Looking for a great trail near Skagway, Alaska? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Chilkat State Park or Mosquito Lake State Recreational Site, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Skagway ranging from 3 to 5.9 miles and from 19 to 2,621 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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I highly recommend enjoying the journey of hiking this trail. With all the different scenery and terrain, the beauty of completing the trail is one that shouldn’t be passed up. It’s well marked and maintained and all the camping sites are improved constantly to make the journey a pleasant one. Sheep camp was my favorite. We did the trail in 5 days which allowed lots of time to enjoy and relax to take in the sights. Even with a group of 9 hikers of all abilities we all made it to the end. A must for every avid hiker to complete!

Trail was steep all the way to the top. Switchbacks all the way. Some loose gravel and pine needles in areas that are slippery. Good rock and root foot holds all the way up. Spectacular views of mountains, town, lakes, wilderness, etc. Small cabin at top for camping and even an outhouse!

Trail starts steep but with fairly good footing by rocks and roots. Some loose gravel. Nice view of the lake, town, an mountians.

great looking trail with rocks and tree trunks. looks like "fangorhn forest" from LOTR

hiking
7 days ago

This trail was a tough one especially since I’m from jersey and the elevation change is nothing like this but the views are unreal and the difference between the Alaska side and Canada side is incredible I met 2 guys that run sort of a charter company for hikers that is called packer expeditions and they were awesome they carried their groups food and prepared it before the group got to the camp site and hiked the trail pretty much twice so if you would be into that I would totally recommend that you look into them because it was awesome hearing about what they do and it’s truly inspiring the trail has so much history for both nations and it is awesome to look back and learn about the Klondike Gold Rush and the history of the trail even before that 10/10 would recommend for experienced hikers looking for a challenge and great views

easy hike with lots of shade in the beginning. Not to steep of a climb. easy grade

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
snow
9 days ago

Exceptional hike done in 5 days. Realized for the second time in June 2017. Do not leave with bag too busy.

The recent reviews are dead on. Great experience. Let me add our recommendation. Read a couple of books on the Yukon gold rush. It adds a lot as you traipse over the same paths the miners and their families used. Then, when you find a long ladies leather boot, you feel more connected to their experiences. It’s quite a story.

Our reward was at the end where there is a point jutting out into Taiya Inlet. There, in the water were seals, dining on fish coming down the creek. Special

One of my favorite hikes ever! Few views along the way but gorgeous views up at the lake. We had perfect weather. The trail is steep and is more of an issue going down than up but not a bad trail as it is very well maintained. Would highly recommend!

hiking
12 days ago

Wonderful trail with nice lakes and a waterfall. Moderate difficulty, and we took the shortcut down, which was very steep and slippery (walking sticks recommended).

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

If you want a great view of Skagway you just have a short semi-steep climb to get a great view over the boat harbor. As you continue on the lower Dewey lake trail, if you veer to the right you will have a straight walk to the end of the lake. As you come around the back side of the lake, it has a lot of large rocks that you have to traverse and a lot of walking over roots the entire way. . Probably not good for people who are not used to doing this type of activity.

Hiked 8/3 - started our hike at 830am. Very steep the whole way! Made it to the top in 2 hours. Beautiful lake that we swam in, great views of Skagway if you hike about 10 more minutes up the trail. Two cabins at the top you can stay in, one reservations only and one first-come first-serve. Only saw a couple other people at the top but passed more people on our way down. Took about an hour and a half to get back to the bottom. Awesome hike!

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scramble
16 days ago

An amazing hike up to some giant waterfalls make sure you take the service road to the right after icy lake to see the biggest fall be careful though steep cliff

hiking
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

made it from upper dewey to the punch bowl in just under 30 minutes. big difference in type of hike as this is about 20% bouldering. without question do this hike. beautiful views. way better than at the upper lake.

beautiful hike. strenuous but not technical. 1 hour 45 mins to the lake. writing this review at the lake but certain we will make it down in 50 mins.

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is unreal!! We took our time and did it in 4 days 5 nights. I would highly recommend taking your time to enjoy the incredible sights! You hike through lush mossy rainforest, to rocky alpine conditions, through shrubby forests with countless lakes & waterfalls, to the beautiful boreal forest surrounded by mountains! It's unreal, and I'd for sure do it again. The summit day was definitely a challenge since there was dense fog, and the rocks were wet. Even the large boulders move, so really test each rock and take your time. After the first false summit it gets a lot easier, so don't freak out when you're on the crazy steep part between the scales and the first false summit. It gets better. Overall it was beautiful, challenging, and we met some great new friends. Highly recommend this hike!!

backpacking
19 days ago

This was an excellent backpacking adventure! Would recommend to anyone looking for a good challenge. The pass is very rocky with a huge incline, but I hit it with clear skies and no rain. I made this a 4 night adventure stopping at Canyon city, sheep camp, happy camp and bare loon lake. I highly recommend bare loon as a camp out to anyone backpacking this. The train ride back down from Bennett to Skagway was very rewarding!! It’s challenging but rewarding Hike!

hiking
blowdown
27 days ago

Steep climb well worth the scenic view of Skagway. Also the lake is beautiful the trails around it and the water running through is so peaceful.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike! We did the West Mendenhall Trail in Juneau the day before and weren’t expecting such a beautiful trail. This was an amazing hike! Once you hit the Glacier area it’s rocky and open, but easy to follow. I wish we had brought micro-spikes to explore the actual glacier a little more than we did. The video of this trip will be up on my YouTube channel in about a week. Spiguyver Backpacking

hiking
28 days ago

First approx. half mile is steep up, then becomes easier to walk, largely through forest with not many scenic views. It's a beautiful walk though, especially if you wish to get away a bit from the beaten track/cruise ship traffic in the town. This trail provides comfortable hiking except perhaps the last bit down to Reid Falls and back, where it becomes a little climb but not serious. You can do this hike in around 3 hours from/to Skagway harbor. If you wish to extend, you can add the trail to Lower Dewey Lake. Together, these trails fit into a day easily - we did both while our cruise ship docked in Skagway. If you have to pick just one, I recommend Lower Dewey Lake over Icy Lake trail - it's more scenic and rewarding views, a bit easier walking and a tick shorter, too. But both are beautiful.

Accurate description - first approx. half mile is steep, then flattens out to a beautiful, scenic, very easy hike around the lake. The west side is very easy walking, the east side has a few climbs over roots and rocks that might be less comfortable for some people. You can do this hike in 2 hours or less from/to Skagway harbor. If you wish to extend, you can add the trail to Icy Lake and Reid Falls. Together, these trails fit into a day easily - we did both while our cruise ship docked in Skagway. If you have to pick just one, I recommend this over the Icy Lake/Reid Falls trail - it's definitely more scenic and rewarding views, a bit easier walking and a tick shorter, too. But both are beautiful.

Nice and easy, nice views

backpacking
1 month ago

All I hoped it would be plus we had great weather! Did it in 5 days so lots of time to explore. NPS and Parks Canada staff are doing a stellar job of educating hikers about “no trace”, so only artifacts litter the trail!! Highly recommend this hike.

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