo tour. You'll bike through the rainforest, hike on the Chilkoot Trail, and take a scenic float down the Taiya River. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
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  • 5 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$199.00
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6-Hour Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float and White Pass Summit Drive from Skagway

6-Hour Chilkoot Trail Hike and Float and White Pass Summit Drive from Skagway

Explore the Chilkoot Trail, Taiya River, and White Pass Summit on a 6-hour tour from Skagway. Learn about the Klondike Gold Rush during a short hike on the Chilkoot Trail, then float on the Taiya River aboard a stable raft. Finally, take a scenic drive north to White Pass Summit for sweeping views of the mountains, glaciers, and alpine lakes of the Yukon and British Columbia. Make a photo stop at the 'Welcome to Alaska' sign then pass through U.S. customs to return to Skagway.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$208.95
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2.5-Hour Taiya River Scenic Float from Skagway

2.5-Hour Taiya River Scenic Float from Skagway

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Float past the ice-capped peaks, glacial lakes, and lush forests of the Taiya River on this 2.5-hour scenic rafting cruise. Along the way, learn about the region’s Gold Rush history, spot wildlife in the Dyea Valley, and see the starting point of the historic Chilkoot Trail.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$89.87
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