Explore the most popular forest trails near Juneau with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Local favorite for a reason! If you are not physically active daily then it's a tough hike but the trail is very clear, well maintained, a d heavily trafficked so an excellent trail to get in better shape. If you are questioning whether or not to try for the summit see how you do in the first mile up Perseverance. If that section is difficult, once you turn on to Mt Juneau it gets much harder. You can always enjoy a much easier and still very beautiful hike to Gold Creek. That being said, the summit is very rewarding and worth planning on hanging out for an hour or more. also worth hiking further down the ridge. I only go on Sunny days as the trail can be muddy and slick when rainy and it's a narrow trail. Would not recommend for people with heights issues! Mt Roberts Trail is less exposed and does not have the dramatic drops so probably much easier to start with and an easier hike up.

hiking
6 days ago

well maitained trail, saw several bikers using it as well. Trail ends a a river that does not offer much view of the galcier. Better veiw is just before the end of trail. There is way to get to the glacier, but we did not have time to make it to tgr glacier.

trail running
6 days ago

Needed a little climb to prepare for Mount Roberts so this was close and easy to access. Pleasantly surprised that there were boardwalks over a lot of the boggy area. Didn't find the "top" of trail but enjoyed the sights in between. Even saw a yearling? black bear!

hiking
8 days ago

Only throwing a 4-Star because we hiked in the rain and the wind at the summit felt like it was going to blow us away! Highly advise to not hike in the pouring down rain (who in their right mind would right?!), but boy was it an adventure! If you do hike in the rain, bring extra clothes. My friend wore Nikes and had a few slips going down because it’s pretty muddy, but definitely hiking boots would be perfect. There is a shelter area at the summit by the old tram cables, it’s not amazing but helps out a lot to keep dry and refuel on snacks. I’d love to do this hike again, but on a much nicer day! A couple great spots to view downtown Juneau too!

Make sure to have your poles. Trail was muddy and slippery.

Kept a slowish pace starting at 7:30 am start and reached the top around 10. Mist at the top, light breeze. Mid /low 60’s.
Great hike, lots of washed out sections exposed roots good for climbing when needed. Trekking pole were very helpful on the way back down.

hiking
10 days ago

The trail is fairly easy to find once at the rocky outcropping where West Glacier appears to peter out. Just use some intuition and keep a keen eye for the tape. If no tape then reassess, as it was simply missed. Once past the outcropping it is very well marked up through the trees all the way to the summit. Best when dry from a few days of sun, as mud and slime would slow both ascent and descent and there are plenty of opportunities to hose up an ankle. My Fenix 5 put it at 4337 ft, and just under 12 miles out and back. Last 1000 ft of vert can be discouraging if mind is set on a walk in the park. Didn’t see any bears or sign of bears, and encountered 7 others in various groups above tree line in early July, so I’d say it is fairly well trafficked, at least in dry conditions. I am no Strider, but this is my favorite hike.

Challenging hike that rewards you with fantastic views and snow toward the end to help you cool off after some hard work. Hiked it dry but can see how mud would make it much more difficult. Lots of dogs on the trail, and if a cruise ship is in town, lots of people coming down from the tram station on the first half of the hike.

Be prepared to scramble and climb tree roots!
This was a really fun evening hike! Started at 5pm and it was a great time to catch the evening light on Juneau, Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts.

hiking
13 days ago

This is as described and may want to reconsider with small children(

hiking
13 days ago

Fantastic day, amazing conditions and views for miles!

hiking
15 days ago

Got an early start to beat the heat (high of 80F anticipated today!)
Amazing views as the sun created the peaks.
Spectacular view all around from the top!

hiking
15 days ago

Some muddy spots, great views and awesome workout

hiking
16 days ago

I’ve never seen so much moss and rich green-ness ! Stunning. The hike did not give view of top of the Falls but it does trail close to the top and you can hear the roar of the water. There are a series of steep switchbacks and a bunch of stairs (over 100) — for that reason, I would rate this moderate. Took us about 2 hours (we went pretty quickly ).

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hiking
18 days ago

Epic hike! Loved every minute. Lots of different landscapes and very challenging at points. Well maintained and easy to navigate. Follow the ribbons. June 2018.

Cruise ship visit to Juneau for the day. On the upper end of moderate for an average ability person like myself but worth it especially if you are off a cruise ship and want to get away from the crowd. Some nice views and photo moments. The hike through town to get to the trailhead is great with nice homes and gardens full of flowers. Or do the lower portion along the river which gets to the same trailhead. A $10 purchase pp at the top will get you a free tram ride back down to town. And you can easily manage that with a reward of a local beer at their bar, served by Kathleen the Tlingit princess. Tell her Vidal from Nashville sent you, now an honorary Eagle Shark. Do it!

This trail is amazing! We went on a Monday in late June and the cruise ships from Seattle had just come in, so it was busy around the tram station, but there was almost nobody once we passed the cross on the way to Mount Roberts, and very few people in between the trailhead and the tram station.

From the trailhead it’s 2.5 miles of all uphill to the tram station, and then 3 miles almost all uphill to Mount Roberts. We nearly made it to the top of Mount Roberts, but we couldn’t quite get all the way there because there was too much snow. But the views were totally worth it, especially from the top of Mount Gastineau (the peak right before Roberts). Definitely worth the trek, although lots of hard work!

22 days ago

Easy nature hike

A very easy hike! Took around 2 hrs. Pretty waterfall!!

Great hike!! Around 4 hrs round trip. Trail is easy at beginning then gets harder around the end. Follow the ribbons!! At the end it gets very unstable on the rocks so would advise hiking boots. The view is worth it at the end

wow I did this hikeon june 19th 2018. it starts off with a mile and a half of following a old road. it gets narrower and narrower and eventually crosses the river where you follow for 3/10s of a mile then look to your right and see obscure little Trail that goes straight up. Find the rope pull yourself up, and climb for the next two and and a half miles in thick old growth forest. you reach a little meadow then climb 2 more miles up into trees and hit the first summit point. it opens up and you can see all around you if it's clear day. the peak is right in front of you and the ridge you follow is on the right. I would recommend you do this hike on a clear day because you can see so much more around you and the views are spectacular. .

hiking
26 days ago

It was one of our first hiking experiences in Alaska. We went with a local guide who went a bit faster than we had hoped for but the views and scenery were fabulous. It was a moderate hike with some more difficult areas than others. I’d recommend it for the more physically fit people. There was some climbing that we didn’t know about beforehand but it was well worth the blisters once it was said and done. Our fit bits ranged around 5 miles each way. Some more distance than others. Tons of steps to count.

hiking
27 days ago

This hike was awesome! Definitely gets more difficult towards the end as you get near the glacier. We stopped about 200 ft short of the glacier because the incline and loose rocks got a little sketchy. The trail head is easily accessible near the bathrooms (also nice) at the Mendenhall Lake Campsite (i.e. other side of the lake from the visitor center). The markers (yellow and pink ribbons) are INCREDIBLY helpful and located nearby most of the confusing spots - if you go in a direction, and don't see a market for a few minuets, you're probably going the wrong way. Also, when you see the climbing rope, it is only to get you from one rock to another - you are not intended to climb up it! Look for the little pink ribbon to your right and head that way instead. Awesome trail, would highly recommend it for people looking for a good workout.

EDIT: We did not loop when we came back. I got lost the last time with multiple unmarked trails, so this time I did a down and back. You can easily get lost if you don’t follow the ribbons. So I strongly advise you to do so, or go with someone very familiar with the trail.

Pretty easy/moderate the first couple miles. Once you hit the rock face with the tied rope (yes use that rope to climb up over) it’ll start to get more difficult weaving through the trail with more mud, brush, as well as incline and decline. Awesome view at the top! Pano worthy. Be sure to follow the ribbons to get to and from the glacier and bring a windbreaker because once we got over the rocks and began our decent (rocks are pretty loose) it was crazy windy. We found a cave on the other side of the little waterfall, but realized you have to go up and around it to get to the inside. So we went down towards the water instead and went on top of the glacier that way. I hiked this trail with Nike running shoes a few years ago which was doable, but I broke in my first pair of hiking boots today and I highly recommend hiking boots to keep your feet dry and less likely to acquire an ankle injury or slip. Also BRING BUG SPRAY!! Happy Hiking! (: ps. They have nice bathrooms at the parking lot.

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike! Up the steps from the end of town, through a little neighborhood to the trail head.

It is a bit muddy at times. Best done with a good pair of hiking shoes but sneakers work.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail in Juneau!

beautiful, recommend you do it on a dry day as the whole Trail you follow a creek up the mountain and gets very slippery. the first part of the trail well maintained and then as Creeks are it goes straight up lots of roots lots of pulling yourself up sometimes on all fours. the last part of the hike is high Meadow following a ridge through patches of snow tilll you reach the top. I did this on June 4th and there is lots of snow still. I saw the sun set up there. you're pretty exposed from the top If the wind starts to blow or the rain starts to fall so be aware of that. recommend you do it on a sunny day.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice gentle climb, beautiful valley, and
the waterfall and river were fantastic. we only went 2 miles in, but it was just the ticket.

Last two days have been excellent. Saw a yearling black bear today, he was not very observant and i had to make my presence known which can be dangerous.

There is a natural spring before the water tower on the main trail. On a sunny dry day look for the very very small puddle 3/4 the way to the tower.

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