Explore the most popular birding trails in Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike to a lake on a well maintained trail. Very peaceful and serine. Easy access from cruise port. Ended up going all the way to Upper Reid Falls for a 5.5 our pack trip. Well worth it.

So hard but worth! Definitely recommend.

hiking
4 days ago

Very beautiful views at the top. I would rate this as hard because of the steepness of the trail. A climb of 3,000 feet in about 2.5 miles one way and about 5 miles round trip. Make sure continue to Devils Punchbowl as well. You will have to do a bit of rock scrambling to get to Devils Punchbowl.

Steep first 500 ft but the lake is totally gorgeous! Once you get to the lake trail its such a fun walk: picnic spots, tiny off trail islands, good rock skipping, wildflowers, a cliff jumping stop, rock scramble and various other cool views. Great way to see a beautiful place very close to the main downtown if you're bored with the countless jewelry stores and tourist traps downtown.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice little hike, nevertheless it’s strenuous and steep. Took me less than 1.5 hours to reach the upper lake. Beautiful Alaska!

hiking
13 days ago

My husband and I hiked this trail in July of 2000, we flew to Juneau, ferried to Skagway, caught a ride to Dyea and hiked from there. We spent four nights on the trail; Canyon City, Sheep Camp, Happy Camp and Bare Loon. Amazing scenery the entire route; coastal rainforest, high alpine, boreal forest as well as historical remnants of the Gold Rush along the way. The Golden Staircase is a feat but well worth the effort; my husband proposed at the summit so I knew he was in for the long haul given my appearance at that point! We did encounter bears, had a black bear in camp at Canyon City, saw a sow and two cubs just past Sheep Camp and ran into a grizzly bear hiking the RR tracks out. Fortunately, none of the bears were aggressive; the grizzly however did not allow us to dissuade him from running off and won the battle of track dominance as we wandered aimlessly with our pepper spray out hoping for the best; no trees anywhere near the tracks at that point. Nothing like adrenaline to finish the last few miles. Overall it was an amazing experience we'd recommend to anyone.

hiking
22 days ago

Amazing hike!! VERY hard. Uphill for around 2-3 hours. The view at the top is amazing and worth it. Took us around 4 hrs moving fast with small water breaks. Went in May and there was still a lot of snow at the top and lake was frozen. It is an amazing hike just be prepared for how hard it is.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! Amazing sights and scenery! I no longer wonder why some folks have so few photos. Hardest thing I’ve ever done, but worth every step.

Difficult! But worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

It is nice like all the other reviewers state. But it is also worth noting that there is the never ending sound of tourists tour helicopters flying over head.

GORGEOUS Hike!!! I just got into town and hiked it last night, I’m in awe of how beautiful the woods are here.

backpacking
5 months ago

This is a must. I’ve hiked the trail twice and it’s absolutely amazing! So many different landscapes and tundras.

Best time to hike it is July/August. If you go in May or June you’ll be hiking in snow on some sections of the trail. I’d also recommend hiking it in a few days (I did two nights three days) that way you can enjoy the amazing lakes and views.

I backpacked this trail over a decade ago and it still remains one of my favorites because of how ecologically diverse the trail is and how scenic and historic. It checked all of the boxes! The golden staircase climb is still a vivid memory. Lots of bears which was very intimidating but very responsible campers in my experience that understood bear safety and had good backcountry decision making skills and etiquette.

Paradise is at the top of this strenuous hike, making it all worth it. Drank the water straight from the lake, ice cold and delicious. Stayed in the A frame cabin and awoke to heaven out the window. Grabbing a beer at the Skagway brew co once you descend just takes the cake.

Finally made it to the top!! It's a huge challenge but well worth the results. Spectacular views. It rained the night before and on morning of so the rocks & trail were slick & muddy but manageable. We met up with the Alaskan public works employees marking the trail, so it was easy to follow where there were trees. Beyond the tree line it was hard to follow but we focused & found our way. Great blueberry bushes along the upper trail. The trail goes well beyond the map on this site- and the top gets very steep & seems never ending. Every time we thought we saw the top, it continued. Definitely an endurance & fitness challenge. Kudos to my athletic 12yr old for keeping up- she's a rock star!! And a special thanks to the cabin owners who's amazing dogs gave us encouragement along the trail. Thanks Auggie. ;)

Loved this hike so amazing

Plan on hiking this trail this Monday Aug 21st. We get off our ship (Explorer of the Seas) approximately 7am and plan on going directly to the trail head. We hope to gave enough time to make it up & back before the ship leaves Skagway at 7pm.
Anyone else plan on going??
Company would be welcome. I've attempted this hike in the past however did it have enough time due to an early sail time.
Advice, suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Unbelievable hike! The views at the top were incredible, and swimming in the lake was surreal. I have to agree with the other reviewers, this hike should be rated as hard...very hard. The first 2.5 miles are very steep and uphill, and during this time you climb 3,000 ft. You can stop at Lower Dewey Lake and there are a lot of spots by the river to rest, and once you reach Upper Dewey Lake all that climbing is worth it. Make sure you bring a bathing suit to swim and cool off in this beautiful alpine lake! I would highly recommend doing the extra 2.5 miles(round trip) to Devil's Punch Bowl, which offers stunning mountain, glacier, and ocean views, and another alpine lake.

Great hike ! Not moderate though, very strenuous and steep.
You can spend the night at the top:
2 cabins on the edge of the lake (1 first come first served and another one that you have to book in advance), or with your tent. Great views!

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing trail
Sundays and Mondays there is no train back so you have to book a plane extraction (or walk on the train tracks -> illegal).
But leaving on a Thursday you can definitely make the last train on Saturday!!

first, it was beautiful. second, I learned why it was rated harder than upper dewey. third, I shouldn't have gone alone. fourth, this app is way off on those numbers...i mean I suppose you could stop at 2200ft, but you're not on top of anything. it was 9 miles and 3900 ft, but hey whatever, details lol. took me 7 hours, but I may have had a panic attack as I think it was slightly above my skill level and I freaked out I couldn't get down. but I did. and I owned that sob, so there. did it. need a t shirt.

Completed this trail as a shore day a cruise. Definitely not moderate. This is a strenuous hike.The mileage listed here is off as you have to complete the lead trail. The City visitor center trail maps have the distance as 6.9-miles (out and back). The City maps also list this as strenuous. Great views at the top, especially if you add the Devil's Punch Bowl out and back that starts at the end of the Upper Dewey. That will put you at a total distance from the start of the trail head of 9.4-miles with 3,700-feet of elevation gain. Great hike as you will lose the crew ship folks at the Lower Dewey; however the switchbacks are steep and there is not much relief until near the top. Downhill is pretty hard on the feet and knees.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. Strenuous, all uphill. Bridge is the half way point, bring a pen to sign your name. Most importantly don't quit! The lake at the top and view of the surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous.

11 months ago

Finished the trail on July 7. Spent 5 nights on the trail, amazing experience. Highly recommended!

worth the effort, but moderate is an understatement. sweet mother of god. moderate if you're used to Everest I suppose lol

backpacking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Completed the hike on 14th of July after 4 nights on the trail. We stayed in Canyon City, Sheep Camp, Happy Camp and Lindemen. Amazing, amazing hike! Would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Best memories ! We hiked from Lake Bennett to Skagway.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Do this trail every year. Great for all levels of hikers

Saturday, July 01, 2017

this trail was very nice and was able to be done while our cruise was at port after our excursion. steep at first then very pleasant. the very end to reach the landing was steep downhill and very loose rock, but very manageable and worth the view at the end.

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