Chilkoot

A trail book unlike any other, Chilkoot: An Adventure in Ecotourism is a richly woven insight into the Chilkoot Trail and the region straddling the American-Canadian border in the Alaska and British Columbia. The authors present the trail in three interrelated parts. They begin by describing the trail as a classic example of modern ecotourism with reference to management practices and user expectations, responses, and satisfaction. Then they show the amazing history of the trail. They conclude with an illustrated presentation of their own experiences.

The Chilkoot has a long and varied history: it was an important trade route of the coastal Tlingit people; it attracted worldwide notoriety during the frantic Klondike Gold Rush days; and now it has an international reputation among recreational hikers.

Today, Chilkoot is an icon. It is thirty-three miles (53 km) of dense forest, rugged mountain, golden sand dune, rushing river, and sylvan lake settings stretching from Alaskan salt tidewater to freshwater Lake Bennett at the headwaters of the Yukon River in British Columbia. Rich in natural and cultural history and protected entirely as parkland, the Chilkoot forms a major portion of the extensive Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Chilkoot 1
Contents 6
Acknowledgements 9
Unveiling a Triptych 13
Introduction 13
Hiking the Trail Today: An Overview 17
PART ONE: THE CHILKOOT AND ECOTOURISM 20
Getting a Fix on Ecotourism 22
The Chilkoot Trail 29
Recreational Visitors on the Chilkoot Trail 37
Ecotourism Challenges 44
PART TWO: THE TRAIL IN HISTORY 50
First Nations and the Chilkoot 52
Klondike Diversity: An International Stampede 70
Whose Trail Anyway? 87
Tourism as History 105
Heritage International 112
PART THREE: ALONG THE CHILKOOT TRAIL 118
A Diverse Landscape: From Salt Water to Barren Scree 122
Trailhead to Finnegan's Point 124
Finnegan's Point to Canyon City 136
Canyon City to Pleasant Camp 148
Pleasant Camp to Sheep Camp 153
Sheep Camp to Chilkoot Summit 161
Chilkoot Summit to Happy Camp 188
Happy Camp to Lindeman City 202
Lindeman City to Bennett 220
Bennett: The End of the Trail 228
Leaving the Trail: Bennett to Skagway/Whitehorse 238
Appendix: Planning to Visit, Planning to Hike? 252
Bibliography 257
A 260
B 260
C 260
Index 260
E 261
D 261
J 262
K 262
L 262
I 262
H 262
G 262
F 262
S 263
R 263
P 263
O 263
N 263
M 263
T 264
V 264
Y 264
W 264
About the Authors 265