As stampeders began heading north, many of them headed to the Chilkoot trailhead in Dyea. Though not heavily used, the Chilkoot had gained some publicity through the Schwatka and Funston expeditions.
The Call of the Wild, a novel authored by Jack London in 1903, is the story of Buck, a 140 pound, 4-year-old Scotch Shepherd and Saint Bernard mix. This classic adventure story and now upcoming movie of the same name starring Harrison Ford, is told from the point of view of Buck. This is the trail used by many miners heading to the Klondike.
Today the Chilkoot Trail is a 33 mile route stretching from the ghost town of Dyea, Alaska to Lake Bennett, British Columbia. This trail connects the Inside Passage and Pacific Ocean to the headwaters of the Yukon River. Utilizing a glacially carved valley, Chilkoot Pass was one of only three ways to cross the Coast Mountains that could be used year round.
It is now used by over 10,000 people annually for hiking, backpacking, and trail running. It's a great place to see artifacts from gold seeks so long ago.
Look for our black cat, Casper, PURRched at the base of the sign. It's PAWsible he doesn't feel quite as CAThletic as the visitors who will be visiting this trail! He's our official mascot, which means you'll possess an authentic Cat's Meow.
Satisfy your Alaskan decorating itch with this keepsake replica, and while you're at it, add more pieces to make a Village! Handcrafted of 3/4" thick wood by The Cat's Meow Village in Wooster, Ohio.