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.

1.8 miles
95 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




partially paved



wild flowers


3 days ago

Very easy and beautiful

1 month ago

Nice easy trail to a beautiful waterfall.

2 months ago

Easy trail to get right to Nugget Falls with great views of Mendenhall Glacier and the mountains!

3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Beautiful views. Go early to avoid crowds

4 months ago

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

6 months ago

Easy hike. Breathtaking scenery!

6 months ago

Easy, Gorgeous after first big snow of the season!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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

Friday, September 08, 2017

Cool Trail

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Absolutely gorgeous. Easy trail with beautiful views!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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. ❤

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!

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.

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.

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.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Amazing Waterfall

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.

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.

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