Avalanche terrain - American side
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Spring and summer
This portion of the Chilkoot Trail is affected by avalanches until mid-July.
Reduce your exposure in avalanche terrain:
- Check with Park Ranger for current conditions;
- Leave Sheep Camp early in the morning;
- Travel quickly and avoid stopping in avalanche zones; and
- Rest at Chilkoot Pass before continuing.
Palm Sunday avalanche
On April 3, 1898 the deadliest event of the Gold Rush occurred when avalanches came down the mountains between Sheep Camp and the Scales. At least 70 people died on the Chilkoot Trail when heavy snow and warm south winds created unstable conitions.