Skagway Journals

Hike the Chilkoot Trail

An August 2004 trip to Skagway by LetsGoThere

The White house Photo, Skagway, Alaska More Photos
Quote: The Chilkoot Trail is beatiful, challenging, and rich with history. Hikers who are looking to push themselves, try turning this 5-day hike into a day trip. My sister is a Skagway local, and we did the daytrip version last year; it's way tougher than any marathon I've run.

Hike the Chilkoot Trail

Overview

Lower Dewey Lake Photo, Skagway, Alaska
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Scenery!! As you cross the Chilkoot Pass into Canada, the view into the valley and Crater Lake is breathtaking. For most of the trail, you can look in any direction and see a view that is awe-inspiring. If you're lucky and quiet, you might see a grizzly walking along 'at a distance'.Quick Tips: Don't go out and buy thousands of dollars' worth of gear. The Mountain Hideout in Skagway will rent you all the gear you will need to hike the trail. Stay out of the Red Onion; if you want to drink with frontier people, try Moe's Frontier Bar.Best Way To Get Around: Skagway is a small town, and everything is within walking distance. It's 9 miles from Skagway to the Chilkoot Trail Head (Dyea)...Read More

The White house

Hotel | "At The Whitehouse"

The White house Photo, Skagway, Alaska
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The White House was built in 1902 and served as an old WWII hospital that burned down. Innkeepers John and Jan Tronrud, longtime Skagway locals, bought and renovated the property in the '90s. The rooms are beautiful and have a country feel that is far more charming than staying at a chain hotel. Jan and John bend over backwards to make your stay as comfortable and interesting as possible. The Inn is a five-minute walk to historic downtown Skagway.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2005

The White house
475 8th Avenue
Skagway, Alaska
(907) 983-9000

Chilkoot Trail Hike

Attraction

Chilkoot Trail Hike Photo, Skagway, Alaska
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The Chilkoot Trail is a moderate hike that most people cover in 3 to 5 days. The first 10 miles winds slowly through forest, heading uphill to The Scales, which was a staging point for the climb to the summit. When you look up from The Scales, it is an awe-inspiring site, and I wondered how I was going to get up it. The summit climb is difficult but not technical, and after walking all day, it feels good to use your hands and do some scrambling up a wall of huge boulders. Once over the summit, the trail gets a bit easier as you enter Canada and work your way down the other side of the pass. The first camping area after summit is Happy Camp, and most people stop here for the best night’s sleep ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 28, 2005

Chilkoot Trail Hike
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Skagway, Alaska 99840
(907) 983-2921