Suggested Equipment List

This is a basic list of recommended gear for the Chilkoot Trail to be used as a guide for gearing up your hike. Your personal needs may be more or perhaps less, depending on personal preference. Cotton and denim are not ideal hiking attire, especially when wet. We suggest clothing and gear made from breathable, moisture-wicking materials like nylon, polyester, wool, Gore-Tex or Capilene.


  • Broken in hiking boots. This is a rocky trail with many stream crossings, full leather or synthetic waterproof is recommended.
  • Socks. Minimum 3-4 pair high quality, non-cotton hiking socks. 1 pair per day is best.
  • **Gaiters.
  • Sandals or light camp shoe.
  • Mole skin, second skin, bandages.


  • Shorts. 1-2 pair nylon recommended.
  • Pants. 1-2 pair nylon.
  • Mid-weight Capilene or polypropylene underlayer.
  • Rain pants.


  • Short sleeve shirt.
  • Mid-weight Capilene or polypropylene top.
  • Heavier insulation layer (polar fleece, thin down or synthetic-fill jacket or similar layer).
  • Wind resistant jacket.
  • Rain jacket with hood (no ponchos).


  • Gloves and/or glove liners.
  • Hand warmers.


  • Ball cap or sunhat for UV protection.
  • Warm hat.
  • Sunglasses.

Personal items:

  • Knife or multi-tool.
  • Lighter/ matches.
  • Toiletries.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bug dope.
  • Head lamp.


  • Tent.
  • Backpack.
  • Sleeping bag rated for expected temperatures.
  • Hydro-seal stuff sack for sleeping bag.
  • Insulation pad.
  • ##Ground tarp.
  • Stove.
  • Fuel.
  • Cookware.
  • Eating utensils.
  • Water purifier.
  • Water bottles.
  • 30 feet 4 millimeter rope for food storage from bears.
  • Medical kit.
  • Ziplock storage sacks for clothing and essential items.
  • ##Pack cover.

**Depending upon conditions, may or may not be needed.
##Non essential

Additional Gear Information:

  • This is a recommended list for summer hiking conditions; spring, fall and winter conditions require additional gear.
  • If you get cold easily additional consideration should be given warm layers.
  • When hiking in a group, distribute the non-personal items evenly so that all packs are near equal weight.
  • The Chilkoot is difficult hike, keeping the weight to a minimum will make your hike more enjoyable.

For information on gear available in Skagway, The Mountain Shop is ready to answer all gear questions.  (907) 983-2544

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