Nugget Falls Trail

EASY 60 reviews
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Nugget Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Juneau, Alaska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
9 days ago

Great way to see the glacier. Lots of great spots for photos, views of the glacier and waterfall, and (sadly) lots of evidence of the glacier receding from the rocks on the road. Heavily trafficked to final viewing sandbar.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike 2 years ago, it was very easy:)

walking
10 days ago

Great trail for getting up close to Nugget Falls and the Mendenhall Glacier. Easy one mile stroll with a few easy up and downs. Probably doable with a stroller or wheelchair.

18 days ago

This trail is definitely easy, and very busy. It’s very popular with cruise shippers and such an easy walk to beautiful falls, it’s not hard to see why so many enjoy it. We went on a very rainy day last week and not many people were there, but the day before we hiked the glacier and could see the falls from the glacier and it was super busy in the nice weather.

walking
19 days ago

I went at 7 am before the tourist buses arrived and only saw a few other people. Breathtaking and peaceful. Easy walk. Hard to call this a hike. It’s a flat, mostly paved trail. You could take strollers or walkers. It’s easy.

25 days ago

Easy hike! Took around an 1hr. Very nice views

1 month ago

Beautiful views. Go early to avoid crowds

walking
1 month ago

Nice hike to view a waterfall. Well maintained trail. Actually saw a family pushing a wheelchair on the trail.

3 months ago

Easy hike. Breathtaking scenery!

3 months ago

Easy, Gorgeous after first big snow of the season!

9 months ago

Beautiful easy hike. Great views of Mendenhall Glacier. The waterfall is huge and you can get up close to it. There is also a nice visitor center at the head of the trail. I know this trail can be crazy busy. We hit it just right in the middle of September and hiked it before the cruise ship came into port. We saw maybe a total of ten people the whole time. Worth the hike, just plan around the cruise ship schedule so it's not to crowded.

walking
10 months ago

Easy trail with nice views of Nugget Falls and Mendenhall Glacier. Only downside is the large number of other people on the trail.

10 months ago

Cool Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Easy trail with beautiful views!

11 months ago

very easy, more of a stroll than a hike. wonderful views

hiking
11 months ago

One of my favorite hikes of all time. : )

Sunday, July 09, 2017

very easy and relaxing. pretty amazing, but I'm biased because my boyfriend proposed on this hike. ❤

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Easy with amazing views and a ton of side trails.

Friday, June 16, 2017

What a beautiful trail that allows you to see a waterfall and a glacier at the same time. I definitely recommend this to all who want an easy trail in Juneau Alaska.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Beautiful!!! Loved getting so close to the actual waterfall!

hiking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Sep 20, 2016 - This is a very easy trail with barely any elevation gain. It's massively over-crowded, but the only way to get to the falls by foot. Rangers stopped a bunch of us to allow a black bear and cubs cross the trail. Eagles are flying around the area grabbing salmon where they can. We even saw a little porcupine. It looked like the kayaks were the best method of getting close to the glacier. There's also a trail on the other side of the bay, but we couldn't find anyone who knew about it enough to take us there. We also didn't have enough time before the cruise ship left port.

walking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Short, out and back trail along the shores of Mendehall Lake. Wonderful views of the lake, glacier, and surrounding mountains. Trail is relatively flat and well-maintained. Seems to be wheelchair and kid friendly. Ends at Nugget Falls on east end of Mendehall Lake.

hiking
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A simple walk with beautiful scenery. Don't forget to watch the mountain sides for mountain goats!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Short trail, gravel. Made to be accessible to tourists, but the views are amazing and you end up right at the falls.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

Amazing Waterfall

hiking
Thursday, June 20, 2013

A bunch to see here. I actually went mostly on "Trail of Time" when I was there but this trail is very close. The falls and glacier are spectacular. The abundance of nutrition that exists in these forests is unreal. No wonder the native tlingits never had a word for starvation.

hiking
Sunday, May 26, 2013

This is an amazing trail! Very easy and quick and even in the rain it is worth it. Nugget Falls is a thunderous cascade next to the beaultiful Mendenhall Glacier. A must-see if you are in Juneau. If you have time, also check out the Trail of Time behind the Visitor's Center. It's another interesting interpretative trail.

hiking
Monday, June 18, 2012

A very easy walk, or bike ride. During the summer, many tourists are on the trail, although only those with a little adventure make it to the falls. And I mean a little.. It's one of the easiest walks in Juneau.

hiking
Thursday, April 12, 2012

This is a quick and easy trail to get to the waterfall next to Mendenhall Glacier. Beautiful hike. I did it in April so there was still plenty of snow which made it all the more enjoyable once it cleared up on the beach. The view of the glacier and waterfall make this hike outstanding.

hiking
8 days ago

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