Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site

Major flooding and damage from Dyea to Sheep Camp

Issued: January 13, 2023

UPDATE April 24, 2023: The American side of the Chilkoot Trail is closed for the entire 2023 hiking season due to significant flood damage. Please note that you are not permitted to cross into the U.S. portion of the Chilkoot Trail from Canada. It is illegal to enter the United States without the proper border crossing documentation.

For more information, please see the news release from National Parks Service about the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

UPDATE March 28, 2023: The latest updates on the status of the US side of the Chilkoot Trail can be found in this CBC Article published on March 21, 2023.

Major flooding has caused serious damage to sections of the Chilkoot trail from Dyea to Sheep Camp, causing parts of the trail on the American side to be dangerous or impassible. The U.S. National Park Service continues to assess the severity of these damages but anticipates that the U.S. side of the trail will not open until August 2023. Parks Canada is planning on opening the Chilkoot National Historic Site (the Canadian side of the trail) to summer hiking permits as of June 1. Please stay tuned for more information on the opening of the reservation line. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

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