A safe and enjoyable trip on the Chilkoot requires careful planning. You must be well equipped, self sufficient and in good physical condition as the terrain is rough and the weather often extreme. Plan your trip with the least experienced member of your group in mind.

Trail hazards

Few trails offer more dramatic changes in climate, terrain and vegetation or more spectacular scenery. Hike the trail and share the challenge of those who reached the Klondike.

Bear safety

The Chilkoot Trail is located in an area home to both black and grizzly bears. Familiarize yourself with the principles and practices of safe travel in bear country.

Winter safety

All winter backcountry users should know how to recognize natural hazards and minimize risks by taking reasonable precautions. Careful pre-trip planning, appropriate equipment and knowledge of natural hazards are all essential.

Fall hiking

Outside of the summer hiking season, there are no regular patrols, the route is unmarked and facilities are not maintained. Fall hikers need to be self sufficient and accept a high level of responsibility for their own safety.

Day running

Day hikers and runners need to be self sufficient and adequately equipped to deal with the conditions and hazards associated with the Chilkoot Trail.

Emergencies and communication

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site is a remote wilderness park. In the event of an emergency you should be prepared for lengthy delays in search and rescue response times due to weather conditions and/or the availability of both aircraft and rescue personnel.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska
NPS Emergency Dispatch

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, British Columbia
Parks Canada Emergency Dispatch
1-780-852-3100 (if calling from a satellite phone)