Nature and science

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

The Chilkoot Trail starts at tidewater in Dyea, Alaska and ends on the shores of the Southern Lakes headwaters of the mighty Yukon River. Few trails of similar length offer more dramatic changes in climate, terrain and vegetation or more spectacular scenery.


The Chilkoot Trail is one of only three glacier-free corridors through the Coast Mountains between Juneau and Yakutat. The trail passes through the Pacific northwest coastal forest in Alaska and climbs above treeline, reaching an elevation of 1074 metres (3,525 feet) at the pass. It then traverses the alpine tundra and descends into the subalpine boreal forest of British Columbia around Lindeman and Bennett Lakes.

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