Klondike Goldrush National Historic Park and the Chilkoot Trail
Climbing Chilcoot Pass
Hiking the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail requires careful planning and carrying everything you need for 3-5 days.
Hardware Along the Trail
Other entrepreneurs constructed a cableway across the most difficult stretches of the Chilkoot Trail. The towers have decayed and collapsed, but much of the hardware, hand tools, cableway, a telgraph line and even the boiler fora large steam engine remain visible along the trail.
The Trail into Canada
A Fast Trip Home
After four days of hard hiking, a trip back on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad was a relief.
We passed into British Columbia at the summit of Chilcoot Pass, and celebrated completion of the most challenging portion of the hike.
Boats on a Mountaintop
A hundred years ago, entrepreneurs brought kits of canvas, strips of wood, and hardware for making boats to the Canadian border. They'd hoped to sell kits to prospectors seeking a fast route downriver from Bennett Lake. Unfortunately for them (and luckly for the prospectors) the Canadian Mounties refused to allow their flimsy kits into Canada. Now, more than a century later, dozens of the discarded boat kits remain stacked in piles above the Chilkoot Pass.
We found the remains of this freight wagon close to the site of a sawmill that was constructed to supply the miners needs. This wagon was the inspiration for my (Bob) painting "After the Rush".
Park Rangers check the condition of a subsistence trapper's cabin along the trail.
A visit to the historic Red Onion Saloon and a brothel tour by a lovely lady in red capped the trip.