Peterson Lake Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Peterson Lake Trail is a 8.3 mile out and back trail located near Juneau, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1450 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

cross country skiing

forest

lake

The Peterson Lake Trail begins at Glacier Highway mile 23.4 and ends at Peterson Lake Cabin. There are muddy sections throughout this trail and some slippery planks. The first two miles follow on the alignment of an old mining tram that was built around 1900. After the trail goes through the muskegs, the trail diverges from the mining tram and continues through the forest. Here the trail is eroded and there are a lot of exposed roots and rocks. The last half mile of the trail runs along Peterson Lake and is occasionally flooded when the lake level is high. Allow 2.5 - 3 hours to hike to the cabin with an overnight pack.

5 months ago

camping
6 months ago

7 months ago

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

backpacking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

Lovely mix of meadow, trees and creek to walk through or along. In spring, beware of posthole potential.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

When you are in Juneau, hiking the trails away from town is well worth it - especially if you can rent a Forrest Service cabin for an overnight. Peterson lake is one of those. I completed this hike in a light rain which lent a great atmosphere. Several spots have blueberries right up to the trail. I filled a hat to share with the camp that night. The cabin on the lake was one of the newest FS cabins when I was there. A dock with an aluminum boat and paddles are available to explore to lake with.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

hiking
Saturday, May 25, 2013