While the trail is of great historic value, it also has many natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest Coastal Forest, Alpine Tundra, and subalpine Boreal Forest zones.
Last updated: Once the prospectors had hauled their full array of gear to the lakes, they built or bought boats to float the remaining 560 or so miles downriver to Dawson City and the Klondike mining district where an almost limitless supply of gold nuggets was said to lie. The docks at Skagway, Alaska. Beginning in 1897, an army of hopeful goldseekers, unaware that most of the good Klondike claims were already staked, boarded ships in Seattle and other Pacific port cities and headed north toward the vision of riches to be had for the taking.
The visible remains of the gold rush are foundation ruins, decaying old boat docks and pilings, wagon roads, the remains of the aerial tramway system, and the Slide Cemetery, where the 65 victims of the April 3, 1898 avalanche are buried.
Visitors can also reach Eagle via the Taylor Highway, a 160-mile dirt and gravel road running north from Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway.
All rights reserved. Most of the buildings are log cabins, which gives a glimpse and feeling of the town as it must have appeared during the gold rush era. Plan your time in Skagway.
Soon, much of Alaska and the Canadian Northwest was dotted with men and pack animals.
Fort William H. The Eagle Historical Society offers daily walking tours of the historic district. By midsummer of 1898 there were 18,000 people at Dawson, with more than 5,000 working the diggings.
Anvil Creek Discovery Placer is about four miles north of Nome. Skagway survived as a shipping and supply center for the miners and trappers of the Klondike and other Canadian mining districts.
Others, including Dyea, disappeared altogether, leaving only memories of what many consider to be the last grand adventure of the 19th century. Hikers must carry a back country permit, available through the Trail Center in Skagway or Parks Canada.
All the claims were staked. Until tramways were built late in 1897 and early 1898, the stampeders had to carry everything on their backs. Bureau of Land Management maintains most of Fort Egbert, while the Alaska Highway Department controls the rest of the old military reservation. Box 517 Skagway , AK 99840.
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