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Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! So read the headlines of a Seattle newspaper on July 17, 1897, igniting dreams of easy riches in the minds of thousands as word of a rich gold strike in remote northwestern Canada spreads by telegraph across the globe. The Seattle unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park preserves the story of the subsequent stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle's crucial role in this event. Hours vary seasonally.

backpacking
2 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
8 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
8 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.

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.

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
9 months ago

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!

Best memories ! We hiked from Lake Bennett to Skagway.

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

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.

Just finished on June 23rd. Lots of snow still on the Canadian side. Gorgeous views and great hiking trails

hiking
10 months ago

This was a really gorgeous hike. We were able to walk here from Port while visiting on a Cruise.

Don't give up the lake is amazing

It's a tough first 30 min, but then it's amazing

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Let me start by saying that I am not much of a hiker. However, this is now one of my favorite hikes! It is pretty Challenging but extremely rewarding. The view from the top was incredible. There are several false summits but each gives you even more spectacular views!

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

We arrived from the Czech Republic. Three wonderful days in June. Sun, snow, beautiful lakes and rivers

Sunday, October 23, 2016

We had to delay our hike due to flooding in mid July. This meant we had to shorten our hike by one night. National Parks did a great job re arranging our itinerary. It was an amazing 4 days.. Lots of fog over the pass but apart from that the views were great. Highly recommend it

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Awesome for my first hike! The forest was so comforting

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

We had a few hours to kill before taking the train up the mountain to hike to Laughton Glacier, so we headed up this trail as far as we could go before having to turn around in time to catch the train. It's an easy walk to the trailhead with peek-a-boo views back to the town. We found a rock lookout at our turn-around spot that gave us some great views. It was about a mile into the hike.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Very easy, make sure you hike about a tenth of a mile (or shorter) up to a rock lookout when you get to the lake by the bridge. It has a beautiful view of the snowcapped mountain.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Did this with my wife. it was my third time over the pass and we had perfect weather and gorgeous views. I love this hike!

like the hike, easy to do even if you are not fit for hiking.

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