Historic Chilkoot Trail, Dyea Trailhead
Trailhead Elevation: 38 ft.
Distance: 2.46 mi. (my Forerunner 230)
Elevation Gain: 414 ft. (my GPS)
Start Time: 3:47pm
End Time: 5:15pm
The Chilkoot trail trailhead has signage and primitive bathrooms and starts at the bridge over the Tarya River. We carried very little with us expecting a short hike and, being on a cruise, we simply didn't have any special gear along. I had a light backpack with a few basic snacks and a nalgene. The kids didn't carry anything. We set out along the trail figuring we'd do 1-2 miles round trip just to get a taste of the Chilkoot. I had honestly been expecting a little more open scenery with views of the river and the landscape ahead but we had almost none of this. We were in the thick of the coastal rainforest for the entire trek.
|Starting out on the Chilkoot|
|Brief signage before the trail enters the forest|
|Well maintained trail at the beginning|
|Plenty of roots and lush vegetation|
|The beavers have been very active|
|Turnaround point, an offshoot of the Tarya River|
I have a track and waypoints from the hike all contained in a KML file that you are welcome to download and use (at your own risk). The extra waypoints of the Chilkoot Trail are mostly all estimated so do not use any of this as a navigational aid while actually hiking. This is for overview and estimation purposes only.