Alaska’s most famous hike, the 33-mile CHILKOOT TRAIL, is one huge wilderness museum following in the footsteps of the original Klondike prospectors. Starting in Dyea, nine miles from Skagway and ending in Bennett in Canada, the trail climbs through rainforest to tundra strewn with haunting reminders of the past, including ancient boilers that once drove aerial tramways and several collapsed huts. The three- to five-day hike is strenuous, especially the ascent from Sheep Camp (1000ft) to Chilkoot Pass (3550ft). You must carry food, fuel and a tent and be prepared for foul weather.

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