Mount Roberts Tramway to Gastineau Peak

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Juneau, Alaska

Mount Roberts Tramway to Gastineau Peak is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Juneau, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.9 miElevation gain1,889 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnow
Waypoints (2)
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Gold creek valley
58.29767, -134.38373
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The cross
Historic high point with great view
58.29593, -134.38161
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Emilia Stoker
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Pretty easy hike. It gets more interesting if you keep going further than what it marked for regular tourists

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Cyndy Norbryhn
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Madison Simmons
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Dennis Eichers
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Tawnia Hanel
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Views for days !

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Stephanie Ernst
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Kelsey Menzel
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Great views! But definitely not moderate. A difficult hike, but worth the views.

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Spencer Showalter
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Beautiful trail. Totally worth the hike. But so steep. Longest two miles up of my life.

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Allyson Sandifer Checkley
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Great alpine views and views of the Gastineau channel. We noted several social trails along the way leading to various overlooks. Father Brown Cross is only a half mile from the nature center. At about 1.5 miles there is a trail marker with options to stay on the main trail to both Gastineau peak and Mount Roberts or hike the gold ridge. We spotted two eagles on the hike about a mile from the nature center and saw several Ptarmigan on the summit. The ridge to the summit was narrow and quite fun and scenic! This is a short one from the nature center but fairly steep. While most of the trail is a class 1 walk up, some brief sections on the ridge could be considered easy class 2. Enjoy!

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Shevonne Brown
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I’ll be honest this hike is not the easiest but it is worth it for the views. There is definitely some scrambling and some steep uphill but the trail is still plenty wide enough, safe and well maintained. We saw an eagle just relaxing on a rock that allowed people to get within 5 feet for pictures. Take lots of water and some snacks and you’ll be just fine. If you are active and want an incredible experience then this is a great hike.

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Jessica Pierce
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This hike was amazing! It was difficult but well worth sore legs. The view of the mountains as well as all of Juneau was breathtaking. I even got to see some mountain goats!

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Caleigh Rice
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Started the hike at the top of the tram around 830am, made it to Gastineau peak in 1.5 hours. Awesome views over Juneau and the water the whole way up! No trees for shade after the first few minutes. Saw a black bear down in a canyon along the river eating berries! Towards the end the trail gets a little rocky and narrow. Great views all around, clocked 5 miles total

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Kathleen Barnebey
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I've read several reviews below and am stunned that this has been called a "moderate" hike. I'm not a mountain climber but am in decent shape and I found this quite difficult in a lot of places -- mostly because so much of the "trail" is solid rocks that you have to navigate. And it's only about a foot wide with cliffs on either side. You also literally have to do rock-climbing to get up to the peak. I stopped about 150 yards short of it due to fear of making one false move and tumbling over one or the other side of the trail. And because coming back down scared me to death. So if you're an experienced mountain climber, this will probably be an easy hike for you. If you're not, beware. I will say that the views up to the peak were probably the most spectacular I've seen, anywhere (and I've traveled a lot). We also were accompanied by eagles, flying in synchrony above us, which was awesome.

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Paul Fonarev
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I hiked this trail on a rainy day in the late afternoon. If you attempt it while it's raining, good hiking shoes and a rain proof jacket are necessary. There are some difficult and occasionally steep rocky sections of the trail, but nothing too daunting if you take your time. I shared a part of the trail that had high brush on both sides with a family of grouse - it's narrow and if it's been raining expect your pants to get wet from the bushes' leaves. After about a third of the way up, the heavy fog/marine layer kept my view obscured. I'm sure that on a clear day the vista ia spectacular, but it was rewarding in its own way to make it all the way to the top with the feeling that you're the only person within miles. On the way back down around 6PM, the wind started picking up quite a bit, but at this time of year it was never cold enough to be uncomfortable. All in all, a challenging hike on a beautiful trail.

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Susan Karr
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I took the tram up and started behind the nature center. I was worried that I wouldn’t have good views because of the clouds / fog, but once I got up, the views were spectacular. I was hiking alone and glad to see other people although it was not crowded at all. Along the way, I saw a family of grouse, two marmots, and fresh bear scat although no bears. It was a wonderful hike full of nature’s wonders.

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Nancy Wang
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Probably the most bang for you buck hike over ever done. Amazing views every step of the way of beautiful snow capped mountain mountains and the water. Lots of snow once you pass the tree line. Very moderate hike but man the views are stunning. Highly recommend!!!

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helmer hernandez
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Heather Day
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Great trail. Pretty intense at parts, deep incline and rocky. Bring water, snacks and shoes with a decent grid. Also, be aware that it is pretty cool considering the wind and altitude. Incredible views. Highly recommend.

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James Baird
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Took the tram up and hiked to Gastineau Peak. The trail is difficult at the start. Towards Gastineau Peak, it is very difficult. The trail runs along the ridge at the top, with sharp drop offs on both sides. People with fear of heights may not want to go past here.

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Brooke Cash
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Gorgeous hike!! One of my favorites in Alaska. Gorgeous views the whole way up. Went in June and still had lots of parts covered in snow and had to hike through it. Took around 3 hrs round trip going fast.

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Melissa Gordon
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Ashleigh Ewing
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Alex Sargent
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Alex Sargent
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Alex Sargent
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Kyle Spoelma
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Blake Moore
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Hong Chen
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