CHILKOOT TRAIL

Klondike Gold Rush Na­tional His­toric Park, Alaska

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NICK­NAMED THE “Mean­est 33 Miles of His­tory,” the Chilkoot may very well be the world’s long­est mu­seum. Along the route, hik­ers pass Gold Rush ar­ti­facts from the 1800s like boots, boats, and grave mark­ers (as­sum­ing peo­ple leave them as they lie). De­com­po­si­tion, de­cay, and in­creas­ing melt­wa­ter are also to blame for the dis­ap­pear­ing ru­ins, which could be to­tally gone in a few decades. Keep your eyes peeled for ar­ti­facts—in­clud­ing an easy-to-spot boiler—on the 7.7-mile Canyon City sec­tion. Turn around at the old set­tle­ment or pitch a tent near the Taiya River.

TRAILHEAD Chilkoot (59.5120, -135.3466) SEA­SON June to Septem­ber PER­MIT Re­quired ($21); ob­tain from the vis­i­tor cen­ter in Sk­ag­way. CON­TACT nps.gov/klgo

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