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Hiking the Chilkoot Trail

Permits & Reservations

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During the summer hiking season, every person overnighting on the Chilkoot Trail, and day users on the Canadian portion of the Chilkoot Trail, require a Permit. Day users remaining on the US portion of the trail do not require a Permit. Those without required permits are subject to fines.

Trip Permits

Backpack tag on pack
Backppack tag
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Trip permits are required for camping along the Chilkoot Trail. For those overnighting on the American side of the Trail a US Trip Permit is required. For those overnighting on the Canadian portion of the trail a Canadian Trip Permit is required. A combined Trip Permit is issued for those hiking the entire trail.

Trip Permits are available from the Trail Centre in Skagway (520 Broadway).

Bennett Camping Permits

For those overnighting in Bennett Camping Permits are required. Your Bennett Camping Permit is also valid for day use on the Canadian portion of the Chilkoot Trail. A Canadian Trip Permit is also valid for camping in Bennett.

Day Permits

A Day Permit is required for day hiking or running on the Canadian portion of the trail. Day Permits for a same day start will not be issued after 12:00 noon.

Visitors to Bennett who will not be using the Chilkoot Trail do not require Day Permits. Day users remaining on the US portion of the trail (Dyea to Chilkoot Pass) do not require Day Permits.


In order to maintain a high quality hiking experience and to minimize the impact of hikers on Park resources, a maximum of 50 hikers per day will be Permitted to enter Canada over Chilkoot Pass.

Group Size Restrictions

In order to minimize the impacts of large groups, group size is limited to a maximum of 12; only one large group (9 - 12 people) is permitted to cross Chilkoot Pass on any given day.

Large groups tend to have a negative effect upon the experience of other hikers, as well as placing greater demands upon park facilities and greater stress on the park environment. Please show consideration for your fellow hikers and the park environment by respecting these limitations. Use of multiple bookings to circumvent group size restrictions is unacceptable and may result in loss of Permits.  

Designated Camping

Camping is allowed in designated campgrounds only. Individual campsites within the campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Open fires are prohibited.

tents at Happy Camp
Tent sites at Happy Camp
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At the time of reservation you must specify which campgrounds you will stay at for each night of your trip. While this requires careful pre-trip planning, it eliminates over-crowding in campgrounds and ensures that everyone will have a place to camp.


Forty-two Reservations to enter Canada over Chilkoot Pass will be taken for each day. Reservations for the 2016 season will start being accepted on Monday, January 4, 2016.  Reservations for large groups (9 - 12 people) are being accepted as of September 1st of each year. 

Before calling to reserve please ensure that you can provide us with the following information:

  • # of Adults (17 yrs+); Youth (6 – 16); and Children (5 yrs and under) in your group
  • # of tent sites needed
  • your hiking itinerary, if you have not yet selected your campgrounds please visit the Hiking page and consult Choosing Your Campgrounds.
  • Credit card information

You may reserve Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time) by calling Parks Canada at:

  • 1-800-661-0486 Canada & U.S.
  • 1-867-667-3910 local & overseas

During the summer operational season reservations can also be made through the Skagway Trail Centre, seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Alaska Daylight Time), call:

  • 1-907-983-9234.

NOTE: All fees are payable at time of reservation. Permit fees are refundable up to one calendar month prior to start date. Reservation fees are non-refundable.

Last Minute Reservations

If you couldn't get your desired dates, or were unable to make a Reservation further in advance, it is worth calling about a month before your desired start date as this is when people generally cancel unneeded Reservations.


To cancel your reservation call 1-800-661-0486: please be prepared to provide us with the Booking Number, the name the booking was made under, the number of permits being cancelled and a phone number where you can be reached. Refunds will be credited to the Credit Card number used to make the Reservation.

Picking up Reserved Permits

Skagway Trail Centre
Trail Center, located at 520 Broadway
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You must pick up your reserved Permits and register for Customs at the Trail Center in Skagway . Hours of operation are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ADT, seven days a week.

When picking up Permits, all hikers must be present and have proper documentation for crossing the border. Please allow approximately 20 minutes when picking up your permits.

Permits can be picked up the day before, or on the morning that you begin your hike. If your Permit is not picked up by 12 noon on the day your trip begins, the Reservation for your entire trip is automatically cancelled, unless prior arrangements have been made directly with the Skagway Trail Center (phone 1-907-983-9234).

Walk-in Permits

Trail Centre Info Desk
Walk-in Permits are given out at the Trail Center at 1:00 pm each day
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Walk-in Permits are issued on a first-come first-serve basis at the Trail Center in Skagway (located at 520 Broadway) beginning at 1:00 pm ADT the day before you wish to start your hike. In addition to the allocated Walk-in Permits, no show Reservations will also be reallocated at 1:00 pm each day (for a same-day start).

When picking up Walk-in Permits, all hikers must be present and have proper documentation for crossing the border. Please allow approximately 30 minutes when picking up Walk-in Permits.

Walk-ins must specify which campgrounds they will stay at for each night of their trip when Permits are issued. Parks Canada cannot guarantee availability of Walk-in Permits. Delays of more than a day are generally uncommon. To increase your chances of getting a Walk-in Permit we suggest that you be as flexible as possible in terms of your trip plans.