I'll be spending four nights hiking the Chilkoot Trail during the first week of July with my brother.
My pack will be around 15lbs.
I'm going to bring my Kathloola MicroSpikes for extra traction on snowy/icy sections.
Originally, I had planned to wear my Salomon Synapse Shoes (they are not waterproof but very comfortable for long hikes).
The trail conditions as of June 14th are:
Dyea to Sheep Camp -> Good/ Excellent
Sheep Camp - The Scales -> Extensive Snow Sections
The Scales - Happy Camp -> Winter Conditions
Happy Camp - Deep Lake -> Extensive Snow Sections
Deep Lake - Bennet -> Early Season Conditions
I spoke with a fellow at an outfitter in Skagway and he thinks conditions will get much better by the time I'm on the trail.
For those with Chilkoot (or similar) experience, would you suggest I wear:
a) My comfortable non-waterproof hiking shoes with a gortex socks
b) Buying and breaking in waterproof hiking shoes to use with gaiters