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.

A pleasant hike in the woods. The climb at the beginning is a bit of a slog, but the trip around the lake is lovely. An 80-minute hike, at my pace, with a few stops.

Not that difficult. The challenge is the rockfall area to the pass from Sheep Camp to Happy Camp but is short lived. The challenge for me was the weather. Torrential rain and wind hitting me sideways. Streams on the CANADIAN side were challenging as water level did get high but doable. High winds blew me into a few creeks.
Will come back to do the Canadian side as the scenery is simply breathtaking. Beauty beyond belief. Clean toilets and Lindeman Camp had their two cabins heated with the wood stoves going. Three days of rain and soaked to the bone. Lindeman gave us a chance to dry out things.
Love love love the Canadian side and travel thru that terrain was simply awe inspiring.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Thumbs up to both the USA and Canada. Beautiful and scenic! I recommend this trail to anyone. The push over the pass is strenuous but doable for most hikers.

camping
1 month ago

Wonderful hike! The amazing views, fascinating history and super variable terrain was the highlight of our 3 week Alaska and Yukon vacation! The rating of "difficult" is certainly accurate though and I would suggest some serious training for anyone planning to hike this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty trail with a good incline to start! The trail around the lake is relatively easy. The ground to the left is uneven and you may have to crawl over rocks here and there, but the right side is much more maintained. There aren’t any GRAND mountain views, which I was hoping for, but you will see the mountains as you walk around the lake. It was a pretty and simple trail. I wish I’d had more time so I could have done the upper lake. We started up, to reach a view point of Skagway. The trail to upper lake is basically straight up, and I wouldn’t recommend going up to the “viewpoint” unless you plan to do the entire trail! If you’re looking for nice mountain views of the peaks surrounding Skagway, this hike will leave you wanting more. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and see a pretty lake, this is for you! I don’t think this hike is quite a 3, but I’m not giving it a 4 because the only reason I’d do it again would be to get to upper lake! Still a nice, enjoyable hike!

Easy hike! Very well maintained trail. Not what I would consider a true hiker’s trail as the path is clearly marked and there are several man made assists. If you continue past the upper lake you’ll get to Devil’s Punchbowl.

Great trail with outstanding views the whole way. Watch your step & Take your time. Bad knees should avoid as the downhill is steep.

Great hike! History everywhere. Great views, if the weather cooperates. We had steady rain on our trip, except when we approached Chilkoot pass. Then the sideways rain hit us so hard it bruised our faces! But I didn't mind. It made me appreciate the original gold-seekers' experiences in 1897.
I'm a heavy hiker and I did the trail in day hikers. I damaged my feet on the rocky moraine leading to the pass. Please consider hiking boots.
Day 1, to Sheep Camp.
Day 2, over the pass to Happy Camp.
Day 3, finish.
We flew to Whitehorse, took the bus to Carcross and the White Pass & Yukon Route train to Skagway. If that works with where you're coming from, I recommend the train. It's a great part of the overall trip. And check out Dawson City when you're done, too.

Amazing

backpacking
2 months ago

Finished the infamous Chilkoot with my husband of 38 years and 11 adults and 3 teens after 4 nights in the trail: Canyon City, Sheep Camp, Happy Camp, Lindamen Lake & sad to finish...

backpacking
2 months ago

Amazing hike! We did it in 2 1/2 days total and 18 hrs of hike. Great scenery, few people along the way. Lots of history, and make you appreciate the tenacity and the willingness of the pioneers that hike across with big dreams of making fortune in a new place. Thinking about doing it again...

Hard, but totally worth it! Went half way towards devils punch bowl but sadly the weather turned bad.

hiking
2 months ago

多样化的地型,如果没有雨,那就爽了。但路有点短且爬升不多,我给三个星,应该评容易级。

hiking
2 months ago

要是阳光灿烂的日子,这地方就是天堂。冰川几乎快化完了,山脚的一片花海恍惚间让我忘了这是海拨高度一千米的小湖。如果不是下雨的天气和阴冷,必须下湖游一下子,尽管只能游2分钟

Amazing trail with a great history. Would highly recommend!!

backpacking
2 months ago

We took 5 days to hike this trail at the end of June with family (4 adults 7 kids 12yrs-7yrs). It was an epic adventure. We all LOVED it so much! A highlight of our lives so far, for sure!! Had some snow on the pass and over into the Canadian side but it was doable and fun and so beautiful. This hike is incredible and kids are amazing.

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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Difficult! But worth it!

hiking
4 months 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
8 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.

10 months ago

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.

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