Safety and guidelines

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

Be aware and prepared for the hazards you may encounter. A safe and enjoyable trip on the Chilkoot requires careful planning. You must be well equipped, self sufficient and in good physical condition as the terrain is rough and the weather often extreme. Plan your trip with the least experienced member of your group in mind.


What equipment do you need to hike the Chilkoot Trail?

Important bulletins

Find a list of warnings, closures and alerts for Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site.

Visitor guidelines

Visitor use of the Chilkoot Trail is managed by policies that aim to ensure a quality experience which respect the heritage values of the site.

Trail hazards

Few trails offer more dramatic changes in climate, terrain and vegetation. Experience the challenges faced by those who traveled to the Klondike.

Bear safety

The Chilkoot Trail is located in an area home to both black and grizzly bears. Familiarize yourself with the principles and practices of safe travel in bear country.

Winter safety

Winter backcountry users should know how to recognize natural hazards and minimize risks by pre-trip planning, and carrying appropriate safety equipment.

Fall hiking

Outside of the summer hiking season the route is unmarked. Fall hikers need to be self sufficient and accept a high level of responsibility for their own safety.

Emergencies and communication

In the event of an emergency you should be prepared for lengthy delays due to poor weather conditions and/or the availability of aircraft and/or rescue personnel.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska
NPS Emergency Dispatch

Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, British Columbia
Parks Canada 24 Hour Emergency Dispatch

Via satellite phone: 1-780-852-3100

Via satellite messaging device: Use the SOS function in the event of an emergency, and your service provider will connect Parks Canada Emergency Dispatch to you.

**You are not able to message the number above with a satellite messaging device.**

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