Backpack Alaska's Chilkoot Trail


Global Adventure - Backpack Alaska's Chilkoot Trail

Relive the experience of the Klondike gold miners as you retrace their route up and over the Chilkoot Pass to Lake Bennett in the Yukon, then ride the historic White Pass & Yukon Railway back to Skagway. The journey begins and ends in Skagway. Participants will carry their overnight gear and food, and camp along the way.

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  • Mon, Jul 31, 2017 — Mon, Aug 7, 2017
  • Global Adventures Committee
  • Global Adventures, Scrambling, Backpacking
  • Families, Adults
  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 33.0 mi

July 31 –explore historic Skagway, get our trail permits and a welcome dinner. Aug 1 – 6 shuttle to Dyea trailhead, backpack the Chilkoot Trail and taking the historic White Pass & Yukon Route train back to Skagway, celebration dinner and last night in Skagway. Aug 7 am is the end of the trip where you find your own transportation back home.  

Itinerary Highlights:  Take a step back in time as we begin our journey in Skagway as we get our trail permits organized and see where the Gold Rush began. After a welcome dinner we will retire to our local lodging for the night. The next morning a short shuttle will take us to the Dyea Trailhead where we begin our five day backpack following the pathway of the Klondike miners of old. At the end of the trail, in Bennett, you can reward yourself with a hot meal at the historic Bennett Eating House. After that we will take the historic White Pass & Yukon Route train ride back to Skagway where we will enjoy a celebration dinner and stay the night. The next day is our last day (free day) and night in Skagway as part of the trip. The trip ends the next morning (in Skagway) and you have a variety of transportation choices to get back home. You will need a valid Passport to participate as the route crosses the US/Canada border.

Options include float plane, fast ferry or the slow boat aboard along the Alaska Marine Highway ferry down the Inside Passage to Bellingham where it is permissible to pitch tents on the deck of the ferry and sightsee and relax through the four day trip. More information on options will be provided in the first trip letter upon registration.

Time of year:  August is the time of year when the upper reaches of the trail are most likely to be snow-free.

Lodging:  One night in a hotel in Skagway followed by four nights backpacking on the trail, concluding with two hotel nights in Skagway.

Food:  Participants will be responsible for their own meals during the backpack and lunches while in town. While in Skagway, we will eat dinner together as a group as part of the tour package.

Leader’s experience:  Royce has been a climb, backpack and scramble leader through the Tacoma branch since 2005. In the past she has led groups of friends on successful international trips.  Royce led a Global Adventure backpack to Maui’s Haleakala Crater in 2015.

Participant requirements:  Participants must be current Mountaineers members with an up to date waiver on file.  Experienced backpacking skills required.  Participants must be in good cardiovascular shape, with sound joints and good balance, and confident on rugged steep scree and boulder terrain.

Trip Price Detail:  $850 per person. Includes two nights lodging in Skagway (at the beginning and end of the trip), the shuttle from Skagway to the Dyea Trailhead, and the train ride down from Bennett. Two dinners, while in town, will be with the group and paid for by the tour (alcohol not included). Backpack permits for the trail are included as well. Not included is transportation to and from Skagway, food while backpacking and incidentals.

Registration instructions:  Registration is open now and must be accompanied by the full payment. Registration closes June 1, 2015 and all balances must be paid by this time.  A trip application form is attached.

Cancellation Policy :  If you cancel for any reason, you may receive a refund less non-refundable expenses incurred and a $100 administrative fee.}                   


Backpack Alaska's Chilkoot Trail

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After receiving your deposit, the leader will send out a series of letters or emails providing information to help participants succeed on the trip, including recommended and required gear, recommended maps and guidebooks.


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