Aerial tramway companies soon were hauling tons of gear over the head of the prospectors every day. Many prospectors purchased pack animals (although that method was more commonly used on the rival White Pass), and many others paid Tlingit Indians to haul gear on a per-pound rate from campsite to campsite.They also have an interactive website where you can view their offerings, samples of their work and find more information about their business.
They were able to use this information to obtain a grant from the Alaska Historical Society which was used to restore the former Fort Seward Bakery, built in 1904, in which they housed the distillery.
The other primary route to the headwaters of the Yukon River, however, was also based out of Skagway: the rival White Pass route, the White Pass route was slightly longer but less rigorous and steep, whereas the Chilkoot was shorter and more difficult.
Of the several overland routes, the Chilkoot Trail was the most direct, least expensive, and, soon enough, most popular.
It was a major access route from the coast to Yukon goldfields in the late 1890s, the trail became obsolete in 1899 when a railway was built from Dyea's neighbor port Skagway along the parallel White Pass trail.
Lake Bennett The Chilkoot Trail is a 33-mile (53 km) trail through the Coast Mountains that leads from Dyea, Alaska, in the United States, to Bennett, British Columbia, in Canada.