by Phil Corless
Located 8 miles away from Skagway, in what seems like another world, the Chilkoot Trail Outpost is the ideal place to experience rustic Alaska while still enjoying a few modern conveniences. The Outpost consists of eight individual hand-crafted cabins, most of which can accommodate a large family. The cabins come with a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, private bath and comfy beds. Each morning there’s a huge breakfast buffet in the main lodge, while each night there’s a roaring campfire where kids can make S’mores. The owners even offer a home-cooked dinner if you don’t want to make the drive into Skagway at night.
The Outpost is located in the Dyea Valley, a 20-minute drive into Skagway down a mostly dirt road. There is plenty to do around you, whether it’s hiking, biking, or simply enjoying the stunning views of the Lynn Fjord. The trailhead to the popular Chilkoot Trail is a half-mile away. National Park rangers offer walking tours of the nearby townsite of Dyea, once a bustling gold rush town. If you do drive into Skagway, you’ll have access to a wide variety of shops, restaurants and attractions. The Chilkoot Trail Outpost has everything you need for a unique family-friendly visit to Skagway.
Our Editor Loves
- Spacious cabins
- Free bicycles
- Nightly campfire with S'mores
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Onsite Dining
We stayed here two nights, to visit Skagway and day-hike the Chilkoot Trail, in late August. The cabins are pleasant and the location beautifully quiet - away from the cruise ship crowds of Skagway. The owners are very accommodating, thoughtful, and knowledgeable. After a rainy night we were wondering what the footing would be like on the trail. They assured us it would be hikeable (glad we went!), made up lunches to pack, and gave us great tips on what to look for along the way.
by Bruce Z
Lovely breakfast. The hosts were informal, flexible and friendly. A must stay for anyone going through Skagway, a little out of town and worth it! The cabins were are clean and much roomier than any hotel we could have gotten.