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West Canada Hiking Tours
Chilkoot Trail Hiking, Skagway Chilkoot Trail Hike, Deya, Klondike Gold Rush Park, White Pass Yukon Railroad Skagway, Trail of 1898, The Chilkoot Trail Guided Hiking Trips, Alaska Ferry Skagway, Alaska Hiking Tours, Inside Passage Outdoor Nature Adventure Tours, Alaska Guided Trekking
7 Day The Chilkoot Trail
HT#15 The Chilkoot Trail
Overview: The Klondike Gold Rush captured the imagination of the world. Rich and poor, young and old, women and men were attracted to the Klondike from all parts of the globe. No image better represents this historic event than the endless line of stampeders struggling over the Chilkoot Pass during the winter of 1897-98. Today the Chilkoot Trail and Klondike Gold Rush National Historic parks commemorate this extraordinary journey. The contrast between the scenic grandeur of the coastal mountains and the fragile remains of the stampeders' The route takes you through rainforest, alpine tundra, boreal tundra, snow-capped mountains, hanging glaciers, turquoise lakes, and cascading rivers.
Whitehorse arrival day. Transfer to your hotel. Afternoon: introduction and equipment check. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
Whitehorse to Finnegan’s Point: In the morning enjoy a scenic drive via White Pass to Skagway, Alaska. You have the option to board the historic White Pass & Yukon Railroad for a scenic rail trip to Skagway. In the afternoon there will be plenty of time to take a stroll through the historic district. Here most of all buildings are remnants of the Gold Rush era. We drive to Dyea, trailhead of the Chilkoot Trail and hike through evergreen coastal rain forest to the old saw mill at Finnegan’s Point where we pitch up our tents for the first time.
Finnegan’s Point to Sheep Camp: After Breakfast we continue our adventure and reach the ruins of Canyon City and continue to Sheep Camp with an impressive view of hanging glaciers and old remnants from the past gold rush days. We continue to Sheep Camp and follow the Taiya River amid the lush rain forest
Sheep Camp to Chilkoot Pass / Happy Camp: Today, we will conquer the 1.082 m high Chilkoot Pass. After the adventurous climb over the “Golden Stairs“ to the pass summit we are compensated by a landscape of unbeaten grandeur. Above treeline - at only 900 meters - it is remarkably windier and cooler as a sub-arctic climate awaits us at the summit. In the height of winter, the snow pack measures 5 meters and temperatures can easily drop to - 50 C. Under these extreme circumstances and strains unimaginable, every miner had to carry at least one ton of food and equipment across the pass or the Canadian Mounties would not let him proceed into the Yukon. Overnight: Happy Camp.
Happy Camp to Lake Lindeman: Today our trail winds its way along rivers and lake, offering incredible vistas of the surrounding mountains. We gradually descend downhill to Deep Lake and after a distance of 9 km we arrive at Lake Lindeman. 10,000 men lived here in tents and primitive huts during spring of 1898. A cemetery and an old log cabin is the only evidence of that once existing short-term settlement.
Lake Lindeman to Lake Bennett: Easy hike to Baron Loon Lake, were we enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool waters and continue our journey to Lake Bennett at the end of the Chilkoot Trail. 20,000 prospectors waited here for the ice to break up to continue to the gold fields around Dawson City. This happened on May 29, 1898 and within a week 7,000 men boarded their self-made boats for the float down the Yukon River. Here we set up our last camp.
Lake Bennett to Fraser to Whitehorse: In the late morning we board the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway to Fraser where our van will be waiting for a transfer to Whitehorse. End of Program
Difficulty/Fitness Level: 2
Dates & Rates per Person in CAD$
June - September
On Request
June - September
On Request/Space Controlled
Services Included
• 1 Night Hotel Accommodation
• 5 Nights Camping
• Professional Guide Service
• Transfers
• Trail Access Fees
• All Meals during Hiking Program
• Camping Equipment
• GST Tax