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Backpacking expeditions along the Chilkoot Trail

Explore the past on these backpacking trips along the historic Chilkoot Trail.  The Chilkoot Trail is an adventure that will give you a sense of the challenge, excitement, anticipation, and dangers which faced the Klondike Goldrushers of 1898.  The route takes you through rainforest, alpine tundra, and boreal forest. Snowcapped mountains, hanging glaciers, turquoise lakes, and cascading rivers contribute to the magnificence of the rugged, scenic area that follows the Chilkoot Trail.  

Your travel back in time begins with a 3 hour train ride aboard the White Pass & Yukon Railroad from Fraser at the top of the White Pass to Skagway. The train follows the scenic Skagway Valley, past glaciers, through tunnels carved into the mountains, over trestled bridges, and past historic goldrush landmarks. 

The Chilkoot Trail serves as a historic outdoors museum,with the discarded equipment, grave markers, and other reminders of the goldrushers found everywhere along the route.

$1795.00 CAD
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July to August

Moderate / Challenging

Two guides per tour, each with wilderness first aid certification.  Your guides have many years of experience in the outdoors and are experts in the activity they lead.  They are also familiar with the natural and cultural history of the area and committed to your satisfaction and safety.


Moderate level of fitness is recommended. Be prepared to carry packs of at least 40 pounds. This tour has significant elevation changes, rough terrain and stream/river crossings.


Requirments: Warm sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack.  Rentals available.


Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.


Summer temperatures average between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Southern Yukon

National park user fees, White Pass & Yukon Railroad, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone.


Clothing suited to a variety of temperatures and weather conditions, rain gear, hat, warm socks, hiking boots, sneakers, swim suit, towel.


Camera, binoculars, daypack, canteen, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses.


In tent campsites along the route.



Meals/snacks/beverages while on the expedition are included.

7 day tour, available July - August
$1795.00 / per person - CAD
July 1-7, July 25-31, August 5-11, 2019.
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. We will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing.

7 day tour, available July - August

Day 1

Arrive in Whitehorse the night before.

We will leave Whitehorse and begin our drive along the very scenic Klondike Highway to Fraser, the Canadian border with Alaska. It is here that we will leave our van for a 3 hour trip aboard the White Pass & Yukon RR through time and scenery to Skagway, Alaska. After dinner and a short visit to the Gateway to the Klondike we will be driven to Dyea, Alaska, where the trail begins and our campsite. 

Day 2

The first part of the trail is forested, fairly flat, and relatively easy. The trail follows a logging road past a sawmill (1950s) to Finnegan's Point. Across from here is the magnificent Irene Glacier. From Finnegan's Point the trail begins to climb, but not dramatically. We will eventually descend the trail to the site of Canyon City at the mouth of the Taiya River Canyon. This will be our campsite for the evening. 

Day 3

Shortly after leaving Canyon City we will begin to climb high above the Taiya River. The trail is entirely through forest. There are a few spots, however, where the scenery is fabulous. The trail will eventually level off at a site called Pleasant Camp. The name refers to the fact that this was the first level land and decent campsite after Canyon City. 

Day 4

We will begin the most strenuous section of the trail today, with dramatic changes in elevation and vegetation. We will leave early in the morning, as progress will be slow. As we begin our assent from Sheep Camp, we gradually leave the rain forest behind. Tree size decreases, and the landscape takes on the barreness of sub arctic tundra. This stretch was called Long Hill by the goldrushers, for reasons that will become obvious. The Chilkoot Pass, nondescript, comes into view. At this distance its ominous reputation seems undeserved. The Scales mark the end of the long, gradual drag up Long Hill. At the Scales, the formidable nature of the climb over the Chilkoot Pass becomes evident. Large boulders and a steep grade mark the route up. From the summit the trail becomes easier as it begins to descend and level off. We are now in true alpine tundra country. The trail to our campsite at Happy Camp will highlight those features which make a tundra landscape uniquely beautiful. 


Day 5

We have completed the most difficult section of the trail. The remainder of the trail is relatively easy. Although there are stretches of uphill hiking they are not long or dramatic. As we leave Happy Camp the trail rises above the valley and follows a ridge along Long Lake. After a short hike Deep Lake appears below us. A descent brings us back below the treeline. The trail skirts the lake and then runs high above a narrow canyon which the river, now known as Moose Creek, cascades from Deep Lake to Lake Lindeman, our campsite for the evening.


Day 6

The trail from Lake Lindeman to Bare Loon Lake is a tiring climb through sparse forest. There are occasional views of Lindeman Lake as reward for our efforts. Shortly after Bare Loon Lake the trail begins to descend to Lake Bennett. There are some excellent viewpoints along this stretch. Near the north end of Lindeman Lake the trail turns to deep sand, parallels the train tracks, and makes its final elevation gain. At the top of the hill there is a spectacular lookout. In the distance you will see the Bennett rail station from which we will leaving. Bennett was the terminus for both the White Pass and Chilkoot trails. 

Day 7

We will have the morning to explore the area around Lake Bennett. Around 1:00 pm the WP & YR railway will return us to Fraser where our van is parked. Our return to Whitehorse will be punctuated by a stop at Carcross, an interesting and historical Yukon town.