Alaska July 11, 2018
This Hike Through The Clouds Will Give You The Absolute Best Views In Alaska
The Chilkoot Trail goes from the deepwater port in Skagway up into the clouds and over a mountain range to the Yukon. This iconic trail is one of the most grueling and gorgeous trails in Alaska. During the Gold Rush, thousands of prospectors traveled the Chilkoot Trail to reach the gold fields of the Klondike and the Yukon. Follow in their footsteps and hike through the clouds to see some of the most beautiful views in Alaska.
One of Alaska's bucket list items, the Chilkoot Trial is a recreational trail that travels from Dyea, Alaska to Lake Bennett, British Columbia. It begins 10 miles from Skagway on the panhandle.
During the Gold Rush, the trail led deep into the Klondike continuing over 600 miles to gold discoveries in Canada's Yukon Territory. To retrace their footsteps, you can now hike the first part of the trail.
The trail currently runs 33 miles up a mountain
for recreational use. Over 10,000 visitors a year day hike, trail run or backpack some or all of the course.
You'll need to apply for a permit, a required part of the process. If you complete the entire trail, you will cross the international border between Alaska and Canada.
The hike takes you up 3500 feet into the clouds. The views are incredible from the highest points on the trail and you can feel the many souls who traveled this path seeking a better life, as well as see countless artifacts from that era.
Stock up on the best gear, plan ahead and educate your group on bear safety before attempting the challenge of the Chilkoot.
A permit is required and they recommend you check the weather conditions just prior to departure to avoid dangerous storms.
The terrain is isolated and the trail physically grueling. It takes 3-5 days to meet a prearranged pick up by train or small plane. The views are staggering to those who make the trek.
If you are up for the challenge, the Chilkoot Trail is positively breathtaking. As you hike through the clouds, it should be easy to imagine the 1890's in vivid color.
Historic artifacts line the trail and reading about the accounts of those who hiked here seeking gold is a perfect compliment to hiking the historic path all day.
Hike the Chilkoot Trail for a truly magical adventure into the clouds. From this vantage point, the views are so incredible you will never be the same.
More information about the Chilkoot Trail here.
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