Lemon Creek

MODERATE 1 reviews

Lemon Creek is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Juneau, Alaska that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1371 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

river

muddy

The Lemon Creek Trail begins at the end of Commercial Blvd, near Home Depot and ends just beyond the stream gaging station identified on USGS topographic maps. The trail begins on a gravel bench cut into the side hill just past the Home Depot parking lot. It is brushy in places. A long sleeved shirt will help prevent irritation caused by stinging nettles. The next section of the hike is through a mature forest of Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock trees. Past Sawmill Creek, the trail may be muddy where it parallels Lemon Creek. Once past Canyon Creek, the path may once again be muddy. A poorly marked side trail to the right leads to Camp #17, one of the research stations of the Juneau Icefield Research Program. There are long stretches of corduroy log sections, which are extremely slippery. Washouts on the trail require steep detours. Waterproof boots are recommended as are leather gloves to battle the devil's club and brush.