Historic Chilkoot Trail Backpacking Alaska USA

The historic Chilkoot Trail in Alaska, USA is one which many people endure while backpacking across the scenic landscape during the warmer months.

A group of backpackers descend down the historic Chilkoot Trail in Alaska, USA where a body of water sits at the base amongst the rugged landscape. The entire Chilkoot Trail is 33 miles in length and backpacking is one way to enjoy the history and beauty of the area.

Backpacking along the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska, USA is one which is physically challenging, dangerous and very isolated but for experienced hikers, it is one which is very rewarding. The scenery is breathtaking and one must plan out their entire backpacking adventure before beginning.

The proper equipment is a necessity while traveling along the Chilkoot Trail as the weather can change in a moment. People should be physically fit as the terrain is extremely rocky, snow can often blanket the steep banks and other areas can be muddy with slippery and loose rocks.

The Chilkoot Trail was declared as a national historic site as it protects the gateway to the Yukon which was used by Tlingit First Nation trades and gold prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. It crosses over the border between the USA and Canada and is controlled by parks in both regions.

The best time of year for backpacking the Chilkoot Trail is from the middle of July to the middle of August as early June to early July can still have a major snow pack around the region and from the middle of August to late September, the weather changes and the daylight hours become shorter.

Alaska. Chilkoot Trail. Backpacker descending pass.



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The historic Chilkoot Trail in Alaska, USA is one which many people endure while backpacking across the scenic landscape during the warmer months.

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Steve Gilroy / Accent Alaska

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