How to Get There
Regional setting of the Chilkoot Trail.© Parks Canada
The Chilkoot Trail is accessed from the town of Skagway, Alaska. Skagway is accessible by road from Whitehorse, Yukon, via the South Klondike Highway. During the summer visitor season there is daily bus service between Whitehorse and Skagway. Vehicle rentals are also available in Whitehorse. There are both ferry and commuter air service to Skagway from Juneau, Alaska.
For further information contact:
1-800-789-8566 Toll free
1-800-661-0495 Toll free
City of Skagway
1-888-762-1898 Toll free
Alaska Marine Highway
1-800-642-0066 Toll free
Chilkoot Trail facilities map Large version
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The Dyea trailhead is a distance of 16 km / 10 miles from Skagway. Access is by all weather dirt road. Overnight parking is available in Dyea at the National Parks Service campground located 1 km / ½ mile from the trailhead. There are a number of private shuttles that provide transport from Skagway to the trailhead at Dyea. While these services are reliably available individual operators vary from season to season and specific contact information is not available until the onset of the summer hiking season. Contact information for these services is available at the Trail Centre.
There is no road to Bennett. Access is by train, floatplane or boat charter. There is no phone or cell phone service at Bennett. All post-hike travel arrangements must be made prior to starting the trail. Contact carriers directly:
White Pass and Yukon Route Railway
1-800-343-7373 Toll free
Cabin Fever Adventures
Log Cabin Access/Egress
The Cut Off Trail is closed between May 1 and November 30. During this time travel on it is prohibited and you may be charged with an offence under the Canada National Parks Act if you are found travelling on the Cut Off Trail. The trail is no longer maintained and a bridge has been removed. There is therefore a greater risk to you of personal injury. Reduced sightlines due to vegetation re-growth increases the risk of a surprise bear encounter.
Using the WP&YR railway right of way and tracks to get to or from the Chilkoot Trail is trespassing and illegal under the Railway Safety Act. Travelling on the railway right of way is dangerous there is a risk of being hit by a train or other railway equipment. If you do so it is entirely at your own discretion and you accept any and all risks absolutely and Parks Canada Agency is not liable to you whatsoever.