THE SEA TO SKY ADVANTAGE
- 25 years of leading expeditions.
- Special hotel rate in Whitehorse.
- Certified guides with Wilderness First Aid.
- Diversified, tasty menu with meals prepared by our guides.
- Food drop to reduce backpack weight.
- Our guides carry most of group equipment thus reducing the weight you
need to carry.
- Top of the line equipment including tents.
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- Comprehensive package of conditioning and equipment/clothing information.
- On going preparation support from our office.
- Readings from diaries, anecdotal stories and photos help chronicle this
CHILKOOT TRAIL ITINERARY
A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will
be issued upon registration.
the point of origin and return, national park user fees, White Pass &
Yukon Railroad, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations,
tarps, major first aid supplies, meals/snacks/beverages on the expedition,
emergency radio or satellite phone, and professional guides.
: Transportation to point of origin, transfers,
accommodation and food other than included in the itinerary, gratuities,
and personal equipment.
: All meals while on the backpacking portion of
Arrival in Whitehorse. This denotes the day or days
spent in Whitehorse before the listed start date of the trip.
We will leave Whitehorse and begin our drive along the very scenic
Klondike Highway to Fraser, the Canadian border with Alaska. It is here that
we will leave our van for a 3 hour trip aboard the White Pass & Yukon RR
through time and scenery to Skagway, Alaska. After dinner and a short visit
to the Gateway to the Klondike we will be driven to Dyea, Alaska, where the
trail begins and our campsite.
The first part of the trail
is forested, fairly flat, and relatively easy. The trail follows a logging road
past a sawmill (1950s) to Finnegan's Point. Across from here is the magnificent
Irene Glacier. From Finnegan's Point the trail begins to climb, but not dramatically.
We will eventually descend the trail to the site of Canyon City at the mouth
of the Taiya River Canyon. This will be our campsite for the evening.
Shortly after leaving Canyon City we will begin
to climb high above the Taiya River. The trail is entirely through forest.
There are a few spots, however, where the scenery is fabulous. The trail
will eventually level off at a site called Pleasant Camp. The name refers
to the fact that this was the first level land and decent campsite after
We will begin the most strenuous section of the
trail today, with dramatic changes in elevation and vegetation. We will
leave early in the morning, as progress will be slow. As we begin our
assent from Sheep Camp, we gradually leave the rain forest behind. Tree
size decreases, and the landscape takes on the barreness of sub arctic
tundra. This stretch was called Long Hill by the goldrushers, for reasons
that will become obvious. The Chilkoot Pass, nondescript, comes into view.
At this distance its ominous reputation seems undeserved. The Scales mark
the end of the long, gradual drag up Long Hill. At the Scales, the formidable
nature of the climb over the Chilkoot Pass becomes evident. Large boulders
and a steep grade mark the route up. From the summit the trail becomes
easier as it begins to descend and level off. We are now in true alpine
tundra country. The trail to our campsite at Happy Camp will highlight
those features which make a tundra landscape uniquely beautiful.
We have completed the most difficult section
of the trail. The remainder of the trail is relatively easy. Although
there are stretches of uphill hiking they are not long or dramatic. As
we leave Happy Camp the trail rises above the valley and follows a ridge
along Long Lake. After a short hike Deep Lake appears below us. A descent
brings us back below the treeline. The trail skirts the lake and then
runs high above a narrow canyon which the river, now known as Moose Creek,
cascades from Deep Lake to Lake Lindeman, our campsite for the evening.
The trail from Lake Lindeman to Bare Loon Lake
is a tiring climb through sparse forest. There are occasional views of
Lindeman Lake as reward for our efforts. Shortly after Bare Loon Lake
the trail begins to descend to Lake Bennett. There are some excellent
viewpoints along this stretch. Near the north end of Lindeman Lake the
trail turns to deep sand, parallels the train tracks, and makes its final
elevation gain. At the top of the hill there is a spectacular lookout.
In the distance you will see the Bennett rail station from which we will
leaving. Bennett was the terminus for both the White Pass and Chilkoot
We will have the morning to explore the area around
Lake Bennett. Around 1:00 pm the WP & YR railway will return us to Fraser
where our van is parked. Our return to Whitehorse will be punctuated by a stop
at Carcross, an interesting and historical Yukon town.
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